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The development of English heraldry (Society of Antiquaries of Newcastle upon Tyne Lecture)

David White, Somerset Herald

Date/Time: 29th October 2014

This lecture shows the development of English heraldry, drawing on many coats of arms connected with the north east of England. Examples of the simplicity of medieval times, the exuberant designs of the Tudor heralds, the interesting but essentially debased heraldry of the Georgians, and the heraldry of the Gothic revival and the Victorians will be discussed. The talk concludes with examples of modern grants of arms.

Speaker biography

David White has been the Somerset Herald of Arms in Ordinary at the College of Arms in London since 2004. The Somerset Herald's day job is researching and proving genealogies, as well as facilitating new grants of arms to suitable applicants.

David attended Marlborough College, before going to Pembroke College, Cambridge, where he obtained the degree of MA. As an undergraduate he was President of the Cambridge University Heraldic and Genealogical Society and later he received a further MA degree from the University of London. He then served as a research assistant to Theobald Mathew, Windsor Herald, and in 1995 was appointed Rouge Croix Pursuivant.

David is a member of Council of The Heraldry Society in London and served as its Chairman 2006-09. He is a member of Council of the British Record Society and a Trustee of the Marc Fitch Fund. In 2010 he was appointed Honorary Genealogist to the Royal Victorian Order.