The Viceregal Lion
  1. The Governor General of Canada
  2. His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston
Heraldry Today

Black Loyalist Heritage Society

Shelburne, Nova Scotia
Grant of Arms, Supporters, Flag and Badge
March 15, 2006
Vol. V, p. 17

Arms of the Black Loyalist Heritage Society

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Blazon

Arms

Sable between three Loyalist civil coronets a ship’s wheel with four spokes in saltire Argent;

Crest

A demi-lion Or gorged of a Loyalist military coronet and holding between its paws an anchor Sable;

Supporters

Two lions Or each gorged of a Loyalist civil coronet Gules, the leaves Vert, and standing on a rock set with mayflowers proper;

Motto

THE HEART OF YOUR KNOWLEDGE IS IN YOUR ROOTS;


Symbolism

Arms

The appearance of the shield portrays directly the nature and purpose of the Black Loyalist Heritage Society. The shield’s background is black. Loyalist civil coronets allude to the vast majority of people fleeing on fleets of ships who were non-combatants. The ship’s wheel is taken from the emblem in use for some time, and represents the ship bringing the settlers to their new homes. On one hand, the wheel represents the past, alluding to the ships of the landing in 1783. On the other hand, it represents the present, alluding to the Society’s role of community development, with the various interests meeting together and steering towards a goal.

Crest

The lion and coronet represent the soldiers under the banner of the Crown whose actions allowed the people to settle in Nova Scotia. The anchor alludes to the sacrifice of the families that required them to raise anchor in their previous home and set down in their new home. The mantling shows ermine spots to represent apparent footprints symbolising the trek the settlers had to make.

Supporters

The lions, symbol of the pride of Africa, demonstrate courage, since the people needed that quality to face the hardships and to start a new life. The two coronets are shown red and green, which, together with black and gold, are the colours of Africa. Each coronet can represent new life emerging from sacrifice. The rock is the land area around Birchtown where the settlers landed in Nova Scotia, represented by the provincial flower, the mayflower.

Motto

This sentence speaks to the interest in their heritage displayed by the Black Loyalist Heritage Society members.