The Court of the Lord Lyon

within St Giles' Cathedral

Published by The Order of the Thistle

With contributions from ROBIN BLAIR, CVO, OStJ, MA, LLB, WS Angus Herald of Arms Extraordinary, sometime Lord Lyon King of Arms and Secretary of the Order of the Thistle · LOUISE BOREHAM, BA, PhD · CHARLES J. BURNETT, KStJ, DA, AMA, MLitt. FSAScot Ross Herald of Arms · ELIZABETH CUMMING, MA, Dip.Hist.Art, PhD, FSAScot · ELIZABETH ROADS, MVO, OStJ, FSAScot, Carrick Pursuivant of Arms, Assistant Secretary of the Order of the Thistle, Editor.

The Thistle Chapel in St Giles’ Cathedral is the chapel of the Order of the Thistle, Scotland’s premier order of chivalry. A jewel of the Arts and Crafts movement, it was built in 1910–11. This book, which highlights the people who worked on the design and construction of the Chapel, follows the first full renovation of the Chapel since it was opened. The book contains 87 photographs, many of which have not been published before, which illustrate the process of the Chapel’s construction and the extraordinary detail of its decoration. A unique insight is given into one of Scotland’s most fascinating buildings.

The book is published in an edition of 1,000 copies. It has 96 pages, measures 285 x 225mm, is printed to the highest standards and is casebound in dark green cloth with a full colour fly cover. ISBN 978 0 9562407 0 5


Robin Blair CVO WS was Lord Lyon King of Arms and Secretary of the Order of the Thistle from 2001 to 2007 during which time the Thistle Chapel underwent a comprehensive programme of cleaning. He is now Angus Herald of Arms Extraordinary.
Dr Louise Boreham is a retired lecturer who has had a long-standing interest in the Thistle Chapel through the participation of relations. Her grandfather, Louis Deuchars, sculpted the original plaster maquettes and her father worked for Scott Morton & Co. the supplier of woodwork over the years.
Charles Burnett Ross Herald of Arms, is a graduate of Gray’s School of Art in Aberdeen and the University of Edinburgh. He was appointed an Officer of Arms in 1983 and was on the staff of National Museums Scotland between 1971 and 1996. He was Chamberlain of Duff House in Banff from 1997 to 2005 and is the President of the Heraldry Society of Scotland.
Dr Elizabeth Cumming is an historian of Scottish art and design. Her most recent book is Hand, Heart and Soul: the Arts and Crafts Movement in Scotland which was published in 2006.
Elizabeth Roads MVO Carrick Pursuivant of Arms, has been associated with the Court of the Lord Lyon and the Order of the Thistle since 1975. In 1986 she was appointed Lyon Clerk and Keeper of the Records and in 1992 an Officer of Arms. In 2008 she became Assistant Secretary of the Order.

— how to order —

The book was published in November 2009. To order, please send your name and address together with payment to: The Book Department, The Order of the Thistle, Court of the Lord Lyon, HM New Register House, Edinburgh EH1 3YT. The price of the book is £25.00 to which you should add the cost of postage as follows: UK £4.00; Europe £6.50; rest of the world £11.50 (air mail). Payment is by cheque or International Bank Draft only and these should be made payable to ‘The Order of the Thistle’.