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David Ralph Spence

Hamilton, Ontario
Grant of a Crest to David Ralph Spence, with differenced Arms for Sarah Margaret Spence, Anne Elizabeth Spence and Christopher David Macduff Spence
January 6, 2003
Vol. IV, p. 260

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Blazon

Crest

A beaver sejant Or on a grassy mound Vert holding a banner of the Arms (Or a lion rampant Gules within a bordure Vert over all a bend nebuly Sable, in dexter chief a canton voided Gules) as granted to him by Letters Patent of the Lord Lyon King of Arms dated the 24th day of September 1973;

Differenced Arms for Sarah Margaret Spence, daughter of David Ralph Spence

The Arms of David Ralph Spence with in dexter chief a canton Gules charged with a maple leaf Or;

Differenced Arms for Anne Elizabeth Spence, daughter of David Ralph Spence

The Arms of David Ralph Spence with in dexter chief a canton Gules charged with a trillium flower proper;

Differenced Arms for Christopher David Macduff Spence, son of David Ralph Spence

The Arms of David Ralph Spence with in dexter chief a canton Gules charged with a thistle Or; this individual will inherit the Arms of the Recipient following his or her death;


Symbolism

Crest

The flag makes a reference to Bishop Spence's hobby of flag collecting, and the gold beaver is a Canadian symbol.

Differenced Arms for Sarah Margaret Spence, daughter of David Ralph Spence

The arms are a differenced version of the ancient Scottish arms of Spens. The red canton, originally meant as a reference to Bishop Spence's interest in flags, has been differenced for each child. Ms. spence's arms use a Canadian symbol as a mark of difference.

Differenced Arms for Anne Elizabeth Spence, daughter of David Ralph Spence

The arms are a differenced version of the ancient Scottish arms of Spens. The red canton, originally meant as a reference to Bishop Spence's interest in flags, has been differenced for each child. Ms. Spence's arms use an Ontario symbol as a mark of difference.

Differenced Arms for Christopher David Macduff Spence, son of David Ralph Spence

The arms are a differenced version of the ancient Scottish arms of Spens. The red canton, originally meant as a reference to Bishop Spence's interest in flags, has been differenced for each child. Mr. Spence's temporary mark refers to the family's Scottish heritage.


Background

Canada Gazette Information

The announcement of the Letters Patent was made on December 20, 2003, in Volume 137, page 3981 of the Canada Gazette.


Artist Information

Creator(s)
Original concept of Ralph Spence, assisted by the Heralds of the Canadian Heraldic Authority

Painter
Gordon Macpherson

Calligrapher
Karen Mackay


Recipient Information

Individual

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