Court of the Lord Lyon
Acquisition of Grant and Matriculation of
Scottish Coat of Arms
for the guidance of non-British subjects
Grants of a Scottish Coat of ArmsArms by Letters
Patent are not made to non-British subjects.
However read on:
A non-British subject can, if he is able to
trace his ancestry back to a direct or, in some
cases, collateral armigerous ancestor, petition
for a cadet-matriculation, and will be given a
duly differenced version of the armigerous
ancestorís arms showing the Petitionerís own
place within the family.
It is possible, however, for a non-British
subject to obtain a cadet-matriculation off a
grant made under the following alternative
(a) a relative now resident in Scotland or in
one of Her Majestyís realms overseas, and who is
a British subject; or
(b) a deceased ancestor born in Scotland; or
(c) a Scottish ancestor settled in the United
States of America prior to 1783.
In connection with (b) above, here it is
important that information, where available,
concerning the deceased Scottish-born ancestor
should be supplied on:
(i) his place of parish of birth;
(ii) date of birth, if known;
(iii) residence, or the name of the parish in
which he was residing prior to emigration;
(iv) occupation, rank or profession;
(v) parentage, if known;
(vi) place within the family (e.g. eldest or
third son) if known;
(vii) wifeís name, if he was married prior to
emigration; also date and place of marriage, if
(viii) issue, if any.
The Petitioner will require to produce proofs
avouching the above founded on evidence
contained in Parish records, etc.