Scottish feudal barony
A Scottish feudal barony (also known as prescriptive barony) used to be attached to a particular piece of land on which is the "caput" (Latin meaning 'head'), or the essence of the barony, normally a building, such as a castle or manor house. Accordingly, the owner of the piece of land containing the "caput" was the Baron or Baroness. The Court of the Lord Lyon recognises a person possessing the dignity of baron under certain conditions, this being the status of a minor baron, a title of non-peerage rank. The Scottish Baron is the lowest official titled nobility in the United Kingdom.
Unlike England's system of hereditary peerages - which are, in the main, passed down the male line - Scottish feudal baronies may be passed to any person, of either sex, by inheritance or conveyance.
The Scots have a quite distinct legal system within the United Kingdom. Historically, in the Kingdom of Scotland, the Lord Lyon King of Arms, as the Sovereign’s Minister in matters armorial, is at once Herald and Judge.
The Scottish equivalent of an English baron is a Lord of Parliament. Scottish baronies should not be compared to English lordships of manors.
Scottish Prescriptive Barony by Tenure was, from 1660 until 2004, the feudal description of the only genuine degree of title of UK nobility capable of being bought and sold (along with the Caput, or property), rather than passing strictly by blood inheritance.
A General Register of Sasines was set up by Statute in 1617, with entry in the Register giving the prescriptive right (right by normal or correct usage), after so many years, to the "caput" or essence of the Barony. The individual who owned the said piece of land containing the caput was hence the Baron or Baroness. Uncertainty over armorial right was removed by the Lyon Register being set up by Statute in 1672, such that no arms were to be borne in Scotland unless validly entered in Lyon Register. Up until 1874 each new Baron was confirmed in his Barony by the Crown by Charter of Confirmation. Up until 28 November 2004 a Barony was an estate of land held directly of the Crown, or the Prince and Great Steward of Scotland. It was an essential element of a barony title that there existed a Crown Charter erecting the land into a Barony, recorded in the Register of the Great Seal of Scotland. Often the original Charter was later lost, however an Official Extract has the same legal status as the original Charter.
From the Treaty of Union of 1707 - until 1999 - a unified Parliament of Great Britain (since January, 1801, known as the Parliament of the United Kingdom), at Westminster, was responsible for passing legislation affecting private law both north and south of the Scottish border. In 1999 the devolved Scottish Parliament was established, and Private law measures can now be passed at Holyrood, the seat of the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh. Using a prescriptive feudal grant allowed developers to impose perpetual conditions affecting the land. The courts became willing to accept the validity of such obligations, which became known as real burdens. In practical and commercial terms, these real burdens were like English leasehold tenure.
Abolition of feudal tenure
The first Scottish Executive was committed to abolishing the anachronism of the feudal system. On 28 November 2004 the Abolition of Feudal Tenure etc. (Scotland) Act 2000 came into full force and effect, putting an end to Scotland's feudal system. Under Scots law, a Scottish Prescriptive Barony by Tenure is now "incorporeal feudal heritage", not attached to the land and remains the only genuine, prescriptive, degree of title of UK nobility capable of being bought and sold – since under Section 63(1) of the Act, the dignity of Baron is preserved after the abolition of the feudal system.
After 28 November 2004 under Scots law, a Scottish Barony, which was previously Scottish heritable property (real property), became incorporeal heritable property (not attached to the land). Prior to the Act coming into effect, Scottish Feudal Baronies (including Lordships and Earldoms) were the only genuine title of UK nobility capable of being transferred following the sale of land containing a "caput" (or the sale of a feudal superiority).
Most baronies were created (erected) prior to 1745 but one was erected as late as 1824.
Since the Abolition of Feudal Tenure etc. (Scotland) Act 2000 came into effect, the Lord Lyon, who is the Chief Herald of Scotland, has restored a more traditional form to the coat of arms of a Baron. Barons are now identified by the helm befitting their degree. A new policy statement has been made by the Lord Lyon to this effect.
Independent Scots legal advice should always be taken before entering into any contract that claims to offer a Baronial title for sale.
The holder of the dignity of a Barony may petition the Lord Lyon for a grant of arms as he falls under the jurisdiction of the Lyon's Court. A policy statement has been made to this effect by the Lord Lyon. The Lyon Court has no jurisdiction in relation to the transfer of, or legal "trade" in, feudal titles. Any prospective purchaser should seek specialist independent Scots legal advice.
An English barony is a peerage (yet the abolition act of 1660 allows for some remaining non-peer baronies not converted by writ to remain as feudal baronies of free socage "incorporeal hereditament" similar to a lordship of the manor), but whether Scottish barons rightfully rank as peers is disputable. They are known as minor barons currently treated as noble titles of less than peerage rank. The Scottish equivalent of an English baron is "Lord of Parliament".
The feudal baronial title tends to be used when a landed family is not in possession of any United Kingdom peerage title of higher rank, subsequently granted, or has been created a knight of the realm. The name recorded by the Lord Lyon as part of any grant of arms or matriculation becomes the holder’s name for all official purposes.
The holder of a Scottish barony (e.g., "Inverglen") may add the title to his existing name (e.g., "John Smith, Baron of Inverglen") or add the territorial designation to his surname ("John Smith of Inverglen, Baron of Inverglen"); some of the oldest Scottish families prefer to be styled by the territorial designation alone ("Smith of Inverglen"). Formal and in writing, they are styled as The Much Honoured Baron of Inverglen. A baron may be addressed socially as "Inverglen" or "Baron," and introduced in the third person as "John Smith of Inverglen, Baron of Inverglen" or "The Baron of Inverglen". When referred to informally in the third person it is incorrect to refer to him as "Baron Inverglen" or "Lord Inverglen", as these would imply a peerage title (i.e. Lord of Parliament) A married couple may be styled "The Baron and Baroness of Inverglen", "Inverglen and Madam Smith of Inverglen", "Inverglen and Lady Inverglen", or "The Baron of Inverglen and Lady Inverglen." The oldest son of a feudal baron may be known by his father's territorial designation with the addition of "yr" (abbreviation for "younger"), as in "John Smith of Inverglen, yr" and the eldest daughter if heir apparent is entitled to use the courtesy title "Maid of [Barony]" at the end of her name.
The former Lord Lyon declined to award the following baronial additaments to the arms of those feudal barons registering arms now that the Abolition of Feudal Tenure etc. (Scotland) Act 2000 is in force. However, the current Lord Lyon has confirmed in a recent policy statement that he will officially recognise feudal barons or those possessing the dignity of baron who meet certain conditions and will grant them arms with a helmet befitting their degree. Scottish Barons rank below Lords of Parliament, and, while a noble, are not conventionally considered peerage titles; unlike others, the title can be hereditary or bought and sold.
In showing that Scottish barons are titles of nobility, reference may be made, amongst others, to Lyon Court in the Petition of Maclean of Ardgour for a Birthbrieve by Interlocutor dated 26 February 1943 which "Finds and Declares that the Minor Barons of Scotland are, and have both in this Nobiliary Court, and in the Court of Session, been recognised as 'titled' nobility, and that the estait of the Baronage (The Barones Minores) is of the ancient Feudal Nobility of Scotland".
Sir Thomas Innes of Learney in his 'Scots Heraldry' (2nd Ed., p. 88, note 1) states that 'The Act 1672, cap 47, specially qualifies the degrees thus: Nobles (i.e. peers, the term being here used in a restricted seventeenth-century English sense), Barons (i.e. Lairds of baronial fiefs and their "heirs", who, even if fiefless, are equivalent to heads of Continental baronial houses) and Gentlemen (apparently all other armigers).' Baronets and knights are evidently classed as 'Gentlemen' here and are of a lower degree than Barons.
Barons may also wear two eagle feathers when in traditional dress. If the baron is a member of a clan it is advisable to consult the clan chief on clan customs and traditions. The Lord Lyon only gives guidance and not governance on the wearing of feathers and recommends consulting with a clan chief.
Previously, between the 1930s and 2004, when new arms were granted or a matriculation of existing arms took note of a barony, the owner was given a chapeau or cap of maintenance as part of his armorial achievement on petitioning for the same. This is described as "gules doubled ermine" for barons in possession of the caput of the barony. An azure chapeau is appropriate for the heirs of ancient baronial families who are no longer owners of the estates. This chapeau was a relatively recent armorial invention of the late Lord Lyon Thomas Innes of Learney. Accordingly a number of ancient Arms of feudal barons do not display the chapeau, and now it is no longer granted. It should be noted, however, that Lord Lyon only governs in matters heraldic and has no jurisdiction of the civil use of the chapeau and there is nothing to say that a Scottish Baron could not wear a chapeau on formal occasions relating to the barony[original research?]. Also one could possibly use the chapeau still as a logo on a business card with the consent of the Convention of the Baronage of Scotland. As long as it is not used by the Baron or Baroness in their achievement of arms in Scotland Lord Lyon has no jurisdiction[original research?].
At the Treaty of Perth 1266, Norway relinquished its claim to the Hebrides and Man and they became part of Scotland. In 1292 Argyll was created a shire and “The Barons of all Argyll and the Foreigners’ Isles”, which had preceded the kingdom of Scotland, became eligible to attend the "Scots" Parliament – appearing in the record of the parliament at St. Andrews in 1309. Historically they have a chapeau, "gules doubled ermines", ermines being white tails on black.
The chapeau, if part of the armorial achievement, is placed into the space directly above the shield and below the helmet, and may otherwise be used on a visiting card, the flap of an envelope or to ensign the circlet of a crest badge as used on a bonnet.
Particularly Scottish in character is the Feudo-baronial Mantle or robe of estate - described as gules doubled silk argent, fur-edged of miniver and collared in ermine fastened on the right shoulder by five spherical buttons or. This may be displayed in a pavilioned form, draped behind the complete achievement of arms - or the armorial shield alone - tied open with cords and tassels and surmounted by the chapeau. Again, Lord Lyon is no longer granting these robes. Again, Lord Lyon has no jurisdiction over civil use of the mantle so a Baron or Baroness could use the mantle on formal civil occasions[original research?]. As long as the mantle does not show up in the Baron's achievement of arms in Scotland, Lord Lyon has no jurisdiction in civil use[original research?].
The helmet is now the chief mode of recognition of a Scottish baron. The Lord Lyon has adopted a steel helm with grille of three grilles, garnished in gold, as the current baronial additament. Alternatively, a feudal steel tilting helm garnished in gold, that may be shown affronté, may appear, or a helmet of some other degree if the baron holds a higher rank, such as a lordship of parliament.
Supporters, are now usually reserved for the holders of the older baronies (chartered before 1587) and those that have been in continuous family ownership. In England, supporters are reserved for the peerage, and a Scottish baron who approaches the English College of Arms is not allowed supporters. A compartment has occasionally been granted to barons, representing their territories, even in cases where there are no supporters.
Badge and Flags
A badge – distinct from the crest – as a separate armorial device, is not necessarily a feature of the arms. The badge may be used by the "tail" or following of a landowner baron. The grant is linked to the baron’s pennon, a heraldic flag, in the livery colours that carries a large representation of the badge. The pennon is blazoned in the grant or matriculation. The livery colours are usually the two most prominent colours of the arms themselves.
A Standard – an elongated shape, tapering from 1.2 m down to 60 cm, with the fly edge split and rounded (lanceolate). The length is according to rank, from 7.5 m for the Sovereign down to 3.5 m for a Knight, Baron or Chief. It bears the Arms as on the shield, with the tail parted per fess with the Crest, Badge and/or Supporter, plus the motto on one or more Ribands. The Standard is set before the Baron/Chief's tent (as it’s a “Headquarters” flag and does not indicate that the Armiger is in residence) rather than carried like the banner. A Standard requires a separate grant by the Lord Lyon and is only made under certain conditions. The Lord Lyon no longer grants a Standard to the dignity of Baron after 2004.
A Guidon – one-third shorter than a Standard and tapering to a round, unsplit end at the fly. These are assigned by Lord Lyon to individuals who have Supporters to their Arms, and to others who have a following – those in a position of leadership or some official position.
A Pennon – a smaller, elongated flag 4 ft long with a pointed, rounded or swallow-tailed end, designed to be displayed on a lance, assigned by Lord Lyon King to an Armiger who applies for one. It is charged with the personal heraldic badge or some other armorial ensign of the owner.
A Banner – a square or rectangular upright representation of the Arms designed for carrying in warfare or tournaments, but now flown as a “house flag” when the Armiger is in residence and is NOT the flag of the Clan or Family. Originally, conspicuous gallantry in battle was marked by cutting off the tail of the Standard or Pennon, turning it into a Banner. Strictly speaking, the sizes and shapes are:
Square banner – Sovereign, 1.5 m square; Dukes; 1.25 m sq; Earls, 1.1 m sq; Viscounts and Barons, 1 m sq; Baronets and feudal barons, 0.9 m sq; other Armigers, 70 cm wide x 85 cm high
Rectangular banner – typically in the ratio 3:2, or 5:4 when flown as the “house flag” of an Armiger.
Carrying flag – this should be sized as follows (width x height): Peers, 1.2 m x 1.5 m; Feudal Barons, 90 cm x 115 cm; Chiefs, 85 cm x 110 cm; Chieftains, 80 cm x 90 cm.
A Ensign may be occasionally granted and blazoned. This is a square flag, smaller than the flying banner, and carrying the full embroidered achievement (arms, crest, motto), again fringed in livery colours.
A Pipe banner – rather similar to a Banner, but of a size to fit on the longest drone of the pipes (usually 45 cm) and richly decorated with gold fringing, tassles and the like. The pipe banner for a Chief who is also a Peer or a Feudal Baron should have a rounded end extending beyond the length, and any other Chief a split rounded end. A baron is authorised two pipers.
List of Feudal Baronies (created before 1707)
Below is a list of some Scottish feudal baronies created before 1707; this list does not include Scottish feudal baronies created between that year and 1824, when the most recent creation of a Scottish feudal barony occurred.
- When updating this list, please create for each new entry a separate, wikified article titled "Scottish feudal barony of X", which records a brief biography of the previous incumbent and is wikilinked to this list. Please do not simply delete the name of the previous incumbent. Individual articles should be produced for the history of each barony, except that where few or no verifiable and detailed sources exist, histories should start with the current or previous holder and may take the form of sections within existing articles on the caput's village, town, or castle.
|Abbotshall||Fife||Harold Robert Peerenboom|
|Abergeldie||Aberdeenshire||John Howard Seton Gordon||1963|
|Abernethy||Perthshire||HE Mahfouz Marei Mubarak bin Mahfouz, GCMLJ, FRSA||2008|
|Aboyne||Aberdeenshire||James Martin Donald|
|Aden||Aberdeenshire||1333||James Cecil Cumine Russell||1995|
|Alford||Kerry Alfred Hamer|
|Anstruther & Balcaskie||Sir Ralph Hugo Anstruther|
|Arbroath||Angus||Alan Frank Bartlett|
|Ardblair & Gask||Perthshire||Laurence Philip Kington Blair Oliphant||1979|
|Ardgowan||Renfrewshire||Professor Stephen Kerr|
|Ardoch||Dumbarton||Thomas Andrew Wilson Neilson Mackay||1987|
|Arndilly||Morayshire||David Ronald Menzies|
|Arnot||Fife||Benjamin John Howard Gray|
|Arran||Ayrshire||Willi Ernst Sturzenegger||1995|
|Auchendarroch||Argyllshire||Keir Charles Campbell|
|Auchindoir||Aberdeenshire||Alisdair John Barlas|
|Auchmacoy||Aberdeenshire||David William Sinclair Buchan|
|Auchterutherstruther||Fife||Abigail Busch Reisinger|
|Auchreoch||Perthshire||Martin Melvin Cruikshank||1976|
|Balcaskie||Fife||Major Timothy Edward Lumisden Strange|
|Baldoon||Wigtownshire||Christopher Busch Reisinger|
|Balfluig||Aberdeenshire||Mark Iain Tennant|
|Ballencrieff||West Lothian||Junaid Abbas Bhatti|
|Ballindalloch||Banffshire||Clare Nancy Russell|
|Balquhain||Aberdeenshire||Nelson Lee Len Ying||1995|
|Balvenie||Banffshire||Hammond Burke Nicholson||1995–2006|
|Banchory||Kincardineshire||Kenneth Ian Rush Lumsden|
|Barnbarroch||James Edward Vans|
|Barnis Forbes||Aberdeenshire||Daphne Romy|
|Barra||Ian Roderick Macneil||1970|
|Biggar||Lanarkshire||Charles Russell Clayton Ross|
|Brigton||Angus||1761||Marion Elizabeth Charlotte Macmillan Douglas||1938|
|Blackburn||Prof Ranjit Kumar Chandra|
|Blackhall||Renfrewshire||1395||Robert Brown Gillespie, OBE||2002|
|Blair||Alfred Hill Glenn||1997|
|Blairbuis||Timothy Busch Reisinger|
|Bognie, Mountblairy & Frendraught||Banffshire||Alexander Gordon Morison|
|Bombie||Kirkcudbrightshire||Professor Barrie Owen Pettman|
|Buchan Forest||Kirkcudbrightshire||Timothy Busch Reisinger|
|Lordship and Barony of Buncle and Preston||Berwickshire||Olivier Fuchs of Cockburn|
|Buquhollie & Freswick||Caithness||Ivor John Spencer-Thomas|
|Busbye||Wigtownshire||early 16th century||Houston family until 18th century|
|Cambusnethan||Lanarkshire||1315||Terence Alvis of Lee||1988|
|Carmichael||Lanarkshire||Richard John Carmichael|
|Carnysmul Carnysmule Carnymul Carnesmole Carnysmolle (Kirkinner)||Wigtownshire||April 1372|
|Carstairs||Lanarkshire||Christopher Busch Reisinger|
|Cartsburn||Renfrewshire||1669||Dr. Pier Felice degli Uberti||2010|
|Cavers||Roxburgh||Professor Andre Nathaniel-Rock, Baron of Cavers|
|Clary||Hope Reisinger Cobera|
|Clugstoun Clugistoun||Wigtownshire||prior 1471|
|Cluny||Aberdeenshire||Robert Alexander Craig Linzee Gordon|
|Cluny||Fife||Stuart Gordon Crane||1997|
|Cockenzie||Robert Adam Garrison|
|Coigach||Wester Ross||1511||Christopher Anthony Devonshire-Ellis||2011|
|Coldingham||Berwickshire||Dr Peter Leando||2012|
|Coll-Earn & Elphinstone||Stirlingshire||Bailey Bruce McCune||1988|
|Colstoun||East Lothian||Ludovic Davis Broun-Lindsay|
|Corrachree||Aberdeenshire||Alexander Richard Barlas|
|Corsewall||Timothy Busch Reisinger|
|Cowdenknowes ||Roxburgh||Jan 15 1634||Mark John Harden||2002|
|Coxton||Morayshire||1686||Sir David Charles Kenneth Gordon Innes|
|Craichlaw Crachlew Crauchlew Crachlow Craichlew Craichlo||Wigtownshire||prior 14 July 1459|
|Craigie||Angus (Forfar)||1666||Rabbi Robert Owen Thomas||2011|
|Craigievar||Aberdeenshire||Sir John Alexander Cumnock Forbes|
|Crimond||Aberdeenshire||Raymond Alexander Carnegie|
|Cromarty||Cromartyshire||John Bartholomew Wakelyn Nightingale|
|Crommey||Banffshire||Michael Thomas Innes||1978|
|Cruggleton Crigitoun||Wigtownshire||1325 or prior|
|Culbin||Morayshire||William Busch Reisinger|
|Cushnie||Aberdeenshire||Alan Trantor Robertson||2004|
|Dairsie||Fife||Christopher Bentham Ruffle|
|Denboig (Dunbog)||Fife||Kenneth Lee MacLean|
|Dinnet||Aberdeenshire||J. M. Marcus Humphrey|
|Dirleton||East Lothian||1220||Camilo Agasim-Pereira||2002|
|Dolphinstoun||East Lothian||Dr Julian Gawain Clifford Wills||2000|
|Drum||Kincardineshire||David Charles Irvine|
|Duart & Morvern||Argyll||1631||Sir Lachlan Hector Charles MacLean||1990|
|Dunconnel||Sir Charles Edward MacLean|
|Duncrub||Perthshire||Douglas Henry Smith|
|Dunure||Ayrshire||Brendan Roy Clouston||1997|
|Earlshall||Fife||Major David Robert Baxter|
|Echlin||Edinburgh||Rainer Alexander Leonard Mackenzie Kensy||2002|
|Edingight||Banffshire||John Berowald Innes|
|Elie & St Monans||Fife||Richard Joseph Vipiana|
|Esslemont||Aberdeenshire||Charles Iain Robert Wolrige-Gordon||1976|
|Fairholm & Kirkton||Lanarkshire||James Christopher Stevenson-Hamilton|
|Fetternear||Aberdeenshire||Martin Edwin Thacker||2001|
|Finlaystone Maxwell||Renfrewshire||Nicholas Frederic Papanicolaou|
|Freuch||Wigtownshire||4 August 1559 or prior|
|Gala||Selkirkshire||John Philip Henry Schomberg Scott|
|Garlies||Kirkcudbrightshire||30 November 1263||Timothy Busch Reisinger|
|Garrallan||Ayrshire||John Robert Douglas Boswell|
|Garthland||Wigtownshire||prior 8 August 1637|
|Gartly||Aberdeenshire||David Charles James|
|Gartmore||Stirling||William Robert Bontine Cunninghame Graham||1996|
|Glasserton||Wigtownshire||23 October 1542 or prior|
|Glencammon||Timothy Busch Reisinger|
|Glenluce||Wigtownshire||prior 12 Sep 1628|
|Gourdie||Perthshire||George Alastair Smyth Cox|
|Gordon Easter or Gordoun||Berwickshire||1150||Morange Michel|
|Grandhome||Aberdeenshire||David Romer Paton|
|Grantully||Perthshire||Henry Steuart Fothringham|
|Greenan||Ayrshire||Hope Reisinger Cobera|
|Greenock||Renfrewshire||Harry Olof Sandberg|
|Hailes||East Lothian||1343||S. Malin of Hailes||2008|
|Haliburton and Lambden||Berwickshire||Richard Bruce Bernadotte Miller|
|Hallrule||Roxburghshire||Olivier Fuchs of Cockburn|
|Holydean||Roxburghshire||1128||Taylor Forrester Moffitt|
|Horsbrugh||Peeblesshire||Michael John Baylis Chenery||1995|
|Inchdrewer||Banffshire||Robin Ian Evelyn Stuart de la Lanne Mirrlees|
|Inche||Wigtownshire||16 November 1528 or prior|
|Innermessan or Invermessan||Wigtownshire||20 April 1566 or prior|
|Innerwick||East Lothian||Victor Charles Verekar Cowley|
|Inneryne||Argyllshire||Ronald Busch Reisinger||1998|
|Innes||Morayshire||James Wilson Mitchell||2004|
|Jedburgh Forest||Roxburghshire||3 Feb 1602||Richard Bruce Bernadotte Miller||2010|
|Kelly||Aberdeenshire||Bruce Wayne Kneller||2004|
|Kemnay||Aberdeenshire||Susan Letitia Burnett||1978|
|Kilcoy||Ross-shire||Thomas Ian Robinson||1969|
|Kilmarnock||Ayrshire||1316||Eur Ing David Ayre||2002|
|Kincaid||Heather Veronica Kincaid|
|Kinghilt Kinhilt Kenhilt Kilhilt||Wigtownshire||prior 25 October 1632|
|Kinnairdy||Banffshire||Colin William Innes||1990|
|Kinnear||Michael Jean Georges Pilette|
|Kirkdale||Wigtownshire||Ramsey William Rainsford Hannay|
|Kirkliston||West Lothian||1618||Andor László Oleg Vilmos v. Jaross||2002|
|Kirknewton||Midlothian||Diana Theodora Adair Hargreave||1992|
|Lambden (also known as Hassington)||Berwickshire|
|Largo||Fife||Ralph Hamilton Lownie||2001|
|Lathallan||Fife||Jean Alison Spens||1995|
|Lee||Lanarkshire||1272||Terence Alvis of Lee||1978|
|Leslie||Aberdeenshire||David Carnegie Leslie|
|Leswalt||Wigtownshire||prior 10 Nov 1426|
|Lethendy||Perthshire||Charles Campbell Gairdner|
|Leys||Aberdeenshire||James Comyn Amherst Burnett|
|Liberton (or Over Liberton)||Midlothian||Olivier Fuchs||2009|
|Lochfergus||Albert Edward Gazeley|
|Lochnaw (see Leswalt)||Wigtownshire||Gordon Stanley Clifford Park Wills Prestoungrange||2004|
|Logane||Wigtownshire||29 April 1576 or prior|
|Loncastell||Wigtownshire||30 July 1551 or prior|
|Marchmont||Berwickshire||Roland Eugen Staehli||1996|
|Martyn-Kennedy alias Frethrid||Wigtownshire||10 January 1541-2 or prior|
|Mearns||Renfrewshire||David Leslie Thorpe||2002|
|Mertoun||Wigtownshire||8 July 1504|
|Midmar||Aberdeenshire||Richard Farrington Wharton|
|Miltonhaven||Kincardineshire||William Alexander Newlands|
|Mochrum||Wigtownshire||11 August 1472 or prior|
|Montgomerie||Wigtownshire||prior 25 October 1636|
|Moy||Argyll||Lorne Gillean Iain Maclaine|
|Mureth||Wigtownshire||28 January 1514 or prior|
|Myrton||Wigtownshire||Professor Mark Watson-Gandy|
|Newton||Stirlingshire||3 Apr 1685||Philip David Pickering|
|Peaston (or Paistoun)||East Lothian||Robert Garrett Jackson of Paistoun||2003|
|Penicuik||Midlothian||Sir John Dutton Clerk|
|Pitcaple||Aberdeenshire||Christopher Hugo Niall Burges-Lumsden|
|Pitcruivie||Fife||Douglas Meager Wallace Wagland||1996|
|Pitmilly||Fife||Peter John Gybbon-Monypenny||1987|
|Pittenweem||Fife||William Ronald Crawford Miller|
|Plean||Stirlingshire||George Alexander Way||1985|
|Plenderleith||Roxburghshire||1306||Clifford Dewey Michael Paul Harmon II||2007|
|Portlethen||Kincardineshire||Maurice Charles Robert Taylor|
|Portrie||Wigtownshire||prior 25 October 1636|
|Prestoungrange||East Lothian||Mathew Jonathan Clifford Wills of Prestoungrange||2004|
|Quhithorne or Whithorn||Wigtownshire||6 September 1569 or prior|
|Rannoch||Perthshire||1 Sep 1502|
|Rattray||Perthshire||Philip Arthur Cumyn|
|Ravenstone||Wigtownshire||Frank Andrew Renwick||1983|
|Remistoun||Wigtownshire||5 February 1540-41 or prior|
|Robertland||Ayrshire||5 March 1539/40||Brian Douglas Parsons||Feb 2005|
|Rossie||Fife||John Philip Oliphant|
|Ruchlaw||East Lothian||Ronald Macduff Urquhart|
|Rusco||Kirkcudbrightshire||Robert Graham Carson|
|Saulsait Saulset||Wigtownshire||prior 16 Feb 1629|
|Seabegs or Seybeggis||Stirlingshire||15th century||Dr. G.M. Burden||2013|
|Smeaton Hepburn||East Lothian||George Bovill Rennie Gray|
|Stoneywood||Aberdeenshire||Charles Henry Francis Mack||2000|
|Struan||Perthshire||Alexander Gilbert Haldane Robertson||1983|
|Swinton||Berwickshire||1098||James Christopher Swinton|
|Teallach||Dennistoun Gordon Teall|
|Tranent||East Lothian||The estate of David Garrison||2001|
|Traquair||Perthshire||1491||Catherine Margaret Mary Maxwell-Stuart|
|Urquhart||Morayshire||1587||Robert A. Cromartie of Urquhart-on-Spey||2004|
|Twynehame||Kirkcudbrightshire||Daniel Paul Stephen Sharpe||1992|
|Wells||Roxburghshire||Bryce Lee West||2009|
|Wigtoun||Lanarkshire||19 Mar 1606|
|Wormiston||Fife||Michael Patrick Spens||1970|
|Yeochrie||Aberdeenshire||Richard Downing Jacoby Stuart|
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- The Court of the Lord Lyon
-  The Court of the Lord Lyon
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