Wednesday, 1 August 2012

Family History Show episode 9

The latest edition of the Family History Show has just gone online, this month taking a look at the work of the College of Arms in London, the heraldic authority for England, Wales, Northern Ireland, and most of the Commonwealth countries with Queen as sovereign (excepting Canada and Scotland). To view the show visit

Incidentally, the College of Arms has no role in Scotland, where the Court of the Lord Lyon, under the guiding hand of the Lord Lyon King of Arms, is the legal authority. For more on its role visit A major difference here in Scotland is that the law of arms is treated as part of civil law - hence the 'Court' of the Lord Lyon. Use someone's arms in Scotland that aren't yours and it will soon have you hauled up on a charge...! If you want to know more about the prosecutor responsible, visit the new Facebook page of the Procurator Fiscal to the Court of the Lord Lyon at


Check out my Scotland's Greatest Story research service
New book: It's Perthshire 1866 - there's been a murder... (from June 12th 2012)

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