The Convention of  

 The Baronage of Scotland 


Robe of Estate

One of the most outstanding and distinctive of the heraldic prerogatives available to Scottish barons is the feudo-baronial mantle or robe of estate.

The portrait (below) of the seventeenth century Sir James Colquhoun of Luss shows him wearing his robes as Scottish Feudal baron.

Today it is generally described as 'gules doubled silk argent, fur-edged of miniver and collared in ermine, fastened on the right shoulder by five spherical buttons or'.

Colquhoun of LussRobe of Estate

For heraldic purposes this may be displayed draped behind the baronís complete achievement of arms (or the armorial shield alone), tied open with cords and tassels and surmounted by the chapeau; much more impressive in this position than beneath the helm.

In this pavilioned form, the arms of the baron are considered by many artists to be seen at their best, and since the mantle is not granted by the English Kings of Arms, the achievement displayed in this way is particularly Scottish in character. This is based on the robes of parliament and is granted only to those actually in possession of their barony. It is shown above.