John Heaton-Armstrong

Sir John Dunamace Heaton-Armstrong MVO (1888 – 1967) was a long-serving English officer of arms at the College of Arms in London.

Military service

During the First World War he was commissioned into the Cavalry Branch of the Reserve of Officers of the British Indian Army as a second lieutenant,[1] and was later promoted to lieutenant.[2] His first heraldic appointment at the College came on 6 April 1922, when he was made Rouge Dragon Pursuivant of Arms in Ordinary. On 14 October 1926, Heaton-Armstrong was promoted to the position of Chester Herald of Arms in Ordinary.[3] This office was made vacant by the promotion of Arthur Cochrane to the office of Norroy King of Arms. He was made a Member of the Royal Victorian Order (fourth class) (MVO) in 1937.[4] While holding this post, Heaton-Armstrong took a leave from the College of Arms to fight in World War II.[5] During this conflict, he rose to the rank of squadron leader in the Administrative and Special Duties Branch of the Royal Air Force.[6][7] He relinquished his commission in 1944,[8] and returned to the College of Arms, and was knighted in the Coronation Honours of 1953.[9][10]

Service as Clarenceux King of Arms

In 1956, with the death of Archibald George Blomefield Russel, Heaton-Armstrong was promoted to the office of Clarenceux King of Arms.[11] As such, he was responsible for the granting of arms in his jurisdiction south of the River Trent. No doubt because of his war service and perhaps by virtue of his being a King of Arms, Heaton-Armstrong held for some period the honorary post of Inspector of Royal Air Force Badges. Heaton-Armstrong continued to serve as Clarenceux until his own death in late 1967.[12]

Coat of Arms

Heaton-Armstrong's own coat of arms was blazoned Quarterly (1 and 4) Gules three dexter Arms embowed in armour Argent the Hands closed proper (2 and 3) Vert a Lion rampant Argent.

See also


  1. The London Gazette: no. 29316. p. 9774. 5 October 1915. Retrieved 2007-12-13.
  2. The London Gazette: no. 30236. p. 8462. 17 August 1917. Retrieved 2007-12-13.
  3. The London Gazette: no. 33214. p. 6749. 22 October 1926. Retrieved 2007-12-13.
  4. The London Gazette: no. 34398. p. 3182. 14 May 1937. Retrieved 2007-12-13.
  5. The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 34718. p. 7184. 27 October 1939. Retrieved 2007-12-13.
  6. The London Gazette: no. 35076. p. 909. 14 February 1941. Retrieved 2007-12-13.
  7. The London Gazette: no. 35503. pp. 1391–1392. 27 March 1942. Retrieved 2007-12-13.
  8. The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 36643. pp. 3670–3671. 4 August 1944. Retrieved 2007-12-13.
  9. The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 39863. p. 2941. 26 May 1953. Retrieved 2007-12-13.
  10. The London Gazette: no. 39904. p. 3676. 3 July 1953. Retrieved 2007-12-13.
  11. The London Gazette: no. 40695. p. 566. 27 January 1956. Retrieved 2007-12-13.
  12. The London Gazette: no. 44755. p. 13920. 31 December 1968. Retrieved 2007-12-13.
Heraldic offices
Preceded by
Arthur Cochrane
Chester Herald
1926 1956
Succeeded by
James Frere
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