The Viceregal Lion
  1. The Governor General of Canada
  2. Her Excellency the Right Honourable Julie Payette
Heraldry Today

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The University of Calgary

Calgary, Alberta
Registration of Arms
October 15, 2006
Vol. V, p. 77

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Blazon

Arms

Or a bull’s head caboshed Sable accorné Gules between two flags Gules their staves Sable conjoined in base, on a chief enarched Gules a rose Argent barbed and seeded Vert between two open books Argent bound and edged Or;

Motto

MO SHÙILE TOGAM SUAS;


Symbolism

Arms

The gold is indicative of sunshine and grain. The black bull’s head and crossed staves bearing red flags are reminiscent of the Scottish clan badge of Lt. Col. J. F. Macleod, the North-West Mounted Police (N.W.M.P.) officer who founded Fort Calgary. The arched line symbolizes a Chinook arch cloud, hinting at bringing warm winds. The top section of the shield is red, commemorating the colour of the uniform of the N.W.M.P. The open books evoke education, and the wild rose is symbolic of Alberta.

Motto

This Scots Gaelic phrase means “I will lift up mine eyes” (Ps. 121:1).


Background

Canada Gazette Information

The announcement of the Letters Patent was made on March 17, 2007, in Volume 141, page 587 of the Canada Gazette.


Artist Information

Creator(s)
Not applicable

Painter
* Not applicable / Sans objet

Calligrapher
* Not applicable / Sans objet


Recipient Information

Civil Institution
University

The recipient’s emblems were originally recorded in the records of the Court of the Lord Lyon, Edinburgh, Scotland, 13 April 1967.