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  2. Her Excellency the Right Honourable Julie Payette
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City of Cornwall

Cornwall, Ontario
Grant of Arms, Supporters and Flag
June 21, 1995
Vol. III, p. 24

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Or fifteen roundels in pile within a double tressure flory Sable;




A Cornish chough wings uplifted Sable beaked and membered Gules gorged of a crown flory and holding in the dexter talon a fouled anchor Or;


Upon a grassy mound growing thereon roses, thistles and edelweiss flowers proper two Cornish choughs Sable beaked and membered Gules, each gorged with a crown flory Or;


Or on a Canadian pale Sable the shield of Arms of the City of Cornwall;



The colours and discs are based on the Arms of the Duchy of Cornwall, England. The fifteen discs are surrounded by a pair of narrow bands known as a double tressure flory, a version of which appears in the Arms of the King of Scotland and honours the first Scottish settlers of this region. The parallel bands recall the two row wampum belts presented to the early settlers by the Native peoples. The fleurs-de-lis recognize the French heritage of the City of Cornwall.


This means “For the Motherland”.


The Cornish chough with outstretched wings recalls the Arms of the United Counties of Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry and repeats the elements of the Arms of the Duchy of Cornwall. The coronet of fleurs-de-lis worn as a collar by the chough is a reference to the French settlers who played a central part in the development and settlement. The anchor signifies that Cornwall is a port.


The Cornish choughs with the fleurs-de-lis coronets continue the motif in the crest. They stand on a grassy mound with roses, thistles and edelweiss symbolizing the main ethnic groups that immigrated to Cornwall (English, Scottish and German).


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


Canada Gazette Information

The announcement of the Letters Patent was made on October 14, 1995, in Volume 129, page 3593 of the Canada Gazette.

Artist Information

Original concept of Charles Maier, Athabaska Herald, assisted by the Heralds of the Canadian Heraldic Authority

Robert Grey

Suzzann Wright

Recipient Information

Civil Institution
Regional, Municipal etc Government