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William Proctor Elms

Toronto, Ontario
Grant of Arms
March 18, 1996
Vol. III, p. 73

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Blazon

Arms

Or a great blue heron (Ardea herodias) proper on a chief Azure three elm leaves Or;

Crest

A falcon's head couped Argent in the beak Or a maple leaf and elm leaf also Or;

Motto

FAITHFUL FOREVER;


Symbolism

Arms

The colours blue and gold are those of The Royal Canadian Regiment, in which both Mr. Elms’s sons served. The elm leaves are a reference to the family name, “Elms”. The great blue heron honours Mr. Elms’s father, George William Elms. It is also native to Ontario, Mr. Elms’s birthplace, and to Newfoundland, the Canadian origin of the Elms family.

Crest

The falcon is taken from the badge associated with Mr. Elms’s regiment, the 48th Highlanders of Canada. It is also significant because the falcon depicted is native to Newfoundland and thus continues to honour the memory of Mr. Elms’s father. The maple and elm leaves reflect the military careers of three generations of Elms men and their service to Canada.

Motto

FAITHFUL FOREVER.


Background

Canada Gazette Information

The announcement of the Letters Patent was made on November 23, 1996, in Volume 130, page 3280 of the Canada Gazette.


Artist Information

Creator(s)
Original concept of Robert Elms and Bruce Beatty, assisted by the Heralds of the Canadian Heraldic Authority

Painter
Debra MacGarvie

Calligrapher
* Not applicable / Sans objet


Recipient Information

Individual

The Armorial Bearing of William Proctor Elms have been registered in the name of Robert George Elms, Volume III, p. 527.