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 Secretary of the Society is Roland Symons, to whom general enquiries should be addressed either by e-mail to or by post to him at 5, Weatherly Avenue, BATH, BA2 2PF. The Chairman of the Society is Melvyn Jeremiah, the Treasurer is Adrian Barham, and the Newsletter Editor is Alan Buckingham.

Latest News


We are in urgent need of volunteers to take over from our Newsletter editor Alan Buckingham and our Honorary Secretary Roland Symonds. Both are long-serving officers of the Society and gave notice at the Council meeting last March of their wish to retire at the end of this year. The Chairman has already written to all members with e-mail addresses urging them to consider volunteering for the post of Newsletter editor and a further letter will be sent shortly. It is essential to find enthusiastic people to fill both posts, which are vital to our continuance. If you think you could fill one of these jobs please send an e-mail to the Chairman.


With effect from 1 July 2014 Timothy Duke, previously Chester Herald, has been appointed Norroy and Ulster King of Arms in succession to Sir Henry Paston-Bedingfeld, Bt. who retired the previous day after nearly four years in office, and a total of thirty-one years as an officer of arms. It will be recalled that at the last AGM it was announced that Sir Henry had been made an Honorary Member of the Society in his personal capacity. We congratulate Mr Duke on his appointment,