March 8, 2017
…The Windsor Herald defined an Armiger for me recently – a person of eminence. Sir Edward Coke in the sixteenth century defined an Armiger as a member of the Gentry. This is the definition used by William Bortrick in including me in Burke’s Peerage and Gentry in 2012. The entry mentions Tudor Watkins, Baron Glyn Tawe.
“Emeritus, Armiger, or Esquire, is not, like those names given in the Statute 1 Edward VI, c7, s8, a name of dignity, but is (as is also, according to Sir Edward Coke, Gentleman or Yeoman) a name of worship, and cannot be attached to any of the dignities mentioned in the Statute of Edward VI.—The different classes to whom the title of Esquire belongs are:— 1. The sons of all the peers and lords of parliament during the lives of their fathers; the younger sons of peers alter the death of their fathers; the eldest sons of the younger sons of peers and their eldest sons in perpetual succession. 2. Noblemen of other nations. 3. The eldest (and we think, if any, all the) sons of baronets, and the eldest sons of knights. 4. Esquires created expressly with a collar of SS., and spurs of silver—now obsolete. 5. Persons to whom the Queen gives arms by her own letters patent, with the title of Esquire. 6. Esquires of the Bath. and the eldest sons of those Esquires, pursuant to the statutes of the Order. 7. Barristers-at-law, by their office or profession. 8. Justices of the peace, and mayors, while in the commission, or in office. 9. Persons chosen Esquires to the body of the Prince—now obsolete. 10. Persons attending on the Sovereign’s coronation in some notable employment, or persons employed in any superior office of trust (where they have discretionary power, and are not, such as clerks, merely ministerial) under the Crown. or serving in some place of better note in the Queen’s household. 11, Persons who are styled Esquires by the Queen in their patents, commissions, or appointments, such as sheriffs of counties or captains in the army and navy. 19- Attorneys in colonies, where the departments of counsel and attorney are united.”