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The Slains Armorial
The community of heraldry students owes a huge debt of gratitude to Mr Anthony Maxwell, late webmaster of the Heraldry Society of Scotland, the man principally responsible for the creation of this new facsimile of The Slains Armorial. Since its compila-tion in the mid-16th century it has been almost unknown to the general public, having been exhibited only once, but its acquisition by that great scholar, Sir Iain Moncreiffe of that Ilk, brought it into the open, and his younger son, Peregrine, to whom he left it, has now gifted it to his elder brother, the Earl of Erroll, Lord High Constable of Scotland, with the wish that it be henceforth known as The Slains Armorial (Slains being one of the early Erroll baronies and also the name of the Erroll Pursuivant).
Mr Maxwell has published the facsimile as The Slains Roll, which helps to keep its identity separate from that of the original manuscript, and has created an index which, together with the alphabetical order maintained within each section, has made this perhaps the easiest to consult of all early rolls. The sections include the arms of the European Monarchs (supplemented by those of the Nine Worthies and the Magi), the Scottish Earls, the Scottish Lords of Parliament, extinguished titles, the Scottish Barons and Lairds, and the arms of Scotland’s Royal Alliances.
A comprehensive review of the value of this publication would need a longer period of preparation than we have available, for many of the pages justify extensive commentary, but in the belief that there is a much wider potential readership than that served by this facsimile’s first limited edition, we shall soon upload a selection of notes we believe our readers may find both useful and an appetiser. (This will be a PDF file.)
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