The claim of Steven Lewis Akins to be the clan chief of Clan Akins has been thrown out by the Lyon Court law court in Scotland. Mr Akins had petitioned the court to matriculate arms he claimed to have found carved on the tombstone of an ancestor.
However his audacious claim to be a clan chief came apart when first it was was shown that the photo of the tombstone was a digitally manipulated image, then that no Akins were present in the part of Ireland he claimed and finally that 2 wills presented as evidence and which were dated 100 years apart were, in fact, written by the same hand.
Further revelations of a scheme to transplant a fake tombstone to Scotland found their way to a Scottish national newspaper after Mr Akins contacted a Mr Wallace through the internet asking if he could help him set up the scheme aimed at duping the Lyon Court into believing that the arms had been used in Scotland in the distant past.
Mr Akins is now trying to have himself designated as an Irish clan chief and has petitioned the Irish herald in Dublin with his claims.