Edmond John Fitzmaurice
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EDMOND JOHN FITZMAURICE
Born : June 24, 1881
Deceased : July 26, 1962
Bishop of Wilmington, 1925–1960
Titular Archbishop of Tomi, 1960-1962
Impaled. Dexter: Gules, semé of crosses botonny fitchy argent, a lion rampant or (See of Wilmington); Sinister: Argent, a saltire engrailed gules, on a chief of the second, a sun in its glory or, charged with an annulet also of the second (Fitzmaurice).
Motto: Virtute non verbis
As common in US episcopal heraldry, the arms show the arms of the diocese impaled with the personal arms of the bishop.
The personal arms of the Bishop is based upon the arms of the noble family of Fitzmaurice, Earls of Orkney, who bore: Argent, a saltire gules, a chief ermine. In the arms of the Bishop the edges of the saltire are notched or "engrailed" for "difference" and the chief altered to show the heraldic symbol of St. Edmond, Archbishop, his baptismal name Patron.
The motto : Virtute non verbis, is translated: "By virtue not by words."
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Literature : Brassard, 1962