869. Grants of arms.

869.     Grants of arms.

The right to grant and regulate armorial bearings has from earliest times been inherent in the office of a King of Arms1 within his province, as representative of the Sovereign, and since the sixteenth century express words delegating this royal prerogative have been inserted in the letters patent of their appointments2. Since the seventeenth century the right of the English Kings of Arms has, however, been subject to regulation by the Earl Marshal, whose warrant is necessary in every case to enable them to assign new arms3. The Earl Marshal's