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Blair Keith Churchill

Ottawa, Ontario
Grant of Arms, Flag and Badge, with differences to Alexander George Foley Churchill and Mickaela Dawn O’Foley Churchill
July 15, 2005
Vol. IV, p. 510

Arms of Blair Keith Churchill

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Purpure a lion rampant within a double tressure erablé-counter-erablé Or;


Issuant from an ancient crown Or, a demi lioness Ermine holding in the dexter paw a bauhinia flower (Bauhinia blakeana) proper;





The rampant lion recalls a central element of the historic arms of Churchill as recorded in the Dorsetshire Visitation of 1623. The double tressure with maple leaves is a reminder of the Scottish royal tressure from the arms of Nova Scotia, and Mr. Churchill’s family’s long residence in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia.


The ancient coronet symbolizes Mr. Churchill’s interest in heraldry and history. The ermine-spotted lioness is in memory of Mr. Churchill’s mother, Audrey Ernestine Burrill. The bauhinia flower (Bauhinia blakeana) is in memory of his father, George Ralph Churchill, who served with the Royal Rifles of Canada during WWII in Hong Kong.


This Latin sentence means “Nobility resides in everyone”.