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Peter Hugh O’Neil Roe

Waterloo, Ontario
Grant of Arms and Badge, with differences to Robert Hugh O’Neil Roe and Mary Elizabeth Anne Roe
August 15, 2016
Vol. VI, p. 632

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


Blazon

Arms

Argent on a chevron Sable between three shamrocks Vert, an annulet Argent between two lions passant combatant Or;

Crest

A demi-roe buck Or attired and unguled Sable charged with a Maltese cross and holding between its legs a lightning bolt Vert;

Motto

NON VI SED ARTE;

Badge

A roe buck’s head caboshed Or attired Sable, its antlers environing a plate charged with a Maltese cross Vert;

Differenced Arms for Robert Hugh O’Neil Roe, son of Peter Hugh O’Neil Roe

The Arms of Peter Hugh O’Neil Roe with a hunting horn Argent in place of the annulet; This individual will inherit the Arms of the Recipient following his death;

Differenced Arms for Mary Elizabeth Anne Roe Pfeifer, daughter of Peter Hugh O’Neil Roe

The Arms of Peter Hugh O’Neil Roe with a heart Argent in place of the annulet;


Symbolism

Arms

The black chevron and green shamrocks are taken from arms used by Roe families of Ireland, where Dr. Roe’s father came from. The chevron also refers to the arms of the University of Waterloo, where Dr. Roe studied and was a faculty member for more than four decades. The ring symbolizes his status as a Canadian engineer. The lions, symbolizing leadership, represent Dr. Roe’s role in academia as a professor and author, and in university administration. They also indicate his prominent role in provincial and federal politics as a riding president and as councillor for the Township of Wilmot, which has lions as the supporters of its arms.

Crest

The roe buck is a pun on Dr. Roe’s surname. It also recalls the stag in crests borne by Roe families of Ireland. The lightning bolt symbolizes Dr. Roe’s specialization in both electrical and systems design engineering. The Maltese cross denotes Dr. Roe’s involvement of more than three decades with the Military and Hospitaller Order of St. Lazarus of Jerusalem.

Motto

This Latin phrase, meaning “Not by force but by art”, has long been Dr. Roe’s family motto.

Badge

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

Differenced Arms for Robert Hugh O’Neil Roe, son of Peter Hugh O’Neil Roe

The bugle horn refers to his love of hunting.

Differenced Arms for Mary Elizabeth Anne Roe Pfeifer, daughter of Peter Hugh O’Neil Roe

The heart is a traditional mark for the first daughter in Canadian heraldry.


Background

Canada Gazette Information

The announcement of the Letters Patent was made on March 25, 2017, in Volume 151, page 1302 of the Canada Gazette.


Artist Information

Creator(s)
Original concept of Samy Khalid, Saguenay Herald, assisted by the heralds of the Canadian Heraldic Authority.

Painter
Robert Grey

Calligrapher
Doris Wionzek


Recipient Information

Individual