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David Allan, SHA, FSA Scot

Heraldic Artist & Calligrapher

Scottish Heraldic Artist

David worked as a Calligrapher and Heraldic Artist in the Court of the Lord Lyon for 28 years. During this time, he produced many official documents, including Royal Warrants. After this happy and productive period, he stopped taking commissions from the Lyon Court to concentrate on developing his own heraldic techniques and calligraphy styles in various formats. He still produces official documents, including Freedom Scrolls for the City of Edinburgh (see photo). David creates his artwork using both conventional and contemporary methods and has also transformed his conventional calligraphy into digital calligraphy.


Please email your initial inquiry or schedule a telephone appointment or Zoom session. This will ensure that discussions about your project can take place without interruption and at a mutually convenient time. (It is also possible to meet him in Edinburgh by appointment.) If sending documents by post, please make sure to send photocopies. He advises against sending originals, as they may get lost in the post.

Umquhile Heraldic Artist & Calligrapher in the Court of the Lord Lyon

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