Charles Burnett retired after 27 years of dedicated service as Dingwall Pursuivant of Arms from 1983 to 1988 and since then as Ross Herald of Arms. During those years he has been performed over 200 duties, presented numerous Letters Patents and spoken to many organisations. On l7 December Elizabeth Roads, Carrick Pursuivant was appointed Snawdoun Herald of Arms. The office, recorded in 1433, is associated with Stirling Castle which, it had been suggested, was the site of the Arthurian Round Table. A badge has been granted for use by Snawdoun Herald. The granting of this badge completes the devising of badges for all the Ordinary and regularly used Extraordinary titles as well as badges for Lyon Clerk, the Herald Painter and the Procurator-Fiscal.
On 15 July The Sovereign, The Duke of Edinburgh and The Princess Royal attended an Installation Service of the Order of the Thistle at which Lord Hope of Craighead and Lord Patel were installed as Knights. Other ceremonies which took place during the year included a Proclamation announcing the forthcoming General Election in April, the Opening of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland in May, the Scottish National War Memorial Anniversary Service and the Order of St. John in Perth in June. Unusually, there having been an Installation of a Governor of Edinburgh Castle last year, there was another Installation of General David Shaw as Governor in June.
The Lord Lyon attended the Opening Session of a conference of international Judicial Officers in Glasgow in May.
In September the Lord Lyon attended Highland Games at Ligonier in Pennsylvania and visited various organisations in the United States which had an heraldic link. He spoke to a combined meeting of St. Andrew Societies.
The Lord Lyon also attended the Memorial Services for the Duke of Hamilton and Sir Peter Gwynn-Jones, sometime Garter King of Arms.
Ormond Pursuivant attended the International Congress of Genealogical and Heraldic Sciences held in Stuttgart in September.
There were visits to the Lyon Office from a group of Eurodevils in February and academics from St. Andrews University in April. Other visitors included Robb Watt, Rideau Herald Extraordinary, the two new Knights of the Thistle, a number of clan chiefs, members of the Heraldry Society of Scotland, parties of registrars from all parts of Scotland together with correspondents from Australia, Canada, the United States of America, South Africa and various European countries.
As a partner in ScotlandsPeople Lyon Office ran a workshop for a course organised by the National Archives of Scotland as part of the wider Adult Education Programme run by the City of Edinburgh Council.
Many personal and corporation Grants and Matriculations of Arms were made, including recordings by Durie of Durie, Nisbett of that Ilk, Rattray of Craighall-Rattray and of that Ilk, Craufurd of Craufurdland, the Scottish History Society, Baillie’s Institution, the Society of Deacons and Free Preseses of Glasgow, New Cumnock Primary School and the Institution of Construction Safety.