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Munro
Dr Donald F. Munro

Arms: Argent, an eagle head erased Gules within an orle of roses of the Last barbed and seeded Proper on a chief Azure a portcullis chained between two Scots Pine trees Or.

Crest: An eagle displayed Gules. armed and membered Or, the wings Azure each charged with thistle slipped and leaved Argent and grasping in each talon a rod of Aesculapius of the First, the serpent Vert

Motto: ALWAYS DREAD GOD

Lyon Register: Volume 62, folio 52.


Dr Donald Munro has had a lifelong interest in heraldry and had long intended to petition for arms. Discussion with the Lord Lyon led him to make the Petition for and in the name of his Grandfather; the contents of the design, however, refer to himself.

The eagle's head comes from the arms of the Chief of the Name Or an eagle's head erased Gules, While the orle of roses refer to Dr Munro's residence in England and his interest in gardening. He and his wife both qualified at Westminster Hospital so a portcullis was placed in the chief, between two Scots Pines which are an heraldic pun on his mother's name Forrest and also in acknowledgement of the legacy from her which paid for the Grant of Arms.

The eagle in the crest (also from the Chief's arms) has been given the medical symbol, the rod of Aesculapius, to hold in his talons while his wings have been changed to Scot's rugby blue and charged with the thistles as a reminder that, in the year in which the Grant was made (1990), the Scottish team won the Grand Slam.

The achievement is completed with a motto which 'answers' that of the Chief (Dread God).

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