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
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.
John Duncan of Sketraw