The Court of the Lord Lyon is celebrating the 350th Anniversary of the Public Register of All Arms and Bearings in Scotland this year. The Public Register was established in 1672 by an Act of the Scottish Parliament and has been maintained and added to up to the present day by the Court.
The office of Lyon King of Arms dates from the 14th century. The position may incorporate the much older Celtic office of royal Seanchaidh, or King’s Poet, with responsibility for keeping the royal genealogy and attending the inauguration (later coronation) of the King.
The Lord Lyon is the sole King of Arms in Scotland. The Lord Lyon is Head of the Heraldic Executive in Scotland and is the Judge of the Court of the Lord Lyon which has jurisdiction over all heraldic business in Scotland. The Lord Lyon is also responsible for State Ceremonial in Scotland.
In celebration of the Anniversary a series of lectures has been planned. The events are free and will be hosted across Scotland to ensure as many as possible people are able to attend. Full details of all the lectures can be found at 350th Anniversary Lectures.
All welcome to attend.
Lecture 1: Glasgow – 3 March 2022 – “People Make Heraldry: Stories from the Lyon Register” – https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/people-make-heraldry-stories-from-the-lyon-register-tickets-254457056907
Lecture 2: Inverness – 8 March 2022 – “Heraldry – How and Why the Flowering?” – https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/heraldry-how-and-why-the-flowering-tickets-254466946487
Lecture 3: Aberdeen – 16 March 2022 – “The Pride of Lyons” – https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-pride-of-lyons-tickets-254470898307
Lecture 4: Edinburgh – 28 April 2022 – “An Egalitarian Tradition” – https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/scottish-heraldry-an-egalitarian-tradition-tickets-254479092817
Lecture 5: Dumfries – 12 May 2022 – “Stories in Scotland’s Skies” – https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/stories-in-scotlands-skies-tickets-254480938337
Lecture 6: Perth – 14 June 2022 – “A Messenger’s Mission” – https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/a-messengers-mission-tickets-254486013517
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