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By letters patent from Her Majesty dated 1 July 2014 Timothy Hugh Stewart Duke, previously Chester Herald, has been appointed Norroy and Ulster King of Arms in succession to Sir Henry Edgar Paston-Bedingfeld, Bt., who retired the previous day after nearly four years in office, and a total of thirty-one years as an officer of arms.
Timothy Duke was appointed Rouge Dragon Pursuivant on 26 January 1989 and became Chester Herald on 7 August 1995.
Symbols of Honor: Heraldry and Family History in Shakespeare's England: a free exhibition with this title will run at the Folger Shakespeare Library, Washington DC, USA from 1 July to 26 October 2014. This exhibition, one of the largest and most comprehensive of its kind ever mounted in the USA, will feature a variety of armorial manuscripts and pedigrees, early printed books, and documents written by heralds. Exceptional treasures include the original drafts of William Shakespeare's own coat of arms lent by the College of Arms. It is curated by Dr Nigel Ramsay and Dr Heather Wolfe. Details can be found here.
A publication with the title Heralds and Heraldry in Shakespeare's England will coincide with the exhibition. Edited by Dr Nigel Ramsay, this is a significant work exploring the use of heraldry in early modern times. It includes contributions by Clive Cheesman, Richmond Herald, and Peter O'Donoghue, York Herald, alongside chapters from a number of other scholars; and it is to be published by Shaun Tyas of Paul Watkins Publishing.
In a ruling dated 29 March 2014 the Kings of Arms have issued an ordinance governing the arms of individuals in same-sex marriages. The ruling aims to replicate as closely as possible the heraldic practice for married couples of different sex.
The ruling also amends a ruling of the Kings of Arms dated 6 November 1997 in respect of the arms of married women, ordaining that the use of the mark of difference laid down there for married women will henceforth be optional.
For the full text of the ruling, see here.
Pedigree of Morris family: one important function of the College of Arms is to create and preserve pedigrees of families. Many of these are the result of genealogical research carried out by the heralds; and some are recorded to show the families of those receiving grants of coats of Arms. This example was registered in 1843. It shows the family of William Morris of Woodford Hall, Essex, who had been granted Arms by Letters Patent dated 15 April 1843, with the limitations extended to the other descendants of his late father, William Morris of the City of London. Included is his eldest son, also William Morris, who would become the famous artist, designer and author, a pioneer in the decorative arts. The Arms, which would later appear on tiles at the Red House, Bexley, are blazoned:
Arms: Azure a Horse's head erased Argent between three Horse Shoes Or.
Crest: On a Wreath of the Colours A Horse's head coupe Argent charged with three Horse Shoes in chevron Sable.
College references: 14D14/263 and Grants 46/298.
The Scottish Government has announced the appointment by Her Majesty The Queen of a new Lord Lyon King of Arms, Dr Joseph Morrow, on the recommendation of the First Minister of Scotland, in succession to David Sellar, M.V.O. Dr Morrow will serve as head of the authority for heraldry and state ceremony within Scotland and as judge of Lyon Court.
Dr Morrow is an Advocate, and First-Tier tribunal Judge, who in 2009 was appointed as a Vice Lord Lieutenant for the City of Dundee. He is an Incumbent of the Chapel of Glamis Castle. As well as being a student of heraldry, Dr Morrow has a special interest in ecclesiastical history and 35 years' experience of the practical application of ceremonial within a variety of settings including State, Civil, Military and Ecclesiastical areas of Scottish life.
The part-time appointment, made under section 3 of the Lyon King of Arms (Scotland) Act 1867, is based at Edinburgh's New Register House.
UNIVERSITY OF EAST LONDON: a grant of Arms, Crest and Supporters was made by Letters Patent of Garter, Clarenceux and Norroy and Ulster Kings of Arms dated 25 April 2013. The full achievement of Arms is illustrated left. The blazon is:
Arms: Azure a Torch enflamed Or enfiling an Annulet embattled on the outer edge Argent between two Keys in pile the wards upwards and outwards Or on a Chief wavy Argent three Acorns proper.
Crest: Upon a Helm with a Wreath Or and Azure Upon a pile of three Closed Books fesswise those at the top and bottom with their spines to the dexter and that in the middle with its spine to the sinister Azure edged and garnished Or a Kylix issuant therefrom a Phoenix Or the flames proper.
Supporters: On either side A Phoenix Or the flames proper gorged with an Annulet embattled on the outer edge Azure.
College reference: Grants 177/76.