Lord Lyon King of Arms
Lord Lyon King of Arms
All heraldry in Scotland is controlled by the Court of the Lord Lyon King of Arms, commonly known as the Lyon Court, and is located at New Register House in Edinburgh, Scotland.
Older medieval heraldry in Scotland is extensive, but
poorly documented, which is hardly surprising given the course of Scottish
history. Certainly, it can be shown that
heraldry existed by the last quarter of the twelfth century, but records of
heraldry from the time before the War of Independence were like as not lost,
whilst other early records appear to have been treated very much as the personal
property of the heralds and have thus been lost.
Modern Scottish heraldry , however, can be said to have
started in 1672. In that year
a law was passed by the Scottish parliament which set up the "Public
Register of All Armorial Bearings of Scotland" which is usually called the
Lyon Register. The idea
behind this register was to enable the Lord Lyon to more effectively administer
heraldic law by ensuring that there was a central record independent of the
person of the office holder. Unless
a coat of arms is registered here, it has no legal standing in Scotland.
In order to persuade people to record the arms which they had been using,
registration was free till 1677, and in the first volume are recorded many well
known Scottish coats of arms. Since
1677 fees must be paid in order to record arms in Lyon Register.
The Lord Lyon is currently assisted by three heralds and
Lord Lyon King of Arms: The Right Honourable Robin Orr Blair, LVO, WS
The Court of the Lord Lyon is in Edinburgh and can be
The Lindsays are one of three great noble houses that still maintain Private Officers of Arms which are recognized by the Lord Lyon but not part of the Court of the Lord Lyon.
The Hon. Alexander Walter Lindsay, is the Private Officer of Arms, Endure Pursuivant to the Earl of Crawford, and represents the House of Lindsay. The official symbol of office for the Endure Pursuivant to the Earl of Crawford is seen at the far left of this paragraph.
Heralds of the Past
Of the six Lyons who served in the years 1542 to 1630, four
of them were Lindsays.
1542-1555: Sir David Lindsay of the Mount
1555-1567: Sir Rovert Forman of Luthrie
1567-1568: Sir William Stewart of Luthrie
1568-1591: Sir David Lindsay of Rathillet
1591-1620: Sir David Lindsay of the Mount
Sir Jerome Lindsay of Annatland
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