Rendition of arms by Mr Gavin Schlemmer,
Chief Heraldic artist for the Bureau of Heraldry, South Africa.
The armiger lives and teaches music in
North Yorkshire and is a Licentiate of the London College of Music.
The sackbut reflects his principal instrument, the tenor trombone.
The thistle is symbolic of the armigerís Gaelic & Scandinavian
roots. Both his grandfather George and great grandfather Hugh are
from Greenock, Scotland and served in the army during the first and
second world wars. One pair of his great, great grandparents, Elias
a mariner and his wife Matilde, were originally from Sweden and
Norway respectively but moved to Hull, England in the 1850ís.
Curiously the armigerís South African connection is supplied by his
great, great grandfather John Thomas of Middlesbrough who served as
a career soldier for Queen Victoria and King Edward in South Africa
during the Boer War and received the QSA & KSA campaign medals.
The Crest, the male Bluethroat has a
varied and imitative song; a pun on the armigerís profession.
The Motto, Less is More, reflects
the armigerís interest in minimalism.