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Definition of the noun Pursuivant

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noun - plural: pursuivants

  1. [archaic] follower
  2. [heraldry] a herald of the College of Arms
  3. [freemasonry] a Grand Lodge Officer who guards the inner door during a meeting of the Grand Lodge


Pursuivant: A pursuivant or, more correctly, pursuivant of arms, is a junior officer of arms. Most pursuivants are attached to official heraldic authorities, such as the College of Arms in London or the Court of the Lord Lyon in Edinburgh. In the mediaeval era, many great nobles employed their own officers of arms. Today, there still exist some private pursuivants that are not employed by a government authority. In Scotland, for example, several pursuivants of arms have been appointed by Clan Chiefs. These pursuivants of arms look after matters of heraldic and genealogical importance for clan members.

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Google previewThe Papers of William Penn, Volume 1 (1981)

1644-1679 by William Penn

A pursuivant is a state messenger with the power to execute warrants. OED, 3oo. William Steele of Dublin was a Quaker. 3ol. Probably Mathias Foster, a Quaker who had been released from prison in Dublin on 29 Nov. See n. 1 15. Note that ...

Google previewDe Republica Anglorium

The Pursuivant is an officer in this court, to bring any man before the Judges whom they shall name. The matters in this Court at this day, are almost all ...

Google previewRichard III (2010)

by Harold Bloom, Janyce Marson

A Pursuivant is a state messenger authorized ...

Google previewMedievalism of Lawrence of Arabia (2010)

by M. D. Allen

(A pursuivant is a junior version of a herald, but Lawrence uses both words, often of the same man, to denote a messenger.) But with that exception heraldic language must be used in Seven Pillars in a transferred sense, not describing ...

Google previewDe Republica Anglorum (1906)

A Discourse on the Commonwealth of England by Sir Thomas Smith

The Pursuivant is an officer in this court, to bring any man before the Judges whom they shall name. The matters in this Court at this day, are almost all ...

Google previewThe Director of Ceremonies (1920)

His Duties and Responsibilities by Algernon Sidney Rose

Literally, a Pursuivant is a functionary of lower rank than a herald, and a state messenger. The duties of a consecrating Inner Guard are invested with a higher meaning. Apart from keeping the door from within, and admitting none but brethren ...

Google previewSicily Herald and the Blazon of Colours (Renaissance Colour Symbolism I) (2017)

by Roy Osborne

A pursuivant is an apprentice, or herald in training. 31 .

Google previewThe Shakespeare Name Dictionary (2004)

by J. Madison Davis, Daniel A. Frankforter

Pursuivant,. R3, a servant orofficer ofacourtoflaw ranking belowa herald. Sh. dramatized a story told byHolinshed (3.723) inwhich Lord Hastings misinterprets an omen. Justbefore Hastings'condemnation, hemeets an agent of justice who ...

Google previewLondon Encyclopaedia; Or, Universal Dictionary of Science, Art, Literature and Practical Mechanics (1829)

Comprising a Popular View of the Present State of Knowledge

PURSUIVANT, n.s. Fr. poursuivant. A state messenger; an attendant on the heralds. How oft do they with golden pinions cleave The flitting skies, like flying pursuivant! Spenser. Send out a pursuicant at arms To Stanley's regiment; bid ...

Google previewThe Oxford Dictionary of Phrase and Fable (2006)

by Elizabeth Knowles

pursuivant an officer of the College of Arms ranking below a herald. The four ordinary pursuivants are Rouge Croix, Bluemantle, Rouge Dragon, and Portcullis . The word is recorded from late Middle English, denoting a junior heraldic officer, ...

Google previewA Military Dictionary and Gazetteer (1881)

Comprising Ancient and Modern Military Technical Terms, Historical Accounts of All North American Indians, as Well as Ancient Warlike Tribes; Also Notices of Battles from the Earliest Period to the Present Time, with a Concise Explanation of Terms Used in Heraldry and the Offices Thereof. The Work Also Gives Valuable Geographical Information by Thomas Wilhelm

Pursuivant. The third and lowest order of heraldic officers. The office was instituted as a novitiate, or state of probation, through which the offices of herald and king-at-arms were ordinarily to be attained, though it has been held that a herald or ...

Google previewEncyclopaedia Perthensis, Or, Universal Dictionary of the Arts, Sciences, Literature, Etc. : Intended to Supersede the Use of Other Books of Reference (1816)

PURSUIVANT. n. s. [poursuivant, Fr.] A state messenger; an attendant on the heralds.

Google previewEncyclopaedia Heraldica Or Complete Dictionary of Heraldry (1828)

by William Berry

Junior, with a label for difference, Portcullis Pursuivant of Arms.] Temp. William and Mary. Holgate, [Waldon, Essex,] or, a bend, betw. two bulls' heads, couped, sa.

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Pursuivant Meaning

Video shows what pursuivant means. follower. A herald of the. A functionary of lower rank than a herald, but discharging similar duties, called also pursuivant at ...

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