THE SEAL OF SIR COLIN CAMPBELL
LIEUTENANT-GOVERNOR OF NOVA SCOTIA

by Daniel Cogné
Associate Member of the Académie internationale d'héraldique


Seal of Sir Colin Campbell
You will easily recognize the laurel wreath of a Knight Commander of the Military Division of the Order of the Bath and the motto of the Order Tria Juncta In Una (Three kingdoms joined in one) surrounding the shield of Sir Colin Campbell ( 1776-1847), Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia.

This rare impression is found on a letter sent from Halifax to Sir John Harvey on 16 December 1840. National Archives of Canada, MG 24, A 17, Vol. 7, p. 2599. (21 x 28mm) Photo C124575.

The arms borne by Sir Colin are very complex. They are blazoned as: Quarterly,1, gyronny of eight Or and Sable (Campbell) in a dexter canton Or a lion rampant Gules; 2, Argent a lymphad Sable sails furled flag and pennons flying and oars in action proper (Lorne); 3, Or a fess chequy Azure and Argent (Stewart); 4, gyronny of eight Or and Sable (Campbell), and on a dexter canton Gules two bars. He was descended in the female ligne from Sir Ewan Cameron of Lochiel.

Under the shield, to the left is displayed the badge of a Commander of the Order of Maria Theresa; to the right is an unidentified badge. These arms were matriculated by the Lord Lyon on 27 June 1816. Sir Colin was authorized to show on his shield the Gold Cross with six clasps and other medals won during the Napoleonic Wars. This representation of honours on an inescutcheon lacks the simplicity of good heraldry, and is a salient example of early 19th century heraldic decadence.


(Reference: Heraldry in Canada/L'héraldique au Canada - Speakers Journal, Vol. 23, NO. 5, December 1989)


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