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Richard Bedford Bennett
Mickleham, Surrey, United Kingdom
Registration of Arms and Supporters
January 15, 2018
Vol. VII, p. 31
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Argent within two bendlets Gules three maple leaves proper all between two demi-lions couped Gules;
A demi-lion Gules grasping in the dexter paw a battle-axe Or and resting the sinister paw on an escallop Gules;
Dexter a bison, sinister a moose, both standing on a grassy mount proper;
PREMI NON OPPRIMI;
The Canadian Heraldic Authority does not have confirmed symbolism for this emblem. The following comments are hypotheses only.The maple leaves allude to Canada. Mr. Bennett served as Prime Minister of Canada from 1930 to 1935. The demi-lions are a feature of other Bennett arms.
The demi-lion is found in other Bennett crests.
The bison and the moose refer respectively to Mr. Bennett’s long-time residence in Calgary and to his birthplace in New Brunswick (as mentioned in P. B. Waite, In Search of R.B. Bennett, Montréal and Kingston, McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2012, p. 274).
This Latin phrase means “To be pressed, not oppressed.”
Canada Gazette Information
The announcement of the Letters Patent was made on November 17, 2018, in Volume 152, page 900 of the Canada Gazette.
Artist of the College of Arms, London / Artiste du Collège d’armes, Londres
* Not applicable / Sans objet
The recipient’s emblems were recorded at the College of Arms, London, England, 28 August 1941.