ANESFHS Coat of ArmsThe committee wanted a visual image that would instantly identify our Society to members and non-members alike. We also wanted something that would reflect the North-East, its traditions, and the family history that forms the core of the society's work. So the committee applied to the Office of the Lord Lyon King of Arms in Edinburgh. As many of you will know, this historic body has legal control over the granting and use of coats of arms. Once the petition was granted we submitted our ideas to Lord Lyon for his consideration.


The costs involved in the whole process of obtaining a Grant of Arms were covered by a bequest from one of our members, Ian McDonald, who died in 2011. We are sure Ian would have been delighted with the result.

We were guided throughout by one of our members, Gordon Casely. Gordon is a staunch supporter and promoter of heraldry in Scotland and extremely knowledgeable in matters heraldic. His input and his advice were invaluable. We have him to thank too for the gift to the Society of a rendition of the Coat of Arms. What we received from the Lord Lyon was the Letters Patent assigning Armorial Bearings to the Society with the description in heraldic language, or blazon, per pale argent and gules, an oak tree eradicated between two acorns slipped and leaved all counterchanged – what Gordon has done is to commission the distinguished heraldic artist Anthony Maxwell to produce a design for the Society in accordance with the blazon.