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1. An officer in the British Colleges of Heralds who ranks below a herald.
2. A follower or attendant.

[Middle English pursevant, attendant, from Old French poursuivant, from present participle of poursuivre, to follow, from Vulgar Latin *prōsequere; see pursue.]


1. (Heraldry) the lowest rank of heraldic officer
2. (Historical Terms) history a state or royal messenger
3. (Historical Terms) history a follower or attendant
[C14: from Old French, from poursivre to pursue]


(ˈpɜr swɪ vənt)

1. a heraldic officer of the lowest class, ranking below a herald.
2. an attendant; follower.
[1350–1400; Middle English pursevant < Middle French purs(u)ivant, present participle of pursuivre to pursue, follow]
References in classic literature ?
The case has been much debated by pursuivants and kings-of-arms.
At each of these portals were stationed two heralds, attended by six trumpets, as many pursuivants, and a strong body of men-at-arms for maintaining order, and ascertaining the quality of the knights who proposed to engage in this martial game.
Conrad Swan, then Rouge Dragon Pursuivant , might be able to appear before the committee.
For sickness, a pursuivant in Look About You (1599) afflicted by a potion enters saying 'O O O not too fast; O I am sicke, O very sicke' and comments at his exit: 'O o o o my Lord' (1619, 1719); (13) in William Rowley's A Shoemaker a Gentleman (1608) a sick Barnaby enters 'with a Kercher on' saying 'Oh, oh, oh,' adding 'I have such a singing in my head, my toes are crampt too' (3.
57) Dugdale, as a herald, had worked with arms painters, such as Henry Lilly, Pursuivant Extraordinary in the College of Arms, whose workshop in St Paul's churchyard was another gathering place for antiquaries.
For this was William Dugdale, knight of the realm, for one thing, proud owner of Blyth Hall, and the man's expertise in matters genealogical, scholastic and heraldic brought him a marvellous array of exotic titles: Pursuivant extraordinary, Blanch Lyon, Rouge Croix, Norroy, and Garter Principal King of Arms.
Philippine Ambassador Sahid Glang will address the gathering, which will be attended by guest of honour supreme commander Reghis Romero II, who will be accompanied by past supreme commander Jesus David and KGOR supreme pursuivant Avelino Torres.
Ahead of them was a procession dignitaries, including Alastair Bruce Crionaich, who goes by the title Fitzalan Pursuivant Extraordinary, and her servant, the Gentleman Usher the Black Rod, Lieutenant General David Leakey, Black Rod for short.
31 Witchsmeller Pursuivant and The Queen Of Spain's Beard were episodes of which TV series?
For some reasons unknown to me, Clive Cheesman, Rouge Dragon Pursuivant of the Royal College of Arms in London, has produced with this book, a labor of love.
95) tells of a terrible discover on the River Thames involving the Queen's Lady Pursuivant, Grace, in a new mystery.
A man in tights banged his Black Rod against the door and entered with characters called the Fitzalan Pursuivant Extraordinary and the Rouge Dragon Pursuivant to see lords in ermine and their ladies in diamond-encrusted tiaras and evening gowns next to barons and baronesses.