of Balvaird Castle, FSA (Scot), FRAI, Baron of Balvaird
Registered: The International
Register of Arms, 10th February 2020. Registration No. 0532. (Lordship & Barony Register)
Arms: Parted per chevron Gules and
Argent, two acorns slipped Or and in base a fleur-de-lys Azure.
Crest: A demi lion rampant Or
armed and langued Azure holding in its paws a swallow tailed Pennon
Azure charged with a cross pattée Argent.
Motto: Un Cran Plus Loin (“One
Grant: The Court of the Lord Lyon,
Scotland, 14th January 2020, (Page 97, Volume 93) “Public Register
of All Arms and Bearings in Scotland”.
designed by Anthony Maxwell, with advice and consent of Lord Lyon.
Emblazonment by Quentin Peacock.
became Baron of Balvaird by deed of assignation on November 8,
2017, and was acknowledged in the name and territorial
designation “Brim-DeForest of Balvaird Castle” by the Lord Lyon,
for the family seat of the same name in the Ochil Hills of
Perthshire. The arms follow the name as represented by the
acorns in chief, which allude to both the ‘Forest' of the
armiger’s surname and the ancient oak that sits in the inner
courtyard of Balvaird Castle. The oak symbolises honour, wisdom
and strength, while the fleur-de-lis in base remembers the Auld
alliance between the Scots and the French, as well as the
Baron's French ancestry.
The crest of a
demi-lion holding a pennon is in honor of the armiger’s
fore-bearer in France, de Forest of Quartdeville, whose arms are
charged with a demi-lion in base. The Croix pattée in the hoist
of the pennon represents the armiger’s Scottish ancestors in
Clan Barclay who once held the lands of Balvaird, Arngosk, and
Kippo. The crest sits atop a helm appropriate to the Dignity of
a Baron in the Baronage of Scotland.
The motto in French “Un Cran Plus Loin" translates roughly as
"One Step Further”.
The Lordship & Barony of Balvaird is a Scottish feudal Crown
Barony (1624), originally granted to Sir Andrew Murray in March
of 1624 and held by his descendants, the Earls of Mansfield and
Mansfield, until 2017, when it passed by assignation to the
present Baron. The name is most likely derived from the Gaelic
“Baile a' Bhàird,” which means ‘place of the bard’. The caput of
the Barony is Balvaird Castle, a 16th century L-plan tower
house. Nearby the caput is the ancient rocking Stone of Balvaird
that was pushed off its axis by Oliver Cromwell's men during the
invasion of Scotland in 1650. Historians believe the stone may
have been used to render judgment in Druidic times.
Certificate recorded in the Land Register of Scotland of
date November 8, 2017 the armiger is infeft in All and Whole
the lands of Balvaird, including its caput, Balvaird Castle.
The Lordship & Barony of Balvaird is registered in Volume 4
of the Scottish Barony Register of date 10 November 2017.
The Baron is
a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, an
elected Life Fellow of the Royal Anthropological Institute,
an elected Life Fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society, a Life
Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, a Fellow of the
International Napoleonic Society, and a Lifetime Member of
the Spalding Gentlemen’s Society, Britain’s oldest surviving
provincial learned society.
He is the
first Lifetime Member of the White Lion Society, a Lifetime
Member of the Royal Celtic Society, a Lifetime Member of the
Royal Society of St. George, a Lifetime Member of the Royal
Stuart Society, and a member of the Scottish Heraldry
Society. He can be called upon at the Royal Scots Club in
Edinburgh, where he is a member.
The Baron is
a Knight Commander of the Order of the Immaculate Conception
of Vila Viçosa, and Knight Commander of the Order of Prince
Danilo I. He is Lord of the Manor of West Dereham in Norfolk
(England), and is a Life Member of the Manorial Society of
Great Britain. He is a Burgess of Glasgow, and a Member of
the Incorporation of Maltmen. He is a member of Clan
Forrester, an armigerous clan whose seat was once at Torwood
Castle, in Stirling & Falkirk.
son, heir to the arms, is
Brim-DeForest of Balvaird Castle, ygr. (0533) and his
daughter is Hypatia
Brim-DeForest, Maid of Balvaird (0534).
above left: The Baron’s sigillum, designed by heraldic
artist Tudor-Radu Tiron, includes the north profile of
Balvaird Castle, the Baron's arms, and several heraldic
devices including the Baron's oak plant badge in base. The
armiger has recorded a tartan in the Scottish Tartan
Register: Brim-DeForest of Balvaird Castle (Scottish Tartan
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