Major-General the Lord Walter Devereux, Earl of Hereford, Privy Councillor - Matt Heath

Major-General the Lord Walter Devereux, Earl of Hereford Player: Matt Heath
Rank: Earl (Rank 4)
Religion: Church of England

A dashing, handsome and wealthy bachelor Lord Devereux is a rising star of Court, recently elevated to His Majesty’s Privy council and named a war hero by the King for his actions at Rome. Certainly when he first arrived at the palace as a twenty-one year old, newly commissioned as a Major General and only recently into his title as Earl there was no guarantee that his career would be as illustrious as it so far has.

However actions in the North West passage (including apparently slaying a dragon single-handed), the defence of Calais, the Battle of Venice (where he personally led those troops entrusted with taking key positions in the city) and then the defeat of the Witch King at Rome, along with his continual focus on matters military, have craved out a reputation as one of the nation’s foremost army officers. This has only been furthered by his recent involvement in the establishment of the Officer Training College within Scone and his provision for scholarships for those who “show significant merit and application”.

He has furthered this name for himself with his fervent hunting of traitors at court, especially notable being the bringing to Justice of both Jack Hooke and William Marshall, both of whom he personally watched the executions of. However it does appear her has a less stern side being a noted philanthropist and reformer of parish and poor laws for relief of the destitute. This has led to him being an active member of the House of Lords and it is rare that a bill goes past that establishment without him making sure his opinion is heard, whether positive or negative.

His direct style and no nonsense approach has been known to create friction and certainly he seems to have attracted the less than pleased attention of the Catholic church, but more specifically the Jesuits, as well as several other groups. A Major-General of the Dragoons

Coat of Arms for Walter Devereaux, Earl of Hereford


The War Years

“Army History”, an informational booklet published by the Army of Albion recruitment office in 1995.

…owe much to the reforms of Walter Devereux, Duke of Hereford. The then Earl of Hereford had begun, with the Lord-General of the Army and Dragoons to incorporate new structures and tenets within the Army before the Episcopal Crisis. The nature of conflicts within the country prevented swift reforms, and indeed the slow adaptation of the Army has been shown by countless Military Historians to have been more advantageous. Promoted to Lord-General and head of the Army in the last year of the Episcopal Crisis, Lord Devereux formed the New Model Army during the rebuilding of Albion. His personal success in not only efficiently managing riots, developing techniques well before his time, and incorporating all aspects of military combat into tactics, show one of the greatest military minds…

“Scone Officer Training College”, upon being given a Royal Charter for the exclusive training of Her Majesty's Officers, unveiled the following plaque

Scone Officer Training College Serving the Crown Indebted to Walter Devereux for showing the way.

Jerusalem in Albion's Green and Pleasant Land

From Hansard, part of Lord Henry Wallstone's speech regarding the Wellfare State reforms of 1923, given in the House of Lords

”…and do all remember the works of the Duke of Hereford and Bishop Laud who three centuries ago began that which we now complete. In a time of oppression, hunger and carelessness for human life, the Duke created provisions for the poor to be clothed and fed and set to work that every man and woman of Albion might benefit the Kingdom and the Kingdom benefit its every subject. The true Christian man, unstinting in his resolve to see God's word made real…”

Public Works

A stone at the cliffs of Marian-on-Sea

In memory of George Sheppard. A brave man killed for no reason. May Albion see more of his like, and less of those as the traitors that murdered him.

The New Rose Plaque, c. 1662

The New Rose reopened by appointment to King Matthew Tudor and the Grace of Walter Devereux, Duke of Hereford, Patron and Appreciator.

The Biography of John Wyndham, Baron Wyndham, MP

Written by Lord Walter Devereux in his later life, the account is a largely sympathetic one that hardens as the Baron's treachery becomes clear. The conclusion is a melancholy one, but Wyndham is never portrayed as evil, rather a sad and unfortunate character misled by ambition.

Romantic Poems, by Sir Charles Bankham

It has been speculated by scholars as to he identity of the poet known as Bankham. It was speculated, in 1934 in an undergraduate thesis, that Sir Charles was none other than Walter Devereux, Duke of Hereford.

“Of all the Lord's gifts it is love that is the most powerful, the most precious and the most sought after. When I was a younger man I thought honour and glory were most important to me but as I grew as a man I saw that without love they were hollow things. Love of God and Love of a Lady is what inspired me most through my life and I lay some trifles of the second before the reader. There is a simple truth here, that nothing I have achieved in my life to date would have meant anything without the Lady that so inspired these works.”

It seems I had lost my very heart,
But I do know where to find it,
‘Tis in the hands of one I trust,
And her name it is Eliza.

It seems I had lost my scared path,
But I do know where to find it,
‘Tis in the hands of one I trust,
And her name it is Eliza.

It seems I had lost my purest hope
But I do know where to find it,
‘Tis in the hands of one I trust,
And her name it is Eliza.

It seems I had lost my deepest love
But I do know where to find it,
‘Tis in the hands of one I trust,
And her name it is Eliza.

And Her name?
‘Tis everything,
To me.

The Duke and Duchess and their Time


From “The Papers of Walter Devereux, Duke of Hereford: Great Correspondences Series” (London: Old Tower Press, 1968)

“I consider myself to have had a most fortunate life. I have caught traitor after traitor, won battle after battle. I have risen to the top of my career and I have served the throne of Albion directly. I have walked in Heaven and in the Garden of Eden. I have been the bearer of the Holy Grail. And all this pales in comparison to one thing, that which became core to my very being and has defined who I am for so long. Without this I would never have achieved half of those things I have done, if not more. Without it Albion may have fallen already but God fated it differently for us all. In a tavern one night I spoke with a Lady, though she was a commoner then, but it was clear to me she was a lady. We talked long about much and by the end of the evening I knew something in my life had changed for in my heart a love had begun. Together we stood and defended the throne, first we hid our care but it soon became clear we could not. It is that love that conquered so much and laid so much evil low and I thank the Lord Our God for bestowing such a kindness on us both.”


The Duchess of Hereford retired at a relatively early age from courtly pursuits and the Duke followed suit soon after. Together the couple lived a long life into retirement, spending much of their time in the sphinx grounds in Hereford.

Eliza died after a short illness, with Walter at her bedside, surrounded by their 12 children. After her death, two angels came, one appearing almost mortal in a brown robe, the other made entirely of shifting words. After standing in solemn contemplation for some time, the angel in the brown robe slowly lifted her body, and together, the angels left, flying to the east.

Walter lived on for another year in peace and tranquility, awaiting to join his beloved. One day he rode out into the hills of Hereford and never returned.

Many years on, occasionally a powerful golden leopard and a beautiful white heron are seen together in the distance in Hereford.

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