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Godfrey McCance Gransden

Nanoose Bay, British Columbia
Grant of Arms, with differences to Ian Michael Gransden and Penelope Gail Gransden
April 4, 2001
Vol. IV, p. 110

Arms of Godfrey McCance Gransden

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Gules a cross patonce in chief two bells, all within a bordure Or;


Issuant from a circlet of shamrocks Vert alternating with spurs Or a sinister cubit arm proper holding a sword Or hilt and pommel Gules;





The shield is based on the arms granted to a Gransden in 1612. The bells appear in the arms of the city of Belfast and honour Dr. Gransden’s Irish heritage. The gold border is a mark of difference since these arms were granted in memory of Dr. Gransden’s father, Sir Robert Gransden.


The shamrocks continue a theme of the Arms. The spurs and sword appear on the badge of a Knight Bachelor and are a reference to Dr. Gransden’s father.


This means “Make haste slowly”.