Pursuivant

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Pursuivant (Heralds' College) A functionary of lower rank than a herald, but discharging similar duties; -- called also pursuivant at arms; an attendant of the heralds. Also used figuratively. "The herald Hope, forerunning Fear,
      And Fear, the pursuivant of Hope."
    • Pursuivant The king's messenger; a state messenger. "One pursuivant who attempted to execute a warrant there was murdered."
    • v. t Pursuivant To pursue. "Their navy was pursuivanted after with a horrible tempest."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n pursuivant A follower, attendant, or messenger; especially, one who attended the king in his wars.
    • n pursuivant A state messenger; an officer who executes warrants.
    • n pursuivant One of the third and lowest order of heraldic officers. There are four pursuivants belonging to the English College of Arms, named Rouge Croix, Blue Mantle, Portcullis, and Rouge Dragon. In the court of the Lyon King-of-Arms in Scotland there are three pursuivants, Unicorn, Carrick, Bute. In the court of the Ulster King-of-Arms in Ireland there are four pursuivants, Athlone and St. Patrick Nos. 1, 2, and 3.
    • pursuivant To pursue; follow after; chase.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Pursuivant pur′swi-vant an attendant or follower: a state messenger: an attendant on the heralds: one of four inferior officers in the English College of Arms.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. poursuivant, fr. poursuivre,. See Pursue, and cf. Pursuant
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr., pr.p. of poursuivre, to pursue.

Usage

In literature:

Horsemen in armour guarded it, but they too opened a passage for the pursuivant.
"The Armourer's Prentices" by Charlotte M. Yonge
Pursuivants and informers spread terror through every Catholic household.
"History of the English People, Volume VI (of 8)" by John Richard Green
Pursuivant on Lord Bexley's descent from Cromwell, 185.
"Notes and Queries, Index of Volume 3, January-June, 1851" by Various
Two Pursuivants of Arms.
"Coronation Anecdotes" by Giles Gossip
Even now the pursuivants are on their way to take thee.
"In Doublet and Hose" by Lucy Foster Madison
Some of the heralds' and pursuivants' costumes are very splendid.
"Gossip in the First Decade of Victoria's Reign" by John Ashton
They look down with contempt upon us because they are pursuivants of a King.
"The Poniard's Hilt" by Eugène Sue
The pursuivant to execute the warrant is to set out with men this afternoon.
"A Gentleman Player" by Robert Neilson Stephens
Furthermore they took the pursuivant, slit his ears and cut off his nose.
"Nooks and Corners of Cornwall" by C. A. Dawson Scott
By this time, the pursuivant and his attendants had come up.
"Guy Fawkes" by William Harrison Ainsworth
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In poetry:

To him the simple spell who knows
The spirits of the ring to sway,
Fresh power with every sunrise flows,
And royal pursuivants are those
That fly his mandates to obey.
"Birthday Verses" by James Russell Lowell

In news:

The video with the Windsor Herald, called "Pursuivant," in which Mr Newsome is faux-knighted, followed.
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