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

The Pearl Anniversary Lunch was held at Brasenose College, Oxford on 10th September. Twenty-nine members and guests enjoyed a most convivial and enjoyable occasion. In proposing a toast to the Society the Chairman, Melvyn Jeremiah, recalled that he had joined the Society in 2002 and had become its Chairman in early 2007. He would be retiring from that post at the end of September and from the Council at the end of the year. At that time he would be handing over responsibility for running the Society website. Norroy and Ulster King of Arms, Timothy Duke, expressed the thanks of the Officers of Arms for the support provided to the College of Arms by the Society, focusing on the recent acquisition of the first-ever grant of an heraldic badge which was an important addition to the College records. [More about this will be included in a forthcoming issue of the Members Newsletter.]