The Lord Lyon has recently made it clear that
from the 1st March 2018 it will be his intention
to no longer make mention, in Letters Patent granting
armorial bearings, of a petitioner’s ownership of a Feudal
Barony and therefore status as Feudal Baron. The Armorial
Register Limited is
aware of the situation now arising and how
this may affect existing and future barons. New barons will
of course have their Assignation and we are reliably
informed that the Custodian of the Scottish Barony Register
(SBR) is looking into producing a more ‘displayable’
certificate of registration.
someone is or is not a baron has never been within the gift
of the Lord Lyon and has never been dependent upon his
recognition; it is a matter of fact and the facts lie in the
conveyancing material leading up to the Assignation.
Successive Lyons appear to have long accepted that they are
not conveyancers and some time ago Lyon Blair deputed his
decision making as to who has and has not a valid claim to
own a feudal barony to
a ‘man of skill’ who happens to be the Custodian of the
“Scottish Barony Register”. It
has always been the case that, in terms of ‘recognition’,
the most important factor is that the Assignation of the
dignity is accepted for registration in the Scottish Barony Register.
For our part, we will continue to recognize and record as
baron those barons and their heirs who have obtained arms
via the Lord Lyon and had their ownership of the barony
confirmed in the Scottish Barony Register. Those who wish to
record their arms in our own Register of Feudal Lords and
Barons of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern
Ireland will continue to receive a certificate recording
them in their appropriate status.