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John Loughton Frazer

Salt Spring Island, British Columbia
Grant of Arms
March 11, 1998
Vol. III, p. 228

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Blazon

Arms

Bleu-Celeste on a bend wavy Sable fimbriated between two hawks volant four maple leaves all Or;

Crest

Issuant from a coronet Or the rim set with fraises Argent a demi cougar rampant Bleu-Celeste bearing in its dexter forepaw a sword Or gorged with a collar of maple leaves Gules pendant therefrom a representation of the Mace of the House of Commons of Canada Or;

Motto

PRÊT DISPOS ET CAPABLE;


Symbolism

Arms

The sky-blue background is the traditional colour of the Royal Canadian Air Force, the basis of Mr. Frazer’s public service career. The black band refers to the maiden name of his wife, Millicent June Black. The maple leaves represent their four children, Ronald Bradley, Jennifer Lee, Kimberley June and Kenneth Drew. Two golden hawks symbolize Mr. Frazer’s active participation in the RCAF “Golden Hawks” aerobatic team. Likewise, they are creatures renowned for strength, grace and acuity of sight, qualities highly esteemed in aviation.

Crest

The strawberry flowers or fraises are an allusion to his family name Frazer. A sky-blue cougar with sword in hand represents his British Columbian roots and military service. The mace of the House of Commons alludes to Mr. Frazer’s services as a member of Parliament.

Motto

PRÊT, DISPOS ET CAPABLE, meaning “Ready, willing and able”, is both Mr. Frazer’s personal motto and an answer to the motto “Je suis prest” of the Scottish Clan Chief of Fraser of Lovat.


Background

Canada Gazette Information

The announcement of the Letters Patent was made on January 30, 1999, in Volume 133, page 181 of the Canada Gazette.


Artist Information

Creator(s)
Original concept of Robert D. Watt, Chief Herald of Canada, assisted by the heralds of the Canadian Heraldic Authority.

Painter
Gordon Macpherson

Calligrapher
Suzzann Wright


Recipient Information

Individual