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SOURCES, NOTES & CREDITS: Background illustration from Mackenzie’s “The Science of Herauldry”, 1680, page 35 and the blazon from the same source, page 36 both specific to Haliburton of Pitcur. The text is from various internet articles including Wikipedia.

Sir James Haliburton of Pitcur, 1556-1619 Scottish landowner and politician

He was the son of Sir George Haliburton of Pitcur 1536-1597 who had an ancestor killed at Flodden and who married Elizabeth Learmonth. He granted his son, our Sir James, the the lands of Thorngreen in 1586 and who married in the same year Margaret, daughter of James Scrimgeour of Dudhope

Sir James succeeded his father in 1597 as laird of Pitcur. In 1617 as the laird of Pitcur,
he represented the barons of Forfarshire in the convention of Estates and in the Parliament of Scotland. It was about this time he was knighted.
Sir James died on 21 April 1619, age 63

According to Sir Thomas Innes of Learney, “Scots Heraldry” 1956, pp131-132, this laird would have qualified for supporters both as the holder of a barony inherited from his father who had held this barony before 1592 and being called to Parliament before 1636.

Regarding the use of supporters, Mackenzie states in his“The Science of Herauldry”, 1680, on page 94, “ I crave to assert, that all our Chiefs of Families, and old Barons in Scotland may use supporters.” A little further on he states: “The Lairds of Pitcur, did, and do use, two wild cats, for their supporters.” ( So there we are: who are we in the twenty-first century to argue with a sixteenth century authority on the subject. Editor )

Issue of Sir James and his wife Margaret:
[1] James Haliburton of Pitcur who married Maria daughter of Robert Ker 1st Earl of Roxburghe

[2] William Haliburton who married Marjorie, daughter of David Carnegie, 1st Earl of Southesk

[3] George Haliburton of Keilour grandfather of Margaret Haliburton who married Sir George Mackenzie in 1670

[1] James Haliburton who was commissioner for Forfarshire at the time of the union
[2] Magdalen Haliburton who married John Carnegie, 1st Earl of Northesk
[3] Margaret Haliburton who married James Elphinstone, 1st Lord Coupar

Altogether a well connected family these Haliburtons..

The illustration is a rendition of John Hamilton Gaylor

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