The Armiger has two
other entries in the register:
Register of Arms, 12th March 2006. Registration Number No.00037.
International Register of Arms, 11th August 2016. Registration
Number No.0394 (Vol.3).
version of the armiger's coat of arms is based on a previous
design registered with the Bureau of Heraldry of the Republic of
South Africa. For the English arms, the armiger replaced
the three drops of water in chief with three fountains, added a
crown radiant and a single pointed vajra to the arms to better
tie in with the English badge, and had the artist exemplify the
Latin motto, Affulgeo, in English to reflect his preference for
plain English in his work as an attorney.
The armiger changed the three drops of water to three fountains
because he learned his family descends agnatically from Zhu Xi,
Duke of Hui during the Song Dynasty and can claim distant
genealogical connections with Confucius and Yan Hui. These three
individuals are major saints of Confucianism, a philosophical
system represented by the Chinese character for water. The
fountains retain the water imagery of the South African arms and
represent knowledge in Western symbolism, i.e., the fountain or
The English badge refers to the Ploysongsang surname. In Indic
mythology, which greatly influenced Thai culture, the vajra or
thunderbolt is also described as a jewel. Together, the crown
radiant and the vajra jewel symbolize the armiger's surname,
which means "radiant jewel". These same elements are in the arms
as well to better tie the badge to the arms, though now with the
crown symbolizing level-headed, spoken authority and the vajra
The armiger obtained his honorary grant of arms through the
College of Arms to fulfill a life-long ambition to honour his
family, and because he wished to officially exercise his
heraldic privileges now as an Officer in the U.S. Priory of the
Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of St. John of Jerusalem
per the Statutes and Regulations of that British royal order of
chivalry. The armiger intends to use his new English arms,
crest, badge and standard in lieu of the same devices in his
South African and Spanish registrations.
The armiger's background information from his previous entries
remains unchanged. As far as he knows, the armiger is the first
person of Thai descent to receive a grant of honorary arms from
the College of Arms in his own right.
and Standard Rendition by
Robert John Parsons, MBE.