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Ian Grant
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Extraordinary Herald’s Badge

Commission by The Lord Lyon King of Arms

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This is the story of the recreation of the badge illustrated here, one of a set made for the coronation of George IV in 1821 and presented to the Lord Lyon to be worn by the Scottish Heralds.   The arrangements for the coronation were lavish: it was the most expensive ever held in Britain and, as with all other regalia made for the occasion, no expense was spared on these badges.   They are still in ceremonial use today.

The commission from The Lord Lyon was for badges for the Extraordinary Heralds: extra heralds who are appointed to supplement those on the ordinary list   The appointment is made for life and honours someone who has served the Lyon Court.   Presently there is one: the ex-Lord Lyon Sir Malcolm Innes of Edingight who is Orkney Herald Extraordinary.   He is also a member of the Lyon Court and one of his duties is to act as usher at the ceremony to instal new Knights to the Order of the Thistle

The Lord Lyon specified that the extraordinary heralds’ badges must comprise the Scottish crown, the figure of St Andrew and the Royal Arms of Scotland.   It would be suspended from a green ribbon: the colour associated with the Order of the Thistle.   Ian Grant had always admired the 1821 heralds’ badges and so decided to base his design on these.   The 1821 badges were made in gold with enamelled crown and St Andrew and with The Royal Arms engraved on the back (incorporating, in the centre, the arms of The House of Hanover).

After Ian had examined the 1821 herald's badge he made a record for the Lyon office of how it had been made.   We repeat this here.

The new badges were to be made in silver so it was decided that silver gilt would offer a good contrast for the crown, the figure and the arms.   Ian also considered that the shape of the Royal Arms of Scotland would not fit neatly into the shape of an oval, so it was agreed that the shield only would be used.

Here is how the new badges were made
1821 Badge, front
1821 Badge, rear