Scotland is a country renowned for its great natural beauty. However, this land has a dramatic and colourful history which stands in stark contrast to its present-day peace and calm. This was the native soil of Celts, Picts, Scotti and Vikings before it became the battleground of heroic clan feuds, and even though the clans do no longer battle except in the Scottish Highland Games they still proudly carry their coat-of-arms and tartans.

Although greatly influenced by the English tradition, Scotland’s heraldry has developed distinctive features of it own.

When you have become a Laird, Lord or Lady of Blackwood you are also granted the exclusive right to use the Blackwood (Loch Wood) district tartan, officially registered by the Scottish Register of Tartans. How about ordering a kilt or skirt in your own tartan from a Scottish kiltmaker? You may also wish to take part in the celebrations of the international Tartan Day on 6 April every year.

As a legitimate Laird, Lord or Lady of Blackwood you will also be entitled to use the exclusive Blackwood insignia. This uniquely designed yet classic insignia incorporates traditional heraldic elements such as the crescent and two mullets, being a tribute to an earlier Blackwood coat-of-arms and ‘the falling star of the House of Vere’. The mullet is often considered a symbol of truth, spirit and hope and in its capacity as a star it also denotes divinity, constancy and celestial goodness. The crescent symbolises that the bearer has been ‘enlightened and honoured by the gracious aspect of his sovereign’. It also symbolises the hope of a greater glory and lights the night sky for travellers.

Blackwood FINAL cut NEWThe oak tree, which is bathed in the dim light of the celestial bodies, gives associations to the black woodlands and denotes age and strength. However, it is also a symbol of Native Woods Preservation’s cause, namely the protection of the native woods of Scotland. The motto ‘silvae sunt servanda’ proudly reflects our work. Can you find out what it means?

The crest symbol is a deer, which in heraldic means ‘one who will not fight unless provoked; peace and harmony’, and the deer is always a welcome visitor to Loch Wood.

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