Heraldry Today

The St. George’s Society of Toronto

Toronto, Ontario
Grant of Arms, Supporters, Flag and Badge
September 16, 2002
Vol. IV, p. 237

Arms of The St. George's Society of Toronto

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Blazon

Arms

Argent a cross cotised by eight demi maple leaves Gules;

Crest

A demi figure of St. George in armour affronté proper nimbed Or holding in the dexter hand a maple leaf Gules and a rose Argent and in the sinister hand a rose Gules and a trillium Argent;

Supporters

Dexter a lion, sinister a bear, each Argent and gorged with a collar of maple leaves Gules and standing on a grassy mound Vert set with maple leaves, maple seeds, oak leaves and acorns Or;

Motto

ALWAYS LOYAL;


Symbolism

Arms

The central symbol makes a clear reference to the traditional symbol of St. George, a red cross on white, differenced by the addition of the split maple leaves, indicating the Society's position as the premier organization dedicated to St. George in Canada. This is the first time maple leaves have been used in this way, and they were inspired in part by the armorial bearings of the St. George's Society of New York.

Crest

The use of St. George habited as a late medieval knight is easily recognizable in Western art. Here he is holding several floral symbols: the red maple leaf of Canada, the white trillium of Ontario, and white and red roses, which refer not only to England but to Toronto (the white rose is associated with York, the early 19th-century name of Toronto) and the Red Rose Ball, a major social event held by the Society.

Supporters

The lion makes a reference to England, and the bear is based on one of the supporters of the arms of the City of Toronto, and is thus a local reference. Their collars of maple leaves repeat the symbolism of the arms. The oak leaves, acorns, and maple seeds on the ground further combine Canadian and English symbolism, with indications of renewal.

Motto

This phrase was chosen by the Society as a statement of enduring fidelity to its roots.