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Alexander John Roman

Toronto, Ontario
Grant of Arms, Flag and Badge
June 15, 2001
Vol. IV, p. 125

Arms of Alexander John Roman

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Blazon

Arms

Azure the star of Vergina Or charged with a fleur-de-lis Azure, on a chief Or three bees Azure;

Crest

Issuant from a circlet of maple leaves alternating with roses Gules a demi griffin Or winged and holding between its claws a cross patté Gules;

Motto

FIDELITAS OFFICIUMQUE;


Symbolism

Arms

Blue, the colour of the shield, is often associated with loyalty, and it can thus allude to Dr. Roman’s interest in and support for the monarchy. The Star of Vergina in the centre was discovered in 1977 at the tomb of Philip of Macedonia, the father of Alexander the Great. As such, it makes a reference to Dr. Roman’s given name and to his love of history, and its rays can allude to his belief in service to the wider community. At its centre is a fleur-de-lis, symbolic not only of Canada’s royal heritage but also of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The bee recalls a family hobby and the idea of industriousness. The number of bees is a reference to the Trinity, and they resemble a favourite emblem of Napoleon, another indication of Dr. Roman’s interest in history.

Crest

The circlet of alternating roses and maple leaves make a reference to the British heritage of the Canadian monarchy. The griffin is an ancient symbol of justice and equity, and it appears in the crest of the armorial bearings of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario. It thus refers to Dr. Roman’s work in the Legislature, especially with the Office of the Speaker. Griffins were also guardians of treasure, so it can indicate Dr. Roman’s work in protecting and nurturing what he values. The cross in its claws is another reference to Christianity. The mantling is in red, blue, and white, the colours of the Union flag, and is therefore another indication of Dr. Roman’s service to the Crown.

Motto

This Latin phrase means “Loyalty and Service”.