were in public possession of a coat armorial in 15, long prior to the Act of Parliament 1592: finds that this public possession has been continued in the family of the Murrays of Touchadam unto the present times, with respect to charge, as well as with respect to field: finds, that it must be presumed, since no evidence is offered to the contrary, that the colours of field and charge were the same anciently as now: finds it proved, by the evidence produced, or referred to, and not contradicted, that, ever since the year 1660, the family of Murray of Touchadam has been wont to give or bear the supporters, crest, and device which the said William Murray now gives or bears: finds, that such long possession infers an antecedent right, or excludes all challenge on account of defect of such antecedent right : finds,that although the Procurator-fiscal has been called upon, by an interlocutor of the Ordinary, specially to set forth whether it is proposed to matriculate the arms of William Murray of Touchadam as of one entitled to bear arms on matriculation, or to give arms to him as a well-deserving person, in terms of the Act 1672; and of the former, is proposed, what are the arms which Murray of Touchadam ought to bear on matriculation ;yet that he refuses to make any answer to this question, which is plain, and can be answered by any one, versant in the science of heraldry : Therefore, and upon the whole, finds, That the representative of the family of Touchadam was entitled to be matriculated, in terms of the statute 15, for the armorial bearings whereof William Murray of Touchadam, raiser of the advocation, is in possession. It was pleaded in limine that the action was incompetent before the Court. Lyon), before answer as to the pursuer's title, made avizandum with the cause to the Lords of the Second Division of the Court, and ordained parties' procurators to prepare informations thereon as to the competency of the action in this Court." Informations were accordingly lodged, in which the pursuer pleaded, 1.
And having considered the original precept or summons at the instance of the Lord Lyon and the Procurator-fiscal of Court against the said William Murray, finds, That the conclusions thereof are altogether penal ; and having considered. that prior to 1672, the Lyon had no jurisdiction in matters of arms, the cognisance of which belonged solely to the Privy Council, and the Supreme Civil Court, which had also the power of reviewing all the proceedingsof the Lord Lyon; 2.
[sections 3 and 4 repealed by the Scottish Laws Revision Act of 1906] (5) ITEM Last that becaus the Jurisdictioun of the lyoun king of armez is nocht able to execute dew punishment vpoun all personis that salhappin to offend in the office of armezz Thairfoir our souerane lord with auise of his estaitis in parliament Ordanis and commandis all ciuile Magistratis as thay salbe requirit be the king of armez or ony vtheris in his Name To concur with him To sie the actis maid in his fauouris of his office put to dew executioun in thair iurisdictiounis As aslua To concur with him to the pvneisment and incarceratioun of all sic personis as sall vsurp the bearing of his Maiesties armes efter dew depriuatioun vnder the pane of rebellioun and putting of the disobeyaris to his hienes horne With certificatioun to thame and thay failye being requirit lettrez salbe direct simpliciter to put thame to the horne (italics indicate sections repealed by the Scottish Laws Revision Act of 1906) Our Soveraigne Lord Considering that albeit by the 125 Act of the 12 Parliament holdin by his Maiesties grandfather in the yeir 1592 the usurpation of Armes by any of his Maiesties leidges without the authority of the Lyon King of Armes is expressly discharged And that in order therto Power and Commission is granted to the Lyon King of Armes or his Deputes to visite the whole Armes of Noblemen Barrons and Gentlemen and to matriculate the same in their registers and to fine in One Hundreth pounds all others who shall unjustlie usurp Armes who should bear none and many of these who may in law bear have assumed to themselvis the Armes of their cheiff without distinctions or Armes which were not caried by them or their predicessors Therfore His Maiestie with advice and consent of his Estates of Parliament Ratifies and Approves the forsaid Act of Parliament And for the more vigorous prosecution therof Doth hereby Statute and Ordain that lettirs of publication of this present act be direct to be execute at the mercat cross of the heid Burghs of the Shires Stewartries Bailliaries of Royaltie and Regallitie and Royall Burrowghs chargeing all and sundry [Prelates] Noblemen Barons and Gentlemen who make use of any Armes or Signes armoriall within the space of one yeir aftir the said publication to bring or send an account of what Armes or Signes armoriall they are accustomed to use and whither they be descendants of any familie the Armes of which familie they bear and of what Brother of the ffamilie they are desended With Testificats from persones of Honour Noblemen or Gentlemen of qualitie anent the verity of their haveing and useing those Armes and of their descent as afoirsaid to be delivered either to the Clerk of the Jurisdiction where the persones duells or to the Lyon Clerk at his office in Edinburgh at the option of the party upon their receipts gratis without paying any thing therfore Which Receipt shall be a sufficient exoneration to them from being obleidged to produce again to the effect that the Lyon King of Armes may distinguish the saids Armes with congruent differences and may matriculat the same in his Bookes and Registers and may give Armes to vertuous and well deserving Persones and Extracts of all Armes expresssing the blasoning of the Armes undir his hand and seall of office [For which shall be payed to the Lyon the soume of Tuentie merkes by every Prelat and Nobleman, and Ten merks be every Knight and Baron, and Five merkes by every other persone bearing Armes, and noe more:] And his Maiestie hereby Dispensses with any penalties that may arise be this or any preceiding act for bearing Armes befor the Proclamation to be issued hereupon And it is Statute and Ordained with consent forsaid that the said Register shall be respected as the true and unrepeallable rule of all Armes and Bearings in Scotland to remain with the Lyon office as a publict Register of the Kingdome and to be transmitted to his Successors in all tyme comeing And that whosoevir shall use any other Armes any manner of way aftir the expireing of year and day from the date of the Proclamation to be issued hereupon in maner forsaid shall pay One Hundred pounds money toties quoties to the Lyon and shall likewayes escheat to his Maiestie all the moveable Goods and Geir upon which the saids Armes are engraven or otherwise represented And his Maiestie with consent forsaid Declaires that it is onlie allowed for Noblemen [and Bishopes] to subscrive by their titles And that all others shall subscrive their Christened names or the initiall letter therof with there Sirnames and may if they please adject the designations of their Lands prefixing the word Of to the saids designations And the Lyon King at Armes and his Brethren are required to be carefull of informeing themselvis of the contraveiners heirof [and that they acquaint his Maiesties Councill thewith, who are hereby impowered to punish them as persones disobedient to, and contraveiners of the Law:] It is likewise hereby Declaired that the Lyon and his Brethren Heraulds are Judges in all such causes concerning the Malversation of Messingers in their office and are to enjoy all other priviledges belonging to their Office which are secured to them by the Lawes of this Kingdome and according to former practice. The Gentlemen found on the Interdictum uti possidetis : the Lyon says, it is but vetustas erroris, and an usurpation. The tradition was, that most of the old records of arms were destroyed by fire ; there are, however, in the office several old manuscript books of heraldry which are of great use in matriculation.
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.
As to the arms to be given Mr Murray, when he applies for them it was time enough to answer this when he did so; and as to the illuminations, they are used for the better direction of painters, or carvers, many of whom are not sufficiently instructed in the science of heraldry without illuminations.
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.