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Bruce Douglas Bolton

Montreal, Quebec
Grant of Arms, Flag and Badge
December 15, 2003
Vol. IV, p. 339

Arms of Bruce Douglas Bolton

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Azure a bird bolt head in chief Argent between two keys Or;


A martlet Argent gorged with an antique coronet Gules, holding in its beak three thistles conjoined on one stem proper;





The shield is blue, a colour in the Black Watch tartan. The bird bolt is a symbol that is used often to express a reference to the name “Bolton”. These arms are thus “canting” arms. The two keys refer to Mr. Bolton’s profession as a museum director.


The martlet alludes to the symbol found in the arms of McGill University. The antique crown is an allusion to the 78th Fraser Highlanders, of which Mr. Bolton is the Regimental Adjutant. The 78th was raised originally by the Hon. Simon Fraser, whose arms contain red antique crowns. The sprig of green thistles alludes to Mr. Bolton’s implication in Scottish organizations such as The St. Andrew’s Society of Montreal, the Quebec Thistle Council, and the Church of St. Andrew and St. Paul, Montreal. The mantling indicates Mr. Bolton’s service as Commanding Officer of the Black Watch (Royal Highland Regiment) of Canada. The tartan is used as mantling for the first time, which is appropriate as the great kilt, like heraldic mantling, serves as a protection from the elements.


The Latin phrase means “Peace in our time”.