(1) At the time that the letter was written, this apparently
being the first of several letters in the file. In a reasonably short
period considerable effort was expended upon researching the arms of Laing
and Laing as later letters by other researchers to David Laing indicate.
The statutory basis for the jurisdiction of the Lyon King of Arms consists
mainly of three Acts of the Scottish Parliament, of 1587, 1592 and 1672.
(The Act of the British Parliament of 1867 mainly reorganized the Court
and set the salaries of the Scottish officers of arms). This being the
case, Crests, Arms, and Ordinaries which predate 1587 may be considered
to be in fact of ancient origin and assumed by the bearer, not requiring
establishment by Lyon's Court, but may be revived by that court based upon
their ancient and honorable origins and evidence of descendency.