"The Clarenceux King of Arms and Principal Herald of the South, East and West parts of England" is an officer at the College of Arms, who is responsible for the area south of the river Trent. He is one of the two regional heralds of the College, the other being the Norroy and Ulster King of Arms who is jointly responsible for those two areas. The name is thought to be derived from the honour of Clare, Suffolk through the Duke of Clarence.

The southern area of the United Kingdom is traditionally of a higher average social class, with many northerners assuming everyone from the south is "posh" and generally well-off. This area contains some highly affluent areas such as London, Oxford and Cambridge.

Some previous holders of this position:
1894-1911 G.E. Cokayne, Esq., F.S.A.
1911-1919 Sir William H. Weldon, K.C.V.O., F.S.A.
1919-1922 C.H. Athill, Esq., M.V.O., F.S.A.
1922-1926 W.A. Lindsay, Esq., C.V.O., F.S.A.
1926-1927 G.A. de L. Lee, Esq., C.B., C.V.O.
1928-1954 Sir Arthur W.S. Cochrane, K.C.V.O.
1954-1955 A.G.B. Russell, Esq., C.V.O., F.S.A.
1956-1967 Sir John D. Heaton-Armstrong, M.V.O.
1968-1978 J.R.B. Walker, Esq., C.V.O., M.C.
1978-1995 Sir Anthony R. Wagner, K.C.B., K.C.V.O., D.Litt., F.S.A.
1995-1997 J.P.B. Brooke-Little, Esq., C.V.O., F.S.A.
1997-Present D.H.B. Cheshhyre, Esq., C.V.O., F.S.A.

  • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clarenceux
  • http://www.cam.ac.uk/societies/cuhags/info/o_of_a/cx.htm

Clar"en*ceux, Clar"en*cieux (?), n. Her.

See King-at-arms.

© Webster 1913.

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