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Francesco Maestri

Ottawa, Ontario
Grant of Arms and Badge, with differences to Isabella Francesca Maria Maestri
October 15, 2006
Vol. V, p. 65

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Or on a cross quadrate between in the first and fourth quarters a fleur-de-lis and in the second and third quarters a trillium Azure, a lion’s head erased ducally crowned Or;


Issuant from a coronet erablé Or an eagle displayed Azure ducally crowned and wearing a breastplate Argent;




A cross potent quadrate Or charged with a fillet cross couped Azure;

Differenced Arms for Isabella Francesca Maria Maestri, daughter of Francesco Maestri

The Arms of Francesco Maestri debruised of three-point label Argent; this individual will inherit the Arms of the Recipient following his or her death;



The blue cross on gold background is from the flag of the Italian province of Parma, the region from which Mr. Maestri’s parents came. The square contains a lion’s head on a blue background from ancient arms of Maestris in Italy. The fleur-de-lis represents Quebec, his province of birth, while the trillium flowers represent Ontario, the province where he now lives. The respective flowers also allude to the badges of police forces in both provinces in which he has served as a police officer.


The eagle is featured in ancient Italian Maestri arms, coloured black and wearing a coronet, and also in the badge of the Royal Canadian Hussars, part of the Armour Branch of the Canadian Forces, which Mr. Maestri joined as a young man. The eagle is coloured blue to provide a difference for this Canadian family. The eagle wears a white breast plate to indicate Mr. Maestris relationship with the Armour Branch. The coronet represents Mr. Maestris affection and loyalty to Canada.


PEACE AND SERVICE are two motivations in Mr. Maestri’s life.


The cross is chosen to represent Mr. Maestris faith as a Roman Catholic. It is coloured gold with a blue cross, relating the design to that of the Arms. “Potent” is an ancient word for “crutch” and describes a T-shape. This badge also alludes to his occupation as a police officer and the supportive role he plays in the community.

Differenced Arms for Isabella Francesca Maria Maestri, daughter of Francesco Maestri

The symbolism of this emblem is found in other element(s) of this record.


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

Original concept of Darrel Kennedy, Assiniboine Herald, assisted by the heralds of the Canadian Heraldic Authority.

Robert Grey

Doris Wionzek

Recipient Information