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Smith, Donald, Lord Strathcona - Armorial Tablet
Marischal College, Aberdeen

Photographed: Stanley Bruce (5/04/07

Lord Strathcona was Chancellor of the University in 1906, when the porta was erected. He was ennobled for services to Canada and for raising a regiment, possibly the last raised by a private individual, to fight in the Boer War. The canoe in base symbolises exploration in the wilds of Canada, the flag flying at the stern is inscribed with the letters NW, for the North West Territories of Canada, where he served on the Executive Council. The hammer and nail on the fess are in allusion to his having driven in the last nail on completion of the Canadian Pacific Railway.

His title Strathcona and Mount Royal represents Glencoe and Montreal. He owned land in Glencoe and was Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Argyll and he represented Montreal in the Canadian Parliament.

AMF with thanks to Lyon Clerk for help with information.

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