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Bruce Douglas Bolton

Montreal, Quebec
Grant of Arms, Flag and Badge
December 15, 2003
Vol. IV, p. 339

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Azure a bird bolt head in chief Argent between two keys Or;


A martlet Argent gorged with an antique coronet Gules, holding in its beak three thistles conjoined on one stem proper;




A banner of the Arms;


A pace stick and bagpipe chanter in saltire and a claymore palewise Argent surmounted by a hackle of feathers Gules;



The shield is blue, a colour in the Black Watch tartan. The bird bolt is a symbol that is used often to express a reference to the name “Bolton”. These arms are thus “canting” arms. The two keys refer to Mr. Bolton’s profession as a museum director.


The martlet alludes to the symbol found in the arms of McGill University. The antique crown is an allusion to the 78th Fraser Highlanders, of which Mr. Bolton is the Regimental Adjutant. The 78th was raised originally by the Hon. Simon Fraser, whose arms contain red antique crowns. The sprig of green thistles alludes to Mr. Bolton’s implication in Scottish organizations such as The St. Andrew’s Society of Montreal, the Quebec Thistle Council, and the Church of St. Andrew and St. Paul, Montreal. The mantling indicates Mr. Bolton’s service as Commanding Officer of the Black Watch (Royal Highland Regiment) of Canada. The tartan is used as mantling for the first time, which is appropriate as the great kilt, like heraldic mantling, serves as a protection from the elements.


The Latin phrase means “Peace in our time”.


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


The Badge is designed to represent Mr. Bolton’s personal actions as the first person in the history of the Black Watch (Royal Highland Regiment) of Canada to have held the three most important offices in the Regiment, being those of Pipe-Major (represented by the chanter), Regimental Sergeant Major (the pace-stick), and Commanding Officer (the sword). The red hackle is also a symbol of the Regiment, since this regiment is the only one authorized to wear this colour of hackle.


Canada Gazette Information

The announcement of the Letters Patent was made on March 12, 2005, in Volume 139, page 687 of the Canada Gazette.

Artist Information

Original concept of Darrel Kennedy, Assiniboine Herald, assisted by the Heralds of the Canadian Heraldic Authority

Debra MacGarvie

Shirley Mangione

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