Gerald Wollaston

Sir Gerald Wollaston as Garter King of Arms at the coronation of George VI in 1937.

Sir Gerald Woods Wollaston KCB KCVO (2 June 1874 – 4 March 1957) was a long-serving officer of arms at the College of Arms in London. Wollaston's family had a firm tradition at the College of Arms. Wollaston's great-grandfather was Sir William Woods, Garter Principal King of Arms from 1838 until his death in 1842. His grandfather was Sir Albert William Woods who held the same post from 1869 to 1904.[1]

Wollaston's first heraldic post came in 1902 with his appointment as Fitzalan Pursuivant of Arms Extraordinary.[2] This appointment came on the coronation of King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra in that year. He held this post until becoming a member of the College chapter on 11 January 1906 as Bluemantle Pursuivant of Arms in Ordinary.[3] On 26 February 1919, Wollaston was promoted to the office of Richmond Herald of Arms in Ordinary. He remained a herald in ordinary until 1929, when he was appointed Norroy King of Arms.[4] He became Garter Principal King of Arms in 1930 to replace Henry Burke. Wollaston retired from the post of Garter in 1944 to become the second Norroy and Ulster King of Arms[5] and served as such until his death in 1957.

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  1. "Sir Gerald Woods Wollaston". The Times. The Times Digital Archive. 5 March 1957. p. 10.
  2. The London Gazette: no. 27440. p. 3681. 6 June 1902. Retrieved 2007-11-28.
  3. The London Gazette: no. 27874. p. 270. 12 January 1906. Retrieved 2007-11-28.
  4. The London Gazette: no. 31206. p. 2856. 28 February 1919. Retrieved 2007-11-28.
  5. The London Gazette: no. 33409. p. 5207. 3 July 1928. Retrieved 2007-11-28.
Heraldic offices
Preceded by
Gordon Ambrose de Lisle Lee
Bluemantle Pursuivant
1906 – 1919
Succeeded by
Hon. Philip Cary
Preceded by
Charles Harold Athill
Richmond Herald
1919 – 1928
Succeeded by
Henry Robert Charles Martin
Preceded by
Sir Arthur William Stuart Cochrane
Norroy King of Arms
1928 – 1930
Succeeded by
Sir Algar Henry Stafford Howard
Preceded by
Sir Henry Farnham Burke
Garter Principal King of Arms
1930 – 1944
Preceded by
Sir Algar Henry Stafford Howard
Norroy and Ulster King of Arms
1944 – 1957
Succeeded by
Aubrey John Toppin
Preceded by
Trevor Dawson
Knight Principal of the Imperial Society of Knights Bachelor
Succeeded by
George Bellew
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