James Frere

For the writer, see James Hatley Frere.
James Frere

James Arnold Frere, FSA (born 20 April 1920, died 26 November 1994[1]) was an officer of arms at the College of Arms in London.


He was the only son of John Geoffrey Frere of Hartley and Violet Ivy Sparks. Following military service in the Intelligence Corps,[2] he began his heraldic career on 24 February 1948 when he was appointed Bluemantle Pursuivant of Arms in Ordinary.[3] Interested in costume, he took part in the ceremonies for the funeral of King George VI and the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II. He held this post until his appointment as Chester Herald of Arms in Ordinary on 23 January 1956 to replace John Heaton-Armstrong.[4] Frere would hold this post until his retirement in 1960 to work in the Law Courts in the Strand.[5] He was author of The British Monarchy at Home (1963) and co-author with the Duchess of Bedford of Now...the Duchess (1964). He inherited a coat of arms from his father. The blazon was Or two Leopards Faces in pale between Flaunches Gules.

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  1. Obituary in The Times 10 Dec 1994
  2. The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 37678. p. 4016. 6 August 1946. Retrieved 2007-12-12.
  3. The London Gazette: no. 40695. p. 566. 27 January 1956. Retrieved 2007-12-12.
  4. The London Gazette: no. 38221. p. 1492. 27 February 1948. Retrieved 2007-12-12.
  5. The London Gazette: no. 42185. p. 7463. 4 November 1960. Retrieved 2007-12-12.
Heraldic offices
Preceded by
Richard Preston Graham-Vivian
Bluemantle Pursuivant
1948 1956
Succeeded by
John Brooke-Little
Preceded by
John Heaton-Armstrong
Chester Herald
1956 1960
Succeeded by
Walter Verco

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