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Alan Watson.

Arms: Argent, an oak tree Proper fructed Or growing out of a mound in base Vert, surmounted of a fess brettessed the crenelles semicircular, Purpure, charged with an hourglass Or.

Crest: A dragon passant Vert holding an inescutcheon Gules.

Motto: Forward

Grant: The Court of the lord Lyon, Register, volume 87, folio 62.

Leslie Hodgson is responsible for the original design of my arms following some discussions with him regarding what interested me. My thanks go to him for his clever suggestions, particularly for suggesting a new partition line.

The oak tree with fess is common to all Watson arms. I decided I would like a rare colour as part of my arms and chose Purpure. In the Ordinaries most Watson arms have either an Azure or Gules fess. Azure and Gules mixed together form Purpure. The partition line represents my philatelic interests. It is a new partition line and represents stamp perforations. By a happy coincidence the old arms of Falkirk (my home town) had a bend brettessed. The hourglass is taken from the arms of the Faculty of Actuaries in Scotland, my professional body. Their main charge is an owl holding an hourglass representing wisdom and mortality. I decided I would like a fabulous beast as a crest and chose a dragon. The dragon represents my professional life as a guardian of money. The Gules escutcheon represents my heraldic interests and is derived from the Society’s arms and those of Lyon Office. The motto is taken from that of the London and North Eastern Railway Company, on whose rails I have spent many happy hours travelling.

The Letters Patent were painted by Yvonne Holton. As a once in a lifetime opportunity, I decided to pay for all the additional decoration available. I consider that she has done an excellent job. The quality of the painting on the dragons is particularly fine. The most entertaining detail I find is the remains of a lopped off branch on the tree, a nice touch.
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