Reverend Gary Bruce MacDonald
Registered: The International
Register of Arms, 7th August 2015. Registration No. 0350 (Vol.2).
Arms: Quarterly, first Argent, a
lion rampant Gules armed and langued Azure; second Or, a dexter arm
vambraced and gauntleted fessways Proper holding a cross crosslet
fitchée Gules; third Or, a lymphad sails furled oars in action Sable
flagged Gules; fourth Azure, a plumbline between two garbs Or; all
within a bordure Sable charged with three mullets Or, borne
debruised of a label of three points Azure at the honour point
during the lifetime of the Armiger's father.
Crest: An ecclesiastical hat with
one tassel on either side Sable. Alternatively, a double bitted axe
Proper embedded bendways in an oak stump eradicated with a sprout
Per Fidem Per Spem
Matriculation: Court of the Lord
Lyon, 7 May 2013, 102nd page of the 89th Volume of the Public
Register of All Arms and Bearings in Scotland.
Grant: Granted posthumously, Court of the Lord Lyon,
Kenneth MacDonald (1850-1906), 7 May 2013, 102nd page of the 89th
Volume of the Public Register of All Arms and Bearings in Scotland.
Registration: American College of Heraldry (3618), 11
July 2013; U.S. Heraldic Registry (20150610K), 10 June 2015.
Gary Bruce MacDonald is an ordained
elder in the New England Annual (Regional) Conference of The
United Methodist Church, serving as director of the Doctor of
Ministry program at Southern Methodist University's Perkins
School of Theology in Dallas, Texas, USA, where he is also a
candidate for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in religious
ethics. In 2011 the Armiger was appointed by authority of Lord
Godfrey James Macdonald of Macdonald, High Chief of Clan Donald,
as National Chaplain for Clan Donald USA. Gary also serves as
Pursuivant of Arms for CDUSA's Texas Region. A native of
Worcester, Massachusetts, USA, he is married to Dr. Heidi Anne
In December 2010, following a Summer meeting with Lyon Clerk and
Keeper of the Records Elizabeth Ann Roads at Edinburgh’s New
Register House, the Armiger submitted to the Court of the Lord
Lyon a petition for a grant of Arms to his
great-great-grandfather, John MacDonald, who is believed to have
emigrated from the Isle of Skye to the colony of Prince Edward
Island prior to the confederation of Canada in the 1840s. In
November 2011, William David Hamilton Sellar, the 37th Lord
Lyon, stated that he was inclined to grant the Arms in memory of
John's son, Kenneth MacDonald, who was born in Prince Edward
Island circa 1850 and died in New Brunswick, Canada in 1906.
After considerable correspondence with the Court, the Letters
Patent were delivered in 2013, prepared by heraldic artist David
follow the West Highlands tradition of quartered Arms,
retaining various elements of the heritage of Macdonald
shields. For this particular achievement the armored hand
with the cross exemplifies steadfast faith. The ship is
symbolic of the journeys of the family between and
throughout Scotland, Canada and the United States. The lion
reminds one of ties to the Scottish nation.
The fourth quarter embodies a new design. The sheaves of
wheat, represent both hope and the agricultural vocation
practiced by Kenneth and many of his descendants. The plumb
bob represents dedication to the inculcation of virtue and
responsibility to the common good.
alternative to the clerical gallero, the Crest's axe and
stump are symbolic of challenge and resilience exhibited
within the family. It is also a reminder of the place that
lumbering has played among some members of the family,
including Harry Coleman MacDonald, the Armiger's
The motto, Per Fidem Per Spem (By Faith By Hope), is
reminiscent of the traditional Clan Donald motto, Per Tare
Per Mare (By Land By Sea), and points toward the role of the
Divine in the family.
The Arms are
differenced with marks of cadency - the black border with
three gold stars and, initially, a blue three-pointed “label”, a
strap with pendants - showing that the Armiger is the first
son of the third son of the fifth son of Kenneth. The label
was removed at the death of the Armiger's father, Bruce
Coleman MacDonald, in August 2013.
apparent to the differenced Arms are Gary's son, Jeffrey
Bohmann MacDonald, and grandson, Maxwell Paul MacDonald.
Other descendants include sons Jonathan Reid MacDonald and
Spc. Joshua Corbin MacDonald (U.S. Army).
also has a stepson, Brynn Allen Yoder. The heir presumptive
to the undifferenced Arms is The Rev. Heath Nathan MacDonald
of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, the
great-great-grandson of Kenneth.
The Court of
the Lord Lyon also granted a Pennon 20 centimetres or thereby in
length with rounded end of these Liveries Argent and Gules
with Azure, a saltire Argent in the hoist, bearing the Motto
“Per Fidem Per Spem” in two lines counterchanged.
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