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Grant of Monymoske
Sir Archibald Grant of Monymoske, Bart. (1696-1778)

ARMS: Gules three antique crowns Or within a bordure ermine

SOURCE/NOTES & CREDITS: blazon, and some of the text are from Page 271, “Debrett’s Illustrated Baronetage 1904”, the background illustration is from a bookplate. Further text is from pp1633-34, Vol. II, BP 107th Ed of 2003 and entry 01750 , LO 51/47, pp 118 & 456 “An Ordinary of Arms”, Vol. II, by Reid of Robertland and D.V Wilson, Lyon Office, Edinburgh, 1977. The text was adapted from these sources by D.Q. Wedvick.

Sir Archibald Grant of Monymoske, Bart. was born in 1696, qualified as an advocate 1714,
succeeded as 2nd baronet on 26 March 1726 and served as MP for Aberdeen 1722-32. He had four wives and was succeeded on his death on 17 Sept. 1778 by his only son.

This baronetcy, a Nova Scotia creation of 7 Dec. 1705, is featured in a Jacobean armorial
bookplate in a book published in 1764 we have viewed. So, we asked the artist to create a shield in the Jacobean style for our armorial.

Three things of note of this family’s arms: First, the arms according to the 1904 Debrett’s were originally apparently: Gules three antique crowns Or, as the 1st Bt., Sir Francis (Lord Cullen, a senator of the College of Justice) created a baronet by Queen Anne, was of a branch descending of the noble house of Grant of Grant ( whose chief today is Lord Strathsprey). He was granted by George I, the unusual armorial addition of a bordure Ermine as a testimony of that Sovereign’s favour ( an augmentation ? ) ! It also nicely serves nicely as a difference from the arms of the Chief of the Clan.

Second, the arms have only recently ( 19 Feb 1969) been matriculated in the Public Register of All Arms and Bearings in Scotland by Sir Archibald Grant of Monymusk and Cullen, 13th and current Baronet. The entry in LO was 264 years after the creation of the baronetcy and we congratulate Sir Archibald, for taking the trouble to get his arms recorded there.

Third, the modern spelling of the lands and estate of Monymoske changed to Monymusk, at least from 1904 Debrett’s to date, whereas in the mid 18th century bookplate the territorial designation was spelt Monymoske. dqw 20100604.

The artwork is a rendering by John Hamilton Gaylor.

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