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David Arthur Douglas GCJ, PhD.

Registered: The International Register of Arms, 06th January 2014. Registration No. 0291. (Vol.2)

Arms:  Per chevron Azure and Argent in chief a mullet of six points between two mullets of five points Argent in base a Bronze Age oil lamp viewed from above Gules

Crest: Issuant from a Bronze Age oil lamp Gules enflamed proper a winged salamander rampant Or

Motto: Rien Sans Honneur, Loyaute Et Tradition

Grant: Canadian Heraldic Authority Grant of Arms, Flag and Badge to David Arthur Douglas, Toronto, Ontario, July 15, 2010 (Vol. V, p. 532).

The Arms of David Arthur Douglas GCJ, PhD.

The shield is divided with a chevron into a blue upper portion and a white lower portion. The blue section is charged with three stars, the middle star having six points and the remaining two having five. The white section is charged with a red Bronze Age oil lamp.

The colour scheme is borrowed from the arms of the ancestral chief of Clan Douglas, Dr. Douglas being a proud and active member of the clan. One of three five-pointed heraldic stars is replaced with a six-pointed Star of David, a reference to Dr. Douglasí s first name and to his Jewish faith. Dr. Douglas is a collector of and an authority on ancient oil lamps; the lamp also represents education, and in particular Dr. Douglasís voluntary service as a teacher of biblical history and archaeology at Bet Sefer School. The chevron division of the shield represents the light of knowledge piercing the darkness of night. It also resembles a carpenter or masonís square, referring to Dr. Douglasí career in the furniture manufacturing industry and his membership in a Masonic Lodge.

The crest, a gold salamander, a mythical heraldic beast impervious to fire, is depicted here with wings and a lit oil lamp. It is set on a steel helmet draped with cloth mantling in blue and white, set in place by a wreath of twisted cloth in these colours.

The salamander features in the Douglas clan badge and therefore its use here reinforces the allusion to Clan Douglas made in the colours of the shield. Figuratively, the salamanderís resistance to flame represents infection control, thus alluding to Dr. Douglasís wifeís career in that field; its colour alludes to her maiden name, Goldman. The salamander is depicted with wings to refer to the Douglasís love of travel. The oil lamp links the crest with the shield.

The motto, which means ďNothing without honour, loyalty, and traditionĒ expresses the values and inspiration passed on to the armiger from his parents whose influence has been of some considerable significance in his life.

 
 

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