District Grand Lodge of the Transvaal, Orange Free State and Northern Cape of Ancient Free and Accepted Masons of Scotland

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DISTRICT GRAND LODGE OF THE TRANSVAAL, ORANGE FREE STATE AND NORTHERN CAPE OF ANCIENT FREE AND ACCEPTED MASONS OF SCOTLAND

Arms of District Grand Lodge of the Transvaal, Orange Free State and Northern Cape of Ancient Free and Accepted Masons of Scotland

Official blazon

  • (af)

Wapen: Gedeel, silwer en groen; regs, in die skildhoof 'n klimmende rooi leeu en in die skildvoet 'n gestingelde en geblaarde proteablom van natuurlike kleur, die geheel binne-in 'n skildsoom skildsoomsgewys verdeel van goud en groen, oor alles heen 'n golwende lou dwarsbalk; links, 'n goue keper, belaai met 'n swart passer, kepersgewys, tussen drie silwer torings, swart gemessel.
Wapenspreuk: BY EXAMPLE AND PRECEPT

  • (en)

Arms: Per pale Argent and Vert; dexter in chief a lion rampant Gules and in base a protea flower, slipped and leaved, proper, all within a bordure per bordure Or and ert, overall a fess wavy Azure; sinister, on a chevron Or, between three towers Argent masoned, a pair of compasses extended chevronways, Sable.
Motto: BY EXAMPLE AND PRECEPT

Origin/meaning

The arms were officially granted on June 5, 1987.

The arms are implaed with the arms of the Ancient Free and Accepted Masons of Scotland (towers, chevron and compasses).

The white background with its green and gold border echoes the apron on the District Grand Lodge. It also represents that gold seam underlying the area covered by this district and on which much of the economy is based. The red lion rampant was selected as a fitting symbol as it firstly not only alludes to the coat-of-arms of Scotland but it also refers to the lion which appears in the armorial bearings of the Transvaal, Orange Free State, Cape of Good Hope and Kimberley (where the two oldest lodges in this district are situated).

The wavy blue line symbolises the Vaal river that separates the Transvaal and Orange Free State. The protea is only found at the southern tip of Africa and is a recognised symbol of this area as well as being the national flower.

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Literature : http://internationalcongressesofvexillology-proceedingsandreports.yolasite.com/resources/17th/Laing-MasonicBannersInSouthAfrica.pdf