Imperial Society of Knights Bachelor
The Imperial Society of Knights Bachelor was formed in 1908 and received royal recognition in 1912. Its patron
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 is Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II
Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom
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. It is a registered charity and seeks to uphold the dignity of knight bachelor
Knight Bachelor
The rank of Knight Bachelor is a part of the British honours system. It is the most basic rank of a man who has been knighted by the monarch but not as a member of one of the organised Orders of Chivalry...

 and the rights of the degree of knight
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hood at all times, to register every duly authenticated knighthood, and to advise members on matters relating to the degree. Its charitable objectives include the relief of poverty, the advancement of education, support for hospitals, the elderly, and the needy. A particular objective is to encourage knights bachelor within the Commonwealth
Commonwealth of Nations
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 to develop understanding and cooperation between the citizens of the Commonwealth. In 1962 the Society established its own chapel
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 in the Priory Church of St Bartholomew the Great
St Bartholomew-the-Great
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, Smithfield, London
Smithfield, London
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; in 2005 the chapel was moved to the Crypt of St. Paul's Cathedral in London. The Society's badge
Heraldic badge
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 may be worn in the form of a brooch by wives and daughters of knights.

Past Knights Principal of the Society

  1. The Hon. Sir Bargrave Deane
    Bargrave Deane
    Sir Henry Bargrave Finnelley Deane was an English judge.He was the only son of Sir James Parker Deane and was educated at Winchester College and Balliol College, Oxford where he won the International Law essay prize in 1870.In 1870 he was called to the Bar, and from 1892 worked primarily in the...

  2. Major-General Sir Henry Mill Pellatt
    Henry Pellatt
    Major-General Sir Henry Mill Pellatt, C.V.O. was a well-known Canadian financier and soldier....

    , CVO (1911-1923)
  3. The Rt. Hon. Sir William Bull, 1st Baronet
    Sir William Bull, 1st Baronet
    Sir William James Bull, 1st Baronet was a British solicitor and Conservative politician.-Biography:Bull was the son of Henry Bull, a solicitor, and his wife Cecilia Ann Howard, daughter of James Peter Howard. He was returned to Parliament for Hammersmith in 1900, a seat he held until 1918, and...

    , MP (1923-1931)
  4. Commander Sir Arthur Trevor Dawson, 1st Baronet
    Trevor Dawson
    Commander Sir Arthur Trevor Dawson, 1st Baronet , known as Sir Trevor Dawson, was an English armaments manufacturer....

    , Kt., RN (1931)
  5. Sir Gerald Wollaston
    Gerald Wollaston
    Sir Gerald Woods Wollaston, KCB, KCVO was a long-serving officer of arms at the College of Arms in London. Wollaston's family had a firm tradition at the College of Arms. Wollaston's great-grandfather was Sir William Woods, Garter Principal King of Arms from 1838 until his death in 1842...

    , KCB, KCVO (1931-1957)
  6. The Hon. Sir George Bellew
    George Bellew
    Sir George Rothe Bellew, KCB, KCVO, KStJ, FSA was a long-serving officer of arms at the College of Arms is London. An expert genealogist and armorist, Bellew was appointed to the office of Garter Principal King of Arms–the highest heraldic office in England and Wales.-Personal life:Bellew...

    , KCB, KCVO, Kt., KStJ (1957-1962)
  7. Sir Anthony Wagner
    Anthony Wagner
    Sir Anthony Richard Wagner, KCB, KCVO, FSA was a long-serving officer of arms at the College of Arms in London. He served as Garter Principal King of Arms before retiring to the post of Clarenceux King of Arms...

    , KCB, KCVO (1962-1983)
  8. Sir Colin Cole
    Colin Cole (officer of arms)
    Sir Alexander Colin Cole, KCB, KCVO was a long serving officer of arms at the College of Arms in London...

    , KCB, KCVO, TD (1983-1995)
  9. Sir Conrad Swan
    Conrad Swan
    Sir Conrad Marshall John Fisher Swan, was a long-serving officer of arms at the College of Arms in London. Having been first appointed to work at the College in 1962, he rose to the office of Garter Principal King of Arms in 1992, a position he held until 1995...

    , KCVO (1995-2000)
  10. Sir Richard Gaskell (2000-2006)
  11. Sir Robert Balchin, Baron Lingfield
    Robert Balchin, Baron Lingfield
    Robert Balchin, Lord Lingfield is a British educationalist, noted as an advocate for school autonomy. Lord Lingfield serves as Pro-Chancellor of Brunel University and Chairman of the Trustees of ARNI. He is also the Chairman of the League of Mercy and a Deputy Lieutenant of Greater London. He...

    DL (since 2006)
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