Gwenneth Lucille Treen, U.E, is the
second daughter of the late Lewis Earl Treen, U.E, sometime Royal
Canadian Army Service Corps [1942-1945], by his wife Bertha Mae, dau.
of William M. Lambert; and being descendant of Joseph Treen, United
Empire Loyalist [1744-1833], sometime Westchester Chasseurs .
By Ron Schwieger has issue: Robert Gerhard Braun, U.E. Married 1972
Robin Bruce Mackie, Esq. (q.v), now of Carrickbraith, and by him has
further issue: Christopher Stirling Treen Mackie, U.E,
barrister-at-law & late A/SLt R.C.N.
The armiger’s Treen forefathers hailed from Land’s End, Cornwall. It
is believed that they originated in the nearby village of Treen
(also Treryn, Trethyn). The name derives from Cornish words meaning
a ‘fortified settlement’. Fittingly, next to the village of Treen is
an Iron-Age promontory hillfort, Treen Dinas, from which the village
takes its name. Locals know the fort as, ‘The Giant’s Castle’, after
a legend that a necromantic ogre created the place.
There are surnames in Cornwall and Wales that are homophonous with
Treen and that have arms associated with them, e.g. Sir John Trewyn:
Az. a chevron Arg. betw. three trees eradicated Or [vide Glover’s
Ordinary]; and the Manor of Trewyn: Az, a chevron betw. three oak
trees eradicated Or [vide Burke's General Armory]. These arms likely
use trees as an English allusion to the surname and suggested the
use of trees in Ms Treen's arms.
Accordingly, her crest is also a tree. Furthermore, an oak tree
appears as the central charge in the arms of the principal Lambert
family in England (viz. the baronets Lambert, of London: Arg. on a
mount an oak tree Vt, and a greyhound courant Gu). And the armiger’s
mother bore this same surname. The lily (a symbol of Saint Joseph)
denotes Ms Treen’s Loyalist forefather, whose Christian name was
Joseph. And a Loyalist military coronet surrounds the whole, in
recognition of Joseph’s service with the élite Westchester
Chasseurs, also known as, 'DeLancey’s Cow-boys' (from their
additional duty of raiding for cattle and other supplies to support
Loyalist forces in New York City). While serving as a ‘Cow-boy’,
Joseph suffered a sabre cut to the head in an engagement on 30
October 1777 (probably at ‘Williams’ House’, Westchester), and was
taken prisoner. After his eventual release he received from the
British Crown a grant of 500 acres in Cumberland County, Nova
Scotia, in recognition of his service. Curiously, Joseph’s brother
was William Treen, a famous privateer for the American rebels.
The slogan above the crest means, “for the king!”, and expresses the
Loyalist sentiment of Joseph, rendered in Cornish in remembrance of
The other Trewyn arms also inspired the use of the division per
chevron in Ms Treen's shield. But here the chevron shape is
embattled to signify a ‘fortified settlement’ – the chevron
suggesting the eaves of a settlement; and the embattling, its
The tinctures of the shield are those of the Royal Arms of
Saskatchewan, in which province the armiger was born and raised. In
the base of her arms, a golden garb on a green field also recalls
the arms of Saskatchewan. Additionally, Cumberland County (where
Joseph refuged) employs a yellow wheat sheaf as the central element
in its municipal symbol. Finally, the armiger’s given name
originates with the Cornish word gwaneth, meaning wheat.
Ms Treen’s motto, FROM FAMILY, STRENGTH, recalls the loving emphasis
she and her mother place on family. It also echoes the royal motto
of Saskatchewan, MULTIS E GENTIBUS VIRES.