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Fredrick John Butler-Caughie

Toronto, Ontario
Grant of Arms, Flag and Badge
September 15, 2005
Vol. IV, p. 529

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Blazon

Arms

Per pale Gules and Azure a covered cup and in chief a Maltese cross between two trefoils Argent;

Crest

A demi-lion Gules holding in its dexter paw a cross crosslet fitché Argent, its sinister paw resting on an escutcheon Gules;

Motto

SPES MEA IN DEO;

Flag

A banner of the arms;

Badge

An escutcheon Gules within a vol Argent;


Symbolism

Arms

The colour red represents the blood of Christ, in whose name Major Butler-Caughie serves, and the blue represents the Holy Spirit who empowers him. The red and white colours also allude to his affection for his country, these being the colours of Canada. The cup symbolizes the name “Butler”, as well as service to God and humankind. The Maltese cross alludes to his charitable activities and his service as a chaplain in the Canadian Forces. Each of the trefoils represents the Holy Trinity.

Crest

The lion with cross and red shield is symbolic of the Major’s position as a cleric in the Salvation Army.

Motto

SPES MEA IN DEO means “My hope is in God”.

Flag

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

Badge

The two wings of the Canada goose appear in a circular form to represent the concept of everything being connected through communication. The goose is known for its strength, cooperation, and sound. Moreover, with the shield representing the Major’s denomination and its participants, the wings also illustrate the idea of pastoral counselling and support for those spirits that are frozen temporarily in situations that hinder them from hearing God’s call to better things.


Background

Canada Gazette Information

The announcement of the Letters Patent was made on March 4, 2006, in Volume 140, page 431 of the Canada Gazette.


Artist Information

Creator(s)
Original concept of Fredrick Butler-Caughie, assisted by Darrel Kennedy, Assiniboine Herald, and the Heralds of the Canadian Heraldic Authority.

Painter
Robert Grey

Calligrapher
Shirley Mangione


Recipient Information

Individual