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David Kelsey Dorward

Caledon East, Ontario
Grant of Arms, Flag and Badge, with differences to Kira Alexandra Wronska Dorward
May 10, 2004
Vol. IV, p. 373

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Blazon

Arms

Gules between two oak leaves the arrow of the Kościesza clan (an arrow fourché, head in chief, conjoined with a billet fesswise), on a chief Argent a Loyalist military coronet Gules;

Crest

Two cubit arms in saltire proper the dexter habited Azure holding a panache of feathers Gules, the sinister in chain mail proper holding an arrow as in the Arms Argent;

Motto

FORWARD;

Flag

A banner of the Arms;

Badge

Two swords in saltire Gules surmounted by an oak leaf Argent charged with an arrow as in the Arms Gules;

Differenced Arms for Kira Alexandra Wronska Dorward, daughter of David Kelsey Dorward

The Arms of David Kelsey Dorward within a bordure per chief Gules and Argent; this individual will inherit the Arms of the Recipient following his or her death;


Symbolism

Arms

The Loyalist military coronet represents Mr. Dorward’s descent through his mother’s line from Abraham Coons of the Loyal Rangers (or Jessup’s Rangers) Regiment. The Polish family symbol “Kosciesza”, which resembles a stylised arrow with a horizontal bar and a forked tail, is that used by the family of Mr. Dorward’s wife, Diana Janosik-Wronski. Mr. Dorward has been educated in history, politics, and industrial relations, and works in the field of industrial relations and organizational behaviour. Each of the aspects in these dualities of education and experience, or avocation and vocation, may be represented by an oak leaf because each strengthens one’s life, and oaks symbolise strength.

Crest

The arms signify the heritage of the families of Mr. and Mrs. Dorward. The red heckle alludes to Mr. Dorward’s grandfather who served in the 42nd Highlanders, the Black Watch Regiment. This is the only regiment granted permission to wear the red heckle of feathers in their caps. The other arm is in chain mail and holds a white Kosciesza arrow to represent the heritage of Diana Janosik-Wronski.

Motto

It captures part of Mr. Dorward’s name.

Flag

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

Badge

The two swords can have two interpretations. The first represents the service by Mr. Dorward’s grandfather in the Black Watch Regiment, the tartan of which has base colours of blue and green. The second is an allusion again to the Loyalists, from the many swords appearing in the arms of the United Empire Loyalist Association of Canada. The oak leaf and arrow have meanings as explained above.

Differenced Arms for Kira Alexandra Wronska Dorward, daughter of David Kelsey Dorward

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


Background

Canada Gazette Information

The announcement of the Letters Patent was made on March 12, 2005, in Volume 139, page 688 of the Canada Gazette.


Artist Information

Creator(s)
Original concept of Darrel Kennedy, Assiniboine Herald, assisted by the Heralds of the Canadian Heraldic Authority

Painter
D. Robert Tunstall

Calligrapher
Nancy Ellis


Recipient Information

Individual