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Rory Henry Grattan Fisher

Toronto, Ontario
Grant of Arms, Flag and Badge, with differences to Gavin Peter Grattan Fisher and Clare Frances Fisher
January 15, 2004
Vol. IV, p. 344

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Blazon

Arms

Azure a dolphin naiant between in chief two harps and in base a cross ancré Or;

Crest

A demi greyhound Argent holding a cross fretty Azure;

Flag

A banner of the Arms;

Badge

A cross fretty Azure;

Differenced Arms for Gavin Peter Grattan Fisher, son of Rory Henry Grattan Fisher

The Arms of Rory Henry Grattan Fisher with a saltire couped Or in place of the cross ancré;

Differenced Arms for Clare Frances Fisher, daughter of Rory Henry Grattan Fisher

The Arms of Rory Henry Grattan Fisher with a heart Or in place of the cross ancré;


Symbolism

Arms

The dolphin represents the municipality of Brighton in England where Dr. Fisher grew up. Coincidentally, a heraldic dolphin appears somewhat similar to a large fish, thereby creating a heraldic pun on his name. The cross “anchory” is chosen to represent his school, Downside School, and the harps allude to the Irish heritage of both Dr. Fisher and his wife.

Crest

Dr. Fisher is a doctor working for the care of the aged. The greyhound represents “Care Personified”. This is the abstract idea given a corporeal form. The cross fretty is his badge.

Flag

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

Badge

The fretty pattern appears as a section of a fisherman’s net, alluding to Dr. Fisher’s name again. Its design also allows a possible religious interpretation, the overlapping edges having neither beginning nor ending.

Differenced Arms for Gavin Peter Grattan Fisher, son of Rory Henry Grattan Fisher

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

Differenced Arms for Clare Frances Fisher, daughter of Rory Henry Grattan Fisher

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 12, 2005, in Volume 139, page 687 of the Canada Gazette.


Artist Information

Creator(s)
Original concept of Rory Fisher, assisted by the Heralds of the Canadian Heraldic Authority

Painter
Ilona Jurkiewicz

Calligrapher
Shirley Mangione


Recipient Information

Individual