The heraldic badge of Albany Herald of Arms
|Governing body||Court of the Lord Lyon|
The office was first mentioned in a diplomatic mission from Scotland to England in 1401. The office was probably instituted on the creation of Robert Stewart, son of King Robert II, as Duke of Albany, on 28 April 1398. Albany is an old name for the part of Scotland north of the River Forth, and is cognate with "Alba", the Scottish Gaelic for Scotland.
The office is currently vacant.
Holders of the office
|Arms||Name||Date of appointment||Ref|
|William Brown of Balmangan||1516|
|Sir John Erskine of Cambo, Baronet||1726|
|Robert Spence Livingstone||1885|
|William Rae Macdonald||1909|
|Sir George Sitwell Campbell-Swinton||1923–1926|
|Sir Thomas Wolseley Haig||1927–1935|
|Thomas Innes of Learney||1935–1945|
|Sir Francis James Grant||1945–1953|
|Major Charles Ian Fraser of Reelig||1953–1961|||
|Sir Iain Moncreiffe of that Ilk, Baronet||1961–1985|||
|John Alexander Spens||1985–2011|||
- Roads, Elizabeth Ann. "Badges of the Scottish Officers of Arms". The Double Tressure (20 1998): 77–86.
- Grant, Sir Francis James (1945). Court of the Lord Lyon: List of His Majesty's Officers of Arms and Other Officials with Genealogical Notes, 1318-1945. Society.
- "No. 17054". The Edinburgh Gazette. 17 March 1953. p. 143.
- "No. 17888". The Edinburgh Gazette. 30 December 1960. p. 815.
- "No. 21710". The Edinburgh Gazette. 2 April 1985. p. 482.
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