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Ross Ernest Ransom

St. Catharines, Ontario
Grant of Arms, Flag and Badge, with differences to Robert Jeremy Ransom and Katherine Julia Ransom
October 15, 2006
Vol. V, p. 67

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Blazon

Arms

Per bend Purpure and Gules, all semé of ermine spots Or;

Crest

A demi-unicorn Or armed crined and unguled Argent winged Purpure semé of ermine spots Or, holding a purse Gules stringed Or;

Motto

CORPUS EST VERBUM;

Flag

A standard, the Arms in hoist, the fly tierced in bend Or Gules and Or charged with the Crest between two representations of the Badge all separated by two bends Argent inscribed with the Motto in letters Sable;

Badge

A vol per pale Purpure and Gules, all semé of ermine spots Or, enclosing a purse Gules stringed Or;

Differenced Arms for Robert Jeremy Ransom, son of Ross Ernest Ransom

The Arms of Ross Ernest Ransom debruised of a three-point label Or; this individual will inherit the Arms of the Recipient following his or her death;

Differenced Arms of Katherine Julia Ransom, daughter of Ross Ernest Ransom

The Arms of Ross Ernest Ransom debruised by a cicada Or in dexter chief;


Symbolism

Arms

The diagonal division indicates a lit stage and the darkened auditorium beyond, a reference to Mr. Ransom’s love of theatre and the performing career of Jeremy Ransom, Mr. Ransom’s son. The ermine spots indicate specks of light.

Crest

The bag of money is a reference to the name “Ransom”. The unicorn is a creature of imagination, and its equine characteristics refer to Jeremy Ransom’s love of horses. The ermine wings link the crest to the pattern in the arms.

Motto

This Latin sentence means “The body is language” and indicates the importance of communication through performance.

Flag

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

Badge

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

Differenced Arms for Robert Jeremy Ransom, son of Ross Ernest Ransom

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

Differenced Arms of Katherine Julia Ransom, daughter of Ross Ernest Ransom

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


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)
Original concept of Bruce Patterson, Saguenay Herald, assisted by the heralds of the Canadian Heraldic Authority.

Painter
Eva Pilar-Cass

Calligrapher
Nancy Ellis


Recipient Information

Individual