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03a. Islay Herald
Arms: Per fess Argent and Vert, in chief on a barrulet wavy Azure a herring drifter Sable, and in base three lambs gambolling proper.

SOURCE, NOTES & CREDITS: Source for blazon: Page 95, “Officers of Arms in Scotland 1290-2016”, By Charles John Burnett, Scottish Record Society, 2016. Source for colour illustration for background purposes: website of the Court of the Lord Lyon. Text adapted and based on biographical information from the two sources cited by Dwyer Wedvick.

Mrs. Yvonne Watson Holton née Lamb, was born in 1959, has a BA [Hons] in Arts and Design from Edinburgh College of Art in 1982, with a post graduate year in silver-smithing in 1983. She married 18 Feb 1984 Derek Holton. Mrs. Holton started working as a Lyon Court Artist in 1990 and was appointed Herald Painter at the Court of the Lord Lyon on 10 Jan 2005 and she continued in this post until 1 September 2021.

Mrs. Holton was appointed Dingwall Pursuivant of Arms on 20 June 2011.

In 2012 she the winner of the Moffarts Prise for Heraldic Arts.

Yvonne Holton was appointed Islay Herald on 1 September 2021.

The most recent previous holders of the office of Islay Herald were William David Hamilton Sellar, 2014-2019; Alastair Campbell of Airds, 2008-2014;
and (Don) John Inglis Drever Pottinger, LVO, 1981-1986, sometime collaborator with the famous Scottish Herald Sir Iain Moncrieffe of that Ilk, Bt, CVO and Don was well known as a portrait artist as well.

The office was first mentioned in 1493. Islay is an island off the west coast of Scotland and was the headquarters of the Lord of the Isles. When the influence of that powerful noble was broken by the King of Scots during the fifteenth century, several names associated with the Lord of the Isles were absorbed and used by the crown. The badge was designed by Alistair Campbell of Airds in 2009.

The artwork is a rendering by John Hamilton Gaylor.

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