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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

Succession to a Scottish Peerage or Nova Scotian Baronetcy - Lyon Court Guidance Note 1

Appointment of Pursuivants of Arms

Note in Petition of George David Menking concerning Feudal Dignities

John G McDonnell Note  

Interlocutor and Note of the Lord Lyon King of Arms in the Petition of Douglas Iain Babington Smith of Craigend


Guidance as regards the holding of a Derbhfine or Family Convention

Note regarding Lyon's Decision in the Petition of Robert Alec Snow Irving of Bonshaw, Chief of the Name and Arms of Irving of Bonshaw

General guidance regarding Baronial Additaments and Territorial Designations

Note relating to baronies - 4 December 2009

Note relating to petitions for Grants of Arms by persons owning a dignity of baron

Thistle Chapel book

Cuninghame decision

Frequently asked questions:

If you are 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:

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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