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James William Rourke, CD

Registered: The International Register of Arms, 6th May 2014. Registration No. 0308. (Vol.2).

Arms: Per fess wavy Or and Sable three mullets in fess Gules between two lions passant counterchanged.

Crest: Issuant from a bar wavy Azure crested Argent a demi-otter Sable gauntletted Or grasping a sword proper

Motto: Ćun bua (To victory)

Badge: A cross Gules surmounted by a three-towered castle Or enflamed proper.

Grant: Canadian Heraldic Authority, Ottawa,
Public Register of Arms, Flags and Badges of Canada, Volume VI, page 276, 15 November 2013

The Arms of James William Rourke, CD

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The Badge of James William Rourke, CD

The colours and figures of these arms are based on those of other O'Rourkes in Ireland. The three red mullets are taken from the arms of the Frew family and honour Mr. Rourke's Scottish heritage. The wavy division line symbolizes a sine wave to represent Mr. Rourke's career as a technology consultant.

The black master otter, known in Irish folklore as Dobhar-chu dubh, is a fierce creature inhabiting waterways. Here it symbolizes a love of the sea and of life. Its armour and sword evoke the crest of the O'Rourkes of Ireland. The wavy bar is in honour of the four generations of Rourkes who served on various ships.

This Irish Gaelic motto, meaning To victory, complements the motto BAUGH, meaning 'Victory', of the O'Rourke sept of Ireland.

The badge for Mr. Rourke combines emblems from his two favourite cities: the red cross from the arms of Montreal and the burning castle from the arms of Dublin.

 

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