Effect of Scottish independence on Court of the Lord Lyon

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Dave Davisson

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Aug 28, 2022, 4:37:12 PM8/28/22
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Does anyone know of an article about possible effects of an independence vote on the Court of the Lord Lyon? Independence has not precluded a state office of heraldry in Canada, or Ireland (though very different), though Australia is in a strange situation where it has none but English College of Arms still claims its authority there.

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Nov 26, 2022, 2:29:05 PM11/26/22
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On Sunday, August 28, 2022 at 3:37:12 PM UTC-5, dcdav...@gmail.com wrote:
> Does anyone know of an article about possible effects of an independence vote on the Court of the Lord Lyon? Independence has not precluded a state office of heraldry in Canada, or Ireland (though very different), though Australia is in a strange situation where it has none but English College of Arms still claims its authority there.
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> Dave Davisson

Good afternoon, Dave.

This topic has been addressed previously within this forum. I suggest you find those threads as fellow contributors here will likely do a superior job than I. That said, I will attempt to provide an answer.

Scots heraldry and the office of Lord Lyon substantially predate the Acts of Union (c 1707). Further, Scots heraldry is entirely distinct from its southerly cousin and is often considered the "purest" system internationally. Suffice to say, The Scots are fiercely proud of this and work hard to preserve it - including with prosecutorial power. I see no reason why eventual independence would immediately result in abandonment of this centuries old cultural touchstone.

A similar logic could be extended to the concept of Scots nobility and clan system. Each predates The Union also. Even the old system of feudal "titles" (baronies or lairdships) have proven impossible to remove - despite attempts to do so or erode them to nothingness.

I find it highly probable that Scots heraldry (and Lyon) will continue into the centuries ahead - regardless of whether Buckingham Palace is involved whatsoever.

I hope this is helpful and wish you well.

Cheers,
John
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