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Aeofric Lachlan Bryan Nicolson of Taransay FSA Scot.

Registered: The International Register of Arms, 27th August 2008. Registration No. 0140.

Arms: Gules an eagle displayed Or, armed beaked and membered Azure, holding in the dexter and sinister talons a star of eight points Argent, ensigned behind the head of the eagle a star of eight points of the Last, within a bordure company of the the Third and Fourth thereon are charged sixteen thistles palewise of the Third and Fourth counterchanged.

Crest: A Red Kite guardant Proper, wings elevated and addorsed, belled Or jessed Gules, holding in the dexter talons a sprig of thistles Proper, ensigned behind the head of the Red Kite (and slightly to the dexter) a star of eight points Argent.

Badge: On the mast of a Lymphad roped Sable, oars in action Gules, sails furled of the second, is placed the Red Kite Proper, holding in the sinister talons a star of eight points Argent, from the topmast a streamer flying to the sinister per of the second and Or, flying from the forecastle a flag of the second and from the sterncastle a flag of the fourth.

The Arms of Aeofric Lachlan Bryan Nicolson of Taransay

Nicolson of Taransay Targe

Mottoes: Above the crest, NIL SISTERE CONTRA on further escroll above, GENEROSITATE and below the shield, AN SPEIREAG DEARG.

Grant: The College of Arms, London. July 1993.

The central feature of the Arms is the Eagle; which is the ancient House Symbol of the Nicolson’s Norse ancestors, coming from Norway, Sweden and Denmark. Then at Dubhlinn and Jorvik (York), and latterly on to the Outer Hebrides and at the N.W. Highlands, at Assynt and Coigach. The Nicolsons held Lewis and Harris for over three centuries.

Nicolson of Taransay, Standard

The Red Kite, which features as the Crest on the Arms, is the ancient Symbol of The Clan Nicolson dating back to the ninth century. The Red Kite as a symbol came to the Nicolsons after the result of a battle for territory in the Western Isles of Scotland with their cousins the Vikings, who were lead by the great Ragnar Lodbrok, King of Sweden and Denmark. On that day many Nicolson Clansmen were lost and, upon that bloody site, hawks were seen flying overhead. As Ragnar Lodbrok said of it "The Kites were grieved for the loss of their friends ", after this day the Nicolson Chiefs would carry on their shield three red Hawks’ Heads.

The Badge of Aeofric Lachlan Bryan Nicolson of Taransay

 

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