Friday 3 January 2014

A Corporate Scottish Grant

It’s been a long time coming but well worth the wait.

patent of arms the armorial register limited

Arms: Azure, within an orle of chains Or linking eight escutcheons Argent an open book Proper fore-edges and binding Or.

Crest: A lion salient guardant Or the forelegs holding down a terrestrial globe Proper.

Motto: Fulfilment by Achievement.

Grant: Court of the Lord Lyon, 69th folio of the 90th Volume of the Public Register of All Arms and Bearings in Scotland.

Artist: David Allan

The livery colours of the arms as granted by the Lord Lyon are Azure and Or (simply because that is how they are first mentioned in the blazon) however the chosen dominant colours of the shield as displayed are actually Azure and Argent and these were chosen by the directors of The Armorial Register Limited to represent the home of the Company, Scotland. Each small escutcheon represents an entry in the Register and they are all linked together (by the chain) to form the Register itself which is published in book form (as well as on-line) as each volume is filled.
The lion of the crest is, arguably, the most recognisable of all the heraldic beasts and features strongly in Scottish heraldry; here he is attempting to stretch his grasp around the world and the globe (or the global reach of the lion) signifies the International status of The Register.
The motto, Fulfilment by Achievement, is worthy in its own right as a corporate motto but it also alludes to the fact that each volume of the register is added to achievement by achievement on-line until it is ready (fulfilled) for publication as a book.

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