Royal Heraldry Society of Canada

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Royal Heraldry Society of Canada
arms of the Royal Heraldry Society of Canada
arms of the Royal Heraldry Society of Canada
Abbreviation RHSC
Motto et patribus et posteritati
Formation 1966
Type non-profit organization with royal patronage
Registration no. 121267959 RR0001
Legal status active
Purpose study and promotion of heraldry
Headquarters Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Fields heraldry
Membership (2006)
500[1]
Official language
English, French
Patron
David Johnston, C.C., C.M.M., C.O.M., C.D.
Vice Patron
Beverly McLachlin, P.C.
President
Edward McNab
Secretary
Stephen R.A. Murray, FRHSC (Hon)
Website heraldry.ca

The Royal Heraldry Society of Canada (sometimes abbreviated "RHSC") is a Canadian organization that promotes the art of Canadian heraldry. It was founded in 1966 and granted royal patronage in 2002.

History[edit]

According to the society, it was founded in 1966, as the Heraldry Society of Canada, by a group of heraldic enthusiasts from Ottawa under the leadership of Alan Beddoe.[2] The organizing meeting occurred at Ottawa's Beacon Arms Hotel.[2]

Alan Beddoe (pictured) was a driving force behind the establishment of the RHSC.

In 2002, royal patronage was extended to the society and its name changed to the Royal Heraldry Society of Canada. The designation was officially proclaimed at the society's annual meeting in Victoria, British Columbia on October 22 of that year by Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia Iona Campagnolo. The arms of the society were accordingly augmented in December 2002 with the addition of the Royal Crown to the supporters.[3]

The society is notable for being one of the few organizations in Canada to make use of a ceremonial mace. The society's mace is fashioned from pewter and wood, and inscribed with heraldic symbols.[4]

Activities[edit]

The society has six regional branches which sponsor periodic talks and lectures on the topic of heraldry: British Columbia / Yukon, Laurentian (Montreal), Ottawa Valley, Prairie, Toronto, and Vancouver.[2] It publishes a biannual journal, Heraldry in Canada, a quarterly newsletter, Gonfanon, and has published the reference books Canadian Heraldry (1981) and A Canadian Heraldic Primer (2001). [5][6]

The society has underwritten the cost of displaying the arms of the Governors General of Canada at Ottawa's Church of St. Bartholomew, sponsored the diamond jubilee display of the Queen's Beasts at the Canadian Museum of Civilization, financed the design and acquisition of the tabard of the Chief Herald of Canada, assisted in the restoration of the heraldic installations at Hart House at the University of Toronto, and actively liaisons with provincial and municipal governments for "the protection and proper use of heraldry".[7]

Distinctions[edit]

The society grants three distinctions, each carrying post-nominal letters: Fellow of the Royal Heraldry Society of Canada (FRHSC), Honorary Fellow of the Royal Heraldry Society of Canada (FRHSC, Hon.), and Licentiate of the Royal Heraldry Society of Canada (LRHSC). Notable persons having been granted society distinctions include Bruce W. Beatty, Graham Anderson, D'Arcy Boulton, Bruce Patterson, Conrad Swan, Robert Watt, Auguste Vachon, Christopher McCreery, John Matheson, Claire Boudreau, and Cathy Bursey-Sabourin.

Arms of the society[edit]

The society's arms were granted by the Canadian Crown and registered by the Canadian Heraldic Authority:[8]

Shield
Quarterly per fess embattled Gules and Argent, in the first quarter an inescutcheon Argent charged with a maple leaf Gules;
Crest
Issuant from maple leaves Gules, a demi lion Or holding a staff proper flying therefrom a banner of the Arms fringed Or;
Supporters
Dexter a beaver sejant Or collared Gules pendent therefrom a torteau bearing the Royal Crown proper, sinister a narwhal haurient Argent armed Or charged on the shoulder with a torteau bearing the Royal Crown proper, the whole set upon a compartment per pale of a grassy mound and waves proper;
Motto
ET PATRIBUS ET POSTERITATI

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Canadian Celebration" (PDF). The Heraldry Gazette. The Heraldry Society. December 2006. Retrieved March 20, 2017. 
  2. ^ a b c "About the Royal Heraldry Society of Canada". heraldry.ca. Royal Heraldry Society of Canada. Retrieved March 20, 2017. 
  3. ^ Tidridge, Nathan (2011). Canada's Constitutional Monarchy: An Introduction to Our Form of Government. Dundurn. pp. 110–111. ISBN 1459700848. 
  4. ^ McCreery, Christopher (2011). Canadian Symbols of Authority: Maces, Chains, and Rods of Office. Dundurn. ISBN 1554889014. 
  5. ^ Greaves, Kevin (2001). A Canadian Heraldic Primer. Dundurn. p. 56. ISBN 0969306342. 
  6. ^ Marsh, James (1999). The Canadian Encyclopedia. p. 1066. ISBN 0771020996. 
  7. ^ "Society Projects". heraldry.ca. Royal Heraldry Society of Canada. Retrieved March 20, 2017. 
  8. ^ "THE ROYAL HERALDRY SOCIETY OF CANADA". Public Register of Arms, Flags, and Badges. Canadian Heraldic Authority. Retrieved March 20, 2017.