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Johnson
Colonel David Pittman Johnson ASDF B.S., M.S.W., D.S.W. FSA (Scot)

Arms: Gules, a chain in cross Argent.

Crest: a star of eight points between a pair of wings Gules

Motto: "WE ARE ONE."

Matriculation: The Court of the Lord Lyon, 9th September 1982. Register, volume 66 page 68.

My father, Professor Calvin Leonard Johnson, had arms granted in a Certificacion de Armas in Spain many years ago. These Arms were matriculated in Lyon Court for my father, myself (as eldest son) and for my eldest son Michael in 1982. My younger son Christopher, now a graduate student studying at the University of Edinburgh, matriculated with suitable difference on 18th January 1983.

The red and white of the shield recall the Body and Blood of our Lord, the Holy Communion in which we receive these "for the healing of soul and body" as is stated in the liturgy. The cross, in this case formed of chain, represents the family's Christian faith. Further, the chain alludes to the interconnectedness of family members and of the strength derived there from. Each member of the family is cautioned to avoid being the weak link, which would affect not only himself, but the effectiveness of the entire family. The arms of the cross reach upward to the Creator, outward to each other and our fellowmen, and downward to our descendants in generations yet to be born.

In the crest the eagle wings reflect the fact that my father, who first bore the arms, was the senior co-founder of Faulkner University in Montgomery, Alabama, in 1942, which has as its symbol the eagle. The star of eight points actually alludes to a spur, my father being an expert equestrian who enjoyed breading, raising, training, and showing in competition Tennessee Walking Horses, in earlier generations called the Plantation Horse. The motto refers back to and echoes the meanings of the shield relating to family unity.

The arms are also registered by the Collegium Heraldicum Russiae on Moscow. This rendition of the Spanish arms is by John Ferguson.

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