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Eileen Margaret Cooke

Calgary, Alberta
Grant of Arms, Flags and Badge, with differences to Matthew Alexander Cooke
August 20, 2009
Vol. V, p. 468

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Blazon

Arms

Azure a bighorn sheep rampant quarterly Or and Argent;

Crest

Issuant from a wreath of mayflowers and wild roses proper, a demi-miniature poodle Argent collared Or holding between its paws a heart Argent;

Motto

FIDELITAS ET PERSEVERANTIA;

Flag

A standard, the hoist Azure a cross quarterly Argent and Or cotised Argent, the fly Or charged with the Crest, the Badge, and a segment of sugar cane and a sprig of heather in saltire proper, all separated by two bends sinister Argent edged and inscribed with the Motto in letters Sable;

Flag

Azure a cross quarterly Argent and Or cotised Argent;

Differenced Arms for Matthew Alexander Cooke, son of Eileen Margaret Cooke

The Arms of Eileen Margaret Cooke debruised by an orle quarterly Or and Argent; this individual will inherit the Arms of the Recipient following his or her death;

Differenced Arms for Matthew Alexander Cooke, son of Eileen Margaret Cooke and Vernon Graham Cooke

Quarterly, first and fourth the Arms of Vernon Graham Cooke, second and third the Arms of Eileen Margaret Cooke;

Badge

On a hurt a cross quarterly Argent and Or cotised Argent, overall a poppy Gules seeded Sable, all environed by a wreath of heather proper;


Symbolism

Arms

The bighorn sheep alludes to Mrs. Cooke’s outdoor explorations of the Rocky Mountains, and its colours refer to the four quadrants of Calgary, the home town of Mrs. Cooke, her husband and their son. The yellow represents the dry prairie summers, and the white the snowy winters. The migration of Mrs. Cooke’s ancestors is indicated by the blue, which appears in the flags of Scotland, Nova Scotia and Alberta, respectively the ancestral home of her family, the province of first settlement, and the province where her father was born and to which her mother moved.

Crest

The dog represents Mrs. Cooke’s cherished childhood family pet, Snowball. The white heart is a symbol of nursing, Mrs. Cooke’s profession. The wild rose is a symbol of Alberta, her home province, and the mayflowers allude to her family’s Nova Scotian heritage.

Motto

This Latin phrase means “Loyalty and perseverance”.

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.

Differenced Arms for Matthew Alexander Cooke, son of Eileen Margaret Cooke

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

Differenced Arms for Matthew Alexander Cooke, son of Eileen Margaret Cooke and Vernon Graham Cooke

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

Badge

The poppy pays tribute to the members of Mrs. Cooke’s family who served in the military. The heather refers to Scotland, the ancestral home of her family.


Background

Canada Gazette Information

The announcement of the Letters Patent was made on March 20, 2010, in Volume 144, page 439 of the Canada Gazette.


Artist Information

Creator(s)
Original concept of Vernon Cooke, assisted by the heralds of the Canadian Heraldic Authority.

Painter
Robert Grey

Calligrapher
Shirley Mangione


Recipient Information

Individual