Lyon King of Arms


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Lyon King of Arms

(ˈlaɪən)
n
(Government, Politics & Diplomacy) the chief herald of Scotland. Also called: Lord Lyon
[C14: archaic spelling of lion, referring to the figure on the royal shield]
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"The main purpose of the trip is to meet with any other interested Bairds at the court of the Lord Lyon King of Arms to present our nominations for clan chief.
To get the new crest approved, the community council applied for permission to the Lord Lyon King of Arms, who controls heraldry in Scotland.
When he presented his documents to Scotland's senior genealogist, the Lord Lyon King of Arms, his claim was approved.
Granted by the Rt Hon Lord Lyon King of Arms, Joseph John Morrow, the new coat of arms (pictured) bears one of the distinctive Kirkmadrine crosses and hook - in blue on a silver background - representing Scotland's move from paganism to Christianity.
The Lyon King of Arms Act 1592 states a coat of arms is reserved for people considered to be noble.