Fawcett Family Association

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FAWCETT FAMILY ASSOCIATION

Coat of arms (crest) of Fawcett Family Association

Official blazon

Arms : Per bend Or and Azure between in chief a representation of a Charles Fawcett Manufacturing Company Charm Oak stove and in base a horse-drawn plough tempore 1775 a bendlet per bend all counterchanged save for the ploughshare Argent
Crest : Issuant from a wreath of roses Argent seeded Or an open book Argent bound Or
Supporters : On a compartment of a section of the bank of the Tantramar River proper charged with two garbs bound Or rising above barry wavy Argent Azure and Argent dexter a stallion Or crined and unguled Azure winged and wearing a coronet erablé Gules sinister a doe Or unguled Azure winged Gules wearing a coronet of purple violets (Viola cuculata) proper
Motto: SERVICE ENLIGHTENS

Origin/meaning

The arms were officially granted on July 14, 2000.

The division of the shield in two by the narrow stripe indicates the families of William and John Fawcett. The Charm Oak wood stove, a type produced by the Charles Fawcett Manufacturing Company circa 1900, represents the manufacturing ethic of the family line of John Fawcett. The horse-drawn plough represents the farming ethic of the family line of William Fawcett.

The white roses are traditionally associated with Yorkshire, the home country of John and William Fawcett. The book honours the contribution of the Fawcett family to the Methodist Church and to education, particularly to Mount Allison University.

The stallion represents the agricultural heritage of the family, and the flame-like wings symbolize the light of service to the Church, education and the foundry. The maple leaf coronet refers to contributions to Canada. The natural heritage of New Brunswick is symbolized by the doe wearing an open crown of violets, the provincial flower. Like the stallion, the doe has been made distinctive through the wings of flame. The supporters make reference to the contributions of women and men of the family throughout the generations, and they stand on a section of the Tantramar marsh, with its distinctive reddish mud. The wavy bars at the base refer to both the immigration of the Fawcett ancestors across the Atlantic, and to the prominence of sea, lakes and rivers in New Brunswick history.

The motto links the concepts of light and service.


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