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Alexander L. Purves ISO

Arms: Azure on a fess Argent between two mascles Or in chief and a Chinese dragon's head cabossed of the Last langued Gules in base, a cross couped and engrailed between two cinquefoils Sable, and from which Shield is pendent by its proper riband the Badge of a Companion of the Imperial Service Order

Crest: a half-sized Prior of the Franciscan Order of the Anglican Communion.


Crest matriculated in 1997.

The Arms are the Purves Arms first matriculated in either 1672 or 1673, differenced for myself by the removal of the mascle in base and its substitution by the Chinese dragon's face to represent my Crown Service in Hong Kong. The Sinclair Engrailed Cross replaces a cinquefoil and represents my maternal descent, a requirement of the former Lord Lyon where initial grants were concerned. The crest represents my wife's maiden name and the fact that she is of the Anglican Communion from Halstead in Essex.

The motto is in romanised Chinese and, when translated, means " On Principles Firm, but Flexible". This was given to me by my Hong Kong Chinese colleagues when they presented me with a Chinese Seal of Office in my last post and represents their opinion of me and my character. I had no say in the matter! Made me feel rather humble, if anything.
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