A centuries-old institution that oversees Scottish heraldry and coats of arms has appointed its first woman to a leading role. Elizabeth Roads, 59, from Edinburgh, is the first female herald at the Court of the Lord Lyon following a 35-year career at the official heraldry office for Scotland.

She is the first woman in the UK to hold the role of herald. The equivalent body in England - the College of Arms - has never had a female in the post. Roads started work at the court in 1975.

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