Peter O’Donoghue



Peter O’Donoghue is York Herald of Arms at the College of Arms in London. Peter is a heraldic and genealogical scholar with over fourteen years’ professional experience in the field. He entered the profession on graduating from Cambridge in 1994 and worked for many years as a freelance genealogist and historian, whilst also acting as research assistant to a member of the College of Arms. In 2003 he was made a probationer at the College of Arms, and was appointed a Officer of Arms by The Queen in January 2005. He is responsible for designing new coats of Arms for both private individuals and corporate bodies. He also carries out a great deal of heraldic research on behalf of clients, and advises public and private bodies on the use of Arms. Peter has been joint editor of The Coat of Arms journal since 2004 – this is the leading English language scholarly journal dedicated to the subject. He also edits the College’s quarterly e-newsletter. He had delivered lectures on a variety of heraldic subjects and his publications include articles on heraldry in the genealogical press as well as The Coat of Arms. As a historian of organisations he has researched and written a full-length history of one trade body, and conducted historical research for a number of others. He is a freeman of the Worshipful Company of Armourers and Brasiers.

Selected Publications

  • ‘Grants of arms in the early eighteenth century’, The Coat of Arms 3rd ser. 3 (2007), pp. 145-57.
  • ‘Heralds at the Delhi Durbars’, The Coat of Arms 3rd ser. 2 (2006), pp. 107-24.
  • Various articles on heraldic and genealogical subjects in the popular genealogical press, including the magazines Practical Family History, Your Family History, Despatches, and Ancestors. Lectures to heraldry and other societies. Appearances on television programmes such as Who Do You Think You Are?, So You Think You’re Royal?, Mystery Files.

Selected Conference Papers

  • ‘Genealogical Sources at the College of Arms’: -conference paper at Guild of One Name Studies Conference, Bideford, (April 2008).