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The Founders

The following is a list of those who may be considered the "founders" of our Society - those whose work and enthusiasm contributed mainly to its establishment, objectives and early growth. It has been compiled from a number of sources, including:

  • the minutes of the first meeting;
  • a list of the first executive;
  • those who signed the petition for letters patent (not all of whom had any real connection with the Society);
  • and those who attended the inaugural dinner on October 25, 1966.

A number of those who lent their names to the endeavour did not subsequently contribute otherwise and some, conversely, whose names are absent from the earliest lists, were among the most energetic workers behind the scenes. No such list can be perfect. However, the present one has been checked over - and in a few cases amended by - a number of the surviving founding members, among whom there was virtually unanimous agreement with the content of the list. It is compiled at this time to celebrate the Society's attainment of the "Royal" designation - of which our founders would certainly have been proud - at a time when there are still a few who can remember the earliest days of the Heraldry Society of Canada. Let their names be remembered.

Below are displayed a few old photos of some of the founders donated to the Society by Mrs. Beddoe. Click on any of the images to view a larger image of the same.

L-R: The Hon. John R. Matheson,OC,CD, Sir Conrad Swan,KCVO,KGCN and Alan Beddoe,OC,OBE
L-R: Alan Beddoe,OC,OBE, Sir Conrad Swan,KCVO,KGCN
L-R: Alan Beddoe,OC,OBE, Sir Conrad Swan,KCVO,KGCN, Phillips M. Till. The Hon. John R. Matheson,OC,CD is taking the photo.

Note: The icon represented with is a link to view the particular individual's biography which will appear as a pop-up window when clicked.

click to view biography Beddoe, Alan Brookman, OC, OBE, H/FHS, FRHSC
(the Hon. FHS was granted to him by the English Society)
A Hatchment of Mr. Beddoe hangs in St. Bartholomew's
Church
just outside the gates of Rideau Hall.
Founding President 1966 - 1967
click to view biography  Beatty, Bruce, CM, CD, FRHSC
click to view biography Beley, George M., H/FHS (Eng), FRHSC (Hon) President 1970 - 1971
click to view biography Bolton, Richard E., FRAIC, RCA, FRHSC (Hon)
click to view biography Carmichael-Galloway, Col. Strome, ED, CD, FRHSC
click to view biography Cartwright, The Rt. Hon. John R., PC, CC, MC, FRHSC (Hon)
click to view biography Cattanach, The Hon. Angus A.

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Clarke, The Most Rev. Howard H., CC
click to view biography Davis, Rear-Admiral S. Mathwin, RCN, FRHSC (Hon), H/FHS (Eng) President 1974 - 1975
click to view biography Delisle, Georges von L., FRHSC
click to view biography Diceman, Harold A., FRHSC

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Herridge, H.W., MP
click to view biography Macpherson, Gordon, CM, FRHSC, FRSA, FSA (Scot)
Niagara Herald Extraordinary
click to view biography Massey, Rt. Hon. Vincent, PC, CC, CH
click to view biography Matheson, The Hon. John R., OC, CD, QC, LLD, FRHSC
click to view biography McEachren, Lt-Col. Frank F., CM, CVO, ED, CD
click to view biography Nunn, Norman A., FRHSC (Hon)
click to view biography Pichette, J.A. Robert, AIH, ONB
Dauphin Herald Extraordinary
President 1975 - 1976
click to view biography Pullen, Capt Thomas C., RCN, OC, CD, FRHSC (Hon)
A Hatchment of Capt Thomas C. Pullen hangs in
Christ Church Cathedral, Ottawa.
President 1971 - 1973
click to view biography Roche, Col. Redmond, CM, OBE, FRHSC (Hon)
click to view biography Rokeby-Thomas, The Rev. H., Ph.D., FRGS, FRSA (Ang), FRHSC
click to view biography Rosewarne, Robert V.

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Russell, E.C. "Ted"

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Scott, Charles F.deceased: Nov 9, 2014, QC, FRHSC (Hon)

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Smith, Sydney F., FRHSC
click to view biography Swan, Sir Conrad M.J.F., FRHSC
click to view biography Thrasher, Forbes, MBE
click to view biography Till, Major Phillips M., CA, H/FHS (Eng.), FRHSC (Hon) President 1968 - 1969
click to view biography  Warner, Howard R.
click to view biography  Wilson, Albert J. G., QC, CD, O.St.J., FSA (Scot)

Deceased