Registration number 20130914B
This certifies that the heraldic arms of Mark Edward Hilton are registered as an original design and are described by the blazon below
The shield consists of a number of familial, genealogical and religious symbols.
Many of the earliest arms of the Hilton families located in Northumberland and Cumberland, England, used the cross saltire as a common charge. This continues today in the Hiltons of Westmoreland. Descended from these families, the armiger chose to incorporate the saltire as the basic division of the shield.
The color blue is a common livery color among the families from which the armiger descends – the Hilton and Errington families. The livery of blue and gold is also the livery of the Commonwealth of Australia, of which the armiger is also a citizen. Finally, blue is a color which in religious heraldry is associated with the person of Mary, the mother of Jesus, to whom the armiger has a personal devotion.
The star is seven-pointed. Uniquely, this is the Federation star found in the crest of the Commonwealth of Australia and on its flag. In addition, in its religious context, the star is a symbol of guidance – a star guided the Magi – and of pointing to the person of Jesus. Mary is also called the Morning Star who heralds the dawn of the Son. It is the challenge to also be one who points the way to God for others. This is part of the mission of the religious community of the armiger and of his ministry as a religious educator.
The final element of the shield is the scallop shell. Although this can be found in the armiger’s ancestral coats of arms, the James and Errington families, it is the symbol of pilgrimage in heraldry - the pilgrimage that is the life of the Christian today, and every day. We are all pilgrims, seeking God in the pattern of our days.
Mark Edward Hilton