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.
A few old photos of some of the founders donated to the Society by Mrs. Beddoe.
left: L-R: The Hon. John R. Matheson,OC,CD, Sir Conrad Swan,KCVO,KGCN and Alan Beddoe,OC,OBE
centre: L-R: Alan Beddoe,OC,OBE, Sir Conrad Swan,KCVO,KGCN
right: 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.
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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.
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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
Beatty, Bruce, CM, CD, FRHSC
Beley, George M., H/FHS (Eng), FRHSC (Hon)
President 1970 - 1971
Bolton, Richard E., FRAIC, RCA, FRHSC (Hon)
Cartwright, The Rt. Hon. John R., PC, CC, MC, FRHSC (Hon)
Cattanach, The Hon. Angus A.
Clarke, The Most Rev. Howard H., CC
Davis, Rear-Admiral S. Mathwin, RCN, FRHSC (Hon),
President 1974 - 1975
Delisle, Georges von L., FRHSC
Diceman, Harold A., FRHSC
Carmichael-Galloway, Col. Strome, ED, CD, FRHSC
Herridge, H.W., MP
Macpherson, Gordon, CM, FRHSC, FRSA, FSA (Scot),
Niagara Herald Extraordinary
Massey, Rt. Hon. Vincent, PC, CC, CH
Matheson, The Hon. John R., OC, CD, QC, LLD, FRHSC
McEachren, Lt-Col. Frank F., CM, CVO, ED, CD
Nunn, Norman A., FRHSC (Hon)
Pichette, J.A. Robert, AIH, ONB
Dauphin Herald Extraordinary
President 1975 - 1976
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
Roche, Col. Redmond, CM, OBE, FRHSC (Hon)
Rokeby-Thomas, The Rev. H., Ph.D., FRGS, FRSA (Ang),
Rosewarne, Robert V.
Russell, E.C. "Ted"
Scott, Charles F., QC, FRHSC (Hon)
Smith, Sydney F., FRHSC
Swan, Sir Conrad M.J.F., FRHSC
Thrasher, Forbes, MBE
Till, Major Phillips M., CA, H/FHS (Eng.), FRHSC (Hon)
President 1968 - 1969
Warner, Howard R.
Wilson, Albert J. G., QC, CD, O.St.J., FSA (Scot)