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Grant, JM
Sir James Montieth Grant, KCVO

ARMS: Argent a pen paleways Or feathered Gules between two manches Sable; on a chief Gules three antique crowns Or

SOURCE/NOTES & CREDITS: Blazon text: “An Ordinary of Arms”, Volume II, ( 1902-1973 ), David Reid of Robertland and Vivien Wilson, Edinburgh, Lyon Office, 1977, page 345, entry 05030, date ( 7 June 1952 ); background illustration: from “A Pride of Lyons” by Anthony Maxwell and text: D.Q. Wedvick adapted from the internet source Wikipedia.

Sir James Monteith Grant, KCVO, WS, FSA Scot. was born on 19 October 1903, educated at Edinburgh Academy and the University of Edinburgh. He was appointed a Writer to the Signet in 1927 and as Carrick Pursuivant in 1946. In 1957 he was appointed Marchmont Herald. In 1969 He was appointed Lord Lyon King of Arms and a KCVO. In 1970 Lyon Grant became a Knight of St. John in the British Realm and became Secretary of the Order of the Thistle in 1971. In March 1972 Sir James approved the publishing of a second roll of arms in the form of an ordinary with David Reid of Robertland, Carrick Pursuivant as editor with the assistance of Miss Vivien Wilson of the Lyon Office. Reid died midstream the book being completed in 1976 by Miss Wilson. Lyon Grant wrote the Foreword to the book and it was put out in 1977 in a limited edition of 800 copies.* In 1975 the King of Sweden made Sir James a Grand Officer of the Order of the North Star. Sir James retired in 1981 and was re-appointed as Marchmont Herald but died later in the year on 1 December 1981. dqw 20100312

Lyon Grant was preceded by: Sir Thomas Innes of Learney ( Lord Lyon 1945-1969 )
And succeeded Sir Malcolm Innes of Edingight ( Lord Lyon 1981-2001 )

* New copies of this book are still available at this date (2010) from the Lyon Office for £20 or so.

The artwork is a rendering by John Hamilton Gaylor.

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