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07a. Unicorn Pursuivant
07a. Unicorn Pursuivant

Blazon: Parted per fess Or and Azure a lymphad of the First, sails furled, oars in action and tackling all Proper, flag and pennon flying Gules, in dexter canton a dexter hand fessways couped holding a dagger erect, in sinister canton a cross crosslet firchée all Gules, in dexter and sinister base a thistle slipped Or, all differenced by a label of three points Argent

SOURCE/NOTES & CREDITS: Background illustration and blazon from the website of the Court of the Lord Lyon. For text, pages 104 & 105 from “Officers of Arms in Scotland 1290-2016”, pages by Charles Burnett, Scottish Record Society, Edinburgh, 2016 and from biographical information found in the website of the Court of the Lord Lyon. The text used was based on and adapted from these sources.

The Unicorn Pursuivant of Arms is Roderick Alexander Macpherson appointed on 1 September 2021. Previously he had been appointed Falkland Pursuivant of Arms Extraordinary in March 2018. Macpherson was born in 1963 and is a graduate of Oxford University. He was appointed a messenger-at-arms on 22 Jan 1987 and appointed Lyon Macer on I March 2012.

Macpherson is a Fellowof the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland and sometime Secretary of the Oxford University Heraldry Society. He is a Trustee of the St. Andrews Fund for Scots Heraldry since 2015. Macpherson married in 1990 Dr. Christine Margaret Boyd and they have a daughter Christina Elizabeth Calderwood Macpherson born in 1995.

The most recent previous holder of the office of Unicorn Pursuivant was Liam Devlin 2016-2021.

The artwork is a rendering of John Hamilton Gaylor

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