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Earl of Orkney arms


Arms of the the 8th Earl of Orkney:
Quarterly: 1st and 4th grandquarters, Argent on a Saltire Gules a Lymphad sails furled Or a Chief Ermine (Fitz-Maurice); 2nd grandquarter, quarterly: 1st and 4th, Gules three Cinquefoils Ermine (Hamilton); 2nd, Argent a Lymphad sails furled Sable (Arran); 3rd, Argent a Heart Gules imperially crowned Or on a Chief Azure three Mullets of the first (Douglas); over all at the fess point an Escallop Or for difference (for Lord George Hamilton, 1st Earl of Orkney); 3rd grandquarter, quarterly: 1st and 4th, Gules three Lions passant guardant per pale Or and Argent (O'Brien); 2nd, Argent three Piles meeting in the point issuing from the chief Gules; 3rd, Argent a Pheon Azure

1st: A Sagittarius passant proper (FitzMaurice); 2nd: An Ancient Boat Or flagged Azure and issuant therefrom an Oak Tree fructed and penetrated by a Framesaw proper the Frame Or (Hamilton)

On the dexter side an Antelope Azure armed and ducally gorged with Chain reflexed across the back Or, and on the sinister a Stag proper attired and ducally gorged with a Chain reflexed over the back also Or, each supporter charged on the shoulder with a Cinquefoil Ermine

Through Courage

Oliver Peter [St John], 9th Earl of Orkney, born 27 Feb 1938, has not matriculated his arms.


  • George Hamilton, 1st Earl of Orkney, Viscount of Kirkwall and Lord Dechmont (1666–1737), fifth son of William Douglas-Hamilton, Duke of Hamilton and 1st Earl of Selkirk and his wife Anne Hamilton, 3rd Duchess of Hamilton.
  • Anne O'Brien, 2nd Countess of Orkney (d. 1756), daughter of 1st Earl married William O'Brien, 4th Earl of Inchiquin.
  • Mary O'Brien, 3rd Countess of Orkney (c. 1721–1791), daughter of 2nd Countess married Murrough O'Brien, 1st Marquess of Thomond
  • Mary FitzMaurice, 4th Countess of Orkney (1755–1831), daughter of 3rd Countess married the Hon. Thomas Fitzmaurice, second son of John Petty, 1st Earl of Shelburne. See House of Petty-Fitzmaurice
  • Thomas John Hamilton FitzMaurice, 5th Earl of Orkney (1803–1877)
  • George William Hamilton FitzMaurice, 6th Earl of Orkney (1827–1889)
  • Edmond Walter FitzMaurice, 7th Earl of Orkney (1867–1951)
  • Cecil O'Bryen FitzMaurice, 8th Earl of Orkney (1919–1998)
  • Oliver Peter St John, 9th Earl of Orkney (b. 1938), son of Frederick Oliver St John, son of Isabella Annie Fitzmaurice, daughter of the Hon. James Terence Fitzmaurice, fifth son of the fifth Earl of Orkney.
  • Oliver Peter [St John], 9th Earl of Orkney, born 27 Feb 1938


 Edmund, 7th Earl of Orkney   William  St. Clair- Earl of Orkney, Armorial Tablet 1420 - 50, Rosslyn Chapel, Edinburgh 
Arms of Edmond Walter FitzMaurice, 7th Earl of Orkney (1867–1951)    William St. Clair- Earl of Orkney, Armorial Tablet 1420 - 50, Rosslyn Chapel, Edinburgh 








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