Albert A Thomson KHT, OLJ, BA, FSA Scot, MICPEM
Registered: The International
Register of Arms, 4th. Sept. 2015. Registration No. 0361 (Vol.2)
Arms: Per chevron Azure and Argent,
in chief two leopards’ faces proper cabossed Or, and in base a
stag’s head cabossed bearing antlers with 12 points Gules.
Crest: A demi-lion rampant Azure
clutching paleways in his paws a pole bearing a pennon chequy Argent
and Sable, having three tails.
Micht An Main (“With all my strength”).
Grant: The Court of the Lord Lyon,
22nd October 2013 (Volume 89, Folio 106). “Public Register of All
Arms and Bearings in Scotland”.
Artist – Arms: George
The petition for
armorial bearings was accepted by the Lord Lyon on the basis that
while a member of Clan MacThomas the armiger’s surname ‘Thomson’
should be reflected in his new armorial bearings.
The stem of the Arms of Thomson is Argent a stag’s head cabossed and
this had to be incorporated in the arms. He was then asked to
consider designs for submission. At this stage he was finally able
to commit his thoughts to paper and submitted application that his
arms include reference to him being a Burgess of Guild and a Burgess
of Trade of the City of Aberdeen. With leopards being part of the
Arms of the City of Aberdeen he wish these incorporated.
In addition, he was formerly a Police Officer in Aberdeen and wished
to record that he was the founder member of the Grampian Police
Charity; he did so by using a chequered flag carried by a demi lion.
The arms illustrated above display the medals as an Officer in the
Military and Hospitaller Order of St Lazarus of Jerusalem, Police
Long Service Medal and Knight in the Confraternity of the Knights of
the Most Holy Trinity. The blue on the shield is to recognise the
armiger’s good friend Gordon Casely, Journalist and Heraldic
specialist who started him on the heraldic journey. The stag’s head
being red also signifies Aberdeen.
The armiger is Knight Commander of the Confraternity of the Knights
of the Most Holy Trinity and Prior of Scotland and is an Officer and
Officer of Merit in the Military and Hospitaller Order of St Lazarus
of Jerusalem. He has been awarded the Cross of Merit of Saint
Nicodemus of Palermo by Archbishop Lorenzo of Palermo and all Italy
and is the recipient of the Police Good Conduct and Long Service
In 1983 he won the Chief Constable's Award for Community Policing
Initiatives in Torry, Aberdeen and in 1983 received a Mention in
Orders after rescuing a man from Aberdeen Harbour.
In 1988 he founded the Grampian Police Diced Cap Charitable Trust
which has donated over £1,100,000 to local & national deserving
causes, being made a Fellow of the Trust. During his time in the
Force Control Room, he was part of the Police response to a wide
number of incidents in the North Sea including the Chinook Disaster
(1986), the fire on the oil rig Ocean Odyssey (1988) and Cormorant
Alpha Disaster (1992).
In 1999 he was appointed and served as a Director to the Instant
Neighbour Charity in Aberdeen for two years before standing down due
to work commitments overseas. Since leaving the Police Force the
armiger has worked as a Consultant on Emergency Response and
Disaster Management working in 17 countries including Angola,
Azerbaijan and Ghana working with the Police, Military and the
Ghanaian National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO) in
Ireland, Portugal, Poland, Russia, Thailand and with the Royal Thai
Navy, the USA, and Vietnam with the Vietnamese Police and Fire
Service. He currently works with the Stirling Group.
The armiger is a Burgess of Guild and a Burgess of Trade of the City
of Aberdeen and a member of the Aberdeen Shoemaker Incorporation; he
has written two historical books relating to the trades in Aberdeen.
A member of the Institute of Civil Protection & Emergency
Management, a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland and a
member of the Heraldry Society of Scotland.
In May 2015 he was made a knight of the Portuguese Royal House –
Cavaleiro da Casa Real Portuguesa and in June 2015 he was awared the
Order of the Samurai and is a member of the Japan Society of
In August 2015, he was appointed as Banner Bearer for the Military
and Hospitaller Order of St Lazarus of Jerusalem in Aberdeen.
In September 2015 he was made a honorary 1st Dan AS8831 by the National
Karate Federation and presented with the Scottish Samurai Shogun
Award by Lord Charles Bruce.
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