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Our family Coat of Arms as legally Matriculated to denote the 3rd son of the Base Coat holder at the time of Matriculation.


Azure on a fess between two esquires helmets plumed in chief and a fraise in base Argent a Saltire Sable charged of a Mullett for difference. Above the shield is placed an helmet befitting his degree with a Mantling Azure doubled Argent and on a wreath of the liveries is set for Crest a lion sejant Gules armed and langued Azure.
         It is believed by some that the Trayner family of the Middle Ages were Herenachs ('Erenach' originally meaning Archdeacon), an hereditary title of one who manages the church lands and supports the clergy, a territorial ruler of sorts.
The origins of the name are apparently in the Gaelic Ulster surname MacThreinfhir (son of a strong man or champion). Anglicized "Traynor", also spelled Treanor, MacCrainor. From districts Monaghan, Armagh, Dungannon.  Sometimes Armstrong.
MacThreinfhir; Traynor, MacCreanor ; lionmhar; Oirghialla, an Dun, Lu, an Mhi.
Trainer; more numerous, mainly Ulster (East) Ireland from MacThreinfhir = strong man.  A sept of Oriel (Armagh - Monaghan), also occurs as MacCreanor.
MacThreinfhir shield; on an Irish ancestry website and on an old Irish heraldry tea towel, shows the basis of our own shield as shown on this page (matriculated in Scotland on the 23rd July 1977).

By no means incidentally I have to thank my daughter Tanya for researching and providing the above information. The family Genealogy website is at

Now, it has to be admitted that the above facts do match the family legends in that we were always told we were descended from an Irish Bishop. Remember that, in those days, celibacy in priests was not a requirement and marriage was common if not encouraged.
Our connection with the Arms can only really be traced back to the Great Grandfather of Peter Trayner (Lord John Trayner of Scotland) who originally matriculated the Arms in Scotland way back in the 19th Century. Precisely why we cannot imagine, especially as his name was not originally Trayner but was changed to this by him at some point in his life for unknown reasons. We do know that his name was Treanor or Trainor before this happened so there is a definite link and we have always strongly suspected that the change of spelling was a precurser to matriculating our Arms. Incidentally, although he was 'Lord' Trayner he was not of 'The Nobility'  but was granted the title in respect of his position within the Legal Profession in Scotland (he was the equivalent of the English Lord Chief Justice).
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