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Mairi Christina Arthur

Bedford, Nova Scotia
Grant of Arms and Flag, with differences to James Andrew Arthur and to Graeme Bradford Arthur
January 15, 2013
Vol. VI, p. 205

Arms of Mairi Christina Arthur

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Azure on a fess between three bears’ heads couped Argent muzzled, three acorns Gules;


Issuant from a coronet of maple leaves and bay leaves Gules a demi-stag proper;





The blue field with the three heads of bears are based on those of the chief of Clan Forbes of Scotland, Ms. Arthur’s birthplace, and Forbes being her birth name. The acorns signify strength and allude to oak trees surrounding her house. The red and white colours represent Canada, her country of residence.


The stag’s head based on the crest of the Chief of the Clan Forbes evokes Ms. Arthur’s maiden name. The bay leaves of the coronet are taken from the crest of Clan MacArthur and evoke her husband.


This Latin motto means “Strength and grace” and answers the Forbes’s motto of “Grace me guide”.