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John Watson Neill
Campbell River, British Columbia
Grant of a Flag and Badge
June 15, 2009
Vol. V, p. 454
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On a plate a ship enflamed proper flagged Azure set on a base barry wavy Azure and Argent, all encircled by an annulus Gules charged in base with a mullet and inscribed LOCUS OMN. ET OMN. IN LOCO SUO in letters Argent;
The ship, a type known as a Dutch flute, refers to the three fire-ships in the arms of the Town of Wexford, Ireland, as recorded in the visitation of 1618, and which appear on a Wexford trade token of Mr. Neill’s ancestor Constantine Neale, a burgess of that town. The design also alludes to the maritime service of several members of Mr. Neill’s family, and to his interest in coins and medals. The abbreviated version of Mr. Neill’s motto around the badge (LOCUS OMN. ET OMN. IN LOCO SUO, for Locus omnibus et omnia in loco suo, meaning “A place for everything and everything in its place”) alludes to a common practice in inscribing coins and medals.