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Herbert William Rourke-Frew

Registration number 20130814A

This certifies that the heraldic arms of Herbert William Rourke-Frew (1908-1989) which are offered in memoriam and conveyed to his descendants are registered and described by the blazon below

Arms: Or, in fess three mullets Gules between two lions passant sable armed and langued Gules.
Crest: On a wreath Or and Sable a demi otter rampant Sable and vambranced Or issuing from a bar wavy Azure; in dexter paw a sword tilting forward hilt and pommel Or.
Motto: Chun Bua (To Victory)

Design Rationale

Born 1908 in Belfast, Northern Ireland, Herbert William Rourke-Frew served in World War II in the RCNVR. The arms are based on the Ancient Arms of the O'Rourke clan of Breffni Ireland and the arms of the Scottish sept Frew (a Fraser clan), a black otter or, “dubh dobharchu” in Irish Gaelic. The dobhar-chu (literally water-hound) is also known as a fierce creature from Irish folklore that inhabits Irish waterways. There are legends about its gargantuan appetite and speed in and out of the water. It’s thought to be about seven feet long and carnivorous. Here it observes its lighter side and symbolizes a love of the sea and of life. Its armor and sword evoke the crest of the O’Rourkes of Ireland. The wavy bar is in honor of past and present generations who served in various Naval services.

Registered by

James William Rourke


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