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Frederick Richard Bruce

Brandon, Manitoba
Grant of Supporters and a Badge
June 10, 2014
Vol. VI, p. 364

Arms of Frederick Richard Bruce

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Blazon

Arms

Argent a thistle slipped and leaved proper, on a chief rayonné Gules a Maltese cross between two escutcheons Argent;

Crest

Issuant from a coronet erablé Gules a great gray owl wings elevated and addorsed Argent;

Supporters

Dexter an elephant sinister a polar bear standing on a grassy mound proper;

Motto

JUSTUM FAC;


Symbolism

Arms

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.

Crest

The owl, the official bird of Manitoba, symbolizes Mr. Bruce’s birthplace. The maple leaf coronet represents his Canadian heritage.

Supporters

For Mr. Bruce, the polar bear symbolizes wisdom and transformation, and the elephant the ideas of defence of the family, social connection and intelligence.

Motto

This Latin phrase means “Do the right thing” and represents good advice by a police officer.