Known commonly as
The Much Hon. William Jolly, the armiger is 30th Baron of Stobo
in the county of Peeblesshire, Scotland; the caput of the barony
being Stobo Castle. Originally created for the 4th Earl of
Morton in 1577, the barony is registered in the name of the
armiger in the Scottish Barony Register (3/104-107, 4th October
2016). The armiger was admitted to the Convention of the
Baronage of Scotland in November 2019.
The armiger also
holds the lordship of the Forest of Bowland in Lancashire, a
title he has held since 2008 and which entitles him to appoint
officers of the Forest, namely, a Bowbearer and a Chief Steward.
He received a grant of arms from the College of Arms on 11th
September 2001 viz. Arms: Per saltire Argent and Sable, two
roses in pale Gules barbed and seeded proper and in fess as many
mullets Or; Crest: Out of a coronet Or, three bulrushes Sable
slipped and leaved Vert; Badge; Within a circlet of roses Gules
barbed and seeded proper three bulrushes Sable slipped and
leaved Vert enfiling a coronet Or.
The motto Beatus
Ille, common to both Scottish and English arms, is derived from
the opening line of Horace’s Second Epode: “Happy he who … tills
his ancestral acre”.
natural son, Henry FitzJoly, is heir presumptive to both the
barony and lordship. He was granted the right to bear his
father’s English arms with bar sinister by Royal Licence on 6th
February 2014; the said arms being issued by letters patent on
11th September 2015.
Bearing arms in both Scotland and England, when
he is outwith the Realm of Scotland, the armiger displays his
achievements accolle, as is his right.