History of the Office of the Chief Herald

The post of Ulster King of Arms, Herald of all Ireland, was created by Edward VI in 1552, although the earliest reference to a herald of arms for Ireland dates from 1382. In addition to granting and confirming arms, the Office of Arms was also responsible for administering protocol and precedence at Irish Court and worked closely with the Viceroy. The post of Ulster King of Arms continued  until the death its last incumbent, Sir Neville Wilkinson, in 1941. In 1943 the Office of Arms was transferred to the Government of Ireland and renamed the Genealogical office. Since then, the Office has operated as part of the National Library and under the direction of the Chief Herald.

Confirmation of arms to the United Dioceses of Dublin and Glendalough, 2016
Confirmation of arms to the United Dioceses of Dublin and Glendalough, 2016
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