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John Alexander Duncan of Sketraw

Registration number 20150610B

This certifies that the heraldic arms of John Alexander Duncan of Sketraw are registered as an original design and described by the blazon below

Arms: Gules a chevronel Or in chief two cinquefoils and in base a dragon’s head couped holding between its teeth a sword in bend sinister hilt upward Argent hilt Or pommel Argent.
Crest: On waves of the sea Argent a lymphad proper under sail Or flagged Gules the sail charged with a clarion Gules.
Mantling: Gules and Or
Motto: Savour the Moment


Duncan is one of the oldest names in Scotland dating back to the early Celtic Scots infiltration of Scotland from Ireland c500AD and the creation of the Kingdom of Dalriada in South West Scotland. One of the first early records of the name was King Dunchad (Duncan) mac Conaing who co-ruled Dalriada with Conall II (c650 – 654AD). Other early accounts of the name are Dunchad (Duncan) the 11th Abbot of Iona c707 – 717AD; King Duncan I (c1034 – 1040AD); Duncan II (1093- 1094AD) and Donnchad in the 11c. Celtic Book of Deer.

The first known record of a Duncan armiger was Duncane, Hague Roll 1592. Argent, a chevron Sable between two stars Gules and a hunting-horn Sable, stringed Gules.

The armiger has kept his arms primarily recognisable as Duncan and based his grant of arms on that of Alexander Duncan of Seaside; Gules, a chevron Or between two cinquefoils in chief and a hunting-horn in base Argent garnished Azure. Register of all Armorial Bearings, Scotland (The Lyon Register) 1672.

The dragon’s head with a sword in its mouth represents the Armiger’s 13 year service in the Royal Army Dental Corps and his choice of Crest illustrates his love of sailing and his Scots origins. The clarion shows the armigers participation as a musician in Scottish Music for over 30 years.

John Duncan of Sketraw’s ancestors have worked the land for over 300 years in the North East of Scotland with the earliest known ancestor so far found being James Duncan, Huntly, Aberdeenshire around 1695.


  • The Court of the Lord Lyon, 14th December 2007. Register, volume 88, folio 7.
  • S. A. R. Don Carlos de Borbón-Dos Sicilias y de Borbón-Parma, Duque de Calabria, Conde de Caserta, Infante de España as a Knight Jure Sanguinis, Motto Proprio, Sacred Military Constantinian Order of St George. 28th November 2006, Book 4, Folio 56, No. 3002
  • The International Register of Arms, 8th October 2006. Registration No. 0067.

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John Duncan of Sketraw


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