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Albert Edward Bates

Rockwood, Ontario
Grant of Arms
May 24, 1995
Vol. III, p. 84

Arms of Albert Edward Bates

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Blazon

Arms

Gules four bendlets interlaced in saltire between two garbs in pale and six bezants in fess three on either side Or;

Crest

A demi lion rampant Gules langued and armed Azure gorged with a collar of wild roses proper holding in the dexter forepaw an artist's brush Or the sinister forepaw resting on a book in pale bound Or clasped Gules;

Motto

FROM HUMBLE STRENGTH SENSITIVE HONEST FREEDOM;


Symbolism

Arms

The colours red, blue, and gold were chosen by Mr. Bates. The interlaced bands echo the saltire cross from the Bank of Montreal’s arms, and are a reference to his tenure at this institution. The sheaves of grain honour Mr. Bates’s province of birth, Saskatchewan. They also represent the farming heritage of his family. The gold discs symbolize Mr. Bates’s expertise and career in finance and banking. They also allude to his three children as well as the three branches of his professional and volunteer service: banking, insurance and community outreach.

Crest

The lion is taken from the arms of Saskatchewan and is a further reference to the province where Mr. Bates’s parents settled. It also suggests his determined spirit and strength of purpose. The collar of wild roses honours Mrs. Bates’s birthplace, Holden, and the work Mr. Bates’s father performed in Calgary. The brush and book symbolize Mr. Bates’s interests in the arts and education.

Motto

FROM HUMBLE STRENGTH SENSITIVE HONEST FREEDOM;