Gentleman Usher of the Scarlet Rod

The Gentleman Usher of the Scarlet Rod is the Gentleman Usher to the Most Honourable Order of the Bath, established 14 January 1726.

The Brunswick Herald, an officer of arms of the Order of the Bath, was annexed with the position at the time it was established. The office lapsed in 1857 when the Order of the Bath was remodelled. The Brunswick Herald was not part of the College of Arms, although the final four officer holders were officers in ordinary of the college. The heraldic badge of the enamelled with the arms of the Braunschweig (Brunswick) family, Gules, two lions passant guardant or.[1]

Office Holders from 1725


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  2. ^ "No. 16913". The London Gazette. 2 July 1814. p. 1340.
  3. ^ "No. 20048". The London Gazette. 3 December 1841. p. 3135.
  4. ^ "No. 12545". The Edinburgh Gazette. 11 March 1913. p. 282.
  5. ^ "No. 33371". The London Gazette. 30 March 1928. p. 2337.
  6. ^ "No. 33883". The London Gazette. 15 November 1932. p. 7260.
  7. ^ "No. 38289". The London Gazette. 14 March 1948. p. 2934.
  8. ^ "No. 40123". The London Gazette. 12 March 1954. p. 1527.
  9. ^ "No. 43444". The London Gazette. 25 September 1964. p. 8103.
  10. ^ "No. 44522". The London Gazette. 9 February 1968. p. 1651.
  11. ^ "No. 47919". The London Gazette. 3 August 1979. p. 9877.
  12. ^ "No. 50234". The London Gazette. 20 August 1985. p. 11494.
  13. ^ "No. 52243". The London Gazette. 14 August 1990. p. 13271.
  14. ^ "No. 56510". The London Gazette. 15 March 2002.
  15. ^ Court Circular, 13 June 2006
  16. ^ "No. 58010". The London Gazette. 13 June 2006. p. 8073.
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