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Matriculation

To all and Sundry whom These Presents Do or May Concern, WE, Robin Orr Blair, Lieutenant of the Royal Victorian Order, Writer to Her Majesty's Signet, Lord Lyon King of Arms, send Greeting: Whereas, WILLIAM JERVIS ALASTAIR LIVINGSTONE of Bachuil, Coarb of St Moluag, Baron of the Bachuil in the Isle of Lismore, Heritable Keeper of the Bachuil, videlicet the Pastoral Staff of St. Moluag, having by Petition unto Us of date 28 November 2002 for and in memory of his great-great grandfather JOHN LIVINGSTONE OF BACHUIL, COARB OF ST MOLUAG, BARON OF THE BACHUIL, HEAD OF THE HIGHLAND CLAN MacLEA Shewn; THAT he, the Petitioner, born Blantyre, Nyasaland 1 September 1914 (who married London 15 October 1952, Agnes Valerie, daughter of Richard Michael Charles Collins and has issue by her an elder son and heir apparent, born Tripoli, Lebanon 12 November 1953, Niall Jervis Coll Livingstone of Bachuil, younger, a second son born, London 14 May 1968, Alexander Duncan Rolfe Livingstone, an eldest daughter born, Tripoli Lebanon 26 January 1956, Deirdre Nyasa Rolfe Livingstone of Bachuil, a second daughter born, Shrewsbury in the County of Shropshire 17 September 1957, Catriona Louisa Bruce Livingstone of Bachuil or Arndt, and a third daughter born, Umm Said, Qatar 23 September 1960, Morag Laila Cameron Livingstone of Bachuil or Mellor); is the only son of the late William Jervis Livingstone of Bachuil, Coarb of St Moluag, Baron of the Bachuil in the Isle of Lismore aforesaid and his wife Katherine, daughter of Donald MacLachlan; THAT the Petitioner's said father (born 8 March 1865 and died 23 January 1915) was the second son but heir of the Reverend Alexander Livingstone of Bachuil, Coarb of St Moluag, Baron of the Bachuil and his wife Jessie Macpherson; THAT the Petitioner's said grandfather was the eldest son of Coll Livingstone of Bachuil, Coarb of St Moluag, Baron of the Bachuil and his wife Mary Carmichael; THAT the Petitioner's said great-grandfather was the son of John Livingstone of Bachuil, Coarb of St Moluag, Baron of the Bachuil, who is believed to have been the first of his family to anglicise the old Gaelic surname M’Lea or MacOnlea or Mac Dhunnshleibhe as Livingstone, and his wife Sarah MacLachlan; THAT the said John Livingstone of Bachuil is recorded as Baron of Bachuil in the first extant volume of the Register of Births etc. of Lismore in the years 1773-1775 and was the lineal descendant and heir male of John McMolmore Vic Kevir, Heritable Keeper of the Pastoral Staff of St. Moluag who, in respect of his predecessors' custody of the said great Staff of the Blessed Moluag, and as such holders of the Bachuil lands of Lismore, had received a Charter of mortification and confirmation of the said Heritable Office and Bachuil lands from the Earl of Argyll as Lord of Lorne of date 9 April 1544; THAT the said John McMolmore Vic Kevir and his predecessors, Keepers of the Bachuil were, there is reason to believe, successors, or coarbs of the Blessed St. Moluag, hereditary Celtic Abbots of Lismore; THAT the said lands have from time immemorial been reckoned and held in baronia “by the Grace of God” along with the dignity and title "Baron of the Bachuil" and have born Arms anterior to the year 1672; AND the Petitioner having prayed that the foresaid Arms might be confirmed unto his great-great grandfather John Livingstone of Bachuil, Coarb of St Moluag, Baron of the Bachuil as Head of the Highland Clan MacLea together with the additaments appropriate to the Head of the Highland Clan MacLea Know ye therefore that Conform to Our Warrant of date 21 July 2003 We have (Primo) Officially Recognised As We Do by These Presents OFFICIALLY RECOGNISE the Petitioner's said great-great grandfather John Livingstone of Bachuil, Coarb of St Moluag, Baron of the Bachuil as Head of the Highland Clan MacLea and (Secundo) Maintained, Ratified and Confirmed as We Do by These Presents MAINTAIN, RATIFY and CONFIRM unto the Petitioner for and in memory of his great-great grandfather John Livingstone of Bachuil, Coarb of St Moluag, Baron of the Bachuil, Head of the Highland Clan MacLea and his descendants the following Ensigns Armorial, videlicet:- Quarterly, First Or, a lion rampant Gules, Second and Third Argent, a dexter hand couped at the wrist Gules, holding a cross crosslet fitchée Azure, Fourth Or, in chief a salmon naiant Proper, in base three bars wavy Azure. Behind the Shield are placed in saltire two Bachuils within their cases Or, jewelled Gules, being the insignia of the said John Livingstone of Bachuil, Coarb of St Moluag, Baron of the Bachuil, as Heritable Keeper of the Bachuil, behind which is draped his baronial mantle Gules doubled of silk Argent, fur-edged of miniver and collar Ermine and fastened on the right shoulder by five spherical buttons Or; above the Shield is placed a chapeau Gules furred Vair (in respect of the Barony of the Bachuil the tenure of which is analogous to "par le grâce de Dieu"); thereon an Helm befitting his degree with a Mantling Gules doubled Or, and on a Wreath of the Liveries is set for Crest a demi-man representing the figure of Saint Moluag Proper, his head ensigned of a circle of glory Or, having about his shoulders a cloak Vert, holding in his dexter hand the great Staff of Saint Moluag Proper and in his sinister hand a cross crosslet fitchée Azure, and in an Escrol over the same this Motto "CNOC AINGEIL"; and on a compartment embellished of the flower of the Grass of Parnassus (Parnassia Palustris) Proper along with this Motto "NI MI E MA'S URRAIN DHOMH" are set for Supporters two stags rampant Proper attired, collared and chained Or; and for his Standard three and a half metres long split at the end of two tracts Gules and Or having his said Arms in the hoist with his Crest in the centre compartment and a flower of the Grass of Parnassus (Parnassia Palustris) Proper, being the proper plant badge of the Highland Clan McLea, in the first and third compartments with this Slogan "CNOC AINGEIL- in letters Sable on two transverse bands Or; and for his Pinsel 135 centimetres long and 60 centimetres high Argent, bearing upon a Wreath of his Liveries Gules and Or his said Crest within a strap of leather Proper buckled and embellished Or inscribed with the Motto "CNOC AINGEIL" in letters of the field all within a circlet Or, fimbriated Vert, bearing his title Livingstone of Bachuil in letters Sable, the same ensigned of a chapeau Gules furred Vair, and in the fly on an Escrol Sable surmounting a flower of the Grass of Parnassus (Parnassia Palustris) Proper the Slogan "CNOC AINGEIL" in letters of the field; by demonstration of which Ensigns Armorial he and his successors in the same are, amongst all Nobles and in all Places of Honour, to be taken, numbered, accounted and received as Nobles in the Noblesse of Scotland: In Testimony Whereof We have Subscribed These Presents and the Seal of Our Office is affixed hereto at Edinburgh, the first day of June in the 53rd Year of the Reign of Our Sovereign Lady Elizabeth the Second, by the Grace of God, of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, and of Her Other Realms and Territories, Queen, Head of the Commonwealth, Defender of the Faith, and in the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand and Four

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