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Tolmie
Kevin John Tolmie
Arms: Quarterly: 1st, Or, a mount Azure enflamed Proper; 2nd, per fess enarched Argent and Vert, in dexter chief a mullet Gules and in sinister chief an eagle's head erased Proper in base a Celtic crosshead Or; 3rd, Argent a tower Gules masoned Sable port and window Azure; 4th, Or, a lymphad, sails furled oars in action Sable flagged Gules.

Crest: An eagle rising wings elevated and addorsed Proper before the sun in his splendour.

Motto: Cha smailear mi.

Grant: Court of the Lord Lyon 13th May, 2014, vol 106 folio 88

I was to be the first Tolmie to acquire arms. However, I learned that the man thought to be chieftain of the name was considering doing so in the future. So I felt honour-bound to include his family in the deliberations on how Tolmie arms should look. It was delightful that previous Lord Lyon, David Sellar took such a personal interest; he having a Tolmie ancestor himself. It was David Sellar who decided that a highland quartering would be appropriate. A rare honour these days I understand. The first quarter represents the descent of the Tolmies from the MacLeods of Gairloch, a senior cadet branch of the MacLeods of the Lewes. The second quarter is the essential Tolmie element. the intended impression is that of a grassy knoll. Tolmie is from the Gaelic Tholmach which means 'of or from the knoll.' The charges thereon are personal to me. A red star for my socialist principles; a celtic crosshead for my Christian belief and a golden eagle's head as there was insufficient space to allow a good image of a whole eagle (see crest). Quarter three represents a building called Tolmie Castle whose stones were robbed for the construction of Redcastle on the Black Isle, now itself a ruin. The fourth quarter represents the birlinn of the progenitor of the surname, Iain Tholmach MacRuari MacLeod. The golden eagle on the crest is a fine Scottish beast and one I always wanted in my arms. He also serves to represent my families association with the Royal Air Force; my father, an uncle, my elder daughter and myself all having served. It is set before a sun in splendour to show again the connection with the MacLeods of the Lewes. The motto 'Cha Smailear Mi' is Gaelic for 'I shall not be extinguished.' This is said in reply to my Lewes chief's Latin motto 'Luceo Non Uro' or 'Shine Not Burn.' My thanks to Past President of the Clan MacLeod Society, Ruari Halford-MacLeod; Meg Bateman of Sabhal Mor Ostaig and John Gaylor of the Heraldry Society of Scotland for their help in achieving my achievement.
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