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Jonathan Taylor Sneddon

Registered: The International Register of Arms, 6th January 2016. Registration No. 0378 (Vol.3).

Arms: Argent, three lozenges Sable on a chief wavy Azure three snowflakes Argent.

Crest: A griffon's head erased Sable, beaked Gules and langued Azure.

Motto: Gryphus Stat Vigilante

Assumed: United States of America January 2016

The Arms of Jonathan Taylor Sneddon

The arms are based upon the origins of the surname Snowden/Sneddon or from the lands of Snawdone in the bailliary of Lawderdaill. Both places derive their name from the Old English pre 7th Century 'Snaw' meaning 'snow', plus 'dun' a hill or mountain i.e., a hill where snow lay for long periods. The armorial bearings represent the snow covered mountains (Argent) or “dun” or hill, with snowflakes (Argent) representing the “snaw” or snow, in a blue sky.

The black (Sable) lozenges represent coal, as the armiger’s ancestors were coal miners in Alloa, Scotland for a number of generations. The griffon crest represents the purported origins of the Sneddons coming from the lands of Lauderdale and the use of the gryphon coat of arms by the Lauder family.

The personal motto, “Gryphus Stat Vigilante” (Gryphon stands vigilante) is in reference to the armiger being very aware of the dangers surrounding us, in these modern times, and keeping the family safe.

The Banner of Jonathan Taylor Sneddon

The armiger’s great grandfather Thomas “Pap” Sneddon, (born in Oakley, Fifeshire, Scotland) and wife Christine Newton (born in Carnock, Fifeshire, Scotland) emigrated from Scotland around 1882, and moved to Uinta County, Wyoming, where they continued coal and copper mining. His grandfather, Robert Newton Sneddon, was born in Lochgeily, Fifeshire, Scotland and emigrated with the family. The eventually moved to Idaho, where armiger’s father Fred Warren Sneddon was born.

The armiger’s grandmother Florence Bobette (Taylor) Sneddon (married to Robert Newton Sneddon), was descended from family of James Taylor “of Virginia” and was a member of DAR (Daughters of the American Revolution. Zachary Taylor (President of USA) was also descended from this James Taylor of Virginia.

The armiger’s great grandmother Margaret Louise (Burnett) Simpson (on armiger’s mother’s side – Margaret Lou Burnett) was mother to US Senator Milward Lee Simpson, and his son US Senator Alan Kooi Simpson, both of Wyoming. This Margaret was daughter of Fincelius “Finn” Gray Burnett who was hay contractor for the Army in Wyoming, and who also fought in the “Hayfield Fight” (1867) against Red Cloud of the Lakota Sioux.

The armiger is a 36 year (1979-2015) retired equipment engineer/project manager from the Boeing Company, in Seattle Washington.

 
 

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