Armigerous clan

Example of an armigerous clan: Coat of arms belonging to the Chief of Clan MacQuarrie. The chiefship is vacant and the arms are on display at Macquarie University, Sydney.

An armigerous clan is 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 recognized 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 only chiefs or heads of clans, families, or names bear undifferenced arms. 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.[1][2][3][4]

See also


  1. Friar, Stephen; Ferguson, John (1993). Basic Heraldry. W. W. Norton & Company. p. 102. ISBN 0-393-03463-1.
  2. "Official Scottish Clans and Families". ElectricScotland. Archived from the original on 9 April 2008. Retrieved 2008-04-11.
  3. "The search for clan chiefs". The Court of the Lord Lyon. Archived from the original on 23 April 2008. Retrieved 2008-04-11.
  4. "What is a clan?". The Court of the Lord Lyon. Archived from the original on 24 April 2008. Retrieved 2008-04-11.

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