Thomas Woodcock (officer of arms)

Thomas Woodcock

Woodcock at Garter Day, Windsor Castle on 19 June 2006 (as Norroy and Ulster) (Photograph by: Philip Allfrey)
Born (1951-05-20) 20 May 1951
Residence London
Nationality British
Education Eton College
Alma mater University College, Durham;
Darwin College, Cambridge
Occupation Genealogist
Years active 1978present
Employer HM The Queen
Organization College of Arms
Title Garter Principal King of Arms
Term 2010-present
Predecessor Sir Peter Gwynn-Jones, KCVO
Successor Incumbent
Religion Anglican
Spouse(s) Lucinda Harmsworth King
Awards (CVO)

Thomas Woodcock CVO DL FSA (born 20 May 1951) is the Garter Principal King of Arms.[1]


Woodcock was educated at Eton College. He went to University College, Durham, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree. He then went to Darwin College, Cambridge where he received his LLB degree. He was called to the Bar at the Inner Temple. In 1998, Woodcock married Lucinda Harmsworth King.

College of Arms

He was called to the Bar at the Inner Temple. He began his heraldic career in 1975 as a research assistant to Sir Anthony Wagner, Garter King of Arms. In 1978 he was appointed Rouge Croix Pursuivant.[2] In 1982 he was promoted to Somerset Herald.[3] He held this office until his appointment as Norroy and Ulster in 1997.[4] Woodcock was appointed the Garter Principal King of Arms on 1 April 2010.[5]


Woodcock was appointed Lieutenant of the Royal Victorian Order (LVO) in the 1996 Birthday Honours and was advanced to Commander of the Royal Victorian Order (CVO) in the 2011 Birthday Honours.[6][7]

In December 2005 he was appointed a deputy lieutenant for the County of Lancashire,[8] in which capacity he assists the Lord Lieutenant, Lord Shuttleworth, to represent Queen Elizabeth II in the county.

See also


  1. The College of Arms Newsletter 21 June 2009
  2. The London Gazette: no. 47661. p. 12091. 12 October 1978. Retrieved 28 September 2015.
  3. The London Gazette: no. 49155. p. 14201. 1 November 1982. Retrieved 28 September 2015.
  4. The London Gazette: no. 54756. p. 5349. 6 May 1997. Retrieved 28 September 2015.
  5. The London Gazette: no. 59385. p. 6033. 8 April 2010. Retrieved 28 September 2015.
  6. The London Gazette: no. 54427. p. 4. 14 June 1996. Retrieved 28 September 2015.
  7. The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 59808. p. 4. 11 June 2011. Retrieved 28 September 2015.
  8. The London Gazette: no. 57843. p. 16252. 16 December 2005. Retrieved 28 September 2015.
Heraldic offices
Preceded by
Hubert Chesshyre
Rouge Croix Pursuivant
Succeeded by
Sir Henry Paston-Bedingfeld
Preceded by
Rodney Dennys
Somerset Herald
Succeeded by
David Vines White
Preceded by
Hubert Chesshyre
Norroy and Ulster King of Arms
Succeeded by
Patric Laurence Dickinson
Preceded by
Sir Peter Gwynn-Jones
Garter Principal King of Arms
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