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The Court of the Lord Lyon
A portrait of The Lord Lyon

The Court of the Lord Lyon - the official heraldry office for Scotland

The Court of the Lord Lyon is the heraldic authority for Scotland and deals with all matters relating to Scottish Heraldry and Coats of Arms and maintains the Scottish Public Registers of Arms and Genealogies.

The Lord Lyon King of Arms is also responsible for State Ceremonial in Scotland.

Find out more about

applying for a coat of arms

Guidance as regards the holding of a Derbhfine or Family Convention

Note regarding Lyon's Decision in the Petition of Willi Ernst Sturzenegger of Arran

General guidance regarding Baronial Additaments and Territorial Designations

Note relating to baronies - 4 December 2009

New Thistle Chapel book - October 2009

News - 26 May 2009

News - 3 December 2008

Frequently asked questions

If you're an overseas visitor researching your Scottish Ancestry these pages may help you track down your:

Coats of Arms | Clans | Tartans

The Officers of Arms in Scotland are:

John Spens tendered his resignation as Albany Herald of Arms on Monday 4th April 2011 with immediate effect. He has given distinguished service as an Officer of Arms under four Lyons, initially as Carrick Pursuivant for eleven years from 1974-1985, and then as Albany Herald for upwards of twenty five years from 1985-2011. 

Procurator Fiscal to the Court of the Lord Lyon:  Alexander M. S. Green, Esq., Advocate in Aberdeen

Herald Painter at the Court of the Lord Lyon:  Yvonne Holton


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The Lord Lyon's Official Coat of Arms, © Court of the Lord Lyon

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