Granted, Recorded or
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.
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
Titles, Awards and
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.
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.
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.