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News from the The College of Arms

Appointment of Chief Herald of Canada: Dr Claire Boudreau has been appointed Chief Herald of Canada with effect from 26 June 2007. She was formerly Deputy Chief Herald of Canada, Saint-Laurent Herald and Registrar of the Canadian Heraldic Authority. She is also a Fellow of the Royal Heraldry Society of Canada and Academician of L’Academie Internationale d’Heraldique. Her appointment follows the retirement of the first Chief Herald of Canada Robert Watt, who served in that position for nearly twenty years, following the creation of the Canadian Heraldic Authority in 1988. Mr Watt has now been created Rideau Herald Emeritus in recognition of his notable service to Canadian heraldry.

High Court of Chivalry: the most recent publication by the Harleian Society is Cases in the High Court of Chivalry 1634-1640, edited and calendared by Richard P. Cust and Andrew J. Hopper (ISBN 978-0-9540443-2-9; Harleian Society N.S. 18, London 2006), [37] + 361 pages. It contains detailed abstracts of a great many cases heard in the Court of Chivalry during this most active period of its existence, with transcripts of many of the case papers. The cases form a valuable source for genealogical and biographical research, as well as for social and other historical studies. The volume is available at a price of £35, or as the introductory volume to new subscribers to the Harleian Society: contact, visit the society’s website, or write to the Honorary Secretary of the Society at the College of Arms.

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