Office of the Chief Herald of Arms, Malta

CHIEF HERALD OF ARMS MALTA

Dr. Charles A. Gauci

For a biography of Dr. Gauci, please click HERE

HERALDS OF ARMS

St. JOHN HERALD OF ARMS  (Deputy Chief Herald of Arms)

Baron Aaron Gabriel Paul de Giorgio

St. JAMES HERALD OF ARMS (Deputy Chief Herald of Arms)

Ambassador Richard Cachia Caruana

PURSUIVANTS OF ARMS

VALLETTA PURSUIVANT OF ARMS

Perit Nicholas Bianchi

NOTABILE PURSUIVANT OF ARMS and Registrar, Office of the Chief Herald of Arms of Malta

Chevalier Ray M. Cassar

CITTADELLA PURSUIVANT OF ARMS

Zak dei Conti Portelli

SPECIAL OFFICERS OF ARMS EXTRAORDINARY

For the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

The Right Honourable The Lord Lingfield

For the Kingdom of Spain and the West Indies

Lieutenant Commander The Most Excellent Dr. Don Alfonso de Ceballos-Escalera y Gila, Marqués de la Floresta, Vizconde de Ayala and Duca di Ostuni, Grandee of Spain, Chronicler of Arms of Castile and León

For Europe and Asia

The Most Excellency Dr. Don Alfredo Escudero y Díaz-Madroñero, Duke of San Jorge, Marquis of Gori and Baron of Santa María

OFFICIAL CONSULTANT IN LATIN AND PALAEOGRAPHY

Professor the Chevalier Horatio Ceasar Roger Vella

Arms of the Office

Heraldry has its own language, known as ‘blazon’, originating in medieval France.  The blazon describing the Arms of the Chief Herald of Arms of Malta is:

Below a crest coronet of fourteen oak leaves Or issuant from a wreath of the colours and upon a hurt edged of the First bearing the motto VIRTUTE ET CONSTANTIA and debruising two herald’s maces of the First in saltire with dexter finial displaying the Cross and Arms of Aragon and sinister finial the Arms of Fortress Malta both Proper, the shield of Malta, with the whole supported by an Eight-pointed Cross of the Second.

The motto, ‘VIRTUTE ET CONSTANTIA’, alludes to a phrase which reverberates throughout the history of Malta.

Grand Master Jean ‘Parisot’ de Valette used these words in a dispatch to King Philip II of Spain when describing the victory of the Great Siege of Malta in 1565.

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Functions of the Office

  • Registration of Arms already formally granted by another recognised heraldic authority
  • New creations of personal & impersonal Arms
  • Registration of already-established personal & impersonal Arms
  • Ecclesiastical Heraldry

 All Arms granted by or registered by the Chief Herald of Arms of Malta are recognised by the State and are protected against reproduction by others.

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