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Scott Martin Lang

Shilo, Manitoba
Grant of Arms, Flag and Badge, with differences to Nathanial William Lang and Sophia Julianna Lang
May 15, 2014
Vol. VI, p. 355

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Blazon

Arms

Lozengy Azure and Gules two horses’ heads couped, addorsed and conjoined, on a chief Argent a grenade Sable enflamed Gules between two pellets each charged with a fess Argent;

Crest

Issuant from a coronet of maple leaves Gules and mayflowers proper, its rim Or, a demi-griffin Argent, its wings semé of roses Azure, holding in the dexter claw a battle-axe Gules;

Motto

DEFENDS AND CONQUERS;

Flag

A banner of the Arms;

Badge

Two horses’ heads couped, addorsed and conjoined Argent gorged with a garland of roses Gules and a mayflower proper and charged with a grenade Sable bearing a fess Argent enflamed proper;

Differenced Arms for Nathaniel William Lang, son of Scott Martin Lang

The Arms of Scott Martin Lang debruised of a three-point label Or during his father’s lifetime. This individual will inherit the Arms of the Recipient following his death;

Differenced Arms for Sophia Julianna Lang, daughter of Scott Martin Lang

The Arms of Scott Martin Lang within a bordure Or;


Symbolism

Arms

Red and blue are the colours of the Royal Canadian Artillery, in which Mr. Lang serves. The horse’s heads represent the Royal Canadian Horse Artillery. They also allude to his wife’s and his mother’s maiden names, the Anglo-Saxon surname Hinxman, derived from Henchman, meaning “one who attends to horses”, and the Gaelic surname MacEachern, which translates as “son of the Horse Lords”. The blue and red diamond pattern suggests the harlequin costumes worn by stock comic actors in Italian commedia dell’arte and is a reference to Mr. Lang’s early work as a clown. The two black balls carrying the white strip symbolize the clown’s talent of juggling, while the enflamed grenade alludes to his chosen profession as an artilleryman.

Crest

The eagle half of the griffin represents the American and German heritage that Mr. Lang and his wife share. The blue and white of the griffin are the colours of the flag of Nova Scotia. For Mr. Lang, the axe, as a weapon, represents military preparedness and also refers to his alma mater’s sports team, the Acadia University Axemen.

Motto

This phrase is inspired by the Latin motto of the province of Nova Scotia, MUNIT HAEC ET ALTERA VINCIT, which means “One [hand] defends and the other conquers”.

Flag

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Badge

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

Differenced Arms for Nathaniel William Lang, son of Scott Martin Lang

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

Differenced Arms for Sophia Julianna Lang, daughter of Scott Martin Lang

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


Background

Canada Gazette Information

The announcement of the Letters Patent was made on March 14, 2015, in Volume 149, page 501 of the Canada Gazette.


Artist Information

Creator(s)
Original concept of Mark Elson, assisted by the heralds of the Canadian Heraldic Authority.

Painter
David Farrar

Calligrapher
Shirley Mangione


Recipient Information

Individual