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Robert John Bridges

Burlington, Ontario
Grant of Arms
May 20, 2011
Vol. VI, p. 49

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Blazon

Arms

Argent a chevron Azure between in chief two roses and in base a beaver couchant Gules;

Crest

Two swans reguardant their necks entwined proper;

Motto

A POSSE AD ESSE;


Symbolism

Arms

The roses represent Mr. Bridges’ English heritage while their number represents his two children. The red, white and blue of the shield recall the Royal Union Flag. The beaver symbolizes Canada, Mr. Bridges’ adopted home, and his leadership in the construction and restoration business. The chevron represents the divide between Mr. Bridges’ old and new countries; it also resembles a mason’s square – a reference to his stone restoration business – and a bridge, a pun on his surname.

Crest

The two swans evoke the pair of swans that live on the pond in front of Mr. Bridges’ home.

Motto

This Latin phrase means “From Possibility to Reality”.


Background

Canada Gazette Information

The announcement of the Letters Patent was made on November 12, 2011, in Volume 145, page 3516 of the Canada Gazette.


Artist Information

Creator(s)
Original concept of John Bridges and Ralph Spence, Albion Herald Extraordinary, assisted by the heralds of the Canadian Heraldic Authority.

Painter
D. Robert Tunstall

Calligrapher
Doris Wionzek


Recipient Information

Individual