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Glenn Victor Davidson

Halifax, Nova Scotia
Grant of Arms, Supporters and Flag, with differences to Eleanor Catherine Davidson
September 15, 2005
Vol. IV, p. 524

Arms of Glenn Victor Davidson

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Blazon

Arms

Vert a chevron embowed between three escallops Or;

Crest

Issuant from a naval coronet Or a demi lion Vert holding a sprig of three maple leaves Or;

Supporters

Two griffins Vert beaked, winged and membered Or, standing on a bed of mayflowers proper;

Motto

REVEREOR PRAETERITA PARO FUTURA;


Symbolism

Arms

Green is the dominant colour in the Davidson tartan and therefore alludes to family heritage. The three shells allude to the three members of Vice-Admiral Davidson’s immediate family. The scallop was chosen as a reference to the sea and to Nova Scotia, and the chevron “embowed” resembles a wave.

Crest

The naval coronet is a traditional heraldic symbol associated with senior naval officers. The lion symbolizes strength and determination, while the maple leaves represent both service to Canada and the three gold maple leaves forming part of the insignia of the rank of Vice-Admiral in the Canadian Navy.

Supporters

The two griffins represent versatility, and the mayflowers are the official floral emblem of Nova Scotia.

Motto

REVEREOR PRAETERITA PARO FUTURA refers to Vice-Admiral Davidson’s convictions that one should “Respect the past; prepare for the future”.