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Robert Hugh Emerson

Mississauga, Ontario
Grant of Arms, Flags and Badge, with differences to Pamela Sarah Emerson, Jennifer Ashley Mae Emerson and James Robert Emerson
January 15, 2008
Vol. V, p. 195

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Blazon

Arms

Gules a coronet of maple leaves, tulips and fleurs-de-lis Or, a chief Vair;

Crest

A beaver sejant Or holding in its dexter paw a trillium and two blue flag flowers and resting its sinister paw on a Latin cross Gules;

Motto

REMEMBER ALWAYS;

Flag

A banner of the Arms;

Flag

A standard, the Arms in hoist, the fly barry Argent and Azure charged with the Crest, the Badge, and a spray of a trillium and two blue flag flowers Gules, all separated by two bends Argent inscribed with the Motto in letters Azure;

Badge

On a torteau a pomme edged and charged with a pale wavy Argent;

Differenced Arms for Pamela Sarah Emerson, daughter of Robert Hugh Emerson

The Arms of Robert Hugh Emerson with the chief debruised by a pale Azure charged with two paintbrushes in saltire Argent;

Differenced Arms for Jennifer Ashley Mae Emerson, daughter of Robert Hugh Emerson

The Arms of Robert Hugh Emerson with the chief debruised by a pale Azure charged with a Cladagh ring Argent;

Differenced Arms for James Robert Emerson, son of Robert Hugh Emerson

The Arms of Robert Hugh Emerson within a bordure Or; this individual will inherit the Arms of the Recipient following his or her death;


Symbolism

Arms

The vair is borrowed from the arms of the city of Belfast, Northern Ireland, which is the birthplace of Mr. Emerson’s father, and alludes to his Irish heritage. The blue and white colours also refer to the colours of the flag of Scotland, the birthplace of his mother. The tulips are chosen to remember his honeymoon in the Netherlands and the family garden ever since. The fleur-de-lis and maple leaves allude to French and Canadian heritage.

Crest

The beaver is a symbol of Canada, and more particularly represents the Canadian Pacific Railway that has employed both him and his father. The red cross is borrowed from the flag of the province of Ulster and alludes to his Irish heritage. The provincial flowers of Ontario and Quebec represent the birthplaces of his three children.

Motto

This motto emphasizes the importance of remembering Irish, Scottish, and Canadian heritage for Mr. Emerson, and the French heritage of his wife.

Flag

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

Flag

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

Badge

The green on the left represents Canada/North America and the green on the right represents Britain/Europe. The wavy stripe between them represents the Atlantic Ocean. The two rings around the badge are in the colours of Canada.

Differenced Arms for Pamela Sarah Emerson, daughter of Robert Hugh Emerson

The paintbrushes represent her artistic interests.

Differenced Arms for Jennifer Ashley Mae Emerson, daughter of Robert Hugh Emerson

The ring represents friendship.

Differenced Arms for James Robert Emerson, son of Robert Hugh Emerson

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 8, 2008, in Volume 141, page 551 of the Canada Gazette.


Artist Information

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

Painter
Eva Pilar-Cass

Calligrapher
Shirley Mangione


Recipient Information

Individual