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Last Update: 14/12/2022

Brady Brim-DeForest of Balvaird Castle, FSA (Scot), FRAI, Baron of Balvaird

Registered: The International Register of Arms, 10th February 2020. Registration No. 0532. (Lordship & Barony Register)

Arms: Parted per chevron Gules and Argent, two acorns slipped Or and in base a fleur-de-lys Azure.

Crest: A demi lion rampant Or armed and langued Azure holding in its paws a swallow tailed Pennon Azure charged with a cross pattée Argent.

Motto: Un Cran Plus Loin (“One Step Further")

Grant: The Court of the Lord Lyon, Scotland, 14th January 2020, (Page 97, Volume 93) “Public Register of All Arms and Bearings in Scotland”.

Arms designed by Anthony Maxwell, with advice and consent of Lord Lyon. Emblazonment by Quentin Peacock.

The Arms of Brady
                                                Brim-DeForest of
                                                Balvaird Castle

The armiger became Baron of Balvaird by deed of assignation on November 8, 2017, and was acknowledged in the name and territorial designation “Brim-DeForest of Balvaird Castle” by the Lord Lyon, for the family seat of the same name in the Ochil Hills of Perthshire. The arms follow the name as represented by the acorns in chief, which allude to both the ‘Forest' of the armiger’s surname and the ancient oak that sits in the inner courtyard of Balvaird Castle. The oak symbolises honour, wisdom and strength, while the fleur-de-lis in base remembers the Auld alliance between the Scots and the French, as well as the Baron's French ancestry.

The crest of a demi-lion holding a pennon is in honor of the armiger’s fore-bearer in France, de Forest of Quartdeville, whose arms are charged with a demi-lion in base. The Croix pattée in the hoist of the pennon represents the armiger’s Scottish ancestors in Clan Barclay who once held the lands of Balvaird, Arngosk, and Kippo. The crest sits atop a helm appropriate to the Dignity of a Baron in the Baronage of Scotland. The motto in French “Un Cran Plus Loin" translates roughly as "One Step Further”.

The Lordship & Barony of Balvaird is a Scottish feudal Crown Barony (1624), originally granted to Sir Andrew Murray in March of 1624 and held by his descendants, the Earls of Mansfield and Mansfield, until 2017, when it passed by assignation to the present Baron. The name is most likely derived from the Gaelic “Baile a' Bhàird,” which means ‘place of the bard’. The caput of the Barony is Balvaird Castle, a 16th century L-plan tower house. Nearby the caput is the ancient rocking Stone of Balvaird that was pushed off its axis by Oliver Cromwell's men during the invasion of Scotland in 1650. Historians believe the stone may have been used to render judgment in Druidic times.

The Badge of Brady
                                                        Brim-DeForest of
                                                        Balvaird Castle,
                                                        Baron of

By Certificate recorded in the Land Register of Scotland of date November 8, 2017 the armiger is infeft in All and Whole the lands of Balvaird, including its caput, Balvaird Castle. The Lordship & Barony of Balvaird is registered in Volume 4 of the Scottish Barony Register of date 10 November 2017.

The Baron is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, an elected Life Fellow of the Royal Anthropological Institute, an elected Life Fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society, a Life Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, a Fellow of the International Napoleonic Society, and a Lifetime Member of the Spalding Gentlemen’s Society, Britain’s oldest surviving provincial learned society.

He is the first Lifetime Member of the White Lion Society, a Lifetime Member of the Royal Celtic Society, a Lifetime Member of the Royal Society of St. George, a Lifetime Member of the Royal Stuart Society, and a member of the Scottish Heraldry Society. He can be called upon at the Royal Scots Club in Edinburgh, where he is a member.

The Baron is a Knight Commander of the Order of the Immaculate Conception of Vila Viçosa, and Knight Commander of the Order of Prince Danilo I. He is Lord of the Manor of West Dereham in Norfolk (England), and is a Life Member of the Manorial Society of Great Britain. He is a Burgess of Glasgow, and a Member of the Incorporation of Maltmen. He is a member of Clan Forrester, an armigerous clan whose seat was once at Torwood Castle, in Stirling & Falkirk.

The armiger’s son, heir to the arms, is Huxley Byron Brim-DeForest of Balvaird Castle, ygr. (0533) and his daughter is Hypatia Brim-DeForest, Maid of Balvaird (0534).

Illustrated above left: The Baron’s sigillum, designed by heraldic artist Tudor-Radu Tiron, includes the north profile of Balvaird Castle, the Baron's arms, and several heraldic devices including the Baron's oak plant badge in base. The armiger has recorded a tartan in the Scottish Tartan Register: Brim-DeForest of Balvaird Castle (Scottish Tartan Register #12457).



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