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Xavier James Fairforth Rippon

Registered: The International Register of Arms, 28th April 2013. Registration No. 0256 (Vol.2).

Arms: Per chevron Argent and Azure, on a chevron Sable charged with a chain of the first, broken in chief, between in chief two cross crosslets fitchy Sable, and in base a stag's head cabossed Argent, attired seven-points Or, on a chief Azure three griffon heads erased Argent, langued Or.

Crest: A falcon Argent set between a pair of seven-point stag antlers Or, emitting nine natural flames.

Motto: Above the achievement - Gang Faur Awa (Scots), Below the achievement - Virtvte Et Fide Lvcet (translation: Through courage (or virtue) and faith (or loyalty), shine.

Assumed: 12th September 2011, France.

The Arms of Xavier James Fairforth Rippon

The stag's head in the achievement alludes to three elements, the first two being the armiger’s first names, Xavier and Jacques (James), whose symbolic animals are deer. The third element alludes to the coat of arms of the Chief of Clan Mackenzie viz: Azure, a stag's head cabossed Or. The armiger is a member of the Clan Mackenzie (Scotland and the UK).

The cross crosslets fitchy represent the Rippon coat of arms. The name originates from Yorkshire and means "living near a cathedral". Today, the armiger is still "near a cathedral" as he works in a cathedral in Paris.

The armiger's family is of French West Indian origin and the broken chain on the chevron represents the family's history as slaves on the islands of Guadeloupe and Marie Galante.

The griffon heads represent the Fairfort (French: since circa 1880)/Fairforth/Fairford coat of arms. The armiger was particularly inspired by his grandfather, L. Gerard E. Fairfort, as well as by his grandmother, Flora Osseux (née Boëcasse), embracing as they did, all the diverse cultures and ethnicities which make up his family tree.

The crest motto Gang Faur Awa is in Scots, showing that he also has Celtic origins. In English it translates to Going Far Away. In addition to evoking the family's long journey from Africa, via Asia and Europe, it also describes their present day progression, and corresponds to the armiger's preferred interpretation of "Going Forward", forging ahead in life, as well as in distance . The armiger now lives in Paris, France.

The Badge of Xavier James Fairforth Rippon

The Latin motto Virtute et Fide Lucet translates into English as Through Courage and Faith, Shine, and is, in Scottish tradition, a response to that of the Clan Mackenzie Chief which is Luceo Non Uro - I shine, not burn.

The armiger would like to thank Monsieur Laurent Granier for the creation of this achievement and also Charles Davidson, Esq. FRICS SDA NDA FRS Scot. for his help with the crest motto.

 
 

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