My interests lie in the uses and users of heraldry across all countries and time periods. My current research focuses on early modern English pursuivant and heraldic writer John Guillim.


MLitt, Family and Local History, Dundee University (2017)
DPhil, Particle Physics, University of Oxford (2007)
MSc (Hons), Physics, University of Auckland (2003)
BA, Ancient Greek, BSc, Physics and Applied Maths, University of Auckland (2001)


  • Transcription of a c1610 manuscript notebook by John Guillim, at the time Portsmouth pursuivant of arms. (Folger MS V.a.447).
    Phase 1 (ongoing)  is the production of a TEI-encoded transcription (current output at https://github.com/philipallfrey/guillim-folger-va447)
    Phase 2 will be the production of a digital scholarly edition of this text, and an updated biography of Guillim.

  • Creation of a digital map of English Market towns circa 1820 in GeoJSON format.
    Phase 1 (complete) is the geolocation of all the market towns listed in a contemporary source.
    Phase 2 (ongoing) is the reconciliation with identifiers in the Ordnance Survey OpenNames ontology.
    This is a sub-project of the following.

  • Case study of armorial bearings usage in England in 1821, based on assessed taxation returns in TNA series E182.
    Phase 1 (ongoing) involves data entry for ~15,000 parishes.
    Phase 2 will involve analysis and correlation with other sources


Associate of the Académie Internationale d’Héraldique

Member of The Royal Society of New Zealand – Te Apārangi

Member of The Heraldry Society


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