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John Quincy Adams

Registration number 20061018I

This certifies that the heraldic arms of John Quincy Adams are registered and described by the blazon below

Arms: Quarterly: 1st, Argent upon a mound Vert a stag trippant toward a pine tree, in base a codfish naiant on a sea all proper, over all thirteen stars in annulet Azure (for Adams); 2nd, Sable a fess cotised between three martlets Or (for Smith); 3rd, Gules seven mascles conjoined 3, 3, and 1 Or (for Quincy); 4th, Gules six crosses-crosslet fitchy Argent, on a chief Or three pellets, the center one charged with a fleur-de-lys and the other two with lions passant guardant Argent (for Boylston).
Crest: A lion passant holding in his dexter paw a cross-crosslet fitchy Argent.
Motto: Fidem libertatem amicitiam retinebis.


Blazon by Joe McMillan
Historical note from

Historical note

The Adams quarter was designed by John Quincy Adams; they come from a bookplate (see Bolton's Armory). The four quarters represent his four grandparents: John Adams (1691-1760), Susanna Boylston, William Smith and Elizabeth Quincy.

Registered by

Michael C. Swanson


Personal, Original, President, US, A

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