Coats of arms on old gravestones could hold the key to tracing ancestors, according to a north-east specialist. Portsoy-based Charles Burnett gave a talk about heraldry at yesterday’s meeting of the Moray Burial Ground Research Group (MBGRG).

Mr Burnett is the Ross Herald Extraordinary, an officer of arms for the Court of the Lord Lyon. He specialises in heraldry – the coats of arms and crests of Scottish clans and families. At his talk at Elgin Library yesterday, Mr Burnett said heraldry on Scottish gravestones is a key tool for people researching their family history.

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