Hubert Chesshyre - Biography - Work As Agent For Grants of Arms

Work As Agent For Grants of Arms

One of the principal professional activities for any officer of arms is acting as agent for a grant of arms, which generally involves the design of the heraldic achievement as well as a good deal of administrative work. The following list is by no means exhaustive.


  • The Revd Dr D.W.H. Arnold, ChStJ, Principal of St Chad's College, University of Durham 1994–97
  • Raymond Arnold
  • The Rt Hon John Bercow, MP, Speaker of the House of Commons since 2009
  • The Rt Hon Baroness Boothroyd, OM, PC, Speaker of the House of Commons 1992–2000, Chancellor of the Open University 1994–2006
  • The Rt Revd and Rt Hon Dr Richard Chartres, KCVO, ChStJ, Bishop of London, Prelate of the Order of the British Empire, and Dean of the Chapels Royal 1995–
  • The Venerable Peter Delaney, MBE, Archdeacon of London 1999–2009 (now Emeritus), Past Master of the Worshipful Company of Gardeners and Worshipful Company of World Traders
  • Sir (Francis) Herbert du Heaume, CIE, OBE, KPM, upon whom was also conferred the Indian Police Medal, Deputy Inspector General of Police in British India 1942–47.
  • Sir Ewen Fergusson, GCMG, GCVO, Grand Officier Légion d'honneur, UK Ambassador South Africa 1982–84 and France 1987–92, Deputy Under Secretary of State Foreign and Commonwealth Office 1984–87, King of Arms of the Most Distinguished Order of St Michael and St George 1996–2007.
  • Dr Malcolm Golin (see: Painting of the arms with blazon)
  • Rear Admiral Sir Donald Gosling, KCVO, KStJ, President of the White Ensign Association 1993–, Vice-Admiral of the United Kingdom 2012–. Joint Chairman of National Car Parks 1950–98.
  • The Rt Hon Sir Edward Heath, KG, MBE, Leader of the Conservative Party 1965–75, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom 1970–74, Father of the House of Commons 1992–2001
  • Paul Holmer, CMG, UK Ambassador Ivory Coast, Upper Volta, and Niger 1972–75 and Romania 1979–83, Minister and Deputy Permanent Representative to NATO 1976–79.
  • The Rt Revd and Rt Hon Lord Hope of Thornes, KCVO, PC, Bishop of Wakefield 1985–91, Bishop of London, Prelate of the Order of the British Empire, and Dean of the Chapels Royal 1991–95, Archbishop of York, Primate of England, and Metropolitan 1995–2005, Judge of the Court of Ecclesiastical Causes Reserved 2006–11
  • Sir Robert Horton, Chairman of British Petroleum 1990–92, Chairman of Railtrack 1993–99, Chancellor of the University of Kent 1990–95 (contemporary with Chesshyre at the King's School, Canterbury, of which he was governor 1984–2005 and governor emeritus 2005–11)
  • John Hurt, CBE, actor (Chesshyre's contemporary at St Michael's Preparatory School, Otford and friend)
  • Brian North Lee, founder of the Bookplate Society, author of more than thirty books on bookplates (see Obituary, The Independent (5 March 2007)) See also further details in The Seaxe, no. 52 (September 2006) (scroll to page 9) and in The Heraldry Gazette, NS 109 (September 2008) (scroll to page 4).
  • Sir Paul McCartney, MBE (see Paul McCartney: Arms)
  • John Morehen, JP, FRCO, FRCCO, Hon FGCM, Emeritus Professor of Music in the University of Nottingham, formerly President of the Incorporated Society of Musicians, Junior Warden of the Worshipful Company of Musicians
  • The Very Revd Dr John Moses, KCVO, Dean of St Paul's and of the Orders of St Michael and St George and of the British Empire 1996–2006
  • The Rt Hon Lord Palumbo, Chairman of Tate Gallery Foundation 1986–87, Arts Council of Great Britain 1989–94, and Serpentine Gallery 1994–, Chancellor of the University of Portsmouth 1992–2007
  • The Rt Revd Dr Stephen Platten, Dean of Norwich 1995–2003, Bishop of Wakefield since 2003
  • Kenneth Porter (see: Painting of the arms with blazon)
  • Sir Terry Pratchett, OBE
  • Dr Andreas Prindl, CBE, Deputy Chairman and Member of the Council of Lloyd's, Visiting Professor in the Renmin University of China, and Governor of the Yehudi Menuhin School. Formerly Chairman and Managing Director of Nomura Bank International, President of the Chartered Institute of Bankers, President of the Association of Corporate Treasurers, Provost of Gresham College, and Master of the Worshipful Company of Musicians
  • Mr Michael Pugh, FRCS, FRCOG, Master of the Worshipful Society of Apothecaries 1997/8
  • Dr Bernard Rose, OBE, Lecturer in Music, University of Oxford 1950–81 (Choragus 1958–63), Fellow, Organist, and Informator Choristarum, Magdalen College, Oxford 1957–81 (Vice-President 1973–1975), President of the Royal College of Organists 1974–76
  • The Rt Hon Lord Sugar
  • Michael Wade, Treasurer of the Conservative Party



  • Dean of St Paul's (formal grant of traditional arms)
  • Southwark Cathedral
  • Suffragan Bishops of Kingston-upon-Thames, Woolwich, and Croydon in the Diocese of Southwark


  • Blacktown City Council, New South Wales, Australia
  • The Borough Council of King's Lynn and West Norfolk


  • College of Estate Management
  • Highgate School
  • Institution of Mining and Metallurgy
  • Monkton Combe Junior School (now Monkton Combe Preparatory School) (badge only)
  • Monkton Combe School (formal grant of traditional arms)
  • University of Glamorgan


  • Federation of Family History Societies
  • Worshipful Company of Bowyers (supporters only)


  • Goodwin PLC (for images and explanation see Steven Birks, 'Goodwin Foundry', on the local history of Stoke-on-Trent, England. Accessed 11 April 2012. Higher resolution image on Goodwin PLC.)

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