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David Lee Dugan

Registration number 20130726C

This certifies that the heraldic arms of David Lee Dugan (1923-1999) which are offered in memoriam and conveyed to his descendants are registered and described by the blazon below

Arms: Per fess Azure and Gules, in chief between two mullets Argent a Celtic cross Or, in base a Masonic square and compass Or, on a fess wavy Argent a barrulet wavy Azure.
Crest: A dragon's head couped Sable charged with a thistle and holding in its teeth a manacle with a broken chain Or.
Mantling: Gules doubled Argent.
Motto: Nos non Fractus (We Shall not be Broken)

Design Rationale

The blue and white waves represent the sea and the Navy. The white stars and wavy lines allude to the American flag and further to the armiger's ancestors' participation in the American Revolution and WWI, and his own participation in WWII. The two stars represent the two generations who served in the Navy, and between them a gold cross and circle which doubles as a traditional Celtic Irish cross but also a gunnery sight, the former a symbol of the armiger's Ulster roots. In the base we have the Freemason symbol which represents the armiger's service in the Freemasons.

In the crest, the black dragon charged with a thistle represents Ulster and Scotch-Irish ancestry, and the broken manacle represent ancestor Andrew Acheson's involvement in the antislavery movement within the Presbyterian Church.


David Lee Dugan [born David Lee Acheson] descends from Andrew Acheson who was born in Ulster County Ireland in 1781. David Lee Dugan volunteered for WWII and joined the Navy out of California. He was an aviation metalsmith and a sharp shooter. He joined the Masonic Lodge in Tacoma and became a Freemason. His wife, Dorothy Crowl was an Eastern Star. Both belonged to the Presbyterian Church in Carbonado, where funeral services were held.

Registered by

Amanda Kay Dugan


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