• History of the Court of the Lord Lyon

    The Court of the Lord Lyon, established in the fourteenth century, is a court in Scotland tasked with the regulation of heraldry. Lord Lyon, the one and only King of Arms, is Judge of the Court and Head of Heraldic Executive. This court is responsible for maintaining grants of arms’ register, also called the Public […]

  • Coat of Arms Banner and Vexillology

    Coat of arms banner is basically a flag which bears the same picture as a coat of arms. What does it look like then? Well, it’s a square or oblong piece of fabric, slightly larger than a pennon. The emblems painted on the banner of arms are identical with owner’s shield of a full heraldic […]

  • Heraldic Mythical Animals – The Scottish Unicorn

    The unicorn, a magnificent white, horse- or goat-like beast. Its identifying feature is a long, spiralling and pointed horn on its forehead, and strong legs equipped with cloven hoofs. It is often seen as a symbol of purity, joy, grace and innocence. A mystical and powerful creature that could heal sickness or pain with its […]

  • Scottish heraldry made easy, or maybe not

    Some of us at least have heard about the sale of plots of land on the moon. Although this must be considered more of a joke, than something anyone would take seriously, a similar service is offered in Scotland. You can buy a small plot for £30, and you are sent a certificate of ownership, […]

  • Scottish heraldry symbols meanings

    Have you ever wondered what the meaning behind symbols displayed on the coats of arms is? Scottish heraldry symbols meanings are slightly different from what you could have learned already about English or Irish armorial bearings. Some elements of an escutcheon are seen more often amongst the Scots: a tressure which is a kind of […]

  • Heraldry

    The notion of Heraldry in Scotland has always been strong. It is, of course, the clan system that has given Scotland such a rich tradition of heraldry with the many different warring families requiring their own unique markings and identity. The Heraldry Society of Scotland was founded in 1977 and has membership from around the […]

  • Kilts and Tartans: Scottish national dress

    Kilts and tartans are made from several feet of fabric and folded into loose pleats and then fastened in place with a leather belt. They are made from tartan fabric and identified with a particular Scottish Clan. To this day, people are filled with intrigue as they still wonder what Scotsmen wear under their kilts. […]