Heraldic Artist: Michael Y.
The silver lion is derived from the arms of O[u]chterlony, an extant
Scottish family and clan related to the armigerís lineage. The lion
resembles an Asian bars or snow leopard (Uncia uncia) and his
appearance emphasizes the armigerís mixed origin, including
ancestors from the Ottoman Empire.
The lekawica, a piece specific for the
Polish-Lithuanian heraldic traditions, corresponds both to the
Polish roots and the Polish residence of the armiger. The composed
structure of this piece echoes the brick-making company formerly
held by the armigerís ancestors, the Shmelyovs, a well-known
merchant family of Moscow. The upper part of the shield is occupied
by a conventional representation of a solar eclipse, which
represents a balance of light and shade, and reminds of the
ephemeral nature of any darkness. In addition, a particular day of a
total solar eclipse has been life changing for the armiger.
The lion appears again in the crest,
combined with a haloed cross of a slightly unusual form, intended to
reflect the ecumenical religious and cultural aspirations. The horns
form a traditional continental crest adornment.
Through the Lady Rupertaís daughter the
armiger is distantly related to Prince Rupert of the Rhine. Hence,
the silver and blue lozenge motif as well as the general composition
of the crest.