Welcome to the website of the White Lion Society!

The Society raises funds to support the work and activities of Her Majesty's College of Arms in London. Membership is open to all who are interested in heraldry and supporting the College of Arms. A note of gifts made to the College by the Society can be found by clicking here.

At a meeting of the Heraldry Society in 1984 it was suggested to John Brooke-Little, then Norroy and Ulster King of Arms, that it would be appropriate to found a "Society of Friends" of the College of Arms. He noted that the late Wilfrid Scott-Giles, Fitzalan Pursuivant Extraordinary, had previously suggested the same idea, giving it the notional name of THE WHITE LION SOCIETY (the heraldic supporters of the College of Arms being two white lions taken from the Earl Marshal's Mowbray Supporters). The idea was put before the Chapter of the College by John Brooke-Little and received its approval. The first meeting of the White Lion Society was held in the College of Arms on May 8th 1986.

The Society holds an Annual Meeting in January each year followed by a Reception at the College of Arms. Outings to places of heraldic and historical interest regularly take place, and a newsletter is published to members once a quarter. You can view a copy of the Society's Constitution by clicking here

On this website you will find a membership application form and an order form for Society items, with a payment link to Paypal, a Gallery of sheets of heraldic art by Roland Symons, an Armorial showing the arms of armigerous Members, a note about the Heralds' church St Benet Paul's Wharf, and a list of relevant websites. Any news items of current interest will be temporarily displayed on this first page.

The general secretary of the Society is Roger Whitworth, to whom general enquiries should be addressed either by e-mail to or by post to him at 21 Geneva Close, Worcester WR3 7LZ. Dr John Davies is the membership secretary and manages the Society's Shop. The Chairman of the Society is Melvyn Jeremiah, and the Treasurer is Adrian Barham. This website is managed by the Chairman.


Latest News

Pearl Anniversary Lunch

UPDATE     As at 23rd July there are still a few places left for the Pearl lunch on 10th September. Final numbers have to be notified to the college in the first week of August. Any member wishing to come who has not yet booked should send an email to the Chairman at melgwy@yahoo.com by the end of next week (30th July) with a cheque to follow as soon as possible thereafter.

This year it is thirty years since the foundation of the White Lion Society. The Society's Council has decided that it is appropriate to celebrate this Pearl Anniversary with a luncheon in the beautiful surroundings of Brasenose College, Oxford. It is intended to be an informal affair without speeches or other formalities, but those members attending are invited to bring with them their table banners to provide a festive display. Further details are in the May Newsletter. Members are invited to complete the form enclosed with the Newsletter if they are able to come, and return it with a cheque for sixty-five pounds a head to the Chairman. The size of the party is limited, so those wishing to attend are asked to respond to the Chairman as soon as possible.