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03a. Snawdoun Herald
Elizabeth Ann Roads, LVO, OStJ, LLB, Snawdoun Herald of Arms in Ordinary.

Arms: Or a saltire Gules on a chief of the last a pale Argent charged of a cross engrailed Sable.

SOURCE, NOTES & CREDITS: The blazon and illustration for background purposes are from the Court of the Lord Lyon internet website regarding officers of arms. Biographical text is based on information found on pp 113-114 of Charles Burnett’s “Officers of Arms in Scotland 1290-2016” and the Court of the Lord Lyon internet website regarding officers of arms; and from information supplied by the armiger, adapted by Dwyer Wedvick.

Elizabeth Roads was appointed as Snawdoun Herald 17 December 2010. Formerly she had been Carrick Pursuivant in Ordinary from 1992. Previous to that, she had been appointed Linlithgow Pursuivant Extraordinary in 1987 to represent the Lord Lyon at the creation of the Canadian Heraldic Authority. This was the first appointment of a female Officer of Arms in Scotland and for that matter the world.

Mrs. Roads joined the staff of the Court of the Lord Lyon in April 1975 and was appointed to the position of Lyon Clerk and Keeper of the Records in 1986 and from which she retired in July 2018. She was appointed by H.M. the Queen to the position of Secretary of the Order of the Thistle 1st February 2014- , having been Assistant Secretary since 2008. Mrs. Roads was Chairman of the Heraldry Society of Scotland 1997-2000. She is Vice President the Heraldry Society of Scotland 2016- . Fellow of the Heraldry Society of Scotland 1996, Fellow of the Royal Heraldry Society of Canada 2004, Fellow of the Heraldry Society of New Zealand 2017, Fellow of the Heraldry Society 2018 and Fellow of the Society of Scottish Armigers 4th December 2012. Mrs. Roads is also an Academician of the International Academy of Heraldry 2008, having been an Associate since 2003 and President of the Bureau Permanent des Congrès international de généalogie et d’héraldique. She is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries and of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland and Vice Chair and Trustee of the Scottish Council on Archives.

Mrs. Elizabeth Ann Roads, née Bruce, was born in 1951, to Major James Bruce, MC and Mary Hope Sinclair, she married in 1983 Major Christopher G. W. Roads, TD and they have three children.


The last person to hold the position of Snawdoun Herald before Mrs. Roads was William Robert Montignani appointed in 1860 and who died in office in 1883.

The last person before Mrs. Roads to hold the position of Secretary of the Order of the Thistle was former Lord Lyon William David Hamilton Sellar, MVO, OStJ.

The last person before Mrs. Roads to hold the position Lyon Clerk and Keeper of the Records was the late (Don) John Inglis Drever Pottinger, LVO, OStJ. (1919-1986)

The successor to Mrs. Roads in the position of Lyon Clerk and Keeper of the Records is Russell Hunter, Esq. appointed in July 2018

The artwork is a rendition by John Hamilton Gaylor

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