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Ian Powell

Hamilton, Bermuda
Grant of Arms, Flag and Badge, with differences to Victoria Elizabeth Powell and Alexandra Mary Powell
September 15, 2005
Vol. IV, p. 532

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Blazon

Arms

Argent a cross Gules cotised Azure between in first and fourth a dragon’s head and in second and third a rose Gules;

Crest

A horse statant Azure crined, queued, unguled and gorged with a wreath of maple leaves Or;

Motto

GWASANAETH CYN CLOD;

Flag

A banner of the Arms;

Badge

A hippowyvern Azure, winged, crined, queued and unguled Or;

Differenced Arms for Victoria Elizabeth Powell, daughter of Ian Powell

The Arms of Ian Powell debruised of a three-point label Or. this individual will inherit the Arms of the Recipient following his or her death;

Differenced Arms for Alexandra Mary Powell, daughter of Ian Powell

The Arms of Ian Powell debruised within a bordure compony Gules and Argent;


Symbolism

Arms

Red and white are the national colours of Canada. The shield is a metaphor for Mr. Powell’s comment, “Welsh by extraction, English by birth, Canadian by choice”. The red dragon is the traditional symbol of Wales, and the rose is associated with England. Additionally, the red cross of St. George has traditionally been associated with Anglicanism, the denomination of which Mr. Powell is an active member as a Eucharistic Minister.

Crest

Blue and gold are colours favoured by Mr. Powell. The horse is a symbol of his love of these animals and his pastime as an accomplished rider. His service to Canada and Canadians in many parts of the country in the hospitality industry, as a community volunteer, in tourism associations and in social service projects is represented by the maple leaves.

Motto

Meaning “Service before self”, this is the motto of Mr. Powell’s former college, and a vital statement of personal belief translated into Welsh to honour his wife’s Welsh roots.

Flag

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

Badge

Some of the main symbols and ideas from the arms are combined to create a mythic creature linking the grace of the horse and the power of the dragon.

Differenced Arms for Victoria Elizabeth Powell, daughter of Ian Powell

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

Differenced Arms for Alexandra Mary Powell, daughter of Ian Powell

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 4, 2006, in Volume 140, page 431 of the Canada Gazette.


Artist Information

Creator(s)
Original concept of Robert D. Watt, Chief Herald of Canada, assisted by the heralds of the Canadian Heraldic Authority.

Painter
David Farrar

Calligrapher
Shirley Mangione


Recipient Information

Individual

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