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Ancient Scottish Patents and Matriculations - by David Hunter of Montlaw

Patent of Arms granted to Sir James Balfour of Pittendreich (1566-67):

Till all and sindrie quhome it effeirs, unto quhais knawledge thir pnts sall cum greting In God evirlasting, we, Schir Robert Forman of Luthrie, Knyt, Lyoun King of Armes, In ye realme of Scotland, wt our brother heralds being requirit be the honourabill Schir James Balfour of Pittendreich, knyt, to assign and gif unto him sic armes in metaill and colloure as maist deulie suld appertene to him and his posterite as become us of our office: In respect whereof, and having consideration of his lynage and all things, We has given and assignit to hym ane scheild sylver, ane chevron sabill, ane selch head in the centrepart thereof, with ane cinquefoil gules betwixt the outher parts of the same, with the bearers and supporters thereof, helme timerall and detoun as hereunder is depainted, quhilk he and his posterite for ever may lefullie bere without reproche for the causs foresaid, we testifie to thir pnts subscryvit be oure clerk of office quhairunto our seile is appensit at Edinburgh, the sixth day of Februar ane thousand five hundret three score six yeirs

Mairchemont

From Heraldic Exhibition, Edinburgh 1891, p. 10 (no. 48) and plate II (1892).

 

Patent of Johnne Lord Maxwell of Hereiss (1567):

Twill all and Sindrie quhome it efferis quhais knawlege thir pntis salcum Greting In god evirlesting We Shir Robert forman of Luthrie Knicht Lyoun King of armes with our brithir herauldis of the realme of Scotland being requirit be the richt honorable Johnne lord maxwell of hereiss to assigne and gif unto him sic armes In mettaill and culloure as maist deulie suld appertene to him and his posteritie as become us of our office to do Quhairfore we having respect to thais thingis that appertenit hes assignit and assignis to him quarterlie the first and thrid [sic] silver an saulter sable with ane Lambeaw of thre feitt gulis secund and ferde silver thre hurtcheonis sable with the beraris of the scheilde helme Tymmerall and Detoun as heirunder Is Depaintit quhilk he and his posteritie may lefullie beir without reproche Quhilk We testifie be thir pntis Subscrivit be Marchemont hairauld our clerk of office quhairunto oure seile of office is appensit At Edinburgh the Secund Day of aprile the zeir of god ane thowsand fyve hundreth thre score sevin zeiris.

From: Stevenson, Heraldry in Scotland, vol. 1, p. 121 (1914). Also found in Heraldic Exhibition, Edinburgh 1891, p. 10 (no. 49) and plate I (1892) and in Balfour Paul, Heraldry in Relation to Scottish History and Art: Being the Rhind Lectures on Archaeology for 1898, p. 205 (1900)


Grant of Crest to Sir James Galloway (1631):

To all and Fingular, to whofe knowledge thefe prefents fhall come: James Balfour of Kinnaird, Knight, Lyon, King of Arms, through the whole Kingdom of Scotland, and Iflands thereto adjacent: fendeth his due commendations and greeting: Know you, That Sir James Galloway, Knight, Mafter of Requefts to Our dread Soveraign, CHARLES, King of Scotland, England, France and Ireland, Defender of the Faith, Etc. One of His Majesties moft Honourable Privy Council in this Kingdom, hath requefted me, by vertue of my Office, to give and affign unto this his ancient Coat-armour, being arg. a lyon rampant, azure, langued, and arm'd Gules; a Creft, with Escrol and Motto; which he may bear without wrong doing to others. To whofe reafonable requft I have condefcended, and for Creft, does affign him to bear above his Helmet, upon an wreath arg. and Azure, a mound befpread, with the rayes of the Sun proper, embrac'd betwixt two Corn ears, Saltoir wayes Or; and above all, in an Escrol this motto, Higher, as here in the margent adjected is to be feen. All which Arms, Creft, Escrol and Motto, I the faid Lyon, King of Arms, doth by thefe prefents ratifie, confirm, give, grant and affign, unto the faid Sir James Galloway, Knight, and to his pofterity for ever, to ufe, bear and fhow forth the famine, in Signet, Shield, Coat-armour, Enfign, or otherwife, at all times, and in all places, a his and their free liberty and pleafure. In witneffe whereof, I have to thir prefents, affixt my hand and feal of Office at Holy-rood-houfe, the nineteenth day of December, in the fixth year of the Reign, of our Sovereaign Lord, King Charles, and of our Redemption, 1631.

James Balfour, Lyon.

From Mackenzie of Rosehaugh, The Science of Heraldry, p. 8 (1680)


Confirmation of Arms to Patrick Hamilton of Littlepreston (1673):

To All and Sundrie whom it effeers I, Sir Charles Araskine of Cambo, knight Baronet, Lyon King of armes, Considering That be the Tuentie one act of the third Session of the Second parliament of our dread Soveraigne Lord Charles the Second, be the Grace of God King of Scotland, England, France, and Ireland, defender of the faith, I am Impowered to visit the wholl armes of Noblemen, Prelats, Barons and Gentlemen within the kingdome and to distinguish them with Congruent differences, And to matriculat the same in my books and registers, and to give armes to vertuous and weell deserveing persons, and Extracts of all armes, Expressing the Blazoning of the arms vnder my Hand and seall of office, Which register is thereby ordained to be respected as the true and unrepealable rule of all armes and bearing in Scotland, To remaine with the Lyons office as a publict register of the kingdome : Therefore Conforme to the tenor of the said act of parliament I testifie and make knowen that the Coat armour appertaining and Belonging to Patrick Hamiltone of Littleprestone, and approven of and Confirmed be me to him, Is matriculat in my said publict register vpon the day and dait of thir presents, and is thus blazoned viz. The said Patrick Hamiltone of Little prestone for his atchievement and ensigne armoriall Bears Gules on a cheverone betuixt three Cinque foiles Argent Alse-many Buckles Azure, Above the Sheild his Helmet mantled Gules doubled Argent, Next is place on ane Torse for his Crest A Greyhounds head couped proper collored Gules garnished Or, The motto in ane Escroll, Fidele, - Which Coat above blazoned I declare to be the said Patrick Hamiltone His Coat and Bearing, In Testimonie Whereof I have Subscryved this Extract with my Hand and have Caused append my Seall of office therto, Given at Edinburgh the Sext day of September and of our Said Soveraigne Lords reigne the Tuentie fyft year, 1673.

From Heraldic Exhibition, Edinburgh 1891, p. 11 (no. 53) (1892).
 

Grant of Arms to the Royal Burgh of Aberdeen by Sir Charles Erskine of Cambo,

Lyon King of Arms (1674):

To all and sundrie whom it effeirs. I Sir Charles Areskine of Cambo, Knight and Baronet, Lyon, King of Arms; Considering, that by several Acts of Parliament, as well of Our dread Soveraign Lord, Charles the Second, By the Grace of God, King of Scotland, England, France and Ireland, Defender of the Faith, as of His Majestie's Royal Predecessors: especially, by the twenty one Act of the third Session of this Current Parliament, I am impowered to visit the whole Arms and Bearings within this Kingdom, and to distinguish them, and matriculate the same in my Books and Registers, and to give Extracts of all Arms, expressing the Blazoning thereof, under my hand and seal of Office: And which Register, is by the fore-cited Act, ordained to be respected, as the true and unrepealable Rull of all Arms and Bearings in Scotland, to remain with the Lyon's Office, as a publick Register of the Kingdom. Therefore, conform to the power given to me by His Scred Majesty, and according to the tenors of the said Acts of Parliament; I testifie and make known, that the arms of old belonging to the Royal Burgh of Aberdeen, and no confirm'd by me, are marticulate in my said publick Register, upon the day and date of thir presents: And are thus blazoned, viz. The said Royal Burgh of Aberdeen Gives for Ensigns Armorial, Gules, three Towers triple towered, within a double Tressure Counterflowred Argent : Supported by two Leopards propper : The Motto, in an escrol above, Bon-Accord (the Word Bon-Accord was given them by King Robert Bruce, for killing all the English in one night in their Town, their word being that night Bon-Accord). And upon the Reverse of the Seal of the said Burgh is insculped, in a Field Azure, a Temple Argent, Saint Michael standing in the porch mitered and vested propper, with his Dexter hand lifted up to Heaven, praying over three children in a boyling Caldron of the first, and holding in the Sinister a Crosier, Or. Which Arms above-blazoned, I hereby declare to have been, and to be, the true and unrepealable Signs Armorial of the Burgh Royal above-named. In testimony whereof, I have subscrib'd this Extract with my hand ; and caus'd append my Seal of Office thereto.

Given at Edinburgh, the twenty fifth day of February, and of Our said Soveraign Lord's Reign, the twenty sixth Year, 1674.

From Stevenson, Heraldry in Scotland, vol. 2, p. 455 (1914). Also found in Mackenzie of Rosehaugh, The Science of Heraldry, p. 9 (1680).


Confirmation of Arms of James Baikie of Tankerness (1686):

To all and sundrie whom it effeers, I Sir Alexander Areskine of Cambo, Knight and Baronet, Lyon king of Armes, Considering that be the twentie-one act of the third Session of second Parliament of our dread Soveraign, Lord Charles ye 2d of ever blessed memory, I am Impowered to visit the wholl Armes of Noblemen, Prelats, Barons and Gentlemen within this kingdome, and to distinguish them with congruent differences, and to matriculat the same in my Books and Registers, And to give armes to Virtuous and weell deserveing Persons, and extracts of all armes expressing the blazoning theirof under my hand and seall of Office, which Register is theirby ordained to be respected as the true and unrepealable Rule of all Armes and Bearings in Scotland, To remain with the Lyons Office As a publict Register of the Kingdom : Therefor Conforme to the tenor of the said Act of Parliament I testifie and Declair That the Coat armour appertaining and belonging to James Baikie of Tankerness . . ., and approven of and confirmed be me to him, is matriculat in my said publict Register upon the day and date of thir presents, and is thus blazoned, viz. : The said James Baikie, For his Atchievment and Ensigne Armoriall Bears argent on a Cheveron gules betwixt three flames of fire a Lyon rampant accompanied with two Stars of the Field, On ane helmet befitting his degree, is set for his Crest a flame of fire proper, with this Motto in ane Escroll, Commodum non Damnum. Which Coat above blazoned I Declair to be the said James Baikie his true Coat and Bearing. In testimonie Whereof I have subscrived this Extract with my hand and have caused append My Seale of Office thereto Att Edinburgh the twentyfyfth of May, and of the reigne of our Soveraigne Lord King James ye 7th the second year, 1686.

Alexr. Areskine, Lyon

From Heraldic Exhibition, Edinburgh 1891, p. 12 (no. 57) (1892).

 
 
 

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