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I  was appointed as Honorary Editor of the Coat of Arms in succession to Clive Cheesman, Richmond Herald and Peter O’Donoghue, York Herald, in September 2017, having previously served as a council member of  the Heraldry Society from 2006 to 2016, of which I was  Vice Chairman from 2011-13, and Chairman  from 2013-15. I began my medical career in General Practice, and  subsequently returned to hospital medicine in order to undergo further higher medical training. As a medical researcher I  published  23 peer reviewed scientific papers; plus seven book chapters in five medical textbooks, while also working as a full time consultant physician, and  teaching, as an Honorary Senior Lecturer  at Imperial College London.  Many historical papers were also researched and published during the same period. I achieved my  long held career aim of retiring from medicine in 2017, in order to complete my first heraldry book, and  focus on heraldic and genealogical research, writing and lecturing. Still a member of the  Cambridge University Heraldic & Genealogical Society,  I  served on its council from 1982-87,  as Secretary from 1983-4, was President from 1984-5, and elected as a Vice President in 2020.  I have  been a member of the Court of Trustees of the Institute of Heraldic & Genealogical Studies in Canterbury since 2005, and became its Chairman in 2019.

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Gonville and Caius College         1982-1985



Cambridge University                  1985-1987

School of Clinical Medicine                               



Fellow of the Royal College           2006    of Physicians of London                                  


B.A. (Hons)    Cambridge University      1985           

M.B.,B.Chir.  Cambridge University      1987                                          

M.A.               Cambridge  University     1989                                         

Fellow of the Society of                   2013​

Antiquaries of London                                       

Academician of  the Académie       2016

Internationale  d’Héraldique   


Fellow of the Heraldry Society      2018


Fellow of the Institute of                2022

Heraldic & Genealogical Studies                                                        

Freeman of the City of                    2004


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