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Colonel David John Ramsay

Registered: The International Register of Arms, 6th March 2009. Registration No. 0182.

Arms: Per pale Sable and Argent within each of two lancet voids counterchanged a sword point upwards also counterchanged.

Crest:  A sea ram Sejant Argent armed unglued finned Gold.

Motto:  Work and Pray

Grant:  (Honorary) College of Arms, A. Colin Cole Ė Garter. The first day of August 1984 in the 500th year of the Incorporation of the College of Arms.

The Arms of Colonel David John Ramsay

The armiger started the process of acquiring arms with Peter Gwynn-Jones when he was Blue Mantle, completing the process after Gwynn-Jones became Lancaster Herald; they remained friends until Sir Peter died shortly after his retirement in 2010. It was Gwynn-Jones who suggested the Sea Ram for the crest being a play on the surname of the armiger. Having lived in Brooklyn most of his adult life Colonel Ramsay wanted some reference to the arms of New York and the division of the shield with the counterchanged lancet voids mimic the arches of the Brooklyn Bridge. The top of the shield is flared out on each side to further give the appearance of the towers. The swords represent the armigerís many years service with the army.

Colonel Ramsay was born in Syracus, New York, in 1931 and grew up in Rochester where he attended the Rochester Institute of Technology and later Pratt Institute in Brooklyn receiving a Bachelors Degree in Fine Art, majoring in Interior design. The armigerís father was from Bedfordshire, served in a unit from that county during World War One and was a Red Cross Field Service Director in the Adriatic during World War Two. Various branches of the armigerís maternal family settled in New England and New York during the 17th Century.

The armiger was drafted into the army during the Korean War and served in nearly every rank from Private to Colonel including that of Warrant Officer finally retiring as a Colonel and Inspector General in 1988 after nearly 36 years of Federal Service ten of which were on active duty and twenty five in the Army Reserve.

The armiger holds a number of Federal Awards including the Meritorious Service Medal with OLC, a number of Commendation Medals, Achievement Medal and Expert Field Medical Badge and the New York State Conspicuous Service Cross. After retirement he joined the Veteran Corps of Artillery (organised as a State Militia Unit in 1790 with service in the war of 1812 and during the Civil War, a ceremonial unit with a Firing Battery serving much like the Honourable Artillery Company) finally retiring in 2008 with the State Rank of Major General after six years as Commandant.

Happily married for 48 years, Colonel Ramsay and his wife have a son, daughter, four grandsons and two grand daughters.

 

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