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The Black Watch (Royal Highland Regiment) of Canada
Confirmation of the blazon of a Badge
May 15, 2008
Vol. V, p. 287
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Azure the figure of St. Andrew proper standing on a mount Vert holding his cross Argent all within an annulus Azure fimbriated and inscribed NEMO ME IMPUNE LACESSIT in letters Or, ensigned by the Royal Crown and environed by a wreath of thistles proper all between a scroll on either side of the Crown inscribed THE BLACK WATCH and two scrolls Or in base inscribed ROYAL HIGHLAND REGIMENT and OF CANADA in letters Sable, the whole set on the diamond-cut star of the Order of the Thistle Argent;
NEMO ME IMPUNE LACESSIT;
The Crown represents service to the Sovereign. The badge of the regiment is styled on that of their former British allied regiment The Black Watch (Royal Highland Regiment) – now, through amalgamation, The Royal Regiment of Scotland – whose badge, in turn, was based on that of the Most Ancient and Most Noble Order of the Thistle, the highest order of chivalry in Scotland. The diamond-cut star, the thistles (the national flower of Scotland) and the representation of St. Andrew (the patron saint of the Order and of Scotland) and the cross appear on the Order’s badge. The scrolls bearing the words “THE BLACK WATCH”, “ROYAL HIGHLAND REGIMENT” and “OF CANADA” are a form of the regimental title, and “NEMO ME IMPUNE LACESSIT” is the motto of the regiment and the Order of the Thistle.
NEMO ME IMPUNE LACESSIT, meaning “No one shall touch me with impunity”.