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Neil C Thompson

Registered: The International Register of Arms, 21st December 2017. Registration No. 0441 (Vol.3)

Arms: Per fess arched and enhanced Gules and Or in chief a cross double parted and fretted of the second and in base a Chinese dragon globular of the first.

Crest:  A dragonís foot Gules armed Or grasping an oak tree eradicated Proper acorned Or.

Motto:  Adapt or Perish.

Grant: Office of the Chief Herald of Ireland, July 2018. Volume Aa Folio 91.

Arms rendition by David Burkart

The Arms of Neil C Thompson

The arms were designed in 2018 by the Irish Herald of Arms Michael OíComain.

The red Chinese dragon represents the armigerís strong connection with the island of Taiwan. The armiger worked as a Consultant on the Taiwan High-Speed Railway project, both before and after the railwayís entry into service in 2007. The armiger was born in the year of the Wood Dragon in the Chinese zodiac. His official name in Chinese, adopted when his daughter was born in Taiwan, includes ĎLucky Dragoní (劉瑞龍). The red Chinese dragon on the shield, with its circular shape, is a charge previously unknown in Irish heraldry, which required the Herald of Arms to use innovative blazonry, using globular to describe the dragonís posture.

The parallel lines at the top of the shield represent railway tracks and are an acknowledgement of the armigerís 25-year career in the railway industry, as well as many British and Irish ancestors who worked on the railways, one of whom tragically lost his life in an accident at Westland Row Station in Dublin in 1926.

The oak tree in the crest represents the armigerís Bachelorís degree in environmental science and time spent doing conservation volunteer work for the National Trust organisation, whose logo is a sprig of oak leaves and acorns.

The motto Adapt or Perish is a quote from the Victorian science fiction writer HG Wells who lived in the armigerís adopted home town in the UK. It refers to the importance of moving with the times, embracing change and keeping up to date with technological advances in this fast-changing world.


 

 

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