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Henry McGoff (1830-1929)


Registration number 20061207A


This certifies that the heraldic arms of Henry McGoff (1830-1929) which are offered in memoriam and conveyed to his descendants are registered and described by the blazon below

Arms: Quarterly Azure and Argent, 1 a horse head erased crowned with an ancient Irish crown, 2 a tower, 3 a cross bottony, 4 a dexter hand couped apaume all counterchanged.
Crest: Out of a wreath Argent and Azure, a demi-horse rearing crowned with an ancient Irish crown Argent, langued and hoofed Azure.
Motto: Saoirse! (In Irish script; Irish for Freedom)
Badge: Within a circlet Azure, charged with the motto in Argent, the crest.


Design rationale

The family name translates into 'Son of the horse lord'. Henry was an avid equestrian and rode well into his nineties. So the horses crowned are a play on the name and on Henry’s love of horses.

Henry was also a homesteader/pioneer and the tower is a commemoration of the homesteads he owned and his pioneering spirit.

Henry was from Ulster, Ireland and so the dexter hand couped apaume is in relation to Ulster, Ireland the place of his birth.

Henry was a devout Catholic and so the cross bottony is a nod to his Catholicism and to the Christian faith his descendents have to this day.

Blue and white were Henry's favorite colors as well they are of his two great grandsons, Patrick L. McGoff and George D. McGoff.

Registered by

Dennis C. D. MacGoff

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Personal, Original, US, M, G

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