Patric Dickinson (genealogist)

Patric Dickinson

Dickinson robed as Secretary of the Order of the Garter
Born (1950-11-24) 24 November 1950
Residence London
Nationality British
Other names Clarenceux King of Arms
Education Marling School
Alma mater Exeter College, Oxford
Occupation Genealogist
Years active 1968–
Employer HM The Queen
Organization College of Arms
Salary £49.07 (as Garter Principal King of Arms)
£20.25 (as a provincial King of Arms)
£17.80 (as a Herald)
£13.95 (as a Pursuivant)
Title Clarenceux King of Arms
Term 2010–
Predecessor Hubert Chesshyre CVO
Board member of President, Society of Genealogists
Religion Anglican
Awards LVO 2006

Patric Laurence Dickinson LVO (born 24 November 1950) has served as Clarenceux King of Arms since 2010. A respected genealogist, he has worked at the College of Arms in London since 1968.


Dickinson was educated at Marling School in Stroud, Gloucestershire, before going up to Exeter College, Oxford, where he read modern history and graduated as MA. He was President of the Oxford Union Society and was subsequently called to the Bar at the Middle Temple. Dickinson served as a research assistant at the College of Arms from 1968 until his appointment as Rouge Dragon Pursuivant of Arms in Ordinary in 1978.[1] He served as Richmond Herald from 25 January 1989 until 6 April 2010.[2] On 6 April 2010 he was promoted to the office of Norroy and Ulster King of Arms,[3] holding this office very briefly until he was further advanced to Clarenceux King of Arms on 1 September 2010.[4] In 2004 Dickinson was named Secretary of the Order of the Garter.[5] He is also, inter alios, a Vice-President of the Anthony Powell Society and was elected President of the Society of Genealogists in 2005.





See also


  1. The London Gazette: no. 47662. p. 12188. 13 October 1978. Retrieved 28 September 2015.
  2. The London Gazette: no. 51630. p. 1187. 30 January 1989. Retrieved 28 September 2015.
  3. The London Gazette: no. 59386. p. 6157. 9 April 2010. Retrieved 28 September 2015.
  4. The London Gazette: no. 59536. p. 17131. 6 September 2010. Retrieved 28 September 2015.
  5. The London Gazette: no. 57231. p. 3208. 12 March 2004. Retrieved 28 September 2015.
  6. The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 57855. p. 3. 31 December 2005. Retrieved 28 September 2015.
Heraldic offices
Preceded by
Theobald Mathew
Rouge Dragon Pursuivant
Succeeded by
Timothy Duke
Preceded by
Michael Maclagan
Richmond Herald
Succeeded by
Clive Cheesman
Preceded by
Thomas Woodcock
Norroy and Ulster King of Arms
Succeeded by
Henry Paston-Bedingfeld
Preceded by
Hubert Chesshyre
Clarenceux King of Arms
Honorary titles
Preceded by
Hubert Chesshyre
Secretary of the Order of the Garter
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