How Trump's coat of arms landed him in trouble for 'breaking ancient laws'

  1. By STUART PATTERSON
    Last updated at 23:43pm on 15th February 2008

    With its lions rampant on a silver shield, it is an impressive coat of arms made to honour Donald Trump.



    But unfortunately it's also getting the American tycoon in a lot of trouble.
    He faces being hauled into court after being accused of breaking ancient laws by producing the crest without permission.


    Mr Trump has been given an official warning over the coat of arms, which he has been using to promote a controversial £1billion golf course in Scotland.

    Officials claim he has fallen foul of an ancient Scots law by not registering the crest, which he has plastered on letterheads, jackets and hats.


    And the Court of the Lord Lyon, which was created by Robert the Bruce in 1318 and enforces the historic legislation, has now asked the Scots prosecutor, the Procurator Fiscal, to see if there are grounds for prosecution.

    It's the latest snag to hit the golfing development, in Balmedie, Aberdeenshire, which is already at the centre of a Scottish-government investigation into how the planning application was handled.

    In the past Harrods boss Mohamed Al Fayed faced a similar problem and was forced to take down coats of arms found at Balnagown Castle in the Highlands.

    It costs £900 to to register a shield with the court and more than £1,300 for the addition of a crest.
    Last night a spokesman for Mr Trump said that he was now working with the court to register the coat of arms.


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