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Gloucester, Ontario (Canada)

Ottawa-Carleton Regional Municipality

Last modified: 2012-12-16 by rob raeside
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[Gloucester, Ontario] image by Peter Orenski, 17 November 2012
based on research and information provided by James Croft and Kevin Harrington

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Description of the flag

A green centred cross raguly on a yellow field, with a yellow maple leaf centred.

"Originally, all the land bordering the Ottawa River east of the Rideau River to the Cumberland Boundary and south to Osgoode Township, belonged to what was then, the Township of Gloucester. Parts of the township were annexed by the City of Ottawa over the years, or were incorporated as separate municipalities. Eastview (now known as Vanier) was incorporated in 1908 and Rockcliffe Park in 1925. Annexations began with New Edinburgh in 1887 and followed by a much larger annexation in 1950. The remainder of the township was incorporated as a city in 1981. The city was then amalgamated as part of the city of Ottawa in 2001." - Gloucester Historical Society website

The flag of Gloucester is derived from the town's arms. According to the Gloucester Historical Society, the flag, designed by Harold Diceman, was first flown on 24 September 1983.

The arms of Gloucester were registered on 22 June 1999 by Letters Patented recorded on the Public Register of Arms, Flags and Badges, vol. III, p. 327 and announced on 22 July 2000 in the Canada Gazette, Vol. 134, no. 30. The Letters Patented also granted the flag.

Or on a cross raguly vert a maple leaf between in fess two garbs or and in pale two cog wheels argent;

Issuant from a mural crown argent charged with a torteau thereon a trillium flower argent barbed and seeded proper a maple tree or the trunk enfiled through a belt vert the buckle or;

JUSTUS UT ACER. This Latin phrase means "Just like the maple". - Public Register of Arms, Flags and Badges

The explanation of the arms is given in the "Heraldry of the World" website:
"The cross in the arms symbolises the Christian settlers who founded the town; it is raguly to show that it was "hewn from the forest". Industry and agriculture are represented by the wheat sheaves and the cogs. Ontario is represented by the gold maple leaf (and by the green and gold colour scheme). The crest contains a gold maple tree (symbolic again of Ontario and of growth) - a green belt (the national capital's greenbelt) and a red roundel (from the arms of Gloucestershire, England). The motto loosely translates as "Justice shall flourish like the maple".
Ivan Sache, 17 November 2012