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Lewis David St Columb Skene-Melvin

Toronto, Ontario
Grant of Arms and Badge
July 23, 2001
Vol. IV, p. 138

Click on each image to enlarge. The blazon and symbolism for each element will accompany the enlarged image.


Blazon

Arms

Azure on a plate encircled by thirteen mullets Argent, a thistle slipped and leaved proper;

Crest

Issuant from a coronet erablé Argent a dexter cubit arm proper grasping a closed book Gules charged with a pistol Argent;

Motto

ΟΙ ΚΥΒΟΙ ΑΙΟΣ ΑΕΙ ΕΥΠΙΠΤΟΥΣΙ;

Badge

A closed book Gules charged with a pistol Argent surmounting two quill pens in saltire each per pale Argent and Azure;


Symbolism

Arms

The blue and white and the thistle represent Mr. Skene-Melvin’s paternal heritage in Scotland, while his maternal family, the Hilles of the Baltimore area, is symbolized by the thirteen white stars, indicative of the American colonies at the time of the Revolution.

Crest

The coronet of maple leaves represents Mr. Skene-Melvin’s citizenship and his service to Canada and to Canadian literary studies. The book, in Canada’s national colours, symbolizes his contribution in the field of literature, libraries, education, and to the Crime Writers of Canada. Mr. Skene-Melvin’s authoritative work on crime fiction in Canada is indicated by the pistol on the book.

Motto

This Greek saying, meaning “The dice of the gods are always loaded”, originated in a fragment (895) of an unknown play by Sophocles.

Badge

The book repeats the symbolism of the crest, while quills in the form of a St. Andrew’s cross link literature and Mr. Skene-Melvin’s Scottish roots.


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
Ilona Jurkiewicz

Calligrapher
Nancy Ellis


Recipient Information

Individual