It is a solemn matter to appoint a Herald to your household, for he will be with you, assuming your need for him continues, forever after. His presence alone can turn a simple sandwich into a solemn banquet. Never take a Herald on a picnic. (The Book of Weird)
I'm an Academic Herald. I'm not a "real" herald; I don't register people's coats of arms (though I can certainly suggest designs for those who might be interested). What I do is study, research, teach, and write about heraldry. And I like to share what I have learned about heraldry, hence this blog. I hope that you'll find it informative, interesting at least occasionally, and worth your time to come back. Got a question? Comments? Feel free to let me know. I'd love to hear from you. You can find my contact information in my Profile.
I ran across a May 1, 2016 article about the history and legacy of one of the better known heralds of the College of Arms, Sir William Dugdale (1605-1686).
He was and remained an officer of arms at the College of Arms through one of the most turbulent periods of British history, the Civil War. He was Rouge Croix Pursuivant from 1639-1644, Chester Herald from 1644-1660 (the illustration of him above was made in 1656), Norroy King of Arms from 1660-1677, and Garter Principal King of Arms from 1677-1686. He was also one of Britain's foremost antiquarians, widely published and well-respected by both sides in the Civil War.