Thomas Woodcock (officer of arms)

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Thomas Woodcock

Thomas Woodcock.jpg
Woodcock, Norroy and Ulster King of Arms, processing at the Garter Ceremony (2006)
(Photograph by: Philip Allfrey)
Born (1951-05-20) 20 May 1951 (age 68)
ResidenceLondon
NationalityBritish
Education University College, Durham;
Darwin College, Cambridge
Alma mater Eton College
Occupation Herald and Genealogist
Years active1978–present
Employer Elizabeth II
Organisation College of Arms
Title Garter Principal King of Arms
Term2010–present
Predecessor Sir Peter Gwynn-Jones
SuccessorIncumbent
Spouse(s)Lucinda Harmsworth King
Awards Ord.Victoriano.jpg (CVO)
Order of St John (UK) ribbon.png (OStJ)
Website www.college-of-arms.gov.uk

Thomas Woodcock CVO DL FSA (born 20 May 1951), Garter Principal King of Arms, is a member of the Royal Household and the senior herald and genealogist at the College of Arms in London. [1]

Garter Principal King of Arms

The Garter Principal King of Arms is the senior King of Arms, and the senior Officer of Arms of the College of Arms, the heraldic authority with jurisdiction over England, Wales and Northern Ireland. The position has existed since 1415.

Herald historical profession

A herald, or a herald of arms, is an officer of arms, ranking between pursuivant and king of arms. The title is commonly applied more broadly to all officers of arms.

College of Arms British royal corporation consisting of professional officers of arms, with jurisdiction over England, Wales, Northern Ireland and some Commonwealth countries

The College of Arms, also known as the College of Heralds, is a royal corporation consisting of professional officers of arms, with jurisdiction over England, Wales, Northern Ireland and some Commonwealth realms. The heralds are appointed by the British Sovereign and are delegated authority to act on behalf of the Crown in all matters of heraldry, the granting of new coats of arms, genealogical research and the recording of pedigrees. The College is also the official body responsible for matters relating to the flying of flags on land, and it maintains the official registers of flags and other national symbols. Though a part of the Royal Household of the United Kingdom the College is self-financed, unsupported by any public funds.

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Personal

Woodcock was educated at Eton College before going up to University College, Durham, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree. He then pursued further studies at Darwin College, Cambridge, becoming LLB. He was called to the Bar at the Inner Temple.

Eton College Independent boarding school in Windsor and Maidenhead, UK

Eton College is a 13–18 independent boarding school and sixth form for boys in the parish of Eton, near Windsor in Berkshire, England. It was founded in 1440 by King Henry VI as Kynge's College of Our Ladye of Eton besyde Windesore , as a sister institution to King's College, Cambridge, making it the 18th-oldest Headmasters' and Headmistresses' Conference school. Eton's history and influence have made Eton one of the most prestigious schools in the world.

University College, Durham constituent college of the University of Durham, UK

University College, informally known as Castle, is a college of Durham University in Durham, England. Centred on Durham Castle on Palace Green, it was founded in 1832 and is the oldest of Durham's colleges. As a constituent college of Durham University, it is listed as a higher education institution under section 216 of the Education Reform Act 1988. Almost all academic activities, such as research and tutoring, occur at a university level.

Darwin College, Cambridge college of the University of Cambridge

Darwin College is a constituent college of the University of Cambridge. Founded on 28 July 1964, Darwin was Cambridge University's first graduate-only college, and also the first to admit both men and women. The college is named after one of the university's most famous families, that of Charles Darwin. The Darwin family previously owned some of the land, Newnham Grange, on which the college now stands.

In 1998, Woodcock married Lucinda Harmsworth King. [2]

Career

Woodcock began his heraldic career in 1975 as a research assistant to Sir Anthony Wagner, Garter King of Arms. In 1978 he was appointed Rouge Croix Pursuivant. [3] In 1982 he was promoted to Somerset Herald, [4] becoming Norroy and Ulster in 1997, [5] then Garter Principal King of Arms on 1 April 2010. [6]

Anthony Wagner English officer of arms

Sir Anthony Richard Wagner was a long-serving Officer of Arms at the College of Arms in London. He served as Garter Principal King of Arms before retiring to the post of Clarenceux King of Arms. He was one of the most prolific authors on the subjects of heraldry and genealogy of the 20th century.

Rouge Croix Pursuivant

Rouge Croix Pursuivant of Arms in Ordinary is a junior officer of arms of the College of Arms. He is said to be the oldest of the four pursuivants in ordinary. The office is named after St George's Cross which has been a symbol of England since the time of the Crusades.

Somerset Herald

Somerset Herald of Arms in Ordinary is an officer of arms at the College of Arms in London. In the year 1448 Somerset Herald is known to have served the Duke of Somerset, but by the time of the coronation of King Henry VII in 1485 his successor appears to have been raised to the rank of a royal officer, when he was the only herald to receive coronation liveries.

Honours

Woodcock was appointed Lieutenant of the Royal Victorian Order (LVO) in the 1996 Birthday Honours, promoted Commander of the Royal Victorian Order (CVO) in the 2011 Birthday Honours. [7] [8] Appointed Genealogist of the Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of Saint John of Jerusalem in June 2017 in succession to William Hunt, Windsor Herald, [9] in July 2018 he became an Officer of the Order (OStJ). [10]

Queen's Birthday Honours are announced on or around the date of the Queen's Official Birthday in Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the United Kingdom. The dates vary, both from year to year and from country to country. All are published in supplements to the London Gazette and many are conferred by the monarch some time after the date of the announcement, particularly for those service people on active duty.

The Birthday Honours 2011 for the Commonwealth realms were announced on 11 June 2011 in the United Kingdom, New Zealand, Barbados, Grenada, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Tuvalu, Saint Lucia, Antigua and Barbuda, and on 13 June 2011 in Australia to celebrate the occasion of the Queen's Official Birthday for 2011.

William George HuntTD FCA served as Windsor Herald of Arms in Ordinary at the College of Arms in London from 1999 to 2017.

A Deputy Lieutenant for the County of Lancashire since December 2005, [11] he assists the Lord Lieutenant, Lord Shuttleworth, to represent Queen Elizabeth II throughout the county.

Lancashire County of England

Lancashire is a ceremonial county in North West England. The administrative centre is Preston. The county has a population of 1,449,300 and an area of 1,189 square miles (3,080 km2). People from Lancashire are known as Lancastrians.

Charles Geoffrey Nicholas Kay-Shuttleworth, 5th Baron Shuttleworth, is a British hereditary peer. He is the son of Charles Ughtred Kay-Shuttleworth, 4th Baron Shuttleworth, and his wife, Anne Elizabeth Phillips.

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Arms

Coat of arms of Thomas Woodcock
Arms of Thomas Woodcock.svg
Adopted
20 April 1961
Crest
Out of a circlet or charged with three roses gules barbed and seeded proper a dexter arm embowed in armour also proper garnished gold, the hand grasping a scimitar likewise proper hilt and pommel gold.
Escutcheon
Or on a bend cotised gules three cross crosslets fitchy of the field. [12]
Motto
Leges Juraque Serva ("Observe the laws and ordinances")

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References

  1. The College of Arms Newsletter 21 June 2009
  2. www.burkespeerage.com
  3. "No. 47661". The London Gazette. 12 October 1978. p. 12091.
  4. "No. 49155". The London Gazette. 1 November 1982. p. 14201.
  5. "No. 54756". The London Gazette. 6 May 1997. p. 5349.
  6. "No. 59385". The London Gazette. 8 April 2010. p. 6033.
  7. "No. 54427". The London Gazette. 14 June 1996. p. 4.
  8. "No. 59808". The London Gazette (Supplement). 11 June 2011. p. 4.
  9. The College of Arms Newsletter no. 51 (July 2017)
  10. "No. 62346". The London Gazette. 6 July 2018. p. 1.
  11. "No. 57843". The London Gazette. 16 December 2005. p. 16252.
  12. Chesshyre, Hubert (2001). Heralds of today: A biographical list of the officers of the College of Arms, London, 1987–2001. London: Illuminata. ISBN   0953784517.
Heraldic offices
Preceded by
Hubert Chesshyre
Rouge Croix Pursuivant
1978–1982
Succeeded by
Sir Henry Paston-Bedingfeld
Preceded by
Rodney Dennys
Somerset Herald
1982–1997
Succeeded by
David Vines White
Preceded by
Hubert Chesshyre
Norroy and Ulster King of Arms
1997–2010
Succeeded by
Patric Laurence Dickinson
Preceded by
Sir Peter Gwynn-Jones
Garter Principal King of Arms
2010–present
Incumbent