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Alexander John Roman

Toronto, Ontario
Grant of Arms, Flag and Badge
June 15, 2001
Vol. IV, p. 125

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Blazon

Arms

Azure the star of Vergina Or charged with a fleur-de-lis Azure, on a chief Or three bees Azure;

Crest

Issuant from a circlet of maple leaves alternating with roses Gules a demi griffin Or winged and holding between its claws a cross patté Gules;

Motto

FIDELITAS OFFICIUMQUE;

Flag

A banner of the Arms;

Badge

On a hurt a star of Vergina, its centre a bee Or;


Symbolism

Arms

Blue, the colour of the shield, is often associated with loyalty, and it can thus allude to Dr. Roman’s interest in and support for the monarchy. The Star of Vergina in the centre was discovered in 1977 at the tomb of Philip of Macedonia, the father of Alexander the Great. As such, it makes a reference to Dr. Roman’s given name and to his love of history, and its rays can allude to his belief in service to the wider community. At its centre is a fleur-de-lis, symbolic not only of Canada’s royal heritage but also of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The bee recalls a family hobby and the idea of industriousness. The number of bees is a reference to the Trinity, and they resemble a favourite emblem of Napoleon, another indication of Dr. Roman’s interest in history.

Crest

The circlet of alternating roses and maple leaves make a reference to the British heritage of the Canadian monarchy. The griffin is an ancient symbol of justice and equity, and it appears in the crest of the armorial bearings of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario. It thus refers to Dr. Roman’s work in the Legislature, especially with the Office of the Speaker. Griffins were also guardians of treasure, so it can indicate Dr. Roman’s work in protecting and nurturing what he values. The cross in its claws is another reference to Christianity. The mantling is in red, blue, and white, the colours of the Union flag, and is therefore another indication of Dr. Roman’s service to the Crown.

Motto

This Latin phrase means “Loyalty and Service”.

Flag

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Badge

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Background

Canada Gazette Information

The announcement of the Letters Patent was made on February 22, 2003, in Volume 137, page 517 of the Canada Gazette.


Artist Information

Creator(s)
Original concept of Robert D. Watt, Chief Herald of Canada, assisted by the Heralds of the Canadian Heraldic Authority

Painter
Robert Grey

Calligrapher
Suzzann Wright


Recipient Information

Individual