The Society of Heraldic Art


Stephen Friar  M.Phil, FHS., FSHA  +click image(s) to enlarge

Stephen Friar is a writer and historian, specialising in medieval and architectural history and heraldry. He has written fourteen books, many of which remain in print, including the ever popular Basic Heraldry (The Herbert Press, 2000), splendidly illustrated by John Ferguson FSHA, and the Companion series of books for The History Press, all of which include an element of heraldry, notably The Companion to Heraldry which was revised in 2011. A former member of Arts Council England, he is a Fellow of the Heraldry Society and of the Society of Heraldic Arts which he founded in 1987. In 2000 he was awarded a Master of Philosophy degree by the University of Southampton.

phone: +44(0)1452 814004


Charles Oldham SHA  +click image(s) to enlarge

The starting point for a commission can be anything from a new grant of arms to an illustration, a heraldic description or a blazon. Carving in relief or free-standing work may be left “in the wood” or painted, gessoed and gilded. I have worked for private individuals, schools, local authorities and the armed forces. I design in different historical styles to suit the situation - ancient or modern. Sizes vary from a small memorial piece to a six foot tall full achievement of arms. Examples of my work can be found in Oldham Civic Centre, Llandaff cathedral, various stately homes and individual households.

Tel: +44 (0) 1373 469888


Clare M McCrory SDAD SHA
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Heraldic Artist,Calligrapher and Illuminator. Clare studied at the Reigate School of Art and Design from 1984, graduating 1986 with Anthony and Margaret Wood and Gerald Mynott. Worked firstly with Dr Patrick Barden in his Alloa studio painting flags and banners, and in November 1989 (to date) became one of the freelance heraldic artists and calligraphers in the Court of the Lord Lyon in Edinburgh.

Produces b/w drawings and colour paintings of heraldic designs/ Letters Patents/ Matriculations on calfskin vellum, watercolour paper and artboard; original calligraphy and welcomes commissions for handpainted illuminated initials with floral designs and heraldic beasts, including Palladium and 24c Gold Leaf.


Tel: +44(0)131 661 8274


David Allan, SHA, FSA scot
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I have worked for over twenty years in the Court of the Lord Lyon as an heraldic artist and calligrapher. The Lyon Court is the heraldic authority in Scotland and maintains the Scottish Public Registers of Arms and Genealogies. I use both traditional methods to produce heraldic paintings and calligraphy and also state-of-the-art technology to create digital heraldry, which is, I think, ideal for stationery and I have also converted my calligraphy styles into digital calligraphy. I find this is an excellent, and less expensive way of producing pedigrees, certificates, etc.

c/o The Court of the Lord Lyon 
H M New Register House 
EH1 3YT 
Scotland UK


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