Gulielmus Dugdale. Aetatis 50. A. MDCLVI.Ovid: Nescio qua natale solum dulcedine cunctas Ducit et immemores non finit esse sui.
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Sir William Dugdale (1605-1686) was an English antiquary. His early life was spent collecting materials for a history of Warwickshire with Sir Symon Archer, and in 1638 he was created a pursuivant of arms extraordinary and a year later he was promoted to the office of Rouge Croix Pursuivant of Arms in Ordinary. He then stayed in London to do some research on the records in the Tower. In 1642 he was summoned to attend the King at York, and when the Civil War broke out he requested to open the castles of Banbury and Warwick as strongholds to keep them out of reach of the rebel forces. In 1644 the King created him Chester Herald of Arms in Ordinary. At the Restoration he obtained the office of Norroy King of Arms, and in 1677 he was knighted and promoted to the officer of Garter Principal King of Arms, which he held until his death.
NPG: D4395. Pennington: 1392 iii of iv.
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