Friday, 1 June 2012

University of Highlands & Islands granted Arms

For heraldry buffs, the University of the Highlands and Islands has been granted a set of Arms by the Lord Lyon - the story, with image, is at

Incidentally, I've just come across this wee gem on the Lord Lyon's website, suggesting a possible degree of irritation!

The term ‘laird’ has generally been applied to the owner of an estate, sometimes by the owner himself or, more commonly, by those living and working on the estate. It is description rather than a title, and is not appropriate for the owner of a normal residential property, far less the owner of a small souvenir plot of land. It goes without saying that the term ‘laird’ is not synonymous with that of ‘lord’ or ‘lady’. 

Ownership of a souvenir plot of land is not sufficient to bring a person otherwise ineligible within the jurisdiction of the Lord Lyon for the purpose of seeking a Grant of Arms.

Love it!!! The Lyon office website is at

Chris :)

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