Sir Henry Paston-Bedingfeld wearing his ceremonial tabard during an annual Garter Service at St George's Windsor

Sir Henry Edgar Paston-Bedingfeld, 10th Baronet (born 7 December 1943) is a British baronet and retired officer of arms.


Family and careerEdit

Paston-Bedingfeld is the only son of Sir Edmund Paston-Bedingfeld, 9th Baronet of Oxburgh Hall, Norfolk, by his wife Joan Lynette Rees. He succeeded to the family title upon his father's death on 24 May 2011.[1] He was educated at Ampleforth College, then an all-boys independent school in Ampleforth, Yorkshire.

Paston-Bedingfeld served as Norroy and Ulster King of Arms, the junior of the two provincial Kings-at-Arms with jurisdiction over the north of England and Northern Ireland, between 2010 and 2014.[2] He had previously been York Herald since 1993[3] and prior to that Rouge Croix Pursuivant from 1983.[4]

He is an Honorary Vice-President of the Cambridge University Heraldic and Genealogical Society and of the Norfolk Record Society;[5] Sir Henry is a liveryman of the Bowyers' Company and served as Master of the Scriveners' Company for 2012–13.

He married, in 1968, Mary Kathleen daughter of Brigadier Robert Ambrose CIE OBE MC. Sir Henry and Lady Paston-Bedingfeld have two sons and two daughters; their elder son, Richard (born 1975) is heir apparent to the baronetcy.

Selected heraldic designs by Paston-BedingfeldEdit



Coat of arms of Henry Paston-Bedingfeld
1. An Eagle displayed Or (Bedingfeld),
2. A Griffin sejant wings elevated Or gorged with a Collar Gules therefrom a Line held in the beak and terminating in a Ring of the Last (Paston)
That of a Knight
Quarterly, 1st & 4th Ermine an Eagle displayed Gules (Bedingfeld), 2nd & 3rd Argent six Fleurs-de-lys three two and one Azure a Chief indented Or (Paston)
1. Despicio terrena, Solem contemplor ("I despise earthly things, I gaze upon the Sun"),
2. De mieulx je pense en mieulx ("I think of better and better things")
A baronet's badge suspended beneath the arms
A Baronet's badge:
Previous versions
Sir Henry impaled his company's arms with those of his family during his year of office as Master Scrivener[9]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^
  2. ^ "College of Arms, What's New – Norroy and Ulster King of Arms". Retrieved 27 September 2010.
  3. ^ "No. 53435". The London Gazette. 23 September 1993. p. 15437.
  4. ^ "No. 49291". The London Gazette. 17 March 1983. p. 3737.
  5. ^
  6. ^ Heraldry Gazette NS 67 (March 1998), 6.
  7. ^ The Heraldry Gazette NS 64 (June 1997), 6.
  8. ^ Heraldry Gazette NS 67 (March 1998), 7.
  9. ^ Scriveners' Company arms Archived 2 April 2015 at the Wayback Machine

External linksEdit

Baronetage of England
Preceded by
Sir Edmund Paston-Bedingfeld
Sir Henry Paston-Bedingfeld
(as 10th baronet)

Succeeded by
Heraldic offices
Preceded by
Thomas Woodcock
Rouge Croix Pursuivant
Succeeded by
David Vines White
Preceded by
Peter Spurrier
York Herald
Succeeded by
Peter O'Donoghue
Preceded by
Patric Dickinson
Norroy and Ulster King of Arms
Succeeded by
Timothy Duke
Civic offices
Preceded by
Peter Esslemont
Master of the Worshipful Company of Scriveners
Succeeded by
John Tunesi of Liongam