Monday, 17 June 2019

Biggar Crest Exhibition: The Duke of Argyll

Among the Crests of the Order of the Thistle on display at Biggar Museum until August 10th, is the "boar’s head couped Or, armed Argent and langued Gules" of John George Edward Henry Douglas Sutherland Campbell 9th Duke of Argyll KG KT GCMG GCVO PC (1845-1914), a son-in-law of Queen Victoria.






Crest photo by Edward Mallinson

Sunday, 16 June 2019

Bell Family Convention

The Bell Family Convention took place in Gretna today: the Supervising Officer was Snawdoun Herald.


Biggar Crest Exhibition - Viscount of Arbuthnott

In order to build up some momentum for summer visitors to Scotland, we will look each day at one of the 19 crests on display at the The Exhibition of Crests of the Order of the Thistle in the Biggar and Clydesdale Museum. It is open until August 10th, Tuesday-Saturday 10am - 5p.m. Admission Free.

Today we look at the peacock crest of the late John Campbell Arbuthnott, 16th Viscount of Arbuthnott, KT, CBE, DSC (1924-2012):







Scottish Week in Sydney continues

The Kirkin of the Tartan took place in the Hunter Baillie Memorial Church, Annandale, Sydney, part of the Australian Presbyterian Church, on the 16th June. The Lord Lyon read the Old Testament Lesson. The Australian Gaelic Singers sang several pieces.






The Australian Gaelic Singers at the Kirkin' of the Tartan with the Lord Lyon. The members of the Singers are international with members from Brazil to Perth, Scotland . They sang a moving version of the hymn "Abide with me " in Gaelic.


The Lord Lyon spoke at The Scottish Australian Clans and Families Forum on the 16th June. The other Speakers were Susan Cooke and Dr Frank Davidson who discussed how their families came to Australia. Dr Davidson illustrated the heraldry of the Davidsons of New England.



Saturday, 15 June 2019

Scottish Week in Sydney begins

The Scottish Australian Heritage Council opened Scotland Week at Old Government House Parramatta. The Lord Lyon is the Honoured Guest and is photographed with the Patron, the Earl of Dunmore, who lives in Tasmania, and Malcolm Buchanan, President.



lunch on the 15th June, the Lord Lyon was given a tour of Old Government House, Parramatta. The original house known as Hunter House is named after Vice Admiral John Hunter RN, 2nd Governor who was a Scotsman who came to Australia in the First Fl



Crest Exhibition - Biggar Museum

The Exhibition of Crests of the Order of the Thistle opened at Biggar and Clydesdale Museum this afternoon. It is open until August 10th, Tuesday-Saturday 10am - 5p.m. Admission Free.



Thursday, 13 June 2019

Lyon in Sydney


Lyon is now in Sydney where he will be taking part in Scottish Week, including a session on Clans.

On the 12th June the Lord Lyon was a guest at Government House Sydney. He was shown the full collection of Coats of Arms of the Governors of the State of which many of the recent achievements were designed by Richard d'Apice AM President of the Australian Heraldry Society.




In the meantime, he has been giving his lectures on the Heraldry of Aspects of Scottish Life and later visited St James's Church Sydney which was consecrated in 1824 and was originally part of the Diocese of Calcutta.




During the Lord Lyon's visit to St James's Church, Sydney, he was shown the only surviving hatchment of a Governor, Sir Robert Duff PC, AC. The heraldic treasure is well preserved and painted on felt.




Biggar Crest Exhibition: The Duke of Argyll

Among the Crests of the Order of the Thistle on display at Biggar Museum until August 10th, is the "boar’s head couped Or, armed Argent...