The armiger was acknowledged in the name and territorial designation “Brim-DeForest of Balvaird Castle” by the Lord Lyon King of Arms, named for the family seat of the same name in the Ochil Hills of Perthshire. The arms follow the name as represented by the acorns in chief, which allude to both the ‘Forest' of the armiger’s surname and the ancient oak that sits in the inner courtyard of Balvaird Castle. The oak symbolises honour, wisdom and strength, while the fleur-de-lys in base remembers the Auld alliance between the Scots and the French, as well as the family's French ancestry.
The crest of a demi-lion holding a pennon is in honor of the armiger’s fore-bearer in France, de Forest of Quarterville, whose arms are charged with a demi-lion in base. The Cross pattée in the hoist of the pennon represents the armiger’s Scottish ancestors in Clan Barclay who once held the lands of Balvaird, Arngosk, and Kippo. The motto in French “Un Cran Plus Loin" translates roughly as "One Step Further”.
The armiger is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, a Life Fellow of the Royal Anthropological Institute, a Life Fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society, and a Lifetime Member of the Spalding Gentlemen’s Society, Britain’s oldest surviving provincial learned society.