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Gary Leroy Sokness of Melgund, Baron of Melgund
Colonel (Retired) United States Army, BS, MS, Investment Broker

Arms: Or, a lion passant guardant Gules armed and langued Azure brandishing in his dexter paw a scimitar Proper hilted and pommelled Or, on a chief embattled Gules three crescents Or.

Crest: in front of a dimi lion rampant Gules Brandishing in its dexter paw a scimitar Proper hilted and pommelled Or, a cannon of the Last

Motto: OFFICIUM ANTE OMNIA ( Duty Before All )

Granted: Lyon Register, 25 Nov 2004,Volume 86 at Page 24.


Melgund, Angus:

A location in Central Angus, lying 4 miles (6.5 km) southwest of Brechin, Melgund comprises the hamlet of Mains of Melgund and the 16th century Melgund Castle. Muirside of Melgund and Melgund Muir lies to the south, adjacent to the Montreachmont Forest.

Located 4 miles (7 km) south west of Brechin, near the village of Aberlemno by Forfar in Angus, Melgund Castle was built in 1543 by Cardinal David Beaton for his mistress, Marion Ogilvy. Although built as a castle, its features are more in line with those of a stately home; the battlements are purely for display. Although ruined in part, the Tower is undergoing private restoration.
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