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Robert Gillespie of Blackhall, OBE, Baron of Blackhall

Registered: The International Register of Arms, 17th March 2014. Registration No. 0298. (Vol.2) (Lordship & Barony Register)

Arms: Per fess invected, in chief per pale dexter Azure, sinister Gules, and in base Argent, a three-masted galley Or, sails furled Argent, oars in action Sable, bow penant Gules, main penant Argent, and stern penant Vert, between a cross-crosslet fitchee Argent in dexter chief and a dexter hand couped at the wrist fessways grasping three bolts of lightning Argent in sinister chief, and a pomeis in base.

Crest: A cat-a-mountain rampant guardant Proper grasping in the forepaws a pomeis

Motto: Oh Pilgrim Heart Forget Not The Cat.

Badge: A pelet charged with a fleur-de-lys Or [for the barony of Blackhall]

Grant: The Court of the Lord Lyon, 28th August 1995  in Volume 77 folio 84

Matriculation: 10th January 2003 Volume 85 folio 18

The Arms of Robert Gillespie of Blackhall, OBE, Baron of Blackhall

The Dignity of the Barony of Blackhall was registered in the Scottish Barony Register on 15th March 2012 under reference SBR 2012/4

Standard: The badge appears in the second compartment together with the crest in the first and third compartment of a standard three and a half metres in length of four tracts Azure and Argent with split ends and having a St. Andrew’s cross Argent in the hoist, with the motto in letters Or upon two transverse bands Gules, the words “Oh Pilgrim Heart” upon one band and the words “Forget Not The Cat” upon the other.

The Gillespies are an associated family of the Macpherson clan, the name deriving from the 13th century progenitor of clan Chattan, the Clerich, Gillespic. The Lord Lyon grants armorial bearings to Scots Gillespies designating them as cadets of Cluny, the Chief of Macpherson, although the Gillespie 3-masted galley, or Lymphad, is differenced from the single-masted, Macpherson of Cluny galley, but maintains the Lord-of-the-Isles cadency. The crest is the Chattan Wild Cat, rampant to emulate the Scottish Lion, holding a pomeis to represent the original armiger's spouse.

The Standard of The Arms of Robert Gillespie of Blackhall, OBE, Baron of Blackhall

The escutcheon includes symbols of the original armiger's military service and beliefs, and, especially, his desire to show the Lymphad being rowed into the wind. The motto also derives from the Chattan "Touch not the cat bot a glove," motto; the original armiger wanted his foreign offspring never to forget their Scots Chattan origins, and, initially quoting from Pilgrim's Progress, chose "Oh pilgrim heart, forget not the Cat."

The chapeaux, baronial robe, badge and standard are born by the armiger in right of his barony of Blackhall. The helm is that of a Scottish baron.

 

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