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Norton Arlington Stuart III M.D.

Arms: Or a Fess chequy Azure and Argent cottised flory outwards Gules

Crest: An heraldic sea-lion sejant-erect Gules, armed, langued, queued and finned Azure, grasping in the paws an escutcheon charged as in the arms.

Motto: "Stat Fortunus Amico Domino"


My paternal immigrant ancestor is Robert Stuart of Norwalk, who arrived at Boston, Massachusetts in 1652 as an English prisoner from the Battle of Worcester. We have no idea to which branch of the Stewarts in Scotland he belongs! According to early records, he was one of the first five or so Stewarts in New England.

The arms are based on the well-known stem arms of Stewart, “Or a Fess chequy Azure and Argent,” differenced by red flory cottises, since we are of an indeterminate cadet branch. The tincture was chosen to give a subtle American red, white and blue theme to the arms, and cottises with outward-facing fleurs-de-lys suggest ‘protection of’ or ‘fighting for’ the fess-chequy Stuart King Charles II, one of whose badges was the fleur-de-lys.

The crest is the ruddy Scots lion, or red lion from the Stuart of Bute crest, carrying the arms and traditions across the sea, thus becoming unique, as a sea-lion.

Interestingly, Robert Stuart of Norwalk’s will in 1688 began with the sentence, “They that are in the Lord are happy indeed.” The motto “Stat Felix Amico Domino” has been granted to a Steuart, which may provide a clue to our Robert’s origins. I chose that phrase, but with a synonym for “felix” which happily includes the letters “S-t-u-a-r-t.”
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