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Vallance Jane Florence Dimsdale Knott Hungerford

Vancouver, British Columbia
Grant of Arms, Flag and Badge, with differences to George Nairn Farrell Hungerford, Michael Lyall MacLaren Hungerford, Andrew William Murdoch Hungerford and Wallace Jane Mary MacKay Hungerford
September 20, 2018
Vol. VII, p. 113

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


Blazon

Flag

A banner of the Arms;

Badge

A bunch of mountain ash berries issuant therefrom four branches of mountain ash in saltire proper, each branch enfiling a loop of a Bowen knot Argent;

Arms

Azure on a saltire wavy nowy Or between four Mackenzie Valley wolves’ heads caboshed Argent, a Porcupine caribou’s head erased contourné Azure;

Crest

A bald eagle displayed Sable head Argent winged Azure wearing a coronet of mullets Or holding in its dexter talons a rod of Aesculapius Azure and in its sinister talons a scroll Argent, all issuant from a circlet of thistles and iron spikes Or;

Motto

TSINEHDANH TS’ÀT GWIYINJI’ IHŁAK;

Differenced Arms for George Nairn Farrell Hungerford, child of Vallance Jane Florence Dimsdale Knott Hungerford

The Arms of Vallance Jane Florence Dimsdale Knott Hungerford with the wolf’s head in base replaced by a compass Argent;

Differenced Arms for Michael Lyall MacLaren Hungerford, child of Vallance Jane Florence Dimsdale Knott Hungerford

The Arms of Vallance Jane Florence Dimsdale Knott Hungerford with the wolf’s head in base replaced by a dexter hand fesswise couped grasping a dagger Argent;

Differenced Arms for Andrew William Murdoch Hungerford, child of Vallance Jane Florence Dimsdale Knott Hungerford

The Arms of Vallance Jane Florence Dimsdale Knott Hungerford with the wolf’s head in base replaced by a sinister hand tergiant fesswise couped grasping a cross crosslet fitchée Argent;

Differenced Arms for Wallace Jane Mary MacKay Hungerford, child of Vallance Jane Florence Dimsdale Knott Hungerford

The Arms of Vallance Jane Florence Dimsdale Knott Hungerford with the wolf’s head in base replaced by a bald eagle’s head erased Argent;


Symbolism

Flag

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

Badge

The knot alludes to her birth name, Knott. Its shape alludes to a saltire for her Scottish ancestry. The mountain ash is a symbol of her MacKay ancestors, the mountain ash being found in MacKay territory in Scotland. The ten berries represent the members of her family.

Arms

The blue field and the saltire, reminiscent of Scotland’s flag, represent Mrs. Hungerford’s Scottish ancestry. As well, the blue represents the sky and waters of the great northern lands which are the homeland of her Gwich’in ancestors, while the wavy strips represents the great river systems where her family has lived (the Mackenzie, Yukon, Saskatchewan, and Fraser). The wolf is an important totemic figure among the Gwich’in and the four wolf heads represent her children, and by extension, the importance of family. The Porcupine caribou is the symbol of the Gwich’in Nation.

Crest

The bald eagle is a bird to which Mrs. Hungerford feels close and is common on the Sunshine Coast of British Columbia. The silver stars allude to her American birth. The rod of Aesculapius symbolizes generative energy and power to heal, and refers to her volunteer involvement in the community in support of cancer research and medical care. The scroll represents a diploma, symbolizing the importance of education for her. The thistles recall her Scottish ancestry. The iron spikes allude to her ancestor William N. Shaw, an engineer, who was involved in building the Canadian Pacific Railway, and to her ancestors who were present at the Last Spike in Craigellachie, British Columbia.

Motto

This phrase in Gwich’in means “Peace and harmony.”

Differenced Arms for George Nairn Farrell Hungerford, child of Vallance Jane Florence Dimsdale Knott Hungerford

The mathematical compass represents his ancestors’ engineering background.

Differenced Arms for Michael Lyall MacLaren Hungerford, child of Vallance Jane Florence Dimsdale Knott Hungerford

The hand and dagger allude to his MacKay ancestors. The emblems are found in the badge of Clan MacKay.

Differenced Arms for Andrew William Murdoch Hungerford, child of Vallance Jane Florence Dimsdale Knott Hungerford

The cross and hand allude to his Murdoch ancestors. Murdoch is a sept of Clan Donald in which arms the cross and hand appear.

Differenced Arms for Wallace Jane Mary MacKay Hungerford, child of Vallance Jane Florence Dimsdale Knott Hungerford

The bald eagle is a creature that has long intrigued her.


Background

Canada Gazette Information

The announcement of the Letters Patent was made on March 23, 2019, in Volume 153, page 1080 of the Canada Gazette.


Artist Information

Creator(s)
Original concept of Robert Watt, Rideau Herald Emeritus, assisted by the heralds of the Canadian Heraldic Authority.

Painter
David Farrar

Calligrapher
Doris Wionzek


Recipient Information

Individual