Heraldic Ranks and Titles As Used in the West Kingdom
Last Updated: October 30, 2013 (AS XLVIII)

This is a listing of the titles registered for use in the West Kingdom, what branch they are associated with, and if they have a specific job description, a short description ... This is not a listing of who currently holds any specific position.

It should be noted that there is a difference between a heraldic title, and a permanent heraldic rank. The following information is from the Herald's Handbook (Duties and Responsibilities of Rostered Heralds A):

Ranks: There are two kinds of rank within the College of Heralds of the West, “Permanent” and “Job Title”. “Permanent” rank is based upon your skill, knowledge, and activity level. “Title” rank is based upon your current duties.
Permanent Rank: The permanent ranks are as follows: “Cornet” is a training rank, which is given to beginners. Cornets are not listed on the Roster, unless they are the official heraldic officer for a branch. The first rostered rank is “Pursuivant Extraordinary”, which is given to someone who has shown a continuing interest in heraldry, a willingness to work, and talent in any of the heraldic areas. “Pursuivant” is the highest permanent rank in the College of Heralds of the West, and is generally given to those who continue to work and have shown competence in all three of the heraldic areas.

Pursuivants and PEs may be “at-large”. This means that they are not attached to a specific branch or Vesper’s staff, but work for the College as a whole.

Job Titles: In the West Kingdom, all Titled Heralds are highly skilled, knowledgeable people. The Vesper Principal Herald is the chief heraldic officer in the Kingdom. Titled Heralds and Titled Pursuivants are either Principality Heralds, Baronial Heralds, or are attached to Vesper’s staff [...]. Titled Heralds and Titled Pursuivants who hold the “permanent” rank of PE are addressed as Acting (Title); Principality Heralds who have not yet been confirmed in their offices are also addressed as Acting (Title). Confirmation in office usually occurs after six months of service in the office.

The heraldic officers attached to a Barony or Province are all Titled Pursuivants whose titles are attached to their branches. They are addressed as (Title) Pursuivant or as Acting (Title) Pursuivant, if their “permanent” rank is not Pursuivant. The herald for a shire or other small branch is addressed as Pursuivant for (Branch), or as Acting Pursuivant for (Branch) if their “permanent” rank is PE.

A Cornet acting as a branch herald would be addressed as Acting (Title) Pursuivant or as Acting Pursuivant Extraordinary for (Branch), depending on whether or not the branch is allowed an heraldic title. Cornets are encouraged to advance, at least to the “permanent” rank of PE, as soon as possible.


West Kingdom College of Heralds Senior Staff Titles

For a description of these job titles, see: Duties of the Major Heraldic Positions A or Senior Staff Job Descriptions.
To see who holds these titles currently: Contact the Senior Staff.

The Vesper Principal Herald -- The Primary Herald of the West Kingdom
   The Compline Herald -- Successor to the Vesper Principal Herald
   The Green Crown Pursuivant -- Clerk to the College of Heralds; Deputy to The Vesper Herald
The Matins Herald -- Submissions Deputy
The Banner Herald -- Court Deputy
   The Gonfanon Pursuivant -- Deputy to The Banner Herald
The Greencloak Herald -- Field and Duty Deputy
The Latimer Herald -- Heraldic Consultation Table Deputy
The Brachet Herald -- College of Arms Commenting Deputy
   The Leveret Pursuivant -- Deputy to The Brachet Herald
The Baldric Pursuivant -- Education Deputy
The Golem Herald -- Awards List, Ceremony Book, Herald's Handbook, Herald's Website Minister ...
The Sea-Wolf Herald -- The Primary Herald for the Principality of the Mists
The Sable Swan Herald -- The Primary Herald for the Principality of Cynagua
The Stellanordica Herald -- The Primary Herald for the Principality of Oertha
The Money Bag Pursuivant -- Exchequer for the College of Heralds (Title rejected by Laurel, September, 2004)


The Principality of the Mists

The Sea-Wolf Herald -- The Primary Herald for the Principality of the Mists

Shire of Calderium
Peacock Pursuivant

Barony of Darkwood
Pinnacle Pursuivant

Province of the Mists
Nebuly Pursuivant

Province of Southern Shores
Silvergull Pursuivant

Barony of Vinhold
Puncheon Pursuivant

Barony of Westermark
Black Mark Pursuivant


The Principality of Cynagua

The Sable Swan Herald -- The Primary Herald for the Principality of Cynagua
Sable Cygnet Pursuivant -- (Registered, but no description is given for the purpose)

Barony of Fettburg
Bentcastle Pursuivant

Province of Golden Rivers
Glora Fjord Pursuivant (registered as: Glura Fjiord Pursuivant)
Golden Rivers Pursuivant (This title is also registered in the Ordinary and Armorial database)

Barony of Rivenoak
(Title registration in process, in the meantime, use "Rivenoak Pursuivant")

Province of Silver Desert
Snowbound Pursuivant
Silver Desert Pursuivant (This title is also registered in the Ordinary and Armorial database)


The Principality of Oertha

The Stellanordica Herald -- The Primary Herald for the Principality of Oertha
The Sejant Wolf Herald -- Herald in Charge of any Principality Court, designated as the "Voice of the Coronets"
Arcturus Herald -- (not registered) personal herald to the Coronet
Wolfhound Pursuivant -- Submissions Deputy

Shire of Earngyld
Sea Eagle Pursuivant

Barony of Eskalya
Peregrine Pursuivant

Barony of Winter's Gate
Estoile Pursuivant

Barony of Selviergard
(Title registration in process, in the meantime, use "Selviergard Pursuivant")


The Marches

The Green Boot Pursuivant -- Deputy for the Marches

Barony of Allyshia
Sea Lion Pursuivant

Barony of The Far West
Far West Pursuivant (Temporary title while name change from Golden Peach Pursuivant is made ...)
Golden Peach Pursuivant (Currently registered title)

Barony of Tarnmist
Blue Heron Pursuivant


Heraldic Titles not in use but registered to the West Kingdom:
Golden Gate Pursuivant
Privy Clerk Pursuivant
Sable Quill Pursuivant


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