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Stephen Gregory Wallace
Grant of Supporters, with differenced Arms to Marie-Pierre Katsina Wallace and Eli Edgar Wallace
December 20, 2013
Vol. VI, p. 286
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Vert two claymores in saltire Argent surmounted by a bezant all between two quills Argent, debruised by a pomme during his father’s lifetime;
A demi-lion affronty Argent vested of a leather breastplate and of Wallace tartan proper, its sinister forearm charged with a maple leaf Gules bearing a fleur-de-lis Vert, holding in the dexter paw and resting on its shoulder a claymore Argent hilt and pommel Or and holding in the sinister paw a scroll Or;
Two peregrine falcons wings elevated and addorsed standing on a rocky mount proper;
TRUE AND FREE;
The crossed claymores refer to the family’s readiness to fight for the values of truth and freedom. The feathers, symbolic of travel over great distances, evoke the frequent travels of Mr. Wallace and of his father and other family members. As quill pens, the feathers also refer to the power of the written word and the search for knowledge. The green colour is inspired by the Irish heritage of Mr. Wallace’s mother, Caroline French, and of his ancestor Thomas Wallace, who set sail from Ireland to fight for the Crown in the War of 1812. The green disc is a temporary mark indicating that Mr. Wallace is the heir to his father’s arms.
The lion and great sword are found in traditional Wallace armorial bearings from Scotland. The lion in armour faces forward to represent the idea of confronting challenges directly, and the Wallace tartan it wears serves as a reminder of the family’s identification with the history and legends of the Clan Wallace. Inspired by a tattoo worn by Mr. Wallace’s father, the fleur-de-lis superimposed on a maple leaf is emblematic of a love of country and of Canada’s dual national heritage. The scroll of parchment symbolizes the importance of the rule of law, including individual rights, and of the written word.
The peregrine falcons are powerful, elegant and far-sighted creatures, often rare in numbers but widespread across the world. They are depicted with the same fierceness as the lion, poised to defend the battle cry of “True and Free”. The peregrines also represent Mr. Wallace’s extensive international travels and allude to his childhood home on Falcon Avenue, in Ottawa.