Welcome to the website of the White Lion Society!

White Lion friends of HM College of Arms

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.

jblAt 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.

Early in each calendar year the Society holds an Annual Meeting 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-mailĀ 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 Treasurer and Chairman is Adrian Barham.