A new charitable body has been set up in Scotland, The Lord Lyon Society, to give people the opportunity to contribute to the conservation and digitization of the Public Register of All Arms and Bearings in Scotland. The Society aims to protect this unique part of Scotland’s national patrimony and in the longer term provide free access to the Register and its related Court Books.

The Lord Lyon Society Has been set up by the current Lord Lyon, Dr Joe Morrow CBE QC FRSE, to support the Court of the Lord Lyon and to further enliven the promotion of scotish heraldry.  It has secured the support of Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal as Patron.

The Lord Lyon King of Arms is the head of Lyon Court, serving as the judge of the Court, the oldest heraldic court in the world that is still in daily operation.  He is also the most junior of the Great Officers of State in Scotland and is the scottish official with responsibility for regulating heraldry in Scotland and issuing new grants of arms.

The Society’s aims are:

  • To promote scottish heraldry, genealogy and related arts, heritage and culture.
  • To advance heraldic, genealogical and scottish heritage through education and engagement with young people.
  • To aid and support the protection and preservation of the records, archives and collections of the Court and Office of the Lord Lyon.
  • To aid and support the digitisation of those records and to make them accessible to the public at no cost.
  • To support and promote the contribution by the scottish diaspora, especially within the Commonwealth, to heraldic, genealogical and cultural education.

Anyone interested in Scottish history can join the Society as a supporter for £30.

You can find out more about the Society and the work of the Lord Lyon from these links:



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