Painted by Margaret
Spalding Court of The Lord Lyon
pilgrim's staves in the shield are often seen in arms of other
families named Burden or Burdon. The schooner represents the
Robert J. Dale, built in 1914 in Liverpool, Nova Scotia, and
once captained by Dr Burden's grandfather, Captain George Thomas
Burden. It also alludes to his great-uncle, Captain Eugene
Burden, who surveyed Antarctica in 1947 and for whom the Burden
Passage at the northern tip of the Antarctic Peninsula was
estate of Easter Feddal, Braco, Scotland was in the hands of the
Burden family for over 200 years, the family seat being Feddal
Castle, now a ruin. Around 1720, James Burden, the Laird of
Feddal had a famous duel with his neighbor Alexander MacGregor,
Laird of Balhaldie and Chief of the Clan MacGregor on the banks
of the Allan below Greenloaning. A standoff with the outlaw, Rob
Roy MacGregor ensued.
spruce tree of the crest is the provincial tree of Nova
Scotia, where the Dr Burden resides.
The Latin phrase of the motto, meaning "Health of the
family", alludes to the family medical practice of Dr
Illustrated Below: The armorial seal
(badge) of Dr. George Manuel Burden, Baron of Seabegs.