Norfolk Herald of Arms Extraordinary
is an officer of arms
. As an officer extraordinary, Norfolk is a royal herald, though not a member of the corporation of the College of Arms
. Beginning in 1539
this officer was a herald
to the dukes of Norfolk
, though the first holder, John James, was paid a salary
by King Henry VIII
. Subsequent Norfolk heralds have been officers extraordinary, though the office has not always been filled but rather revived when required. The badge
of office, assigned in 1958
, is blazoned as Two Ostrich Feathers saltirewise each charged with a Gold Chain laid along the quill
. It derives from the ostrich feather badge granted by King Richard II
as a mark of special favor to Thomas Mowbray
, Duke of Norfolk, Marshal of England
. Mowbray was also the first to be styled Earl Marshal.
The current Norfolk Herald of Arms Extraordinary is Maj. David Rankin-Hunt, LVO, MBE, TD.