NEWFOUNDLAND, Country of.
NEWFOUNDLAND, " Country of." Gules a cross argent, in the first and fourth quarters a lion passant guardant regally crowned or ; in the second and third quarters an unicorn passant argent, armed, maned, and unguled of the third, and gorged with a crown, thereto a chain affixed passing between the forelegs and reflected over his back, also or. Crest — On a wreath of the colours an elk trippant proper. Supporters — Two Newfoundland men, in the habits of that country all proper, viz., the body covered with skins to the middle of the thigh, round the neck and breast two rows of pearl shells, and round the body two rows; at the back shields made of skins, and in their exterior hands bows, each supporter charged on the breast with a mascle or. Motto — " Oujerite prime regnum Dei."
[Granted by Borough, Garter, ist Jan. 1637. This coat of arms has been generally attributed to the Newfoundland Company. The grant, however, was made to "the country." The Admiralty publish as a device to be used by the Governor upon the Union flag a white disc, thereon the figure of Britannia on the sinister, extending her hand towards a figure of Mercury and a kneeling sailor. Motto — " Haec tibi dona fero."]
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