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Ernest John Altobello

Arms : Parted per chevron Azure and in base Or three bars wavy Gules each charged of an escallop Or, on a chevron grady on the upper edge ensigned of a tower Argent charged with a single arrow port in the form of a cross pommé Gules, a chevronel Azure

Crest : With a banderolle of the liveries Azure and Or is set a demi sleuth-hound salient Argent, collared Azure and leashed of the liveries


Granted : The Court of the Lord Lyon, 16th December 2000. Lyon Register, volume 83, folio 88

Ernest John Altobello is, appropriately, baron-baillie of the barony of Blairgowrie, in the county of Perth, where his forebears, the Drummonds of Blair, occupied Newton Castle in the 1500's and 1600's. Sir William Macpherson of Cluny, the current baron of Blair (Blairgowrie), and occupant of Newton Castle, appointed Mr. Altobello to this post in the year 2000.

The arms are a composed coat deriving from Altobello and Drummond of Blair. The division, parted per chevron, recognizes and celebrates both families. The Altobello portion, in canting fashion, alludes to a high, beautiful, silver mountain surmounted by a tower against a blue sky; in base, the heart of the silver mountain, is the Drummond of Blair arms, three wavy red bars, each charged with a gold escallop, all on a gold field, which commemorate matrilineal descent from Drummond of Blair. The escallops were added to the Drummond coat when George Drummond of Blair matriculated his arms (volume I, page 285, circa 1672) and recognized his connection with Graham of Gorthy.

The sleuth hound refers to the original crest of the Drummonds of Cargill and Stobhall. The motto, "Higher Still," is inspired by the name Altobello.

The arms were designed by Mark Dennis with the advice of Peter Drummond-Murray of Mastrick, Slains Pursuivant, and Sir Malcolm Innes of Edingight.

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