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03. Snawdoun Herald's Badge
Snawdoun Herald

Blazon of the Badge of Snawdoun Herald: Issuant from battlements Proper a unicorn's head erased Argent, horned and crined and grasping in his mouth the sword Excalibur Or all ensigned of the Crown of Scotland Proper.

SOURCE/NOTES & CREDITS: For history and illustration background, pp 35-36, “Officers of Arms in Scotland 1290-2016” by Charles Burnett, 2016. For the blazon we thank John H. Gaylor. Additional historical information is found in Snawdoun Herald’s biography page in the website of the Court of the Lord Lyon.

Snawdoun Herald was first mentioned in 1433 and the title of the Office came from a part of Stirling Castle. The Badge for this Office was designed in 2010 by Elizabeth Roads, then Carrick Pursuivant and David Sellar, then Lord Lyon.

We have here the Badge of Snawdoun Herald in Ordinary, who is Elizabeth Ann Roads, LVO, OSJ, appointed on 17 December 2010. Formerly Carrick Pursuivant in Ordinary appointed in 1992. Previous to that, she was Linlithgow Pursuivant Extraordinary appointed in 1987 to represent the Lord Lyon at the creation of the Canadian Heraldic Authority.

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

The artwork is a rendition by John Hamilton Gaylor

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