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Ian Grant
Finest kilt accessories, heraldic & ornamental hand engraving

Your Own Arms

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Arms engraved on dress sporran Engraving by Ian Grant
Actual size about 1 x 2" (4 x 5cm)

Application for a Grant of Arms

In our links page we include some useful website addresses for those who would like more information about heraldry and those who may consider applying for their own arms. The Scottish Heraldry Society explains in detail who may apply for a Grant of Arms and how it is done.

In short, those who are entitled to apply include:

  • Any person of Scottish ancestry who lives in the UK or the British Commonwealth.
  • Any person, anywhere in the world who can establish an ancestor or living relation in Scotland with a Grant of Arms may apply for "cadet matriculation".

    If no one in your family has or had a coat of arms, but you have a living relation in Scotland who makes a successful application, you may then apply for cadet matriculation. It is necessary for the applicant to show their place within the family and in our links page we include links to a genealogy resource which may be of help.

The illustration is of arms engraved on a dress sporran where the boars' heads, the boar and the battlements on which the crosses are engraved have all been engraved separately, then cut out and mounted on the shield. The blazonThe blazon reads: Or, on a Fess Embattled Azure, between Two Boars Heads Erased in Chief and a Boar Passant in Base Sable, Armed and Langued Gules, Five Cross Crosslets Fitchee of the First. specifies that that the shield is gold, represented by the points, and that the crosses are on an azure background, represented by the horizontal hatching.

An application for arms will normally include a motto and when considering the motto there are some practical considerations to bear in mind. If you plan to have your crest and motto engraved on a cap badge or signet ring that may not be possible if the motto is too long, or may add considerably to the cost. For example, to keep the cost of the armiger's cap badge down we have moulds from which we cast the feathers and the circlet on which the motto is engraved the crest is mounted. However, if the motto exceeds 18 characters, including spaces, it is not possible to use that cast circlet, because we cannot engrave on it. In this case we will make up the circlet from scratch and, because the cast feathers will not match the circlet, we must make these up too. The additional time this takes adds about 50% to the cost of that item.