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Amos Alvin Bowman (1907-1973)

Registration number 20150211A

This certifies that the heraldic arms of Amos Alvin Bowman (1907-1973) which are offered in memoriam and conveyed to his descendants are registered as an original design and described by the blazon below

Arms: Party per chevron Or and Gules three bows bent and strung palewise Counterchanged.
Crest: On a mound Vert the trunk of an oak tree couped Proper a cross bottony thereupon Argent suspended from the second in sinister by a belt Sable, a quiver Gules full of arrows Or and flighted of the Fifth.
Mantling: Gules doubled Or
Motto: Pro Verus Res Intentio (For true things, aim)


The bows and arrows are a canting to represent the origin of the surname - a bowman, an archer. Three bows signify that the armiger is descended from a family of three ancient ancestral branches, two in Scotland and one in England. The oak trunk in the crest signifies England as the particular branch from which the armiger is descended. The cross botonee expresses the armiger's Christian faith. The style of the cross, botonee, is taken from the second and third quarters of the arms of Maryland, and commemorates the arrival in Maryland (1720) of Edmund Bowman (1700-1769) of St. Giles Cripplegate, London, Middlesex, England, the first of this line of Bowmans to come to America. The motto beneath the shield is a charge to pursue true and trustworthy things, and alludes to the Apostle Paul's admonition in Philippians Chapter 4, verse 8: "Whatsoever things are true . . . Think on these things."


These arms are an adaptation, with significant differencing, of arms born by earlier Bowman forebears in Surrey, Westmorland, and Cumbria.

These arms, designed by the Rodney Martin Bowman in memory of his father, Amos Alvin Bowman, were first used by the Rodney in October, 2010, and may be used with his permission, undifferenced or differenced, by succeeding generations of  descendents of his father.

Registered by

Rodney Martin Bowman


Personal, Original, US, B

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