Flag and Seal


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What does the design of my personal seal and flag signify?

[As the parts within the design of flag and seal are inherently the same, other than scaling to fit the device, I'll use the flag in the following explanation. Please note that both Flag and Seal, as well as the lion-with-sword, are each my personal property and may not be reproduced without my express, written permission.]
The possession or publication of these may seem uppity or hoity-toity to some, but it is done primarily so that the members of my own family, particularly my grandnieces and grandnephews, shall know more about their heritage, and understand and appreciate it more fully. I encourage all to investigate their family lineage, either by textual means from historical records, or using mitochondrial-DNA tracking to find out more about their origins. As I have expressed in other texts, "We are indeed all One."


Argent, a Cross Azure; in the first a Lion passant guardant Or, armed Or and langued Argent, striking with a Sword Argent in the dexter Forepaw, Hilt Pomel and Quillons Sable.


All aspects of the design are rooted in family history, in our more recent European lineage, that is, within the past 1500 years. The design itself is, in common with our lineage, primarily British. However, the principal colors, blue and gold, are also those associated with Sweden, which brings in the fourth line of origin.

The basis for the design is St George's cross, for England, reflecting both the prepon- derance of our descent from British stock as well as our descent from members both of the Norman dynasty [Henry I, King of England; and from others among the Normans] and from those of the House of Plantagenet [Geoffrey Plantagenet, Duke of the Normans, Count of Anjou, Maine and Mortain (father of Henry II)].

The flag is arranged and tinted according to the definition of the seal, with the added requirements that the flag be proportionally 1 x 2 (height x length), that the width of the arms of the cross be 1/15th the length, that the cross be centered within the dimensions of the flag and that the lion with sword be scaled to fill the canton except that there be sufficient white-space maintained to avoid clearly any touching of cross or edges on the part of lion or sword.

Thus for 3600 units of width [and 1800 of height] the arms of the cross will be 240 units wide: these are the same dimensions as that of the identical construct appearing on the British White Ensign, as used since 1707:


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 The Cross of Saint George,
Flag of the Kingdom of England
(until 1707)

St George's Cross as it appeared

on the White Ensign of 1707

The Current St George's Ensign or White Ensign, as flown since 1801 by the illustrious ships of H.M. Royal Navy, and by the USS Winston S. Churchill, as seen here.

The red coloring of the cross of St George is replaced with blue, to include and refer to Scotland, referencing thereby our Scottish origins, as well as our having helped found Jamestown, Virginia, under the auspices of James VI and I, King of Scotland and England. (The Scottish flag has been produced historically with a wide variety of shades of blue, as in the two variants shown below. A vibrant shade of blue was here chosen to express Scottish vitality, as demonstrated within the history of our own Clann Mhic Leòid: MacLeod of Harris.)


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 The Scottish Saltire in its current, standard coloration.   A Scottish-format St George's Cross, resized as suitable for imposition of a cantonal design—something the St Andrew's cross of the Saltire does not readily support.    The Scottish Saltire in a shade of "Navy blue".


The sword-bearing, passant guardant lion (also called a "leopard" in English heraldry) in the canton is taken from two further familial historical references.


The lion (or "leopard") with sword.


The lion itself is taken from the single lion on the seal and flag of the County of Norfolk, the location within East Anglia of our ancestral Anglo-Saxon, Viking and Norman village, Quarles.


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Flag of the County of Norfolk


The lion is holding a sword in recognition of our family's relations with the City of London, whose seal and flag show St George's Cross in the field, with a sword in the canton. Our ancestor, Sir Henry Billingsley was Lord Mayor of London in 1596, and the Quarles family was long known in London as cloth merchants, to the point that the elder Sir John Quarles was also known within The City as John the Draper.


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Flag of the City of London


Also, as stated on my "personal introduction" page, a (pale) blue cross on a white background was also the flag used by the Greeks during their War of Independence.



O Παλαιών Πατρών Γερμανός ευλογεί τη σημαία της Επανάστασης
 The Bishop of Old Patras Germanos Blesses the Revolutionary Flag

Besides its British connotations, the single lion on flag and shield may also be taken to reference the line from Rigas Feraios's Thourios: μονάχοι σα λεοντάρια — “alone, like lions”.



What does the motto surrounding the seal mean, and what language is it in?


The motto, Danum ne vexate neque Danaum, is Latin for
Don't vex the Viking ... nor the Greek.


The phrase Don't vex the Viking! (copyrighted separately in two of my books, and trademarked in the designs) arose fully while I was project manager of a software internationalization process, during which time my overwhelmingly Viking origin came to light. It’s also a play on my personality: the ones on the project realized that my vexation rose when confronted by “the machine”, while both striving for excellence of product and protecting my team and its efforts from distraction or confusion.

Re: Use of ne ... neque with the imperative to form a negative command.

In first-year Latin, one is taught that the normal way of creating a negative imperative is to use the imperative of the verb nōlō [nolle, nōluī, —] (literally nōn vōlō [nōn velle, nōn vōluī]: I do not want [not to want, have not wanted, {no past participle/supine}]) plus the infinitive. Thus, nōlī / nōlīte vexāre is standard School Latin for “do not vex”.

However, in the Harkness Latin Grammar [© 1898] §656.1, we find “is used with Optative and Volitive Subjunctive and with the Imperative”; and parallel negative constructions (such as in my motto) are described thus in Harkness §656.2, “After a general negative, nē ... quidem gives emphasis to the negation, and neque ... neque, nēve ... nēve, and the like, repeat the negation distributively”. This could imply a slightly more literal, distributive, older style translation as Vex ye neither Dane nor Danaan!

Danaan is a Latinized form of the word taken from the Homeric Greek word δαναός, more commonly now Anglicized from the later, Latinized Classical Greek form δαναίος as “Danæan”, meaning “[ancient] Greek”, and references my early-found love of the Greek language, the Greek people and the Greek nation. It also commemorates the finding that my mitochondrial DNA’s peregrinations place my maternal lineage in Greece during the Cycladic Period. [δαναός could very well be from an earlier, Mycenæan, Doric or Peloponnesian form of the Classical Greek word Γῆ/Γαῖα, the Earth: Δᾶ, with thereby δαναός having the meaning “those [born] of the [native] earth”, “the indigenous”, possibly referring to the Indo-European Cycladic peoples of Greece, or peoples who might have been chanced upon there by later-immigrating Greek tribes.]

The map of my matriarchal migration is also interesting in that each ‘stopping point’ determined by DNA analysis appears to coincide with a period in the evolution of the Indo-European languages from the proposed linguistic ‘super-group’ (the Nostratic languages), to which it would have belonged, into Proto-Indo-European (on the southern plains of Mother Russia), thence into the proto-Germanic language (near the Slavs and the Finns), and later into the Germanic languages themselves. (The suggestions of location/linguistic pairings are given on the map below, within brackets.)



The migratory path of my mitochondrial DNA, from our African origin
up through our relocation to the New World, with suggestions of
potential linguistic correspondences.



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