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A Scottish barony title may be inherited, purchased or transferred to a person of either gender. The essential element is the Crown Charter that erected land into a Barony, as recorded in the Register of the Great Seal of Scotland, 1306-1668.

Every barony pre-2004 was by tenure. When the Abolition of Feudal Tenure etc. (Scotland) Act 2000 came into force in November 2004, a barony became incorporeal heritable property, the title no longer a territorial dignity attached to land, but a personal dignity.

A Scottish feudal barony is a prescriptive barony and classified as a noble feu.

Post-2004 there have been changes to the script of the Letters Patent and the heraldic additaments in a Scottish Grant of Arms. When a barony (including Lordship, Earldom, Marquisate) was by tenure, a Grant recognised that the feudal baron had a following which justified a feudo-baronial mantle (robe of estate), a Standard and a livery badge. This is no longer the case.

A Petition to the Lord Lyon to recognise a deserving baron as within his jurisdiction and to grant Ensigns Armorial initiates a verifying legal process.

Following the issue of an Interlocutor and the Letters Patent, a Petitioner will have his Armorials protected under the law in Scotland and recorded in the Public Register of all Arms and Bearings in Scotland.

The current website of the Lyon Court is here.