SINCE the 12th century many thousands of Coats of Arms have been granted toOfficer -in-Waiting
individuals and there is a strong likelihood that these include someone of your surname, or a variation of it. Obviously you could not "bear" such a Coat of Arms
in the official sense, but there is no legal impediment against displaying any
armorial bearings in your home for decoration only, for which they are eminently
suitable. Of course, should you wish to have arms granted to you in your own right, or establish a legal claim to an existing coat of arms, then your proper
approach in the first instance should be to the
College of Arms
Queen Victoria Street
About the Artist Dudley began painting armorial achievements in 1981 following his retirement at the age of 51 from the Royal Air Force after nearly 35 years service. Unable to find suitable employment due mainly to few if any jobs and rampant ageism rife at that time, he was obliged to put to use his natural artistic abilities in order to supplement his meagre service pension. An interest in history coupled with an eye for line and colour set him on the road to painting armorial bearings following a visit to Norwich Cathedral with its wealth of armorial achievements.
From small beginnings working in a spare bedroom, Dudley now works from home in a custom built studio from where he sends his work all over the world. He is well known in heraldic circles, especially in East Anglia where he resides with his wife Margaret, and carries out work for local councils, university colleges, businesses, clubs etc, as well as for individuals. His work has been featured on three different television stations as well as local and regional newspapers.