Sir Henry Burke was born 12 June 1859 to John Bernard Burke (1814-1892) and Barbara Frances MacEvoy (-1887) and died 21 August 1930 of unspecified causes. He married Helena Mary Ray Palmer (-1955) 23 April 1885 .

Sir Henry Farnham Burke, KCVO, CB, FSA (1859 – 1930) was a long serving officer of arms at the College of Arms in London. He was the first son of Sir John Bernard Burke, who was Ulster King of Arms from 1853 until his death in 1892.

Henry Farnham Burke was appointed Rouge Croix Pursuivant of Arms in Ordinary in 1880. In 1887, Burke was promoted to the office of Somerset Herald of Arms in Ordinary. On 26 October 1911, Burke was promoted to Norroy King of Arms to replace Sir William Henry Weldon.[1] In 1913 he was given the additional appointment of Genealogist of the Order of the Bath.[2] On 22 January 1919, he was promoted to the office of Garter Principal King of Arms on the death of Sir Alfred Scott-Gatty.[3] He held this office until his own death in 1930.


Offspring of Sir Henry Burke and Helena Mary Ray Palmer (-1955)
Name Birth Death Joined with
Barbara Helen Mary Farnham-Burke (1888-1967)
John Bernard Mary Burke (1892-1917) 6 November 1892 1 December 1917 France Constance Maria Kirkham (1886-1959)

Heraldic succession

Heraldic offices
Preceded by
Stephen Isaacson Tucker
Rouge Croix Pursuivant
Succeeded by
George William Marshall
Preceded by
Stephen Isaacson Tucker
Somerset Herald
Succeeded by
Everard Green
Preceded by
Sir William Henry Weldon
Norroy King of Arms
Succeeded by
Charles Harold Athill
Preceded by
Sir Alfred Scott Scott-Gatty
Garter King of Arms
Succeeded by
Sir Gerald Woods Wollaston

See also

  • Heraldry
  • Pursuivant
  • Herald
  • King of Arms


  1. ^ London Gazette: no. 28545, p. 7794, 27 October 1911. Retrieved 2007-11-29.
  2. ^ London Gazette: no. 28697, p. 1756, 7 March 1913. Retrieved 2007-11-29.
  3. ^ London Gazette: no. 31168, p. 1956, 7 February 1919. Retrieved 2007-11-29.

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