The conditions under which supporters are granted have changed over the years; today they are usually reserved for the holders of the older baronies (chartered before 1587) and those which have been in continuous family ownership, although there seem to be exceptions to every rule.
In England, supporters are reserved for the peerage, and if a Scottish baron approaches the College of Heralds for English arms, he will not be allowed supporters.
Unfortunately many barons, being conscious of the value of 'siller' chose not to apply for supporters on the grounds of cost. As can be seen from these prices, supporters increase the fee substantially.
Here is a summary of statutory fees charged by the Court of the Lord Lyon as at 1st April 2000 and subject to periodic increase by H. M. Treasury:
A. NEW GRANT OF ARMORIAL BEARINGS, including shield, crest and motto, together with
B. MATRICULATION of previously recorded Armorial Bearings, including shield and crest, together with Grant of new supporters: £921.00
C. MATRICULATION of previously recorded Armorial Bearings, including shield, crest and supporters: £640.00
D. NEW GRANT of Armorial Bearings, including shield and crest: £l,285.00
E. NEW GRANT of Armorial Bearings, including shield alone: £832.00
F. MATRICULATION of previously recorded Armorial Bearings, including shield and crest: £401.00