Medieval Glossary

King-of-Arms

The principal herald of England was at first designated king of the heralds, a title exchanged for king-of-arms about the reign of Henry IV. There were four kings-of-arms in England, named respectively Garter, Clarencieux, Norroy, and Bath, but the first three only are members of the College of Arms. Also called the king-at-arms.

Scotland had a heraldic officer called Lyon king-of-arms, or Lord Lyon king-at-arms. Ireland had one king-of-arms, named Ulster.

Related term(s): Herald; Heraldry; Pursuivant; Blanch-Lyon; Espérance; Egle Vert
Category: Heraldry
Added: 08.31.06
Source information: Wilhelm, Thomas. A Military Dictionary and Gazetteer. Philadelphia: L.R. Hamersly & Co., 1881. 262.

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