|Country of Origin||United Kingdom|
|Issuing Authority||Office of the Chief Herald of Ireland, Dublin (July 2018)|
The Chinese dragon represents the armiger's strong association with the island of Taiwan. He worked for a number of years on the Taiwan high speed railway project and his wife and daughter were both born on the island. The armiger was born in the year of the Wood dragon in the Chinese Zodiac. The parallel lines at the top of the shield represent railway tracks, the armiger has worked in the railway industry for many years. The oak tree in the crest represents the armiger's Bachelor's degree in environmental science and his many years as a conservation volunteer.
Adapt or Perish is part of a longer quote by HG Wells the Victorian science fiction writer famous for War of the Worlds who lived for a time in the armiger's home town of Woking. The full text is "Adapt or Perish, now as ever, is nature’s inexorable imperative". It underlines the importance of moving with the times, embracing new technology and staying relevant in this fast-moving world.
It is the Irish tradition for the mantling to be Gules doubled Argent regardless of the colours on the shield.
Blazon: From a grassy mound a tree parted per pale of an oak fructed proper and plum proper blossomed Carnation, and in front of the trunk a spade Or.
Symbolism: The English oak tree represents the armiger, who based in England. The oak is the national tree of England. The plum blossom tree represents his spouse who was born in Taiwan. The plum blossom is the national flower of Taiwan. The spade symbolises honest labour and the many gardeners in the family.
Grant of Arms