Nicolson Clan Crest:
Nicholson Coats of Arms
A note on Coats of Arms:
Under Scottish heraldic law a coat of arms is awarded to an individual (with the exception of civic or corporate arms) . There is no such thing as a ‘family coat of arms’ The arms represented below are personal arms (with the above exceptions). Only the individual granted these arms has the right to use them. for more information see our pages on heraldry here:
Hammond Burke Nicholson of Balvenie, Baron of Balvenie
Arms: Per chevron Or and Azure two hawks’ heads erased Gules in chief and a mullet Or in base, all within a bordure Gules
Crest: A three-masted ship in full sail Proper; pennons Gules and flagged at the stern of the National Flag of Scotland (viz. Azure a saltire Argent)
Motto: SEEK ON
Badge: a rose sprig with three roses Gules, barbed Sable seeded Or, the leaves and stalk Proper
Matriculatations: The Court of the Lord Lyon, 20th September 1988. Lyon Register; volume 70, folio 52 and secondly on 25th September 1995 in volume 78, folio 51.
Sir Charles Nicholson’s coat of arms on the front of the Great Hall, and his carved initials bottom right. Sydney University
NICOLSON OF CLUNIE
Or three eagles’ heads erased Gules. Sir James Balfour Paul’s Scottish Ordinary.
STEWART-NICOLSON OF CARNOCK
Or three falcons’ heads erased Gules beaked Sable within a bordure Azure.
ir James Balfour Paul’s Scottish Ordinary.
2nd Matric 1807
NICOLSON OF LOCHEND
Or three falcons’ heads erased Gules armed Argent. Sir James Balfour Paul’s Scottish Ordinary.
1) NICOLSON OF CARNOCK
2) Rt Hon Sir Arthur NICOLSON OF CARNOCK Bt
Or a lion’s head between three falcons’ heads erased Gules a bordure Azure. 1) Sir James Balfour Paul’s Scottish Ordinary – 1901
2)An Ordinary of Arms Volume II 1902-1973
29th June 1907 19/34
Azure a triangular castle Argent masoned Sable windows and portcullis Gules on a chief of the second three laverocks’ wings endorsed proper. An Ordinary of Arms Volume II 1902-1973
9th July 1904 18/3
Norman Alexander NICHOLSON
Or a chevron between three hawks’ heads erased Gules. An Ordinary of Arms Volume II 1902-1973
9th July 1934 31/21
1) John William NICOLSON
2) Iain Colin NICOLSON
Or a chevron between three falcons’ heads erased Gules a bordure engrailed of the second charged with eight plates and a dexter canton a bull’s head cabossed Sable. An Ordinary of Arms Volume II 1902-1973
1) 16th July 1958 42/118
2) 31st October 1967 51/22
William Douglas Marshall NICHOLSON
Gules on a pale Ermine between two roses Argent barbed and seeded proper three suns Or. 1)An Ordinary of Arms Volume II 1902-1973
Matriculated: 3rd August 1961 46/20
2) The Armorial Who Is Who 1979-1980
Granted: College of Arms 1960
John Hubert NICOLSON
Or on a chevron Ermine between in chief two hawks’ heads erased Gules and in base a dragon ship Sable under sail proper a boar’s head erased Sable tusked Or accompanied by two crescents also Sable. An Ordinary of Arms Volume II 1902-1973
13th February 1969 52/21
John Stevenson NICHOLSON
Or a chevron nebuly between in chief two hawks’ heads erased and in base a cross crosslet fitchee Gules a bordure chequy of the first and second. An Ordinary of Arms Volume II 1902-1973
2nd August 1972 57/23
Per chevron Or and Azure two hawks’ heads erased Gules in chief and a mullet Or in base. Lyon Court
30th May 1988 (volume 71, folio 69)
Great-great grandfather of Hammond Burke Nicholson
Hammond Burke NICHOLSON
Baron of Balvenie
Per chevron Or and Azure two hawks’ heads erased Gules in chief and a mullet Or in base all within a bordure Gules. Lyon Court
1st Matric. 20th September 1988. Lyon Register; volume 70, folio 52
2nd Matric. 25th September 1995 in volume 78, folio 51.
of Twickenham, co. Middlesex Or a fesse wavy Azure between four lions’ gambs issuing out of each corner of the escutcheon Gules on a chief of the second a vessel of the first between two bezants. Harleian Society’s Middlesex Pedigrees
of Bromley, co. Surrey Quarterly 1st & 4th Ermine on a pale Sable three martlets Argent 2nd & 3rd Gules a chevron cotised between three trefoils slipped Or. Harleian Society’s Visitations of Surrey 1530, 1572 and 1623
1) Otho NICOLSON
Examiner in the Court of Chancery
2) Francis NICOLSON
of Chapell, co. Essex Azure two bars ermine in chief Argent three suns in splendour Or. 1a) Harleian Society’s Grantees of Arms to the end of the XVII Century
7th September 1596
1b) Burke’s General Armory
2) Harleian Society’s Visitation of Essex 1634
1)Sir Humphrey NICHOLSON
2) John Hampden NICHOLSON
of Balrath Burry Ermine on a pale Sable three martlets Argent. 1) Harleian Society’s London Visitation Pedigrees 1664
2) Burke’s Landed Gentry of Ireland, 1899
of Roundhay Park, co. York Bary of six Erminois and Gules on a chief Azure a cross patee Argent between two suns in splendour. Burke’s Commoners of Great Britain & Ireland – 1836/8
William Nicholson STEELE-NICHOLSON
of Ballow, co. Down Quarterly 1st & 4th Gules two bars Ermine in chief three suns Or (for Nicholson) 2nd & 3rd Argent a bend counter-compony Or and Sable between two lions’ heads erased Gules on a chief Azure three billets Or (for Steele). Burke’s Commoners of Great Britain & Ireland – 1836/8
of East Court, Gloucestershire Quarterly 1st & 4th Or on a chevron embattled Azure between three eagles’ heads erased Gules an Eastern crown between two wreaths of laurel of the first (for Nicholson) 2nd & 3rd Gules two estoiles in chief Argent and a lion passant in base Or on a chief of the second two swords saltier proper pommels and hilts Or the blades encircled by a wreath of laurel Vert from the centre chief point pendent by a ribbon of the first fimbrated Azure a representation of the medal presented to him by command of His Majesty for his services at the battle of Waterloo proper circumscribed “Waterloo” in letters of gold (for M’Innes). Burke’s Landed Gentry – 1847
Mr Nicholson assumed, by sign-manual, in Dec. 1821 the surname Nicholson in lieu of his patronymic M’Innes out of respect for his maternal uncle.
of Thelwall , Cheshire Quarterly 1st & 4th Azure two bars ermine in chief three suns Or (for Nicholson) 2nd & 3rd barry wavy of six Argent and Azure a crescent Or (for Seaman). Burke’s Landed Gentry – 1847
1) Sir Charles NICHOLSON Bt
of Sydeney & Luddenham, New South Wales
2) Sir Charles Archibald NICHOLSON Bt
of Luddenham, New South Wales Azure two bars nebuly Argent in chief a sun in splendour proper between two stars of eight points Or. 1) Burke’s Peerage 1881
2) Debrett’s Peerage, Baronetage, Knightage & Companionage, 1923
Aeofric Lachlan Bryan NICOLSON of Taransay
Gules an eagle displayed Or, armed beaked and membered Azure, holding in the dexter and sinister talons a star of eight points Argent, ensigned behind the head of the eagle a star of eight points of the Last, within a bordure company of the the Third and Fourth thereon are charged sixteen thistles palewise of the Third and Fourth counterchanged. College of Arms
Aeofric Lachlan Bryan Nicolson of Taransay
Arms: Gules an eagle displayed Or, armed beaked and membered Azure, holding in the dexter and sinister talons a star of eight points Argent, ensigned behind the head of the eagle a star of eight points of the Last, within a bordure company of the the Third and Fourth thereon are charged sixteen thistles palewise of the Third and Fourth counterchanged.
Crest: A Red Kite guardant Proper, wings elevated and addorsed, belled Or jessed Gules, holding in the dexter talons a sprig of thistles Proper, ensigned behind the head of the Red Kite (and slightly to the dexter) a star of eight points Argent.
Badge: On the mast of a Lymphad roped Sable, oars in action Gules, sails furled of the second, is placed the Red Kite Proper, holding in the sinister talons a star of eight points Argent, from the topmast a streamer flying to the sinister per of the second and Or, flying from the forecastle a flag of the second and from the sterncastle a flag of the fourth.
Mottoes: Above the crest, NIL SISTERE CONTRA on further escroll above, GENEROSITATE and below the shield, AN SPEIREAG DEARG.
Granted: The College of Arms, London. July 1993.