Malcolm Innes of Edingight

Sir Malcolm Rognvald Innes of Edingight KCVO WS FSA Scot (born 25 May 1938) was Lord Lyon King of Arms of Scotland from 1981 until 2001.

Early life

He is the son of Sir Thomas Innes of Learney (Lord Lyon from 1945–69) and Lady Lucy Buchan, daughter of Norman Macleod Sinclair, 18th Earl of Caithness.[1] he was educated at Edinburgh Academy and at the University of Edinburgh where he studied law.


He was appointed a Writer to the Signet in 1964. His first heraldic appointment was as Falkland Pursuivant of Arms Extraordinary from 1957–58, then as Carrick Pursuivant of Arms in Ordinary from 1958–1971 and as Marchmont Herald of Arms in Ordinary from 1971-81.[2]

He was Lyon Clerk and Keeper of the Records from 1966–81. He was Lord Lyon King of Arms from 1981-2001,[2][3] also holding the office of Secretary to the Order of the Thistle for the same period.[4]

Following his retirement in 2001, he was appointed Orkney Herald of Arms Extraordinary. He is also a Fellow, former president, and co-founder of the Heraldry Society of Scotland, as well as being Honorary President of the Scottish Genealogy Society until 19 February 2007, when he retired after many years in that position.[5]

Innes of Edingight was appointed a CVO in 1981 and promoted to KCVO in 1990. He has been a member of the Royal Company of Archers since 1971, and is a Grand Officer of Merit of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta.


Coat of arms of Sir Malcolm Innes of Edingight
Argent three mullets Azure, a bordure chequy of the first and second.

See also


  1. "Scottish clan profile: Buchan". The Scotsman. 13 June 2014. Retrieved 3 March 2018.
  2. Tomlinson, Richard (20 December 1992). "They also serve, who only ush". Independent.
  3. "Hunt for new Lyon King as Sir Malcolm lays down his Arms". The Herald. 2 September 2000. Retrieved 3 March 2018.
  4. Court of the Lord Lyon website; accessed 18 August 2014.
  5. The Heraldry Society of Scotland website; accessed 18 August 2014.
Heraldic offices
Preceded by
Sir James Grant
Carrick Pursuivant
1958 – 1971
Succeeded by
John Alexander Spens
Preceded by
Sir Thomas Innes of Learney
Marchmont Herald
1971 – 1981
Succeeded by
Sir James Grant
Preceded by
Sir James Monteith Grant
Lord Lyon King of Arms
1981 – 2001
Succeeded by
Robin Orr Blair
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