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Gillian Patricia Birtwistle

East York, Ontario
Grant of Arms
July 22, 1996
Vol. III, p. 33

Arms of Gillian Patricia Birtwistle

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Quartely, in the first and fourth per pale dancetty Argent and Sable a sword erect the blade enflamed proper pommel and hilt Or between two flaunches counterchanged; second and third Azure a unicorn couchant the tail erect ermine armed unguled crined and tufted Or langued Gules;


A demi-dragon Sable armed and langued Gules grasping in the dexter claw a cross crosslet fitché Or and resting the sinister claw on a rose Gules barbed and seeded proper;





This shield quarters the arms of Ms. Birtwistle’s parents, David Birtwistle and Patricia Joan Birtwistle (née Parkinson). Her parents’ arms were granted by the Kings of Arms, London, in 1975 and 1979 respectively. The 1st and 4th quarters belong to her father’s arms and the 2nd and 3rd belong to her mother’s arms.


The shield is displayed with her father’s crest.


This is her father’s motto, meaning “Let knowledge increase and truth prevail”.