The Coat of Arms Act.

R.S.N. 1990, c.C-19, as amended by Bill 58, Second Session, 43rd General Assembly, 46 Elizabeth II, 1997.

An Act Respecting the Use of the Coat of Arms of Newfoundland.

1. This Act may be cited as the Coat of Arms Act.

2. (1) The Armes and Ensignes of the province are the Armes and Ensignes described in the document set out in Schedule "A", a copy of which is deposited in the Department of Municipal and Provincial Affairs.

(2) A pictorial representation of the Armes and Ensignes of the province, printed in black and white, is set out in Schedule "B".

3. The Armes and Ensignes of the province referred to in section 2 may be called the Coat of Arms of the province.

4. A person, other than the government of the province, shall not assume or use

(a) the Coat of Arms;
(b) a design in imitation of the Coat of Arms; or
(c) a design which resembles the Coat of Arms,

unless that person has the express permission of the minister.

5. A person who contravenes this Act is guilty of an offence and liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding $100 for every day during which the offence continues and in default of payment to imprisonment for a period not exceeding 3 months.

Schedule A

To all and singular unto whom these present letters Patent shall come Sr John Borough, Knt. Garter principall King of Arms of Englishmen sendeth greeting Whereas our dread Souveraigne Lord King Charles by letters Patent under the great seale of England, dated at Westmr. The 13th day of November in the 13th yeare of his happy Raigne did give grant and confirm to the right Hobel James, Marquess Hamilton, Maister of his horse, Phillip Earle of Pembroke & Montgomery, Lorde Chamberlaine of his Household and Henry Earle of Holland, Chief Justice in Eyre of all his Forests, Chaces and Parkes of the South side of the River of Trent and to Sr David Kirk, Knt one of the Gentlemen of his privy Chamber, all that whole Continent Island or Region commonly called NEWFOUNDLAND in manner and forme as by the said Letters Pattents more at large it doth and may appeal, And Whereas for the greater honor and splendor of that Countrey and the people therein inhabiting It is and will be necessary that there be pper and peculiar Armes thereunto belonging to be used in all such cases as Armes are wont to be by other nations & countries. Upon the request unto me made by the above mentioned right hoble James Marquess Hamilton, Phillip Earle of Pembroke & Montgomery & Henry Earle of Holland and Sr David Kirk, Knt. that would devise and sett forth certain Ensignes of Armes to be for ever use as the pper Armes & peculiar Ensignes of that Country. I have accordingly for the purpose before recited devised sett forth and contrived the Armes and Ensignes hereafter described.

That is to say Gules a Gross Argent In the first Quarter of the Escocheon a Lyon Passant gardant Crowned Or In the second an Unicorne passant of the second armed maned and unguled of the third gorged with a Crowne wherunto is affixed a chaine passing between his fore leggs and reflexed over his back of the last. In the third as in the second. In the fourth as in the first And for the Creast upon an Healme Mantled Gules doobled Argent and a Wreath Or & Gules an Elke passant pper The Escocheon supported by two Savages of the Clyme ppr armed and apparaled according to their Guise when they goe to Warre And Under all in an Escroll this Motto Quaerite prime Regnum Dei as in the Margent more plainly is depicted. In witness whereof I the said Sr John Borough Knt Garter principall King of Armes of Englishmen have unto these presents affixed the Seal of myne office and subscribed my name. Dated the first day of Jan. in the 13th year of the Raigne of our dread Souveraigne Lord Charles, by the grace of God of England, Scotland, France and Ireland King Defender of the Faith &c And in the yeare of Grace 1637.

Schedule B