The Viceregal Lion
  1. The Governor General of Canada
  2. Her Excellency the Right Honourable Julie Payette
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Michael Allan Bird

Hamilton, Ontario
Grant of Arms
August 15, 2008
Vol. V, p. 330

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Blazon

Arms

Gules a pale wavy Azure fimbriated and between two birds statant close respectant Argent;

Motto

WHAT DOES THE LORD REQUIRE;


Symbolism

Arms

The birds refer to Bishop Bird’s name, and the blue and white stripe alludes to the falling water of Niagara Falls, a feature also represented on the arms of the Diocese of Niagara. The red, white and blue colours are prominent in the flag of Newfoundland, where Bishop Bird was ordained.

Motto

This is taken from the Old Testament book of the prophet Micah, chapter 6, verse 8: “and what doth the Lord require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God”.


Background

Canada Gazette Information

The announcement of the Letters Patent was made on November 22, 2008, in Volume 142, page 2985 of the Canada Gazette.


Artist Information

Creator(s)
Original concept of Ralph Spence, Albion Herald Extraordinary, assisted by the heralds of the Canadian Heraldic Authority.

Painter
Debra MacGarvie

Calligrapher
Shirley Mangione


Recipient Information

Individual