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Stewart Addington Saint-David

Chevalier de l'Ordre National du Mérite

Registered: The International Register of Arms, 12th February 2006. Registration No. 0023.

Arms: Or, a saltire Azure, on an escutcheon Or an eagle displayed Sable

Crest: A stag’s head affronty, between the antlers proper an annulet Or

Motto: ATTENDRE ET ESPERER

Assumed: USA 2001

Private Registration: Conseil Français d'Héraldique: November 17, 2001; Registration No. 530/2001

The Arms of Stewart Addington Saint-David

The arms depicted here represent various aspects of the armiger's family heritage, which is primarily French, Irish, English and Scots, and thus feature well-known Western European heraldic components.

The shield is composed of two main elements: the saltire azure on a field or, which represents the armiger's descent from the Silver family of Scotland, and (charged in escutcheon) the eagle sable on a field or, which is the historic heraldic emblem of the Daigle/Daigre family, originally from the city of Aigre, in the Charente region of France.

The armiger is a direct descendant of Olivier Daigre, who emigrated to the North American colony of Nouvelle France in 1663, and is recognised as the original progenitor of a widespread family group. This branch of the family later settled in the region known as Madawaska, in what is now northern Maine, and founded the towns of Daigle and Saint David, from which latter place the armiger's surname is derived.

During the second half of the 17th century, Olivier Daigre (ca. 1643-1695), laboureur, and a number of his male descendants farmed some 2,000 acres in the Acadian region known as the Grand Pré, near the French colonial city formerly known as Port-Royal (now Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia). Thus, the arms granted to Nova Scotia by King Charles I have also served as a model for the armiger's bearings, which echo in several ways the composition of those devised for the colony in 1625.

The armiger's crest is composed of a stag's head affronty (which further represents the Scots origins of the Silver family, ancestors of the armiger’s paternal grandmother), bearing between its antlers an annulet Or, a depiction of the gold annulus worn by members of the Roman equestrian (knightly) class, ancient Latin prototype of the modern European orders of knighthood and merit.

The motto, ATTENDRE ET ESPÉRER (To Wait and to Hope) was adopted by the armiger in homage to the great French writer Alexandre Dumas, père, author of Le Comte de Monte Cristo, from the closing lines of which work it was drawn.
In recognition of the armiger's independent writing, research and document preservation in the domain of French chivalric history, on December 31, 2003, he was appointed a Chevalier de l'Ordre National du Mérite (Knight of the National Order of Merit), by a special decree of then-President Jacques Chirac of France. A depiction of the insignia of a knight of this order is thus pendant below his shield, and a knight's helm (affronty, with visor open) rests upon the same.

As a result of his ongoing work in the realm of Napoleonic history, in 2006 the armiger was named a Fellow of the International Napoleonic Society. In recognition of his independent research on modern Catholic beliefs and practices in rural China, in 2008 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain and Ireland. In 2010, he was granted the degree of Master of Theological Studies (MTS) by the Harvard University School of Divinity, where he pursued a concentration in the History of Christianity, with a minor focus in East Asian Religions.

 
 

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