Some time ago I posted the original design. It was similar. However, it didn’t reflect our grandchildren. They are represented by the row of stars. We now have 13 grandchildren. We added Reed, Oliver and Henry last year.
A family crest (or Coat of Arms) should reflect the family and its value system.
The most prominent feature of our crest is its shield. The castle design is from the Rawson Family Coat of Arms that was given to the family in the 12th century by the King of England for saving his life. The castle represents safety.
The next design element is the two-piece laurel wreath. One side represents the mother and the other half, the father and the branching of our mutual desire to provide positive leadership for the purpose of overcoming adversity.
The six stars at the top are for his six children (Steven, McKay, Taylor, Morgan, Cameron and Katy). The Masonic Logo represents my personal commitment to the principles and values originally taught to me by my grandfather (HH Rawson, 320) and then his father-in-Law (Illustrious Preston M. Jones, 330, Past Potentate) and that I am a 320 Knight Commander Court of Honor (K.C.C.H.) Mason.
The double-headed eagle is central to the Scottish Rite. It generally evokes the admonishment to “know thyself” and is viewed with its outstretched wings to remind a Mason to provide protection and of his responsibility to justly lead others. The white head of the Eagles represents commitments made to be strong, have courage and to use foresight for the benefit of others first and then oneself. Always in that order.
The Masonic Square and Compass represent the foundation of Masonry. The Square reminds a Mason to always square his actions by the square of virtue with all mankind. The Compass reminds a Mason to always have the strength to circumscribe his desire and keep his passions within due bounds. In other words, he must guard himself to prevent his falling into the grip of greed and excess.
The exact placement of the Master Mason’s symbol with a G in the center represents the fact that G-D’s (It’s officially referred to as the “higher power” in one’s life and depending on one’s religious beliefs, the higher power may have another name) to be at the center of a Mason’s life. As such, his faith must be in G-D first and then the principles and values of Masonry second. It sits between the Stars and the Eagle representing the Mason’s place in his family and their future.
The design was created as a result of a discussion between our daughter Katy (a graphic artist) and me. She then created the finished crest. The colorization came from Chris Edwards at the time the original design was created in 2008. As a family, we’re indebted to both of these young people for their considerable skills.