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Charles Wilfred Scott-Giles (1893 – 1982) was an English officer of arms.[1]

Charles Wilfrid Giles was educated at Emanuel School and Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge, where he read history between 1919 and 1922.[1] Initially he worked on the parliamentary staff of the Press Association before being appointed as secretary of the Institution of Municipal and County Engineers in 1928.[2]

In July 1928 he assumed the surname "Scott-Giles".[3]

He became a leading authority on heraldry, and authored a number of books and articles on the subject. These included:

  • The Romance of Heraldry (1929)
  • Civic Heraldry of England and Wales (1933, 2nd edition 1953)
  • Shakespeare's Heraldry (1950)[4]
  • Boutell's Heraldry (2nd revised edition) (1954)
  • The siege of Caerlaverock rendered into rime (1960)
  • Heraldry in Westminster Abbey (1961)
  • Motley Heraldry (1962)
  • Looking at Heraldry (1967)

He also wrote the standard history of his alma mater, Sidney Sussex College, published in 1951.

Scott-Giles was appointed an Officer of the British Empire, and in 1957 became Fitzalan Pursuivant of Arms Extraordinary.[5] In 1970 he was awarded the Julian Bickersteth Memorial Medal by the trustees and council of the Institute of Heraldic and Genealogical Studies.[6]


  1. ^ a b "Obituary: Mr C. W. Scott-Giles, Influential writer on heraldic matters". The Times: p. 14. 12 March 1982.  
  2. ^ "News in Brief". The Times: p. 11. 27 July 1928.  
  3. ^ London Gazette: no. 33433, p. 6984, 26 October 1928.
  4. ^ Smith, Robert M (July 1950). "Review: Shakespeare's Heraldry". Shakespeare Quarterly 1 (3): 1823–184. Retrieved 2009-04-12.  
  5. ^ London Gazette: no. 41163, p. 5101, 30 August 1957.
  6. ^ "Heraldic Award". The Times: p. 12. 16 March 1970.  


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