Ross Herald

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Ross Herald
Badge of the Ross Herald.svg
The heraldic badge of Ross Herald of Arms
Heraldic tradition Gallo-British
Jurisdiction Scotland
Governing body Court of the Lord Lyon

Ross Herald of Arms Extraordinary is a Scottish herald of arms Extraordinary of the Court of the Lord Lyon. The office is however held in Extraordinary after the retirement of the last holder in Ordinary.[1]

The title of the office is derived from the Earldom of Ross. The title was first used in 1475.[2]

The Ross Herald in 1687, Henry Fraser was a heraldic painter who apprenticed under George Porteous. He was responsible for genealogical research and the designing and painting of coats of arms. There is mention of him in the Gordon papers of 24 December 1716 "Account due to Henry Fraser, Ross Herald, for paintings done for funeral of George, 1st duke of Gordon: lozenge arms, mort heads, branches for the coffin, a helmet and ducal crown, etc., and other work in the Citadel of Leith." He was also mentioned by Alexander Nisbet in his book A System of Heraldry, Speculative & Practical written in 1712 but not published until 1722 in Edinburgh. "James Workman's Illuminated Book of Arms, who was Herald in the reign of James VI, which book I frequently refer to... which book I had from the ingenious Mr. Henry Fraser, Ross Herald...." Mr. Fraser died 15 January 1724 and is buried b. 17 North Corner Naismith Tomb in Greyfriars Churchyard. The office was held until his death.

The badge of office is Two lions rampant Argent armed and langued Azure supporting a baton paleways Sable, the tips Or ensigned of the Crown of Scotland Proper.[3]

The office was last held by Charles John Burnett, Esq. He was appointed to this post in Ordinary on 29 December 1988;[4] and then in Extraordinary from 4 January 2011 until 31 December 2015.[5]

Office bearers[edit]

  • 1540–1555: Sir Robert Forman of Luthrie[6]
  • 1556–1560: Alexander Ross, (b.1512)[7]
  • 1561–1567: Sir William Stewart, who also translated texts for the Church of Scotland.[8]
  • 1568: Patrick Davidson, promoted from Kintyre Pursuivant.[9]
  • 1623: James Workman
  • 1687–1724: Henry Fraser (1652-1724)
  • 1724–71746: Roderick Chalmers
  • 1746–1765: John Teulon (1698-1765)[10][11]
  • before 1907–1925: Andrew Ross (1849-1925)
  • 1988–2015: Charles John Burnett (held in Extraordinary from 2011)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "The Officers of Arms in Scotland". The Court of the Lord Lyon. Retrieved 2 June 2011. 
  2. ^ "Heraldic Titles from the Middle Ages and Renaissance: Dictionary of Period Forms". Julia Smith. Retrieved 2 June 2011. 
  3. ^ Roads, Elizabeth Ann. "Badges of the Scottish Officers of Arms". The Double Tressure (20 1998): 77–86. 
  4. ^ The Edinburgh Gazette: no. 22483. p. 25. 10 January 1989. Retrieved 2011-06-011.
  5. ^ The Edinburgh Gazette: no. 26893. p. 107. 21 January 2011. Retrieved 2011-06-02.
  6. ^ John H. Stevenson's Heraldry in Scotland (1914), vol ii, p 445
  7. ^ Miscellany of the Scottish History Society, no.9 (1958), p.112: Accounts of the Treasurer of Scotland, vol.10 (1913), p.315
  8. ^ John H. Stevenson, Heraldry in Scotland (1914), vol ii, p 445-446: Donaldson, Gordon, ed., Accounts of the Thirds of Benefices, SHS (1949), pp.55-6, 95, 193
  9. ^ Accounts of the Treasurer of Scotland, vol.12 (1970),p.178
  10. ^ Court of the Lord Lyon, List of His Majesty's Officers of Arms. Ed. F. J. Grant, Scottish Record Society, 1945, p. 31. Sir Anthony Wagner, Garter King of Arms, The Teulon Ancestry in France, Proceedings of the Huguenot Society of London, vol. 21, n° 6, 1970, p. 569.
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