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Heraldry in the Chapter Room

St John's House, the headquarters of the Order in Scotland, is home to the Chapter Room where senior members of the Order meet.

Recently, work has been undertaken to update the plates which line the stalls of the Chapter Room. The final ten stall plates of the Knights of Justice have now been mounted, bringing the current work up to date.

All have been painted diligently and patiently by Priory Limner Mark Dennis OStJ, with finishing touches to the lettering by Kevin Greig, heraldic illustrator and artist.

This now completes the available display of arms. Those of some knights and dames are not on show, due to a decision made many years ago but rescinded in 2017. It is hoped that in due time, all arms will eventually be displayed.

The painting of the fine detail of members' arms on to a surface 15x10cm (6"x4") was a painstakingly difficult task, and the finished work is a tribute to the heraldic artistry of our Limner. His work could not begin until a lengthy search yielded a supplier of the wooden stall plates, after which our Limner undertook the long and intricate work necessary on each stall plate.

Dr Joseph J Morrow KStJ CBE QC LLD, Chancellor and Rt Hon the Lord Lyon King of Arms, said of the completed work: "It is with a sense of thankfulness and excitement that the arms of all Knights of Justice of the Priory of Scotland are now completed and on the walls of our Chapter Room".

“This initiative maintains and marks clearly the chivalric traditions of the Priory of Scotland, and records for the future a physical record of some of those who have been concerned in its work. Everyone concerned in the completion of this project is owed our thanks. It is sometimes said that Scots heraldry is the garden of our history. The Chapter Room now displays the vibrancy of colours and symbols in that garden of Scots history".

Written by James Alexander Bingham KStJ

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