Bytown and Ottawa Official City Crests
Designed by Mr. John Henry WALKER, 1831-1899

April 17, 2008:
Hi Al:

Have you or any of your Bytown or Bust correspondents ever come across a description 
of how John Henry Walker designed the original Bytown and later Ottawa City crests? I found 
illustrations of both crests at the McCord Museum site - and if I am reading the 
copyright information correctly, the images can be  used for non-commercial /educational 
purposes... I ask because of the presence of a Blacksmith on the left side of the 
c. 1850-55 Ottawa crest and the plow at the top of the City of Ottawa crest. Wouldn't 
be ironic if the blacksmith figure was based on the image of our Hugh Tolmie Masson? 

Please let me know if you wish me to seek permission to post the crest images to your  
Bytown site. 

Cheers - 
... Bruce Hurley

The following crests and their descriptions are copyright of the McCord Museum of Canadian History 690 Sherbrooke Street West Montreal, Quebec H3A 1E9 Phone : (514) 398-7100
Engraving Shield of Town Council of the Town of Bytown John Henry Walker (1831-1899)1850-1885, 19th century Ink on paper on supporting paper - Wood engraving 4.2 x 3.5 Gift of Mr. David Ross McCord M930.51.1.387 © McCord Museum Click to see the original image
Engraving City of Ottawa John Henry Walker (1831-1899)1850-1885, 19th century Ink on paper on supporting paper - Wood engraving 16.6 x 23.1 Gift of Mr. David Ross McCord M930.51.1.88 © McCord Museum Click to see the original image
Engraving Ottawa coat of arms John Henry Walker (1831-1899)1850-1885, 19th century Ink on paper on supporting paper - Wood engraving 6.2 x 8.7 Gift of Mr. David Ross McCord M930.51.1.385 © McCord Museum Click to see the original image

New March 29, 2010: Dear Bruce Hurley: I'm just writing a quick note because I came across a web posting of yours which also posted some pictures from the McCord Museum about a City of Ottawa coat of arms containing the figures of a blacksmith / justice etc. I am on the School Council at Glebe Collegiate in Ottawa and we are renovating the auditorium there. A large coat of arms was uncovered on one of the walls of the auditorium and is being repainted and restored. It is a replica of this coat of arms of the City of Ottawa - It would be lovely to have as much history about this coat of arms as possible - I know that the school principal is particularly interested. If you can pass along any other information about this coat of arms, that would be great. Regards, Sue Gemmell

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