Sneddon, Jonathan Taylor

Registration Information:

  • Society of American Armigers Registry No.: AA0050
  • Registration Date: 16 November 2018
  • Heraldic Artist: Jonathan Taylor Sneddon
  • Armiger: Jonathan Taylor Sneddon of Lake Tapps, Washington, USA

* The following blazon and/or emblazonment are hereby Certified by the armiger listed, to be his/her original (or inherited/matriculated) Arms.

Category: American Armigers

Arms as interpreted by Jonathan Taylor Sneddon
Arms as interpreted by Jonathan Taylor Sneddon

Blazon:

Arms:  Argent, three lozenges Sable on a chief wavy Azure three snowflakes Argent.

Crest:  A griffon's head erased Sable, beaked Gules and langued Azure.

Motto:  Gryphus Stat Vigilante

Badge:  Two corniere triple pheons and between the points, a cross pattee fitchee Or.

Banner:  Argent, three lozenges Sable on a chief wavy Azure three snowflakes Argent, fringed sable and argent. Supporter: A griffon sergeant argent, beaked and legs Or, armed and langued gules, standing on mount vert.

Standard:  Hoist: Sneddon Arms. Fly: (a) - Barry of four sable and azure, a griffon passant argent, beaked and legs Or, armed and langued gules. Two corniere triple pheons and between the points, a cross pattee fitchee Or (1 in dexter chief and 1 in sinister base), fringed sable and argent. (b) – Two corniere triple pheons and between the points, a cross pattee fitchee Or (1 in dexter chief and 1 in sinister base). (c) – a corniere triple pheon, and between the points, a cross pattee fitchee Or. Standard Motto: 'Devon Dhubh'

Tartan:  Thread count: K/64 G88 Y8 G88 K64 W8 K8 W8 K8 BB/60.

Design Rationale:

The arms are based upon the origins of the surname Snowden/Sneddon or from the lands of Snawdone in the bailliary of Lawderdaill. Both places derive their name from the Old English pre 7th Century 'Snaw' meaning 'snow', plus 'dun' a hill or mountain i.e., a hill where snow lay for long periods. The armorial bearings represent the snow covered mountains (Argent) or "dun" or hill, with snowflakes (Argent) representing the "snaw" or snow, in a blue sky. The black (Sable) lozenges represent coal, as the armiger's ancestors were coal miners in Alloa, Scotland for a number of generations. The griffon crest represents the purported origins of the Sneddons coming from the lands of Lauderdale and the use of the gryphon coat of arms by the Lauder family.

Other Registration(s):

Other Items & Honors

Badge: The badge of Jonathan Taylor Sneddon of Lake Tapps, Washington, USA

Banner: The banner of Jonathan Taylor Sneddon of Lake Tapps, Washington, USA

Standard: The standard of Jonathan Taylor Sneddon of Lake Tapps, Washington, USA

Tartan: The tartan of Jonathan Taylor Sneddon of Lake Tapps, Washington, USA

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