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The Convention

The Convention of the Baronage of Scotland is an Honourable Body. It is principled and respected, and it represents one of the former Three Estates of Scotland. Historically, when the 'Thrie Estaitis' were called by the Sovereign, the meeting was called a Convention.

Instrumental in the regeneration of the Convention were former Lord Lyon Sir Thomas Innes of Learney, Lord Borthwick, and former Carrick Pursuivant of Arms David Wilson Reid of Robertland. The late Diana Reid of Robertland served notably for 25 years as Honorary Secretary of the Convention.

Four Members represented the Convention at the Coronation of H.M. The Queen in 1953.

In 2012 at Buckingham Palace, Marcus Humphrey of Dinnet was 'received in audience by The Queen and presented a Loyal Address from the Convention of the Baronage of Scotland to which Her Majesty was graciously pleased to make reply'. The Court Circular is here.

Dame K.Grainger DBE and Marcus Humphrey CBE A National Service Of Thanksgiving And Dedication for Their Majesties The King and Queen on the occasion of the Presentation of the Royal Honours of Scotland was conducted at St Giles' Cathedral, Edinburgh on 5th July 2023. The Convention was represented in the Procession departing Edinburgh Castle to St Giles' Cathedral.

Of the Honours of Scotland, the new Elizabeth Sword was borne by Dame Katherine Grainger DBE, photographed here with Escort Marcus Humphrey of Dinnet CBE.

The Convention is a membership body with a President, a Constitution, and elected Officers. Its Mission is to take every expedient step to preserve the Titles, Insignias, Rights, and Duties of the Baronage of Scotland.

At the annual invitation of the Minister, the Baronage of Scotland is represented by the Convention at morning services in St. Giles' Cathedral, the High Kirk of Edinburgh on St. Andrew's Day and at the opening of the General Assembly. The procession from The Signet Library is an Edinburgh tradition.


The regalia of the Convention is a gentleman's necktie, a neck badge with a ribbon collarette, the Convention tartan and the Scottish feudo-baronial robe.

The tartan (2348) registered by the Convention can be seen on the websites of The Scottish Tartans Authority and The Scottish Register of Tartans.


A Letters Patent issued under the Seal of the Office of the Lord Lyon is an application prerequisite for the membership review process of the Convention.

All applications should be made to the Honorary Secretary of the Convention:

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