The Chief

Lord Lyon’s decision

LORD LYON RECOGNISES CHIEF OF CLAN IRVING OF BONSHAW

By Interlocutor dated 25 August 2014 THE Lord Lyon King of Arms recognised ROBERT ALEC SNOW IRVING OF BONSHAW as CHIEF OF THE NAME AND ARMS OF IRVING OF BONSHAW an independent branch of the Clan Irvine, long established in the Borders at Bonshaw.

Court of the Lord Lyon

Interlocutor of the
Lord Lyon King of Arms
in
the Petition of

ROBERT ALEC SNOW IRVING
Chief of the Name and Arms of Irving of Bonshaw

of date 8 November 2013

Edinburgh, 25 August 2014. The Lord Lyon King of Arms, having considered the foregoing Petition and arguments for the Petitioner, (Primo) RECOGNISES the Petitioner in the name, style and dignity of Robert Alec Snow Irving of Bonshaw, CHIEF OF THE NAME AND ARMS OF IRVING OF BONSHAW for aught yet seen; and (Secundo) GRANTS WARRANT to the Lyon Clerk to prepare Letters Patent maintaining, ratifying and confirming to the Petitioner and his heirs bearing the name of Irving of Bonshaw the following Ensigns Armorial, videlicet:-Argent, three holly leaves Proper. Above the Shield is placed an Helm befitting his degree with a mantling Vert doubled Argent, and on a Wreath of the Liveries is set for Crest an arm gauntleted holding a branch of holly consisting of seven leaves all Proper, and in an Escrol over the same this motto “HAUD ULLIS LABENTIA VENTIS”.

On a Compartment strewn with holly leaves below the Shield are set for Supporters two snow leopards rampant guardant Proper; and upon a Standard four yards in length with rounded end, having Azure, a St Andrew’s Cross Argent in the hoist, tierced of three liveries Vert, Argent and Vert, is depicted his said Crest twice along with his Motto “HAUD ULLIS LABENTIA VENTIS” in letters Or upon two transverse bands Sable; and for Pinsel, four and a half feet long by two feet in height, Argent bearing his Crest within a strap Vert buckled and embellished Or inscribed with the Motto “HAUD ULLIS LABENTIA VENTIS” in letters Or all within a circlet Vert bearing the Petitioner’s title “Irving of Bonshaw” in letters Argent and in the fly an Escrol Vert bearing in letters Argent the Motto “HAUD ULLIS LABENTIA VENTIS”, And Grants Warrant to the Lyon Clerk to matriculate the same in the Public Register of All Arms and Bearings in Scotland.

The Lord Lyon’s decision confirmed the Chief’s entitlement to the coat of arms of the Irvings of Bonshaw recorded by William Irving of Bonshaw c. 1672 in Volume 1, folio 335 of the Public Register of All Arms and Bearings in Scotland which are recorded in the following terms:

“William Irwine of Bonshaw Bears argent three holin leaves proper. Above the shield ane helmet befitting his degree mantled gules doubled argent Next is placed on ane torse for his crest ane arme g…[gauntleted] holding ane branch of hollin consisting of seven leaves all proper The motto in ane escroll Haud ullis labentia ventis.”

The Lord Lyon granted the Chief for supporters “Two snow leopards rampant guardant Proper”, an allusion to the fact that the Chief’s father Robert Irving Snow changed his name to Irving of Bonshaw to inherit the estate of Bonshaw under the Trust Disposition and Settlement of his grandfather Colonel John Beaufin Irving of Bonshaw. In addition the Lord Lyon granted the Chief a standard and pinsel.

The Lord Lyon accepted that the succession to the coat of arms and the representation of Irvings of Bonshaw followed the succession to the estate which was settled in terms of a 1764 entail by William Irving of Bonshaw, a 1853 disposition by the Rev John Irving of Bonshaw whereby the estate passed from Robert Naismith Irving of Bonshaw to Colonel John Beaufin Irving of Bonshaw, who resettled the destination of estate of Bonshaw in terms of his 1925 Trust Disposition and Settlement whereby it passed to the Chief’s father.

In the course of his decision the Lord Lyon said:

“6. At this stage I would like to make clear that the Petitioner seeks recognition as Chief of the Honourable Border Clan Irving of Bonshaw, as a long established independent branch of the Clan Irvine. The Border Clan Irving was recognised by the Crown as a clan by Act of Parliament 1587. The distinction, recognised in the Lyon Court, is that the chief is “Chief of the Honourable Clan Irvine” whereas the branch chief is “Chief of the Honourable Clan Irving of Bonshaw” where the “of Bonshaw” indicates that the family is a branch chief. … I have concluded that the appropriate designation of recognition for the Petitioner is Chief of the Name and Arms of Irving of Bonshaw. I have reached this conclusion as a matter of consistency in relation to the Irving Clan as the designation in the Lyon Register for Irving of Drum is “Chief of the Name and Arms of Irving of Drum”.

The Lord Lyon’s full Findings and Reasons for the decision can be found on the Court of the Lord Lyon website at: http://www.lyon-court.com/lordlyon/636.html