The contents of this Register are intended for research purposes only. The heraldic emblems found in the Register may not be reproduced in any form or in any media without the written consent of the Canadian Heraldic Authority and/or the recipient.
Frederick Richard Bruce
Grant of Supporters and a Badge
June 10, 2014
Vol. VI, p. 364
[ previous page ]
Argent a thistle slipped and leaved proper, on a chief rayonné Gules a Maltese cross between two escutcheons Argent;
Issuant from a coronet erablé Gules a great gray owl wings elevated and addorsed Argent;
Dexter an elephant sinister a polar bear standing on a grassy mound proper;
The red upper section is taken from the Arms of the Chief of the Bruce clan in Scotland, except that the lower edge represents the flame of inspiration important to a life-long learner and teacher. The small escutcheons are shown in the shape of a police badge as used in Canadian heraldry. Together, these represent Mr. Bruce’s long service as a police officer, which culminated as a chief of police. The thistle is a symbol of his Scottish heritage. The Maltese cross alludes to his long service to St. John Ambulance and in The Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of St. John of Jerusalem. As a Bailiff Grand Cross of The Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of St. John of Jerusalem, Mr. Bruce is entitled to Supporters and to display a chief of the Order in his Arms.
The owl, the official bird of Manitoba, symbolizes Mr. Bruce’s birthplace. The maple leaf coronet represents his Canadian heritage.
For Mr. Bruce, the polar bear symbolizes wisdom and transformation, and the elephant the ideas of defence of the family, social connection and intelligence.
This Latin phrase means “Do the right thing” and represents good advice by a police officer.