Arms painted by Andrew Stewart Jamieson
The armiger is a keen amateur genealogist
and has researched his particular branch of the Latta ancestry for
many years. He is a sixth generation Australian of Irish descent from
his direct paternal line. The design of his arms pays homage to the
two historic designs of the armigerís namesakes.
His great, great great grandfather, John Latta, came from Strabane in
County Tyrone and his great, great, great grandmother, Catherine
Lemon, came from Londonderry in County Londonderry. They were married
in Dunnamanagh. Their home towns and the town of their marriage are
all in Ulster.
Sable is the traditional Latta colour for the shield; Piles Argent are
also a traditional element of existing Latta armorial bearings. Black
and silver are also the colours of the football team at which the
armiger played, coached and held committee positions for many years.
Crescents also feature in traditional Latta arms and one is
incorporated into the crest, as per the arms of Sir John Latta, thus
freeing up space in the shield to allow room for the star which represents
the Australian Federation Star.
A red chief has been used instead of the ancient fess gules, allowing
for the Irish and Australian emblems to be opposite each other on the
shield centre. The hand is a direct representation of the Red Hand of
Ulster and complements the Federation Star; elements representing the
old country and the new.
The three tinctures of the wreath and mantling reflect the tinctures
of the shield. The crescent in the crest honours that in the arms of
Sir John Latta, the Golden Wattle, the floral emblem of Australia,
replacing the traditional Latta oak crest of the northern hemisphere.
The armiger is a Fellow of the Fellowship of the White Shield, a
private organisation devoted to the promotion of all things heraldic,
but in particular the artists; this is represented by the insignia
illustrated below the shield.