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Registration of Arms
April 15, 2021
Vol. VII, p. 346
Arms of Peter Alick McDermaid
Gules on a fess between in chief a cross-crosslet flanked by two boars’ heads Argent armed Or and in base a like boar’s head flanked by two cross-crosslets Argent, a celestial crown Sable its stars Or between two lymphads Sable, sails unfurled and flagged Gules, all within a bordure invected Or;
The Canadian Heraldic Authority does not have confirmed symbolism for this emblem. The following comments are hypotheses only. The boars’ heads and cross-crosslets are charges commonly found in the coats of arms of McDermaid families. The lymphads likely allude to the family’s maritime history, since Mr. McDermaid’s father was a lieutenant in the Royal Navy, his grandfather worked for the Anchor Cunard Line, his great-grandfather was a naval officer, and his great-great-grandfather was a sea captain. The gold border is a Scottish method of differencing, indicating that Mr. McDermaid is the third son of his father, who was himself a second son.
A demi-lion Argent armed and langued Gules, its head and sinister leg enfiling a wreath of bog myrtle proper, holding a cross-crosslet Argent;
The Canadian Heraldic Authority does not have confirmed symbolism for this emblem. The following comments are hypotheses only. The lion is commonly found in the crests of McDermaid families. Bog myrtle is a plant associated with the Clan Campbell, of which McDermaid families are a sept.
This Scots expression means “Oh yes.”
Court of the Lord Lyon, Edinburgh / Cour du roi d’armes Lord Lyon, Édimbourg
The recipient’s emblems were originally recorded in the records of the Court of the Lord Lyon, Edinburgh, Scotland, 1 September 1959.