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A Practical Guide to Petitioning the Crown for a Grant of Arms

Paul D Jagger

Monday, 23 April 2018 from 18:00 to 21:00 (BST)

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Have you ever wondered what is involved in petitioning, ie. applying for, a grant of arms or registering a family pedigree in the United Kingdom? Coats of arms are inheritable intellectual property granted by the Crown to a single named person and their legitimate heirs.

This presentation and practical workshop is aimed at those persons who might be considering petitioning the Crown for a grant of arms or registering a family pedigree, and are interested to learn more about the process and practicalities involved. No prior knowledge of heraldry, the law of arms, or blazon the language of heraldry, is expected or required.

The workshop will be led by Paul Jagger, a City of London Liveryman with recent experience of successfully petitioning for a grant of arms. Paul is an Arts Society Accredited Lecturer and regular speaker on civic and personal heraldry, he is a member of the Cambridge University Heraldic & Genealogical Society and the Heraldry Society (England and Wales).

A representative Herald from HM College of Arms will also join us for this workshop.

Grant of Arms

There will be plenty of opportunity to ask questions and gain insights in to matters such as the intricacies of the petitioning process, the design of arms, the role of the officers of arms (Kings, Heralds and Pursuivants), the legal standing of coats of arms in the United Kingdom and the various heraldic authorities in the Commonwealth Realms. Plenty of exhibits of how heraldry may be used in practice will also be shown and there will be a light hearted quiz on heraldic matters.

The event will also benefit from representation by the Society of Heraldic Arts, which is the craft association for the world's leading heraldic artists, craftsmen and calligraphers.

You will gain insight in to the experience from the perspective of the petitioner, learn hints and tips that will enhance your experience of petitioning. Myths and misconceptions about heraldry will be dispelled, and preconceived ideas of eligibility trounced thereby increasing your confidence in approaching the College of Arms.

The workshop includes a drinks reception, canapés and refreshments. Every participant will receive a copy of 'A Practical Guide to Petitioning for Arms' in electronic format.

Come armed (pun intended) with lots of questions and be prepared to leave the workshop eager to submit your own petition to HM College of Arms or register your family pedigree.


What is the dress code for the event?

Business attire is appropriate.

Surely I can just purchase my family crest or coat of arms from a website?

Websites offering to sell you your family 'crest' or coat of arms are as lawful and legitimate as those selling unicorn droppings, miracle cures or left over bricks from the Berlin Wall.

I've seen a high street shop offering to sell my Coat of Arms, surely that must be legitimate? 

See the answer to the previous question.

What are my transport options for getting to the event?

The nearest tube station is Barbican, a two minute walk from IT Hall.

Where can I contact the organiser with any questions?


Do you have questions about A Practical Guide to Petitioning the Crown for a Grant of Arms? Contact Paul D Jagger

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The Worshipful Company of Information Technologists
39A Bartholomew Close
EC1A 7JN London
United Kingdom

Monday, 23 April 2018 from 18:00 to 21:00 (BST)

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Paul D Jagger

Paul is the author of The City of London Freeman's Guide, the definitive concise guide to the Freedom of the City of London in modern times. He is a Court Assistant of The Worshipful Company of Information Technologists (100th Livery Company of the City of London) and a Freeman of the City of London.. Paul is a life member both the Farringdon Ward Club and London Historians. 

Paul is a regular public speaker on the City of London's customs, ceremonies, traditions and the role of the Livery Companies. He is a member of the Cambridge University Heraldic & Genealogical Society, The White Lion Society (supporting HM College of Arms) and The Heraldry Society.

In 2016 Paul received the City Livery Club's Root & Branch Award presented by The Right Honourable The Lord Mayor of London, Alderman Lord Mountevans.

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