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Islay Herald of Arms is a Scottish herald of arms of the Court of the Lord Lyon.[1]

Islay Herald
Badge of the Islay Herald.svg
The heraldic badge of Islay Herald of Arms
Heraldic traditionGallo-British
Governing bodyCourt of the Lord Lyon

The office was first mentioned in 1493. Islay is an island off the west coast of Scotland and was the headquarters of the Lord of the Isles. When the influence of that powerful noble was broken by the King of Scots during the fifteenth century, several names associated with the Lord of the Isles were absorbed and used by the crown.[2]

The badge of office is Two salmon hauriant embowed Proper encircling a lymphad sails furled oars in action two armed men on deck sinister Sable by a flag Gules ensigned of the Crown of Scotland Proper.[3]

The office was latest held by David Sellar.

Holders of the officeEdit

Arms Name Date of appointment Ref[4]
  Henry Thomson of Keillour 1496
... Hay 1531
Peter Thomson 1531
Gilbert Lindsay of Trakwan 1534
Peter Morrison 1552
James Purdie of Kinaldies 1572
Patirck Bannatyne 1588
John Blinsele 1596
  Thomas Drysdale 1617
James Currie 1636
John Cullen 1661
  John Balsillie 1667
William Govan 1676
James Still 1701
  Alexander Martin 1725
Valentine White 1757
William Robertson 1776
Robert Grant 1795
John Cook 1811
William Goodall Bayley 1852
Henry Wilson 1864
Vacant 1884–1981
  John Inglis Drever "Don" Pottinger 1981–1986 [5]
Vacant 1986–2008
  Alastair Campbell of Airds
(Office used in Extraordinary)
2008–2014 [6]
  William David Hamilton Sellar
(Office used in Extraordinary)

See alsoEdit


  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. ^ Grant, Sir Francis James (1945). Court of the Lord Lyon: List of His Majesty's Officers of Arms and Other Officials with Genealogical Notes, 1318-1945. Society.
  5. ^ "No. 20923". The Edinburgh Gazette. 12 June 1981. p. 780.
  6. ^ "No. 26645". The Edinburgh Gazette. 19 June 2009. p. 2905.

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