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Romilly Squire DA, FRA Scot, FRSA, SHA
Heraldic Artist

Arms: Or a rose Sable on a chief of the Second a swan's head and neck erased between two stars of the First

Crest: a swan rising Or on its breast a rose Sable


Granted: Court of the Lord Lyon, 24 December 1984, LR 67/17

Following Scottish heraldic tradition, these arms are based on the oldest recorded arms associated with the name. These are variously given in the old armorials as Or , on a chief Sable a mullet (occasionally two mullets) Argent. As a difference, a gold swan�s head and neck (a very common charge in Squire heraldry) was placed between the mullets and the tincture of the mullets was changed to Or . The main charge on the shield is a rose which relates to the grantee�s Yorkshire origins. The York rose is, of course, white but, as heraldic convention prohibits �metal on metal�, it was decided that the rose should be black. The gold swan crest charged with a black rose echoes the iconography of the shield. The motto, which translates as �NATURE�S ART IS BETTER�, refers to the grantee�s career as a professional artist.
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