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Gary Bruce MacDonald

Registration number 20150610K

This certifies that the heraldic arms of Gary Bruce MacDonald are registered and described by the blazon below

Arms: Quarterly, first Argent, a lion rampant Gules, armed and langued Azure; second Or, a dexter arm vambraced and gauntleted fessways Proper holding a cross crosslet fitchee Gules; third, Or a lymphad sails furled oars in action Sable flagged Gules; fourth Azure, a plumbline between two garbs Or; all within a bordure Sable charged with three mullets Or, which Arms are to be borne debruised of a label of three points Azure at the honour point for the lifetime of the Armiger's father.
Crest: Above the Shield is placed an ecclesiastical hat with one tassel on either side Sable.
Motto: Per Fidem Per Spem (By Faith By Hope)


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 fourth quarter represents a new design. 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 black border with yellow stars, and the blue three-point bar indicate that the Armiger is the first son of the third son of the fifth son of Armiger to whom was granted the undifferenced Arms.

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.

The ecclesiastical hat indicates that the armiger is an ordained elder in The United Methodist Church.


The Arms were matriculated on 7 May 2013 from a posthumous grant on the same date to the Armiger's 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.

Armorial Inheritance

  • Bruce Coleman MacDonald, father, 1942-2013
  • Harry Coleman MacDonald, grandfather, 1891-1962
  • Kenneth MacDonald, great-grandfather, 1850-1907

Registered by

Gary Bruce MacDonald


Personal, Association, USA, M

Roll of Arms