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

Peter John Crabtree

Oakville, Ontario
Grant of Arms and Badge, with differences to Angela Mary Wagner and Howard John Crabtree
April 15, 2002
Vol. IV, p. 204

Arms of Peter John Crabtree

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Blazon

Arms

Argent a crabapple tree fructed and eradicated Vert, a chief enarched Azure masoned Argent;

Crest

Issuant from a circlet composed alternately of roses Argent, daffodil flowers Or and roses Gules, a demi wolf Argent gorged with a collar of trillium flowers proper and holding a gavel Azure;

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Symbolism

Arms

The crabapple tree refers to the name Crabtree. The upper part of the shield resembles a bridge, and, as such, makes a reference to Mr. Crabtree’s career as a civil engineer. It also refers to the castle in the arms of his birthplace, Exeter, England.

Crest

The white roses symbolize Mr. Crabtree’s ancestral home of York in England, and the red rose indicates Lancashire, where the family was located by the 17th century. The daffodils are a Welsh symbol and thus honour Mrs. Elaine Crabtree’s heritage. The trillium flowers are the symbol of Ontario and make reference to Mr. Crabtree’s career with the provincial government, especially with the Ministry of Environment and the Ministry of Government Services. The wolf is one of the supporters of the arms of Cheltenham College, Mr. Crabtree’s school. The gavel indicates his volunteer activities with Toastmasters International and the Toronto Chapter of the American Institute of Parliamentarians.

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