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Romilly Squire DA, FRA Scot, FRSA, SHA
Heraldic Artist 1953-2016

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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