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Melvyn Gwynne Jeremiah CB HonFHS

Registered: The International Register of Arms, 31st August 2015. Registration No. 0359 (Vol.2).

Arms: Vair, on a Chief Argent a Dragon courant Gules.

Crest: Issuant from a Crest Coronet Or a demi-Unicorn Argent armed crined and unguled Gold supporting between its forelegs a Staff proper flying therefrom a Gonfannon of the Arms.

Motto: Tolerant but Steadfast

Grant: College of Arms: Garter, Principal King of Arms, dated 29 October 1994.

Artists: Arms by Alex Kurov and badge by  John Ferguson.

The Arms of Melvyn Gwynne Jeremiah CB HonFHS

Although Vair is in fact a fur, made up of the skins of some small furry animal (usually assumed to have been a squirrel) stitched together topside and reverse to give a contrasting pattern it is here set as a representation of a sense of style; seen here in the armigerís heraldic colours, which are blue (Azure) and silver (Argent). There are various styles of vair, and the style chosen for these arms by the then Garter, King of Arms, is that of the lining of the cloak worn by Geoffrey Plantaganet (Count Geoffrey of Anjou, d.1150) in the coloured enamel portrait of him from his tomb in Le Mans cathedral. The purist might blazon this style "vair in pale", but for better or worse the patent says simply "vair".

The dragon is relevant to the fact that the armiger comes from Wales, the national symbol of which is the red dragon. The Welsh Dragon is guardant, however, (standing, with one front leg raised), whereas here the dragon is courant (running forwards): this is appropriate because the armiger has always been very quick at doing things - it is part of his nature not to let grass grow under his feet.

The shield is surrounded by the ribbon and badge of the Order of the Bath, which was awarded to the armiger in 1994. The ribbon is murrey, an unusual heraldic colour which is supposed to be the colour of the mulberry fruit. It is sometimes described as crimson, but this is strictly incorrect: murrey has a sort of bluish tinge to it. The motto of the order "Tria Juncta in Uno" is inscribed on the ribbon. This motto refers to the joining of the three Ancient Kingdoms of England, Scotland and Ireland in the United Kingdom. The badge has three crowns with the national emblems of the rose, thistle and shamrock.

The Badge of Melvyn Gwynne Jeremiah CB HonFHS

The unicorn of the crest signifies gentleness and singularity. Between its front legs it holds a gonfannon. A gonfannon is a personal flag bearing the arms, supported by means of a horizontal cross-piece suspended by cords from the top of a pole. The origin of the gonfannon is the standards carried by the Roman Legions. Its advantage over an ordinary flag-pole is that the cloth piece hangs vertically and so is clearly displayed, whilst an ordinary flag hangs limp and obscured unless there is a very strong wind.

The armiger uses a Badge composed of the shield with the Strap of the Order of the Bath.

 
 

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