Thursday, 14 December 2017

Lyon Court in Dundee

On Wednesday 13th December 2017, the Lord Lyon held a public sitting of the Lyon Court in Dundee, at the Sheriff Court, by kind permission of the Sheriff Principal, Mrs Marysia Lewis, who attended the sitting. Their Lordship and Ladyship were led in by Lyon Macer Roderick Macpherson bearing the mace designed by Herald Painter Yvonne Holton, Dingwall Pursuivant and made by the eminent Edinburgh silversmith, Ian Grant.

The sitting was in three parts. The first section of business was the hearing of three petitions for matriculation of arms presented in turn by Marchmont Herald, Unicorn Pursuivant and Snawdoun Herald.

Marchmont and Unicorn then left the Court to don their tabards for the second part of proceedings, the installation of two "new" Officers of Arms.

Sheriff George Way of Plean, formerly Falkland Pursuivant Extraordinary, was sworn in as Carrick Pursuivant in Ordinary, and Mark Dennis, advocate, formerly Ormond Pursuivant, was sworn in as Ross Herald Extraordinary. Each Officer in turn was sworn in and signed the Roll.

 They were presented with their tabards, neck-badges and batons by Unicorn, after each presentation being read a charge by Marchmont. 

This is the coat of our Sovereign Lady, The Queen.  Wear it in all humility but always with dignity. Never dishonour it; never permit it to be dishonoured for it is the ancient and most noble ensign of our Nation.

Wear this as an outward badge of Her Majesty’s trust in you and as emblem of your estate, rights and duties as one of Her Officers of Arms.

Bear this loyally, in strength, truth and justice, remembering that by this you are become the very arm of our Sovereign Lady, Her Majesty the Queen. 


Here are Carrick and Ross after the ceremony:

The third part of the sitting comprised the presentation by the Lord Lyon of a new grant of Arms to the Guildry of Dundee. The Lord Dean of Guild attended in his formal robes to accept the new grant, which includes the old "4xx" "maker's mark" symbol as its crest, thus stressing the continuity of the grant. The artist was Annette Reed.

This is the third Head Court Lyon Morrow has held, following Edinburgh and Glasgow in 2016.

All the photographs are by Edward Mallinson.

Saturday, 9 December 2017

Sleep in the Park

Unicorn is representing the Officers of Arms by Sleeping in Princes Street Gardens tonight in aid of the Homeless. Please donate if you can, right up to Christmas Eve. 

Tuesday, 5 December 2017

Head Court in Dundee

At the public sitting of the Lyon Court to be held in Court 1, Dundee Sheriff Court on Wednesday 13th December 2017 at 5.30 p.m., the Lord Lyon will create Mark Dennis Ross Herald Extraordinary and George Way of Plean Carrick Pursuivant. He will also make some grants and matriculations of Arms.

Monday, 4 December 2017

St Andrew's Society of Glasgow

Members of the St Andrew's Society of Glasgow read the lessons at Glasgow Cathedral at Morning Service on Sunday 26th November 2017. The sermon was preached by Rev Dr Joseph Morrow QC, Lord Lyon King of Arms.

Then on the following Wednesday, the Deacon Convener of the Trades House of Glasgow, Dr Alistair Dorward and his wife Sarah, entertained the St Andrew's Society's Chairman, Margaret Sainte Claire, a member of the HSS, and some of the committee to afternoon tea in the Trades Hall to mark the transfer of the Society's charitable funds to the management of the Trades House.


Lyon was the first speaker at the Society of Messengers-at-Arms and Sheriff Officers' CPD session, held at Airth Castle Hotel on Saturday, 2nd December. He gave a very entertaining and informative talk on Corporate Heraldry. Lyon, who is the Honorary President of the Society, then attended the Society's AGM. The photograph shows him on President Alex. Irvine's right.

The sword, which serves as the Society's ceremonial mace, was presented by Sir Francis J. Grant, Lyon, in 1936. It had been kept for several decades in a cupboard at Lyon Office, having been placed there after the dissolution of the ancient Society of Messengers-at-Arms, which had been founded prior to the year 1631. Messengers-at-Arms form the junior and much the most numerous rank of the officers of arms in Scotland.

Officers of Arms adopt a book in the Abbotsford Library

The Lord Lyon and the Officers of Arms have adopted a book, paying for its conservation, in the library at Abbotsford. The book is "The British Herald" by Thomas Robson published in 1830 and dedicated to Sir Walter Scott.

Sunday, 3 December 2017

St Andrewstide Events

Our social secretary, Edward Mallinson, arranged a spectacular weekend of events for us and we look forward to seeing his photographs.

On Friday afternoon, the Lord Provost of Edinburgh, Councillor Frank Ross, granted the Society to a Civic Reception in the City Chambers. Then in the evening, Charles Burnett hosted a drinks reception in the Officers' Mess of Edinburgh Castle.

On Saturday, we had a wonderful St Andrew's Day Lecture and an excellent dinner for more than 100 people in the evening.

Many of the company finished the weekend by attending the Annual St Andrew's Service in St Giles Cathedral with the Knights of the Thistle.