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Written by Jennifer Nodwell   
Friday, 20 November 2009 07:07

I recently re-stumbled onto Frank Mitchell's fabulous genealogy site called The Sloan Connection. His work over the last 30 years is really phenomenal on this family line.

Of course there's really no such thing as a single family crest, since each generation evolves the design as families mingle. Notwithstanding that fact, family crests are positively fascinating to discover and oo-and-ah over. For whatever reason, nothing makes you really feel that connection to the middle ages like seeing your family crest.

The family crest information here was taken from The Sloan Connection.

Vi et veritate

"By force and by truth"

Sloan Family Coat of Arms Blazon of Arms: Argent a lion rampant qules crowned with an antique crown or. Translation: A standing red lion with a gold crown on a background of silver.  The lion represents Generosity, Courage and a Foe to Fear - an old symbol of Scotland.

Crest: An eagle of sable, displayed proper.
Translation: A black eagle with wings outspread.  The eagle denotes a Man of Action occupied with Affairs of State.

Origin: The Grant of Armes states that in Northumbria, England, in the year 1640, one ARTHUR T. SLOAN of KILCRANNIC, SCOTLAND was granted said armorial device by Norrcy, King of Armes of England, for Meritorious Service for King and Realm. That the device is to be used by the memorialist and his heirs. The latin inscription reads "Given unto this gentleman, this year of our lord; I take my hand and affix my seal".The grant bears the signature and seal of the heraldfic officer certifying the Armes.

The Progenitor Memorialist for Sloan - As a Scotsman was awarded a grant of armes by an English King of Arm by petition of His Majesty King James VI of Scotland; King James I of England for quelling border raids and quarrels.

Vi et virtute

"By strength and by valor"

Sloan Family Coat of ArmsBlazon of Arms: Gules a sword in pale, point downards proper, pommel and hilt or, between two boars' heads couped at the neck of the third, on a chief ermine a lion passant of the first between two mascles sable.

This Coat of Arms was contributed in Nov 1997 by David Jon Sloan and came from a Sloan researcher in Northern Ireland. David offers this explanation : "I believe this coat of arms is widely accepted in the UK, especially in Ulster, Northern Ireland, where the SLOAN name was gaelicised/anglicised. The meaning ties in directly with the version of the Celtic word "Sluagh" which means "host or army", and has it's origin in Ulster. It can be associated with the Gaelic family name " O'Sluaghadan " in Ancient Kirkcudbright(shire) in south west Scotland. It means "leader of a military expedition" (Hence, the sword, the color red, the Boar representing a hunting expedition, the walking lion searching for his enemy, and the mascle representing the meshes of net in armor or the links of a chain used to bind the hands of captives.)

Harlan Soan was able to confirm that the Coat of Arms awarded to Sir Hans Sloane matches the description of this Blazon of Arms. Sloane (Chelsea, co. Middlesex, baronet, extinct 1753; Sir Hans Sloane, M.D., youngest son of Alexander Sloane, Esq., Of Killyleagh, co. Down, was created a baronet 1716, left two daus. his co-heirs: Sarah, m. George Stanley, Esq., of Poultons, co. Southampton, and Elizabeth, m. Charles, second Lord Cadogan).

Bill Sloan of Geilo, Norway found the crest (gold lion's head) and motto separately in a weekly newspaper coat of arms clipping, exact description and source were not given.

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