Heraldry and our Emblem

For its emblem the Society has chosen to use the Water Bouget, taken from the armorial bearings of Maurice Johnson, our founder. The Water Bouget is a frequently used heraldic device derived from leather water bottles carried on a yoke and appears on early medieval arms such as those of the de Roos and of Bourchier. Over the years it has taken various forms from the simplified to the ornate.

The armorial bearings were originally granted to Maurice Johnson's great-great grandfather, Martyn Johnson, Lord of the Manors of Aunby and Sutterton, by Robert Cooke, Clarenceaux King of Arms 1567-1593.

The heraldic pun on the initials MJ of our founder are obvious.