This is the official website of The Barony of Ballencrieff, a hereditary title of nobility created on the 25th of January 1599 by King James VI of Scotland (and King James I of England and Ireland). The current holder of the title is The Much Hon. Junaid Abbas Bhatti, Baron of Ballencrieff. The Barony is believed to be one of only two British hereditary titles of nobility currently held by a Muslim. (The other being The Earldom of Yarborough, held by by The Rt. Hon. Charles John Pelham.)
The current Baron’s status was confirmed by The Lord Lyon King of Arms, an Officer of State and Officer of the Crown, who serves as the official representative, in Scotland, of HM Queen Elizabeth II. A copy of the confirmation, including blazon for full Armorial achievement (i.e. Coat of Arms) and additaments appropriate for the Baronial rank, is shown below.
TO ALL AND SUNDRY WHOM THESE PRESENTS DO OR MAY CONCERN
WE, Robin Orr Blair, Lieutenant of the Royal Victorian Order, Writer to Her Majesty’s signet, Lord Lyon King of Arms, send Greeting: WHEREAS
JUNAID ABBAS BHATTI
Baron of Ballencrieff in West Lothian, residing at [his address] Birmingham, having by Petition unto Us of date 19 November 2004 shewn: THAT he, The Petitioner, born Junaid Asmat, Islamabad [date of birth] 1977 is the eldest son of Asmat Abbas: THAT by Deed of date 15 December 1983 the Petitioner changed his name to Mohammad Junaid Abbas and by further Deed of date 8 April 2004 the Petitioner changed his name to Junaid Abbas Bhatti: THAT by Disposition of date 12 December 2004 recorded in the General Register of Sasines for the County of West Lothian of date 21 October 2004 the Petitioner was infeft as at 24 November 2004 in The Lands and Barony of Ballencrieff in the County of West Lothian: AND the Petitioner having prayed that he might be granted such Ensigns Armorial as might be found suitable and according to the Laws of Arms, together with additaments, badge and standard appropriate to a Feudal Baron in the Baronage of Scotland: KNOW YE THEREFORE that we have devised, and Do by These Presents Assign, Ratify and Confirm unto the Petitioner and his descendents with such due and congruent differences as may hereafter be severally matriculated for them the following Ensigns Armorial as depicted upon the margin hereof, and matriculated of even date with These Presents upon the 107th page of the 86th volume of Our Public Register of all Arms and Bearings in Scotland,
Videlicet:- Vert, a camel passant contournée, in dexter chief a mullet between the horns of a crescent Or.
Above the shield, behind which is draped his feudo-baronial mantle Gules doubled of silk Argent, fur-edged of miniver and collar Ermine and fastened on the right shoulder by five spherical buttons Or, is placed a chapeau Gules furred Ermine (in respect of his feudal Barony of Ballencrieff in West Lothian), thereon an Helm befitting his degree with a mantling Vert doubled Or, and on a Wreath of the Liveries is set for Crest a demi-Pegasus Argent, winged, crined and unguled Or, and in an Escrol over the same this Motto “PATIENTLY PERSEVERE” and for his Badge (as Feudal Baron of Ballencrieff in West Lothian) a mullet between the horns of a crescent Or, which Badge is depicted in the first and third compartments and the said Crest in the centre compartment upon a Standard three and a half metres in length of four tracts Or and Vert, split at the end, having Azure, a St. Andrew’s cross Argent in the hoist, with the Motto “PATIENTLY PERSEVERE” in letter Vert upon two transverse bands Argent: which chapeau, mantle, Badge and Standard are limited to the Petitioner and his successors in the said Ensigns Armorial who are in right of the Barony of Ballencrieff in West Lothian; by demonstration of which Ensigns Armorial he and his successors in the same are, amongst all Nobles and in all Places of Honour, to be taken, numbered, accounted and received as Nobles in the Noblesse of Scotland; IN TESTIMONY WHEREOF we have subscribed These Presents and the Seal of Our Office is affixed hereto at Edinburgh, this 27th day of July in the 56th Year of the Reign of Our Sovereign Lady Elizabeth the Second, by the Grace of God, of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, and of Her Other Realms and Territories, Queen, Head of the Commonwealth, Defender of the Faith, and in the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand and Seven.
Robin O. Blair
The Lord Lyon