JOHN PHILIP BROOKE-LITTLE, ESQ.
CVO, MA, FSA, FHS, FRHSC (Hon)
Born on 6th April 1927 - died on 13th February 2006
John Philip Brooke-Little became a Pursuivant in the College of Arms in 1956, a Herald in 1967,
Norroy and Ulster King of Arms in 1980 and, finally, Clarenceux King of Arms in 1995. He demitted that last office as he was required to do,
on reaching the age of seventy
The greatest of his achievements, outside his service to the British Crown at the College of Arms, were the founding
of The Heraldry Society in 1947 and, in 1950, The Coat of Arms, heraldic magazine.
Commander John Brooke-Little (he was a Commander of the Royal Victorian Order) was a years-long good acquaintance
of mine. His intellectual help was frequently indispensable for the revival of Russia`s heraldry, especially on the initial stages in 1988-1994.
It was especially encouraging that John Brooke-Little, as Honorary Editor, kindly published in his magazine
my rather lengthy account about the years-long exploration of the burial place where the remnants of the murdered last Tsar, Nicholas II, and his family were found.
Thanks to JB-L, my account was published in The Coat of Arms, N.S. Volume VIII, No. 148, Winter 1989, pp. 138-140. The publication was warmly welcomed by the western heraldic society, and I received a great lot of positive opinions. Yet, let`s not forget that the Communist régime still held sway over Russia at that hectic time, and the consequences of the publication might well have become unpredictable for me.
God permitting, I will always keep, as a perfect treasure, JB-L`s personal letters to me from the late 80s and early 90s, as well as several heraldic books and brochures that he was kind enough as to donate to the Russian College of Heraldry.
John Philip Brooke-Little passed away on Tuesday, 13th February 2006. His death will create a very great loss to
all who knew him.
17th February 2006, Russia
With the Saints
give rest, O Christ, to the soul of Thy servant John,
where there is neither sickness, nor sorrow,
nor sighing, but life everlasting.