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Kirk Ross McPherson

Burlington, Ontario
Grant of Arms
April 2, 1995
Vol. III, p. 13

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Blazon

Arms

Azure a lymphad Or sails furled oars in action, mast and tackling all proper, flags flying Gules on a chief Or an ansul Azure between a dexter hand couped holding a dagger pale ways and a cross crosslet fitchee Gules;

Crest

A wildcat sejeant guardant proper gorged with a collar of Dress Macpherson tartan proper pendant therefrom a maple leaf Or;

Motto

TOUCH NOT THE CAT;


Symbolism

Arms

The hand and dagger, the cross-crosslet and the lymphad or galley are traditional Highland Scottish symbols and appear in the arms of the Chief of Clan Macpherson. They draw on the motifs of war, religion and the voyage of the first settlers to north Scotland. The scales of justice refer to Mr. McPherson’s legal profession.

Crest

A wild cat is a common symbol in crests of this Highland clan. The wild cat wears a collar of Dress Macpherson tartan, which repeats the clan symbolism, and the maple leaf pendant is a reference to Kirk McPherson’s country of birth.

Motto

This is a famous Highland motto. Its complete version, “Touch not the cat when it is without a glove”, refers to the “glove” of the wildcat, which is the soft part of the paw and when it assumes a war-like stance, the paw becomes spread but “ungloved” revealing the dangerous claws. It is a warning to those who engage in battle with the “Clan of the Wildcat”.


Background

Canada Gazette Information

The announcement of the Letters Patent was made on October 14, 1995, in Volume 129, page 3592 of the Canada Gazette.


Artist Information

Creator(s)
Original concept of Gordon Macpherson, assisted by the Heralds of the Canadian Heraldic Authority

Painter
Gordon Macpherson

Calligrapher
Gordon Macpherson


Recipient Information

Individual