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An interesting feature of the arms....

Posted to: The Google+ Heraldry Community

Posted by: Marc-André Laverdière

Created on: May 12 2017 at 16:57

An interesting feature of the arms granted to the Hudson Bay Company is a Cap of Maintenance. It used to be reserved for barons in the days of feudal tenure.

I could not find an explanation for it, but I postulate that it had to do with the fact that the Company was in charge of large parts of (mostly unsettled) Canada at the time. I suppose that this situation made it a tenant in capite of Crown land.

Hudson's Bay Company [Civil Institution]

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