Stephen Thomas Buchanan, is an infantry officer in the Australian Army. He holds a Master of Science Degree, is a Justice of the Peace for the state of New South Wales and has been awarded the US Bronze Star Medal for his service in Iraq in 2007. Stephen married Carolyn (nee Buchanan) in 1982. His grandfather immigrated as a 13 year old from Glasgow, Scotland to Brisbane, Australia in 1912. His earliest confirmed Buchanan ancestor is Thomas Buchanan, linen weaver, who married Marion Gray on 16 Dec 1815 in Kilbarchan, Renfrewshire, Scotland.
THE ARMS: Or, a lion rampant Sable armed and langued Gules on a base enarched wavy Tenné, between its forelegs a representation of the Southern Cross Azure, all within a double tressure flory counterflory Sable. Above the Shield is placed a Helm befitting his degree with a mantling Sable doubled Or, and on a Wreath of Liveries is set for crest an Aboriginal warrior's hand couped at the wrist holding a fighting boomerang Brundtre, and in an escrol over the same this motto "SOILLEIRE ANN AN CRIOSD", meaning is Scot's Gaelic for "Brightest in Christ".
Recorded on the 104th page of the 89th Volume of Public Register of All Arms and Bearings in Scotland, dated 30th September 2013
The Aboriginal hand and fighting boomerang represents three generations of Australian soldier (the recipient’s, father, elder son and self).
THE MOTTO: 'Soilleire Ann An Criosd' ( Brightest in Christ )
Stephen Buchanan used his new pennon (above) when he was parade commander for the August 2015 Central Coast Gathering of the Clans - a little bit of Buchanan heraldry in action.