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Richard Edward Jones

Frankfurt-am-Main, Germany
Grant of Arms, Flags and Badge
April 15, 2002
Vol. IV, p. 203

Arms of Richard Edward Jones

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Blazon

Arms

Azure on a bend between two lions' faces Or each jessant of a pheon Argent, an eagle displayed Azure between two maple leaves Vert;

Crest

Issuant from a circlet of fleurs-de-lis alternating with roses Argent, a demi griffin Azure grasping a mace, its finial an eagle displayed ensigned by a maple leaf Or;

Motto

APPRENDS DU PASSÉ • TRANSFORME L'AVENIR;


Symbolism

Arms

The eagle marks the German background of Mr. Jones’ wife and daughter and the country of their residence when Mr. Jones’ arms were granted. The lion alludes to the birthplace of his wife and daughter in Hesse, as well as the heritage of Mr. Jones’ father in Wales. The pheon (a type of heraldic arrowhead) is a symbol often found in coats of arms of people named Jones; here it has been combined with the lion’s head in a new way, rather like the traditional heraldic idea of “jessant-de-lis”, a lion’s head pierced through by a fleur-de-lis. The green and gold colours of the maple leaves on the bend refer to the provincial arms of Ontario and Quebec. Blue and silver are the colours of the Deutsche Bank, where Mr. Jones worked as a Vice-President when his arms were granted.

Crest

In the crest, the griffin represents the joining of the two figures of lion and eagle. The mace is related to the Bruce M. Hicks Foundation, of which Mr. Jones has served as Treasurer and Governor. Mr. Jones grew up in a fully bilingual household, in which the English is honoured by the use of the roses and French by the fleurs-de-lis.

Motto

This French phrase means “Know the past; transform the future”. The motto indicates Mr. Jones’ belief in the importance of the study of history and the lessons learned through past experiences, and the use of French pays tribute to Mr. Jones’ mother’s francophone background.