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St. Bartholomew's Church, Ottawa
Continuation of the tradition of Governor's General shields

Alan Brookman Beddoe, OC, OBE, OStJ, FRHSC. Click on the image to view his biography.

The Church of St. Bartholomew is part of the Anglican Diocese of Ottawa and has served the communities of New Edinburgh, Rockcliffe Park, Lindenlea and Ottawa since its founding in 1866. On Christmas Day 2008 the Church celebrated the 140th anniversary of the first service in the stone church on December 25, 1868.

The Church of St. Bartholomew, Ottawa . Click on the image to visit their website.

It was in October 1866, just after the government of the province of Canada had moved to the new capital of Ottawa, and the Governor General into Rideau Hall], that a meeting was held to organize a mission in the suburban village of New Edinburgh. Soon after this, under the aegis of St. Alban’s, Sandy Hill, the first service was held in a schoolhouse in Crichton Street. With the encouragement of the Governor General and his wife, Lord and Lady Monck, who held a benefit concert at Her Majesty’s Theatre in the spring of 1867, the parish was formally organized at a meeting on St. Bartholomew’s Day (14 August), six weeks after Confederation. On the strength of donations from the Governor General, the estate of Thomas MacKay (which gave the land) and the St. Lawrence Railway - all property holders in the village - an architect was engaged. It has been the Governors General's parish since then.

The interior of the Church, depicting the row of shields along the tops of the walls, on both the east and west walls. Click on the image to visit their website.

On the side walls, at the springing of the roof, is a series of the heraldic shields of all the Governors General of Canada since Confederation; these were given by K.H. Harris and his wife and were painted by the heraldic expert Alan Brookman Beddoe, OC, OBE, OStJ, FRHSC. Alan had painted all of the shields until the last one, the Hon. Jules Léger, before he died in 1975. They run consecutively from the south-east corner of the church to the north-east.

The shields following Léger, which include the Hon. Edward Schreyer and the Hon. Jeanne Sauvé were painted by the Fraser Herald, Cathy Bursey-Sabourin, FRHSC of the Canadian Heraldic Authority. The tradition was then continued by Society's member, R. Gordon M. Macpherson CM, FRHSC, Niagara Herald Extraordinary by painting the shields for the Hon. Ramon J. Hnatyshyn, the Hon. Roméo LeBlanc and the Hon. Adrienne Clarkson.

As of 2011, the Royal Heraldry Society of Canada agreed to continue this heraldic tradition, by underwriting and donating shields of the former Governor General, the Hon. Michaölle Jean and the current Governor General, H.E. the Rt. Hon. David Johnston, CC, CMM, COM, CD, the Society's Patron, and continue with future Governors General of Canada. The hardwood shields were cut,prepared and donated by the Society's member, David M. Cvet, FRHSC (Hon). The heraldry artist painting the shields is Society's member, Ms. Ilona Jurkiewicz, FRHSC (Hon), a noted heraldic artist who has painted numerous artwork for the Canadian Heraldic Authority.

Presentation of the Governors' General Shields at St. Bart's

The following is a presentation of each of the shields suspended, or to be suspended in the interior of St. Bart's beginning with the current Governor General. Each image of the shield is accompanied with a short biography of its respective Governor General. Click on any image to view a larger image of the shield in a pop-up window. Photo credit (shields): David M. Cvet, FRHSC (Hon)

H.E. The Rt. Hon. David Johnston, CC, CMM, COM, CD
(2010 - ) *28*
Artist: Ms. Ilona Jurkiewicz
Date: May 2013
The Hon. Michaëlle Jean, CC, CMM, COM, CD
(2005 - 2010) *27*
Artist: Ms. Ilona Jurkiewicz
Date: May 2013
The Hon. Adrienne Clarkson, CC, CMM, COM, CD
(1999-2005) *26*
Artist: R. Gordon M. Macpherson CM, FRHSC, Niagara Herald Extraordinary
The Hon. Roméo LeBlanc, CC, CMM, CD, PC
(1995 - 1999) *25*
Artist: R. Gordon M. Macpherson CM, FRHSC, Niagara Herald Extraordinary
The Hon. Ramon John Hnatyshyn, CC, CMM, CD, PC, QC, FRHSC (Hon)
(1990 - 1995) *24*
Artist: R. Gordon M. Macpherson CM, FRHSC, Niagara Herald Extraordinary
The Hon. Jeanne Sauvé, CC, CMM, CD, PC
(1984 - 1990) *23*
Artist: Fraser Herald, Cathy Bursey-Sabourin, FRHSC
The Hon. Edward Schreyer, CC, CMM, CD, PC
(1979 - 1984) *22*
Artist: Fraser Herald, Cathy Bursey-Sabourin, FRHSC
The Hon. Jules Léger, CC, CMM, CD, PC
(1974 - 1979) *21*
Artist: Alan Brookman Beddoe, OC, OBE, OStJ, FRHSC
The Hon. Roland Michener, CC, CMM, CD, PC, QC, FRHSC (Hon)
(1967 - 1974) *20*
Artist: Alan Brookman Beddoe, OC, OBE, OStJ, FRHSC
Major-General the Hon. Georges Philias Vanier, DSO, MC, PC
(1959 - 1967) *19*
Artist: Alan Brookman Beddoe, OC, OBE, OStJ, FRHSC
The Hon. Vincent Massey, CC, CH, PC
(1952 - 1959) *18*
Artist: Alan Brookman Beddoe, OC, OBE, OStJ, FRHSC
The Viscount Alexander
(1946 - 1952) *17*
Artist: Alan Brookman Beddoe, OC, OBE, OStJ, FRHSC
The Earl of Athlone
(1940 - 1946) *16*
Artist: Alan Brookman Beddoe, OC, OBE, OStJ, FRHSC
Lord Tweedsmuir of Elsfield
(1935 - 1940) *15*
Artist: Alan Brookman Beddoe, OC, OBE, OStJ, FRHSC
The Earl of Bessborough
(1931 - 1935) *14*
Artist: Alan Brookman Beddoe, OC, OBE, OStJ, FRHSC
The Viscount Willingdon
(1926 - 1931) *13*
Artist: Alan Brookman Beddoe, OC, OBE, OStJ, FRHSC
Lord Byng
(1921-1926) *12*
Artist: Alan Brookman Beddoe, OC, OBE, OStJ, FRHSC
The Duke of Devonshire
(1916-1921) *11*
Artist: Alan Brookman Beddoe, OC, OBE, OStJ, FRHSC
H.R.H The Duke of Connaught
(1911-1916) *10*
Artist: Alan Brookman Beddoe, OC, OBE, OStJ, FRHSC
Earl Grey
(1904-1911) *9*
Artist: Alan Brookman Beddoe, OC, OBE, OStJ, FRHSC
The Earl of Minto
(1898-1904) *8*
Artist: Alan Brookman Beddoe, OC, OBE, OStJ, FRHSC
The Earl of Aberdeen
(1893-1898) *7*
Artist: Alan Brookman Beddoe, OC, OBE, OStJ, FRHSC
Lord Stanley
(1888-1893) *6*
Artist: Alan Brookman Beddoe, OC, OBE, OStJ, FRHSC
The Marquess of Lansdowne
(1883-1888) *5*
Artist: Alan Brookman Beddoe, OC, OBE, OStJ, FRHSC
The Duke of Argyll
(1878-1883) *4*
Artist: Alan Brookman Beddoe, OC, OBE, OStJ, FRHSC
The Earl of Dufferin
(1872-1878) *3*
Artist: Alan Brookman Beddoe, OC, OBE, OStJ, FRHSC
Lord Lisgar
(1869-1872) *2*
Artist: Alan Brookman Beddoe, OC, OBE, OStJ, FRHSC
The Viscount Monck
(1867-1868) *1*
Artist: Alan Brookman Beddoe, OC, OBE, OStJ, FRHSC

May 01, 2008