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It was accordingly found, unanimously, "That the tailzier having, in his own life-time, raised the rent beyond £.1000 Sterling yearly, the clause restraining the heirs of entail from increasing the rent of the tailzied estate beyond that extent was thereby virtually revoked by the tailzier himself, and is now at an end." The entail likewise contained the following clause And that the heirs of tailzie foresaid, succeeding in virtue hereof, shall be bound to use the name and title of Moir of Leckie, and that alone, exclusive of every other name and title; and to carry the arms of Moir of Leckie, without any addition, diminution, or alteration of any kind." After the action came into Court, it was discovered that there were no arms of Moir of Leckie matriculated in the Lyon-office. As to the abstract principle, it is clear, that wherever there is a competition as to the right to armorial bearings, an appeal lies to this Court by advocation, and also by reduction, which is the proper remedy when the arms are already granted; or even if the Lyon refuse arms to a party entitled, this Court has jurisdiction to give redress. A clause in a private Act of Parliament bore"Whereas the senior heir of line of the family has succession to all their indivisible honours, and specially the right to bear and use their arms and supporters -Be it enacted, that the said rights and arms are hereby reserved entire to such senior heir of line and that the said D being a younger branch of said family, he and his heirsmale, in taking the name of C, shall do so with a difference or mark of cadence in the arms applicable to such younger branch." D was a baronet, and the heir-male of the family.
The pursuer being the heir, alioqui successurus only in one fourth of the estate, as representative of one of four heirs-portioners, it was likewise doubted, even if there had been such arms, whether they were assignable to heirs of entail, or whether they necessarily descended, jure sanguinis, to Mr. The following conclusion was therefore added to the summons: That the said pursuer, and the heirs of entail foresaid, are under no restraint with regard to the carrying of any particular arms, as the arms of Moirs of Leckie, and are exposed to no challenge for disregarding the clause in the entail ; or, at least, that the pursuer and each succeeding heir, shall be at liberty to obtain arms from the Lyon-office, and, whatever they may be, to wear and use them. On the other hand, it was stated for the pursuer, That he wished, as far possible, to comply with the entailer's intention; but that he was advised, that even where there were arms in a family, they could not descend to a tailzied succession, without certain distinctions. The Lyon Court is in fact just on the same footing as with other Inferior Courts. The Lord Lyon assigned to him the family arms and supporters, "with the badge of Nova Scotia on a canton," for a difference.
They thought the plea, so far as concerned the matriculation-fees, not improper; as the statute was so ancient, and the practice for at least twenty years against it, though not uniform. Dundas disputed the competency; but this plea was soon abandoned, and on the merits the Lords, 22d January 1762 pronounced this interlocutor: " Finds, That George Dundas of Dundas, heir-male of James Dundas of that ilk, who was forfeited in the year 1449, but afterwards rehabilitate, has the sole right to use and bear the coat of arms belonging to Dundas of that ilk, as matriculated in the register, authenticated by the subscription of Sir James Balfour then Lord Lyon ; and find, That the coat of arms obtained in the 1744, by Thomas Dundas, defender, from the late Lord Lyon,, was obtained by obreption, and that he has no right to use the same; and therefore ordain the said coat of arms to be recalled and expunged from the Lord Lyon's books, reserving to the said Thomas Dundas to apply for a new coat of arms, as accords: Find the defender Thomas Dundas of Fingask, and Thomas Dundas of Quanal, liable to the pursuer in the expense of the complaint before the Lord Lyon's court, and in the expense of this process of advocation," &c. It does not prohibit the entailer from maintaining the rental as he found it ; and it would not be the prohibition in the entail, but a new and a different one, which would restrain the heir in possession from increasing it still farther, at the expiration of the current leases. Moir, revoking certain clauses of his entail, and approving of all the others, at a period when he had raised his rental to above £.1000, precludes any presumption that he meant to recal the condition in question. I.) as analogous to the present; and as suggesting, the condition in question should be so modified by the Court as to make it consistent with the law of the land. I also doubt whether this Court has any original jurisdiction in matters of this kind, and whether it was not necessary for the pursuer to have applied to the Lord Lyon for redress, and on that being refused, to bring the judgment under review of this Court. There are in this case separate defences as to the competency and as to the title, and the Lord Ordinary's interlocutor is before answer as to the title.
But, as to the former parts of the process concerning Mr Murray's right to arms, and the jurisdiction of the Lyon, they thought them unjustifiable, and that the Lyon was liable in the expenses incurred on that account; and, 9th July 1778, they refused a reclaiming petition without answers, and adhered. Indeed, supposing he had not made such a deed, there would have been no room for that presumption. The Lords " found it incumbent on the pursuer, and the other heirs of entail, to follow out the tailzier's appointment, in carrying the name and arms of Moir of Leckie ; and, for that purpose, to obtain from the Lyon-office arms of that description, descendible to the heirs of entail of Leckie." Lord Reporter, Justice-Clerk. The only question, therefore, properly before us, is the general one, whether this Court is competent to entertain an action as to the right to armorial bearings; and we cannot go into the other defences, that the pursuer has no title or interest, or that his libel is not properly laid.
The Lyon's reason is, because, by an express letter of his Majesty's, none underl the dignity of a Lord must use supporters. Mr Murray presented bill of advocation, which was past.
Upon advising the cause, the Lord Ordinary pronounced this interlocutor: 13th February 1776, "Finds, that it is admitted by the procurator-fiscal that William Murray, the raiser of the advocation, is the representative of the ancient family of Murray of Touchadam: Finds it proved, from the seals produced in process, that the Murrays of Touchadam, the predecessors of the said William Murray. Macdonell of Glengarry brought an action in the Court of Lyon, asking for annulment ("reduction") of a matriculation of arms to Macdonald of Clanranald.
Murray of Touchadam have been actually matriculated in the Lyon register or not : that William Murray was not in mala fide to continue the use of the armorial bearings which his predecessors enjoyed ; and that there is no sufficient warrant for the penal conclusions of the original summons: and upon the whole assoilyies the said William Murray, and decerns; reserving always to the Procurator-fiscal to charge the said William Murray to matriculate his armorial bearings in the registers of the Lyon Court, in terms of the statute 1672, and to pay the fees exigible from a baron, and no more, as the statute bears: and also reserving to the officers of Court to exact whatever further sum may be judged reasonable, in case the said William Murray shall incline to be furnished, not only with a. On the other hand, it was maintained for the defender, That the act 1672, by declaring that the Lyon record should "be respected ass the true and unrepealable rule of all arms and bearings in Scotland," conferred a privative jurisdiction in such matters on the Lord Lyon; and that even if this Court had jurisdiction in competition of arms, the pursuer did not set forth his right to those matriculated by the defender. These relate to two separate and distinct matters,one regarding messengers, and the other, which we have to do with here, relating to armorial bearings.
blazoning, in terms of the art, but also with a painting in water colours and other ornaments, these being things which the Lord Lyon is not bound by law to provide without a suitable remuneration." The Lords, on advising a reclaiming petition and answers, 4th December 1776, adhered to the interlocutor of the Ordinary, and refused the petition, except as to the fees exigible on matriculations; as to which, remitted to the Ordinary to hear parties further, and to do as he should see cause. The power of granting ensigns armorial is part of the royal prerogative, but every thing belonging to that power has been given by sundry statutes to the Lord Lyon's grant.
The statutory basis for the jurisdiction of the Lyon King of Arms consists mainly of three Acts of the Scottish Parliament, of 1587, 15. (He grants them now to some who were: in possession of them of old.). Pleaded at discussing for the Lyon:the advocation is incompetent; his jurisdiction, as to arms, is privative and independent.
(The Act of the British Parliament of 1867 mainly reorganized the Court and set the salaries of the Scottish officers of arms). But the gentlemen answer, that Lords at the beginning, having been only Barons, and in regard of the considerable interest they hid in their respective shires, being commissionate from the small barons and freeholders to represent them in Parliament, they, because of that credit, got first the denomination of Lords, without any patent or creation; and, upon the matter, were nothing but Barons: and so what is due to them is also due to the other, they originally not differing from the rest by any essential or superior step of dignity. REPLIED, Whatever was their rise, the other Barons have clearly acknowledged a distinction now; in so far as they have renounced their privilege of coming to Parliaments by the 113 act in 1587; and the distinction being made, and their privileges renounced, by the small Barons in the Parliament 1427. See also Morison's Dictionary, 7656; Decisions of the Court of Session. But Lord Hailes, 30th November 1774, "Repelled the declinature, and sustained the jurisdiction of the Court of Session: Found the advocation competent in respect that the question at issue was a civil cause; neither is there any statute pointed out by the pursuer whereby the radical or consuetudinary jurisdiction of the Court of Session in matters of this sort, stands abolished;" and, 26th July 1775, the Lords adhered.
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Oure Souerane Lord and thrie estaitis of Parliament Considering how of late yeiris thair is enterit in the office of armes sindry extraordinar masseris and pursevantis and a verie greit nowmer of messingeris throw importune suit of diuerse pairtijs in sic a confusit and incertane maner that it is becum doubtfoull quha ar admittit and how and quha deprived or not or quhidder thair cautioneris be levand or depairtit this lyff And seing thair wes alwayes in tymes of best governament a certane nowmer of officiaris of armes IT is thairfoir thocht expedient statute and ordanit That in tyme cuming thair salbe onlie tua hundreth personis weirand and beirand our souerane lordis armes in the haill boundis of the realme of scotland In quhilk nowmer lyoun king of armes and his brether the ordiner herauldis masseris and pursevantis salbe comprehendit being in nowmer xvij personis and the remanent to be diuidit amangis the remanent schirefdomes of the realme in maner efterfollowing That is to say within the schirefdome of orknay and zetland iiij within the schirefdome of Inuernes and cromartie x within the schirefdome of Narne ij within the schirefdome of elgin and foress v within the schirefdome of Banff iiij within the schirefdome of aberdene xij within the schirefdome of kincardin iiij within the schirefdome of forfare x within the schirefdome of fyff x within the schirefdome of kinross j within the schirefddome of clkamannan ij within the schirefdome of perth and stewartries of menteyth and stratherne xij within the schirefdome of striuiling v within the schirefdome of Dunbartane iiij within the schirefdome of lynlythgw iiij within the schirefdome of Edinburgh principall xxiiij within the schirefdome ofedinburgh and constabularie of hadingtoun iiij within the schirefdome of berwick iiij wi within the schirefdome of Roxburght viij within the schirefdome of selkirk ij within the schirefdome of peibles iij within the schirefdome of lanerk x within the schirefdome of renfrew iiij within the schirefdome of Ergile and tarbert iiij within the schirefdome of bute ij within the Schirrefdome of air xij within the schirefdome of wigtoun iiij within the schirefdome of Dumfries and stewartries of kirkcudbricht and annerdaill xij And to the effect that the ordour now appoyntit may tak the better effect Oranis and commandis lioun king of armes That he onnawyse ressaue ony maner of personis to the office of messingerie in tyme cuming except it be in the place of ane of the personis that salbe thocht meit to be retenit efter the first day of nouember nixtocum to be his deceise or deprivatioun Notwithstanding ony precept or warrand gevin or to be gevin in the contrair Quhairin gif he failye he sall incur the indigniatioun of our souerane lord and the persoun saa admittit salhave na place to vse and exerce the said office nor his executionis quhatsumeuer sall nawyse be valide in Judment or outwith .... for all complaintes to be maid to lyoun king of armes vpoun the defaultis of officaris in tyme cuming he sall sett twa peremptour [Courtes] in the yeir to be haldin in Edinburgh vpoun the sext day of maij and the sext day of november gif thai be lauchfull and failyeing thairof the nixt lauchfull dayes and sall summound the pairtie complenit vpoun be his precept conteneand the cause of the complaint relevantlie libellit and cause summound the personis accusit and his cautioner on xv dayes warning and deliver thame copies Concluidand incaise the officiar be fund culpable not onlie his deprivatioun fra the office Bot his cautioner to Incur the pane quhairof the thrid pairt sall appertune to the said lyoun king of armes for his laubouris And that his actis and decreitis be formally writtin and registrat and patent to all our souerane lordis lieges havand interesse and siclike lettres conforme to pas thairvpoun as vpoun the decreitis of quhatsumeuer Juges ordiner within this realme (1) Oure souerane Lord and estaitis of this present parliament Considdering the greit abuse that hes bene amongis the leigis of this realme in thair bearing of armes vsurpand to thame selffis sic armes as belangis nocht vpon thame Sua that it can nocht be distinguischit be thair armes quha ar gentlemen of blude be thair antecessouris Nor yit may it be decernit quhat gentlemen ar descendit of noble stok and linage ffor remeid quhairof his hienes with aduise of the saidis estaitis hes evin and grantit and be this present act gevis and grantis full power and commissioun to lyoun king of armes and his brether herauldis To visite the haill armes of noblemen baronis and gentlemen borne and vsit within this realme And to distinguische and discerne thame with congruent differences and thaireftir to matriculate thame in thair buikis and Registeris And to put inhibitioun to all the commoun sort of people nocht worthie be the law of armes to beir ony signes armoriallis That nane of thame presume or tak vpoun hand to bear or vse ony armes in tyme cuming vpoun ony thair insicht or houshald geir vnder the pane of the escheating of the guidis and geir sa oft as thay salbe fund contravenand this present act quhaireuir the same armes salbe found grawin and paintit to our souerane lordis vse And lykwayis vnder the pane of ane hundreth pundis to the vse of the said lyoun and his brether herauldis And failyeing of payment thairof That thay be incarcerat in the narrest prissone Thairin to remane vpoun thair awin chargis during the plesur of the said Lyoun [section 2 repealed by the Scottish Laws Revision Act of 1906] (3) ITEM In consideratioun of the greit abuse of messingeris and officiaris of armez within this realme quhilkis for the maist pairt ar nocht qualifiet for vsing of the said office Being admittit be extraordinar and Inoportune suittis Be quhais abuse the leigis of this realme ar heavelie trublit and opprest Thairfoir It is statute and ordanit that the said king of armez be aduise of the loris of counsaill and sessioun deprive and discharge all sic officiaris and messingeris of armes as he sall find vnworthie of the office and tak sicker souirtie of the remanent for thair obseruatioun of thair Iniunctionis in tyme cuming With power to the said king of armez with aduise of the saidis lordis to enjoyne further necessar Iniunctionis to the saidis messingeris for keping of guid ordour in thair offices ... DUPLIED, that act is introduced in their favours, and nowise -debars them ; but allenarly dispenses with their absence, and the penalty they incurred thereby, &c. And, by interlocutor of date 30th November 1774, the Lord Hailes, Ordinary, "Ordained, the pursuer to set forth,1mo, Whether there are, in the Lyon Office, any register or authentic books of armorial bearings, of a date prior to the statute 1672 ; 2do, Whether there is in the Lyon Office a connected series of registers from 1672 unto this present day ; and, if not, what chasms there are in the register, and whether there is evidence that any volume of such register is lost or amissing; 3tio, To set forth whether it is proposed to matriculate the arms of the defender, as of one entitled to bear arms in matriculation, or to give arms to him as a well-deserving person, in terms of the Act 1672 ; and, if the former is proposed, what are the arms which Murray of Touchadam ought to bear on a matriculation: And, whereas it is said for, the pursuer, that one reason for demanding larger fees from a gentleman than the sum of ten merks, specified in the statute 1672, is, that an expense must be incurred for illuminating the arms on the margin of the instrument of matriculation ; the Lord Ordinary requires the pursuer, 4to, To explain the use and intention of such illumination, when it is considered that the science of heraldry has its own terms of art, precise and fixed, and which may serve as a certain directory to all painters, engravers, and others, for properly delineating the arms of every family respectively, on wheel-carriages, plate, and household furniture: Moreover, the Lord Ordinary appoints the defender to lodge, in the hands of the clerk to the process, the most ancient seals, impressions of seals, or other evidence that he is possessed of, or can procure, for proving, that, before the 1592, or before the 1672, the Murrays of Touchadam did actually bear ensigns armorial." In answer to these questions the pursuer did set forth, that there was no public authentic record of arms in the Lyon office prior to the year 1672.