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Steven James Cowan

Comox, British Columbia
Grant of Arms
February 15, 2018
Vol. VII, p. 46

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Gyronny Argent and Gules an orle gyronny Sable and Argent;


Issuant from a Loyalist military coronet Or a dexter arm embowed vambraced and holding a Maori patu proper;





Red and white are the colours of Canada and represent Mr. Cowan’s life in Canada. The orle represents his life in New Zealand, black and white being the colours of that Country. The pattern conveys the idea of rotation, a reference to Mr. Cowan’s having lived and worked in many locations during his Canadian military service and airline employment.


The armoured arm represents Mr. Cowan’s military service with the Canadian Armed Forces while the Maori patu represents his personal and his family’s military service in New Zealand. The Loyalist military coronet honours Mr. Cowan’s descent from his United Empire Loyalist ancestor, Captain John Walden Meyers (1745-1821), who fought with the Loyalist Rangers during the American Revolutionary War.


The Latin phrase meaning “He who persists prevails” is based on the motto Qui Patitur Vincit, meaning “He who endures will conquer,” of the Her Majesty’s New Zealand Ship LEANDER and relates to Mr. Cowan’s personal and his family’s military service while living in New Zealand.


Canada Gazette Information

The announcement of the Letters Patent was made on November 17, 2018, in Volume 152, page 901 of the Canada Gazette.

Artist Information

Original concept of Steven Cowan, assisted by the heralds of the Canadian Heraldic Authority.

Desirée Kern

Kathy Feig

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