The Badge (or Cipher)

The badge of the Assocition consists of a wreath made up of Red Maple Leaves and
Green Oak Leaves and Acorns. Maple Leaves occupy the upper left and lower right
quarters of the circle; Oak makes up the remainder and each quarter is separated by
a cross formy (i.e. a cross made up of four triangular shapes equal in size).


The Maple Leaves are of obvious relevance as the Association is 'of Canada'.
On the other hand, the Oak Leaves and Acorns are a long held symbol of loyalty and
fidelity to the Monarchy. In the British traditions, this has been particularly so since
Charles the II was hidden in the Oak Tree after the Battle of Worcester in 1651. As a
consequence, he chose an Oak Tree as the symbol for his Coronation Medal following
the Restoration, and ever since, the oak had this particular symbolism of fidelity for loyalists.

The cross formy placed at each point where the Maple and Oak come together in the Badge
is inspired by the form of cross which has long been used by the Association. In the centre
is the Cypher G III R signifying Georgius Tertius Rex, the sovereign to whom the Loyalists
gave their devotion and their service in such a pre-eminent manner. This Cypher is similar
to the one actually used by George III during his lifetime.

Members should try to understand the symbolism and do what they can to honour their Loyalist ancestors

Reference: Branch President's Manual, UELAC

Sir Guy Carleton Branch
United Empire Loyalists' Association of Canada
Updated January 4, 2007