MATRICULATION OF ARMS
As I was born in Scotland, and my father, mother and past lineage lies in Scotland it was accepted that it would be through the Lord Lyon’s office that my application for Arms was steered staring 2nd August 2022. The timescale for a decision was tempered by a royal death and coronations in London and Edinburgh. After gathering up past ancestors’ arms, requesting and justifying specific elements old and new to be included in the unique design the application was granted and a Warrant for Letters Patent was issued on 22nd August 2023. The queue to receive the completed specialist art works and seals in not too long but the crafting of the document is meticulous and takes time.
The process of being granted ARMS started with research into past family arms and understanding the complex regulations and traditions of preparing ARMS. Each set of arms is unique and held by a specific family member. Generic family name plaques are available in shops or through the internet to represent a recognition of common identity. Arms represent one individual and remains corporeal property, copyrighted and protected.
In the distant and medieval past ARMS were a way of identifying who was who in battle and in societies across Europe in particular and the known world.
Wives and daughters could also bear arms modified to indicate their relation to the current holder of the arms.
The use of arms was and remains strictly regulated. This is carried out by heralds and the study of coats of arms is therefore called "heraldry".
In London the College of Arms holds the records of Arms and through their offices and heralds Arms are painstakingly managed.
In Scotland the Lord Lyon, currently Dr Joseph Morrow, heads and directs the office of Arms, receiving applications, researching rights, and ensuring that the traditions and rules are followed.
I am indebted to Lord Lyon and his office for guiding me through this process and to Allen Crawford for his patience in creating and adapting the design to an exemplary and unique interpretation of the individual components and also to Ross McEwen a learned and enthusiastic historian of heraldry for his encouragement and support.
National plant (flower) of Scotland
Though commonly reviled as a livestock predator and man-eater, the wolf was also considered a noble and courageous animal, and frequently appeared on the arms and crests of numerous noble families. It typically symbolised the rewards of perseverance in long sieges or hard industry.
THE JERUSALEM CROSS
An adapted christian cross which is specific to Jerusalem and hints at the 1st Crusade in 1099 when Robert of Flanders played a significant part in the siege of Jerusalem.
Freemasonry has been in the family story from its inception, in Scotland and in England up to present day times. Many branches of the family gather up the masonic tradition through Rosslyn, Sinclair and the early Stuarts.
In heraldry the Gryphon, with the the head, neck, wings and talons of an eagle conjoined to the legs and back body of a lion, denotes strength, military courage and leadership.
Merit in honour. True reward is earned through honour, respect and bringing relief to those who are in distress.