The ceremonial title of one of the heralds to Lord Lyon, Scotland’s King of Arms.
The post of Albany has been in existence since at least 1401 when the holder of that office was entered into English records as being on a diplomatic mission sent from Scotland. The post is currently held by John Alexander Spens, who has held the post since 1985.
[thanks to Forlornandshorn at the Wikimedia Commons for his sketch of the badge.]
A Glossary of Terms Used in Heraldry; Parker & Company (1894).
Albany – One of the herald’s of the Lord Lyon’s Court, Scotland.
Pimbley’s Dictionary of Heraldry; Arthur Pimbley (1908).
Originally posted 2010-01-14 16:23:49.