Armigerous clan

Armigerous clan

An armigerous clan refers to a Scottish clan, family or name which is registered with the Court of the Lord Lyon and once had a chief who bore undifferenced arms, but does not have a chief currently recognised as such by Lyon Court. Before 1745 all chiefs had arms, however not all of these are recorded in the Public Register of All Arms and Bearings in Scotland, which was only established in 1672. In Scottish heraldry undifferenced arms are only held by chiefs or heads of clans, families or names. A clan is considered a "noble incorporation" because a clan chief is a title of honour in Scotland and the chief confers his or her noble status onto the clan. Because armigerous clans do not have such chiefs, they are not recognised as noble communities and have no legal standing under Scots law. [cite book|last=Friar|first=Stephen|coauthors=Ferguson, John|title=Basic Heraldry|year=1993|publisher=W. W. Norton & Company|isbn=0393034631|pages=p. 102] cite web|url=|title=The search for clan chiefs|accessdate=2008-04-11|work=The Court of the Lord Lyon] cite web|url=|title=What is a clan?|accessdate=2008-04-11|work=The Court of the Lord Lyon]

List of recognised armigerous clans and families

Unless otherwise noted, see footnote cite web|url=|title=Official Scottish Clans and Families|accessdate=2008-04-11|work=ElectricScotland] for source of clans / families

ee also

*Scottish clan
*Lord Lyon
*Scottish heraldry


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