Registration number 20150610M
This certifies that the heraldic arms of Maxwell Paul MacDonald borne by his great-great-great-grandfather Kenneth MacDonald, 1850-1907, are registered and described by the blazon below
The Arms retains various elements of the tradition of Macdonald quartered shields, particularly the galley, the gauntlet with the cross and the lion. For this particular achievement the armored hand with the cross exemplifies steadfast faith. The ship is symbolic of immigrant journeys. The lion reminds one of ties to Scotland. The sheaves of wheat represent both hope and the agricultural vocation. The plumb bob represents dedication to the inculcation of virtue and responsibility to the common good.
The cadency differences of the black border with yellow stars indicate the original Armiger's relationship to the holder of the undifferenced Arms. The blue five-point bar indicate that the Armiger is the first son of the first son of the holder of these particular differenced Arms.
The crest's axe and stump are symbolic of challenge and resilience, and also serve as a reminder of the place that lumbering has played in family history.
The motto,"Per Fidem Per Spem," is reminiscent of the traditional Clan Donald motto, "Per Tare Per Mare," meaning "By Land By Sea," and points toward the role of the Divine.
These Arms were matriculated on 7 May 2013 to the Armiger's grandfather from a posthumous grant on the same date to the Armiger's great-great-great grandfather by The Court of the Lord Lyon and recorded upon the 102nd page of the 89th Volume of the Public Register of All Arms and Bearings in Scotland.
Gary Bruce MacDonald