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

Guidance Note: Chiefs of Clans and Families, Succession Of Chiefs, Family Conventions, Nomination of Heir

The Court of the Lord Lyon, 16 December 2021

Agnew

Sir Crispin Agnew of Lochnaw Bt.

Anstruther

Toby Anstruther of that Ilk

Arthur

John MacArthur of that Ilk

Baird

Commander Richard Holman Baird of Rickarton, Ury and Lochwood

Bannerman

Sir David Bannerman of Elsick Bt.

Barclay

Peter Barclay of that Ilk

Borthwick

Lord Borthwick

Boyle

The Earl of Glasgow

Brodie

Alexander Brodie of Brodie

Broun

Sir Wayne Broun of Colstoun Bt.

Bruce

The Earl of Elgin & Kincardine K.T.

Buchanan

Michael Buchanan of that Ilk and Arnprior

Burnett

James Burnett of Leys

Cameron

Donald Cameron of Lochiel

Campbell

His Grace The Duke of Argyll

Carmichael

Richard Carmichael of Carmichael

Carruthers

Dr Simon Peter Carruthers of Holmains

Charteris

The Earl of Wemyss and March

Chattan

John Mackintosh of Mackintosh

Chisholm

Hamish Chisholm of Chisholm

Cochrane

The Earl of Dundonald

Colquhoun

Sir Malcolm Colquhoun of Luss Bt.

Cranstoun

David Cranston of that Ilk

Crichton

David Crichton of that Ilk

Currie

Robert Currie, Commander of the Name and Arms of Currie

Dalrymple

The Earl of Stair

Dewar

Michael Dewar of that Ilk

Drummond

Viscount Strathallan (Heir)

Dunbar

Sir James Dunbar of Mochrum Bt.

Dundas

David Dundas of Dundas