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Dr Michael A. Aquino, Baron of Rachane

Registered: The International Register of Arms, 16th February 2007. Registration No. 0096. (Lordship & Barony Register)

Arms: Parted per pale Gules and Vert, a lion rampant Or holding a cross ansated Argent, on a chief Azure a representation of the Great Bear constellation of the Fourth. Above the shield, behind which is draped his feudo-baronial mantle Gules doubled of silk Argent, fur edged of Miniver and collar Ermine and fastened on the right shoulder by five spherical buttons Or, is placed a chapeau Gules furred Ermine (in respect of his feudal Barony of Rachane).

Crest:
A wolf statant Argent between two sprigs of fern Proper.

Motto: IN SEPTEMTRIONE CRESCO

Grant: Lord Lyon King of Arms 18th of May 2006.

The Arms of Dr Michael A. Aquino, Baron of Rachane

Gules is the principal colour of the armiger’s father's arms, Vert that of his mother, and a lion appears on both of them. This lion holds an ankh, the ancient Egyptian symbol of divine life. Against the Azure colour of the night sky, the constellation of the Great Bear, in silver stars, represents the ancient Greek legend of Callisto and Arcas, also reflected in the Little Bear of the armiger’s Badge, and in the motto, "I arise in the Seven Stars [of the North]."  

The name of the Barony of Rachane, which is on the Rosneath Peninsula in Argyll, is derived from the old Gaelic “Rathain”, meaning "a ferny place", thus the two ferns on the crest. The silver wolf, along with the Great Bear, represent the imperilled, spiritual, and mythical significance of these animal species, and of all such creatures generally.  

The rescue, caretaking, and support of injured, abandoned, and endangered animals, both domestic and wild, has been a lifelong commitment of the armiger and his wife. They are members of and contributors to many humanitarian societies and foundations, both within and without the United States, and desire to make the Barony of Rachane a principal vehicle for such benevolence.

 
 

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