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CHALONER , THOMAS (d. 1598 ), of Denbigh and Chester , sometimes described as Ulster King of Arms .

Some particulars of this painter , poet , antiquary , and actor are given by W. J. Hemp in ‘ Two Welsh Heraldic Pedigrees, with notes on Thomas Chaloner, Ulster King of Arms ,’ in Y Cymm. , xl. He was the fourth son of Robert Chaloner of Denbigh by his wife Dowce , daughter of Richard Mathew of Lleweni Green, Denbs. As Hemp points out, several members of the family were students of heraldry and genealogy , Thomas Chaloner being employed as an agent by the College of Heralds for some years under the designation of ‘ Deputy to the Office of Arms .’ His appointment as Ulster King of Arms he received on the very day that he died, viz. 14 May 1598 . He was buried in S. Michaels church , Chester . His wife, whom he m. 8 Nov. 1584 , was Elizabeth , daughter of Thomas Alcock , Chester . On 10 Jan. 1587 Chaloner took as his apprentice Randle Holme , the first of four generations of heralds of that name. This Randle Holme I , who m. Chaloner 's widow, took his stepson, JACOB CHALONER ( 1586 - 1631 ), as his apprentice . He d. 25 Nov. 1631 . (For the Randle Holmes family see Jnl. Chester Arch. and Hist. Soc. , 1892 ).

Thomas Chaloner 's great-nephew, ROBERT CHALONER ( 1612 - 1675 ), of Lloran, Denbs. , and Roundway, Wilts. , became Bluemantle Pursuivant in 1660 and Lancaster Herald in 1665 .

To the references given above add Anthony R. Wagner , Catalogue of English Mediaeval Rolls of Arms ( London , 1950 ); in this work in a note it is suggested that Chaloner 's appointment received on the day of his death was that of deputy herald for Chester , not that of Ulster King of Arms .


Sir William Llewelyn Davies, M.A., LL.D., F.S.A. (1887-1952), Aberystwyth

Published date: 1959