David White (officer of arms)

Somerset Herald wearing his ceremonial tabard

David Vines White (born 27 October 1961, Glasgow) is the current Somerset Herald of Arms in Ordinary at the College of Arms in London. He is the younger son of Sheila (née Chatterton) and Peter Vines White.[1]

White was educated at 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.

White then served as a research assistant to Theobald Mathew, Windsor Herald, and in 1995 was appointed Rouge Croix Pursuivant, following in the tradition of eminent genealogists, such as Sir Henry Farnham Burke. In 2004 he was appointed Somerset Herald.[2]

White 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. In 2010, he was appointed honorary genealogist to the Royal Victorian Order.[3]

Somerset Herald's day job is researching and proving genealogies, as well as facilitating new grants of arms to suitable applicants.[4]


Heraldic offices
Preceded by
Sir Henry Paston-Bedingfeld
Rouge Croix Pursuivant
1995 2004
Succeeded by
John Michael Allen-Petrie
Preceded by
Thomas Woodcock
Somerset Herald
2004 present
Preceded by
William Hunt
Registrar of the College of Arms
2014 present
Honorary titles
Preceded by
Hubert Chesshyre
Honorary Genealogist to the Royal Victorian Order

See also


  1. Notice of death of Sheila White, telegraph.co.uk; accessed 13 April 2015.
  2. London Gazette profile; accessed 13 April 2015.
  3. The College of Arms Newsletter no. 25, June 2010, pg. 2; accessed 13 April 2015.
  4. Profile, telegraph.co.uk, 20 November 2011.

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