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 71)
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
Term2010–2021
Predecessor Sir Peter Gwynn-Jones
Successor David White
Spouse(s)
Lucinda Harmsworth King
(m. 1998)
Awards Knight Commander of the Royal Victorian Order (2021)
Officer of the Order of Saint John (2018)

Sir Thomas Woodcock KCVO OStJ DL FSA FRHSC (Hon) (born 20 May 1951), former Garter Principal King of Arms, is a former member of the Royal Household and the senior herald and genealogist at the College of Arms in London. [1] [2]

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Early life

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.

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] On 1 July 2021, Woodcock retired as Garter. [7]

Personal life

In 1998, Woodcock married Lucinda Harmsworth King. [8]

Honours

Woodcock was appointed Lieutenant of the Royal Victorian Order (LVO) in the 1996 Birthday Honours, [9] Commander of the Royal Victorian Order (CVO) in the 2011 Birthday Honours [10] and Knight Commander of the Royal Victorian Order (KCVO) in the 2021 Birthday Honours. [11]

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, [12] in July 2018 he became an Officer of the Order (OStJ). [13]

A Deputy Lieutenant for the County of Lancashire since December 2005, [14] he assists the Lord Lieutenant, Lord Shuttleworth, to represent Queen Elizabeth II throughout the county.

He was elected as a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London (FSA) on 3 March 1990. [15] He was awarded the SAL's Society Medal in 2015. [16] He was made a Fellow of The Heraldry Society on 26 June 1996. [17]

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. [18]
Motto
Leges Juraque Serva ("Observe the laws and ordinances")
Orders
the circlet of the Royal Victorian Order as KCVO.

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References

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  2. "RHSC Honorary Fellows". www.heraldry.ca. Retrieved 9 August 2022.
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Heraldic offices
Preceded by Rouge Croix Pursuivant
1978–1982
Succeeded by
Preceded by Somerset Herald
1982–1997
Succeeded by
Preceded by Norroy and Ulster King of Arms
1997–2010
Succeeded by
Preceded by Garter Principal King of Arms
2010–2021
Succeeded by