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Derek Austin Tidd

Niagara Falls, Ontario
Grant of Arms, Flag and Badge, with differences to Pamela Ann Milroy, Adrian Paul Tidd and Steven James Tidd
September 15, 2008
Vol. V, p. 341

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Blazon

Crest

A demi-horse Argent supporting a staff proper flying therefrom a pennant Azure in hoist Argent a cross Gules;

Arms

Azure on a pile reversed throughout cotised wavy between two handbells grips in base Argent, a brigantine affronty Azure;

Differenced Arms for Pamela Ann Milroy, daughter of Derek Austin Tidd

The Arms of Derek Austin Tidd debruised of a three-point label Gules; this individual will inherit the Arms of the Recipient following his death;

Differenced Arms for Adrian Paul Tidd, son of Derek Austin Tidd

The Arms of Derek Austin Tidd within a bordure Argent;

Differenced Arms for Steven James Tidd, son of Derek Austin Tidd

The Arms of Derek Austin Tidd within a bordure compony-counter-compony Azure and Argent;

Flag

A banner of the Arms;

Badge

On a hurt edged with rope a horse’s head Argent charged with a mason’s square Azure;


Symbolism

Crest

The white horse is the symbol of the English county of Kent, where Mr. Tidd was born and where he resided before immigrating to Canada. The flag of St. George alludes to Mr. Tidd’s English background.

Arms

The handbells mark Mr. Tidd’s position as Town Crier of the City of Niagara Falls. The central shape refers to a spotlight, indicative of Mr. Tidd’s career as a producer of trade shows and exhibitions, and his earlier work in the theatre. The brigantine refers to Mr. Tidd’s love of sailing and his service in the Royal Navy in the Second World War. The use of a tall ship pays tribute to the fact that Mr. Tidd established the Tall Ship Trust, and the wavy stripes further emphasizes his involvement in naval organizations.

Differenced Arms for Pamela Ann Milroy, daughter of Derek Austin Tidd

The symbolism of this emblem is found in other element(s) of this record.

Differenced Arms for Adrian Paul Tidd, son of Derek Austin Tidd

The symbolism of this emblem is found in other element(s) of this record.

Differenced Arms for Steven James Tidd, son of Derek Austin Tidd

The symbolism of this emblem is found in other element(s) of this record.

Flag

The symbolism of this emblem is found in other element(s) of this record.

Badge

The rope makes another reference to sailing, and the horse’s head is based on the crest. The mason’s square alludes to the fact that Mr. Tidd is a Freemason.


Background

Canada Gazette Information

The announcement of the Letters Patent was made on March 21, 2009, in Volume 143, page 692 of the Canada Gazette.


Artist Information

Creator(s)
Original concept of Bruce Patterson, Saint-Laurent Herald, assisted by the heralds of the Canadian Heraldic Authority.

Painter
Linda Nicholson

Calligrapher
Nancy Ellis


Recipient Information

Individual