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Peter Gwynn-Jones wearing the robes of an officer of the Order of the Garter

Sir Peter Llewellyn Gwynn-Jones, KCVO (born 1940) is a long-serving officer of arms at the College of Arms in London. He is the current Garter Principal King of Arms, the senior English officer of arms.


Life and career

Gwynn-Jones was born in 1940, the son of Major Jack Gwynn-Jones, of Cape Town. He was educated at Wellington College, and Trinity College, Cambridge, where he obtained an MA. In 1970 he joined the College of Arms and became assistant to Sir Anthony Richard Wagner, who was the Garter Principal King of Arms, and in 1973 was appointed Bluemantle Pursuivant of Arms in Ordinary.[1] In 1982 he was promoted to herald,[2] and served until 1995 as Lancaster Herald of Arms in Ordinary and as House Comptroller of the College of Arms. In 1995 he was appointed Garter Principal King of Arms.[3]

Honours and appointments

Gwynn-Jones was Inspector of Regimental Colours from 2 October 1995, and Inspector of Royal Air Force Badges from 1996.[4] As Garter Principal King of Arms he was also appointed in 1995 Genealogist to the Order of the Bath,[5] Genealogist of the Order of St Michael and St George, and Genealogist of the Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of Saint John of Jerusalem. He was Secretary of the Harleian Society from 1981 until 1994, and non-executive Vice-President of The Heraldry Society from 1996. Gwynn-Jones was appointed Lieutenant of the Royal Victorian Order in 1994, promoted Commander of the Royal Victorian Order in 1998, and appointed Knight of Justice of the Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of Saint John of Jerusalem in 1995.[6] In anticipation of his retirement HM The Queen promoted Gwynn-Jones Knight Commander of the Royal Victorian Order in the 2010 New Year Honours.[7]

Coat of arms

The coat of arms of Peter Gwynn-Jones

Gwynn-Jones's coat of arms was granted on 8 May 1971. The blazon for the shield is Argent goutté Gules a Fret engrailed and molined at the mascle point Sable. At the same time, Gwynn-Jones was granted the crest of A Coati sejant Sable collared and lined Or. This coat of arms represents the first effort at heraldic design by Gwynn-Jones. Gwynn is Welsh for white and his ancestors bettered themselves through careers in the army. Thus, the red drops on a white field are an allusion to both his name and his ancestry. The crest is derived from the fact that his paternal ancestors came from Coity. This allusion is apt because Gwynn-Jones also had a particular liking for the animal.

See also


  • Gwynn-Jones, P. Ll. (1998) The Art of Heraldry : origins, symbols, designs, London : Parkgate, ISBN 1-85585-560-7


  1. ^ London Gazette: no. 45947, p. 4481, 6 April 1973. Retrieved on 2007-12-21.
  2. ^ London Gazette: no. 48932, p. 4121, 25 March 1982. Retrieved on 2007-12-21.
  3. ^ London Gazette: no. 48932, p. 4121, 25 March 1982. Retrieved on 2007-12-21.
  4. ^ London Gazette: no. 54442, p. 8321, 19 June 1996. Retrieved on 2007-12-21.
  5. ^ London Gazette: no. 54193, p. 14335, 24 October 1995. Retrieved on 2007-12-21.
  6. ^ London Gazette: no. 54309, p. 1807, 6 February 1996. Retrieved on 2007-12-21.
  7. ^ London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 59282, p. 3, 31 December 2009. Retrieved on 31 December 2009.
Heraldic offices
Preceded by
Francis Sedley Andrus
Bluemantle Pursuivant
1973 – 1982
Succeeded by
Terence David MacCarthy
Lancaster Herald
1982 – 1995
Succeeded by
Robert John Baptist Noel
Preceded by
Conrad Swan
Garter Principal King of Arms
1995 – present


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