incorporates several elements dear to the armiger; the wavy division
of the field with a blue chief represents water and an interest in
sailing, the cow is an obvious reference to dairy farming, and the
three arms in armour each holding a scroll, represent insurance
contracts and a triple level of protection.
The crest is, of
course, a hedgehog, or urchin, which is also known, in heraldry, as
a herisson, or herezon in the canting arms of some families of
Harris; here it is standing upon a green grassy mound set to remind
the armiger of his Irish heritage. As a further reminder of a
farmerís desire to provide plentiful food, the rampant hedgehog
carries the grapes to provide for its offspring. Medieval legend
held that hedgehogs would creep into vineyards at night, shake
grapes loose, then roll about to impale the fallen fruit before
carrying their bounty home for their offspring.
The motto, Fiducia Integritatis
Tenacitas, can be translated as Trust Integrity Tenacity.