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Donald Angus Davidson

Kingston, Ontario
Grant of Arms and a Badge
November 15, 2016
Vol. VI, p. 649

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Blazon

Arms

Per fess enarched Argent and Azure, in chief a dexter hand in benediction between two pheons Gules, in base a white-tailed deer lodged Argent;

Motto

SAPIENTIA CUM SINCERITATE;

Badge

An escallop Argent charged with a pheon Gules;


Symbolism

Arms

The stag, the pheons and the colours are found in other Scottish Davidson arms. The white-tailed deer, native to the farmland of southern Ontario, indicates where Father Davidson’s family has lived for generations. The hand in benediction is a reference to his vocation as a priest.

Motto

This Latin phrase, meaning “Wisdom with sincerity”, is a response to the Davidson Clan Chief’s motto, Sapienter si sincere, meaning “Wisely if sincerely”.

Badge

The shell alludes to the numerous pilgrimages Father Davidson has made in his career to serve his faith.


Background

Canada Gazette Information

The announcement of the Letters Patent was made on March 25, 2017, in Volume 151, page 1303 of the Canada Gazette.


Artist Information

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

Painter
Robert S. Bengry

Calligrapher
Doris Wionzek


Recipient Information

Individual