From Lowe's Curiosities of Heraldry: “It does not seem to have occured to these allegorizing worthies that the tincture of a charge may be diametrically opposed to the signification assigned to the charge itself. For example, the coat ‘Vert, a bull's head or’ by the armilogical rules cited above, would signify, as to the tinctures, pleasure and joy, while as to the charge it would mean rage and fury. Again, ‘Purpure, a wolf argent’ would mean ‘a wrangler with a peacable disposition!!’”
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The township of South Frontenac in Canada is going to be receiving a new coat of arms soon. An article in the Frontenac News of May 3, 2012, discusses a bit of the history of the township’s decision to seek a coat of arms, as well as the symbolism of the elements it will contain, as shown here in what is a rough first draft sketch of the arms
The griffin’s claws on the mural coronet come from the arms of the Comte de Frontenac, Governor of New France from 1672-1682 and 1689-1698, for whom the township is named. (I had the opportunity to see the Comte’s arms, here, while in Quebec attending the 2008 International Congress of Genealogical and Heraldic Sciences.)