Escutcheon divided per quarterly. Dexter chief and sinister base display three ships in full sail on azure (blue), below a tower over background gules (red). Sinister chief and dexter base display three arrow heads, argent (silver) on an azure base, with a hunting horn above a chevron, ermine. Above the escutcheon is a vizored helm with a naval coronet; above that is a lion, passant guardant, holding a flag. The motto is inscribed in a scroll above the lion.
John Wedderburn Dunbar Moodie was born 7 October 1797 in the Orkney Islands. He joined the army in 1813 and was discharged with a pension in March 1816. In 1819, Moodie served as magistrate at Umkomas, Natal; he published a book about his life in Africa, Ten years in South Africa in 1835. Moodie married Susanna Strickland 4 April 1831 and they immigrated to Canada in 1832. Susanna Moodie achieved fame with her memoir of their frustrations and disappointments as settlers, Roughing It in the Bush (1852), which became a classic work of Canadian literature. The Moodies had two daughters and four sons and despite their difficult time adjusting to Canada, they stayed in the country for the rest of their lives. Moodie’s later life was marked by illness and financial troubles, and he was partially paralyzed in 1861. He died 22 October 1869 in Belleville, ON. For more information on the Thomas Murray Collection, see: http://www.library.ubc.ca/spcoll/murray/default.html