CHIEFS of the Name and Arms
Chiefs of the Name and Arms
The chiefship of a clan or family is regulated by the Lord Lyon King of Arms by regulation of arms. The Lord Lyon does not regulate the leadership of associations, societies or other corporate bodies created in support of a clan or family. That is an internal matter for the association, society or corporate body itself. Any chief recognised by the Lord Lyon as chief of a clan or family is chief of all who bear the name of the clan or family and not only those belonging to a particular body.
Since at least the 16th Century to be recognised as chief of a clan or family has required an individual to be entitled to bear the undifferenced arms of the clan or family (i.e. the principal arms of the clan or family that descend from one chief to the next in undifferenced form through the generations) and so be “Chief of the Name and Arms” of the clan or family. It is for the Lord Lyon to determine who has legally succeeded and is entitled to bear the undifferenced arms of a clan or family.
Where a hereditary chief cannot be identified and a clan or family is without a chief there is a process – known as a family convention – by which a commander may be appointed by the Lord Lyon to lead the clan or family. The Lord Lyon may appoint a commander at the request of the clan or family. The purpose of the appointment of a commander is to allow time and space for the clan or family to raise its profile, build itself up, publicise itself and for a potential candidate to be hereditary chief to be identified. One of the principal responsibilities of a commander is to seek to identify any potential hereditary claimant to the chiefship. If it is not possible to identify a potential claimant who can prove descent from the chiefly line the commander should seek to encourage suitable candidates who may have wide support from the clan or family to come forward as a candidate for the chiefship
The Court of the Lord Lyon, 16 December 2021
Sir Crispin Agnew of Lochnaw Bt.
Toby Anstruther of that Ilk
John MacArthur of that Ilk
Sir David Bannerman of Elsick Bt.
Peter Barclay of that Ilk
The Earl of Glasgow
Alexander Brodie of Brodie
Sir Wayne Broun of Colstoun Bt.
The Earl of Elgin & Kincardine K.T.
Michael Buchanan of that Ilk and Arnprior
James Burnett of Leys
Donald Cameron of Lochiel
His Grace The Duke of Argyll
Richard Carmichael of Carmichael
Dr Simon Peter Carruthers of Holmains
The Earl of Wemyss and March
John Mackintosh of Mackintosh
Hamish Chisholm of Chisholm
The Earl of Dundonald
Sir Malcolm Colquhoun of Luss Bt.
David Cranston of that Ilk
David Crichton of that Ilk
Robert Currie, Commander of the Name and Arms of Currie
The Earl of Stair
Michael Dewar of that Ilk
Viscount Strathallan (Heir)
Sir James Dunbar of Mochrum Bt.
David Dundas of Dundas
Andrew Maule Dewar Durie of Durie , CBE