Robert Douglas Watt, officer of arms who served as the first Chief Herald of Canada. He was appointed at the foundation of the Canadian Heraldic Authority in 1988, and he was succeeded by Claire Boudreau in 2007.(born 1945) is a former Canadian museum curator and
|Chief Herald of Canada|
1988 – June 26, 2007
|Governor General||Jeanne Sauvé|
|Succeeded by||Claire Boudreau|
|Born||1945 (age 73–74)|
|Spouse(s)||Alison Jean Logan (m. 1973)|
|Occupation||curator and officer of arms|
Life and career
Watt was born in Picton, Ontario, in 1945. He received a Bachelor of Arts in 1967 and a Master of Arts in 1968 from Carleton University. From 1969 to 1970, he was an archivist for the Public Archives of Canada. From 1971 to 1973, he was the Vancouver City Archivist.
In 1973, he was appointed as Curator of History at the Vancouver Centennial Museum (now the Vancouver Museum). He became Chief Curator in 1977 and was Director from 1980 to 1988. He was appointed as the first Chief Herald of Canada in 1988, and he served in that position until 2007.
He was appointed as a Lieutenant of the Royal Victorian Order (LVO) in the 2008 New Year Honours and received his insignia from the Prince of Wales at Buckingham Palace on May 16, 2008. Watt is also an Officer of the Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of St. John and has been awarded the 125th Anniversary of the Confederation of Canada Medal, the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal and the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Medal. He was made an Honorary Senior Fellow of Renison University College in 1990.
He is married to Alison Watt (née Logan), the former Director, University Secretariat of Simon Fraser University.
Coat of arms
- "Robert D. Watt". Royal Heraldry Society of Canada. Retrieved March 8, 2018.
- Dr. Gail Cuthbert Brandt 'Bold and Courageous Dreams' Renison University College, 2014, pg. 132
- "Honorary Colonels". Royal Canadian Medical Service. Retrieved 2018-03-10.
- Profiles of citizenship judges
- Director, University Secretariat Archived 2007-03-10 at the Wayback Machine, Simon Fraser University
|New title|| Chief Herald of Canada
1988 – 2007