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Acceptance Policy for the International Armorial Register of Arms

Granted, Recorded or Matriculated Arms

The armorial bearings of persons resident in countries with an existing law of arms and/or granting authority [or former Granting Authority] will only be accepted as having the authority of the Crown (or of the granting authority if outside the UK), if they have been granted, recorded or matriculated by the recognised granting authority and that they are the rightful arms of the applicant. Where armorial bearings are being claimed or used by way of “ancient usage” the editor may ask to see a recent matriculation or exemplification of the arms before they can be recorded against the name of the present bearer. If there is no proof of a grant, exemplification or matriculation from the Crown (or other granting authority) then the armorial bearings will be recorded as Assumed (please note that Scottish armorial bearings will only be accepted if they are recorded in the register of the Lord Lyon King of Arms).

In cases where, for example, a citizen of the United States of America is using armorial bearings by descent from an armigerous ancestor who emigrated to the USA from, say, England or Scotland where the arms were granted to said ancestor, the editor will expect to see a recent matriculation or exemplification of the arms or genealogical proof of descent from an armiger. In the event that the armiger is not inclined to matriculate his/her arms with a heraldic authority or provide genealogical proof of descent from an armiger the arms will be registered as ‘assumed arms’ (see below).

The “status” of arms in the Register will be recorded as Granted, Recorded or Matriculated; alongside a record of the relevant granting authority where there is one. In cases where there is no lawful granting authority the arms will be shown as “assumed” and the date of assumption recorded. The College of Arms (England) has adopted the practice of granting honorary arms to “foreigners”; such arms will be recorded as honorary.

Assumed (Burgher) Arms

Subject to the discretion of the editor all 'assumed' arms will be required to comply with the accepted norms of heraldic design for the host nation. The Company intends the publication to be a register of already existing arms that conform to the laws, customs, and traditions of the country where the arms originate. Where laws and customs governing external additaments are undefined, the register will record only a basic achievement.

Titles, Awards and Medals

Where the applicant uses a title or titles or their armorial bearings feature additaments such as awards and medals, ecclesiastical hats or supporters and coronets of rank the applicant will be expected to assure the editor that they are genuinely entitled to them and that the awards and titles themselves stem from genuine authorities. The Editors decision will be final.

It will be the aim of the editor to ensure that all armorial bearings within the International Armorial are genuine and the persons whose names are included therein will be expected to give an undertaking that the information they have furnished is true in every respect. Where an armiger uses assumed arms he will be expected to satisfy the register that prior to their assumption every effort was made to ensure that the blazon could not be mistaken for any other coat of arms already in use by another person, body or corporation. If, however the editor should discover, that any record may not conform to the information supplied then the relevant entry may be deleted from the register until the point at issue has been resolved.

A contemporary popular view of Lairdship titles has taken a unique twist in the 21st century. Millions of sales of souvenir land plots from buyers who show no interests in the opinions of the Registry of Scotland or of the Court of the Lord Lyon. They see their contract purporting to sell a plot of Scottish souvenir land as bestowing them the informal right to the title Laird. This is despite the fact that the buyer does not acquire ownership of the plot because registration of the plot is prohibited by Land Registration (Scotland) Act 2012, s 22 (1) (b). As ownership of land in Scotland requires registration of a valid disposition under Land Registration (Scotland) Act 2012, s 50 (2) the prohibition on registration of a souvenir plot means the buyer does not acquire ownership, and accordingly has no entitlement to a descriptive title premised on landownership.

The Armorial Register Limited is of the view that it is inappropriate for a person who has purchased what purports to be a souvenir plot of land amounting to little more that a novelty certificate to call himself (or be referred to by others) as “Laird” or “Lord”. Where a person has changed their first name to any form of name which might be mistaken for a title, The Armorial Register Limited will ensure that for clarity the first name is highlighted as being nothing more than a first name and is not a title.

Further Information

Applicants are advised that if they are in any doubt about the acceptability of their armorial bearings they should make prior enquiries. The Armorial Register reserves the right not to accept any application. Where a substantial amount of work or research has been undertaken on any application which proves to be unsuitable for the register (i.e self styled (bogus) titles or no legitimate right to use of arms or additaments) we reserve the right to recoup any costs incurred.

The Armorial Register will undertake to alter and amend any errors to a web page entry as soon as is practicable. Registrants may make additions and alterations to their entry free of charge for 28 days after publication. After the initial 28 day period all corrections, amendments and alterations to an entry will be subject to a £25 administration fee. No charge will be made if a correction is necessary as a result of editorial error. All amendments and alterations will be at the Editor’s discretion.

 

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