andrewkerensky wrote:So I queried the Court of Lyon again about why I was unable to apply for a Coat of Arms directly from them, not that I expected any joy and they explained they do not like to 'invade' south of the border in reference to jurisdiction by granting arms but where pleased to hear I was able to obtain arms from the 'South African State Herald'. So good to hear that the Court of Lyon recognise the BoH as a legitimate body in respect to Heraldry and the registration there of.
The test of recognition often comes upon attempted matriculation when someone with "foreign" arms finds themselves under the jurisdiction of the Lyon Court (for example moving to reside in Scotland) and wishes to continue to use their arms. Lyon Court closed the doors on Spanish registrations and, if I recall correctly, has recently stopped matriculating Irish granted arms. I believe that there may also be difficulties with Canadian arms simply because there is a difference in the destination of the arms etc.* Will Lyon record arms granted in South Africa (a matriculation) in his Register? I can't see any reason why not, but I'm not the Lord Lyon.
* I should say that I believe that despite the fact that there may be some difficulty in matriculating Canadian granted arms in Scotland, this is for possibly quite unique reasons (another topic altogether), they are nevertheless fully recognised by Lyon as arms emanating from a grant whereas Spanish arms "recorded" by the various Chronistas are not deemed to be grants and are most likely (in my humble opinion) seen as assumed arms which have been recorded in a private register.