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Peter James Latta.

Registered: The International Register of Arms, 9th July 2012. Registration No. 0235 (Vol.2).

Arms:  Sable, 3 piles Argent, on the centre pile reversed a dexter hand apaume Gules; on a chief Gules, a seven pointed star between two crescents Argent.

Crest:  In front of a Golden Wattle in bloom Proper, a crescent Argent.

Motto:  Dum Vivo Vireo

Assumed:  Australia 2012

Tha Arms of Peter James Latta

Arms painted by Andrew Stewart Jamieson

The armiger is a keen amateur genealogist and has researched his particular branch of the Latta ancestry for many years. He is a sixth generation Australian of Irish descent from his direct paternal line. The design of his arms pays homage to the two historic designs of the armigerís namesakes.

His great, great great grandfather, John Latta, came from Strabane in County Tyrone and his great, great, great grandmother, Catherine Lemon, came from Londonderry in County Londonderry. They were married in Dunnamanagh. Their home towns and the town of their marriage are all in Ulster.

Sable is the traditional Latta colour for the shield; Piles Argent are also a traditional element of existing Latta armorial bearings. Black and silver are also the colours of the football team at which the armiger played, coached and held committee positions for many years. Crescents also feature in traditional Latta arms and one is incorporated into the crest, as per the arms of Sir John Latta, thus freeing up space in the shield to allow room for the star which represents the Australian Federation Star.

A red chief has been used instead of the ancient fess gules, allowing for the Irish and Australian emblems to be opposite each other on the shield centre. The hand is a direct representation of the Red Hand of Ulster and complements the Federation Star; elements representing the old country and the new.

The three tinctures of the wreath and mantling reflect the tinctures of the shield. The crescent in the crest honours that in the arms of Sir John Latta, the Golden Wattle, the floral emblem of Australia, replacing the traditional Latta oak crest of the northern hemisphere.

The armiger is a Fellow of the Fellowship of the White Shield, a private organisation devoted to the promotion of all things heraldic, but in particular the artists; this is represented by the insignia illustrated below the shield.

 

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