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Last Update: 08/05/2024

Edward Thiravej Ploysongsang, BS, MRP, JD, MCIArb. FRAS.

Registered: The International Register of Arms, 12th March 2006. Registration No. 00037.

Arms: Gules, a lion rampant Argent, langued Azure; on a chief embattled Or, three gouttes de larmes.

Crest: Dexter the sun in his splendour Or, and adjacent to it an increscent moon Argent.

Motto: Affulgeo (Shine Forth; I Shine On)

Badge: Dexter, the sun in his splendour Or, and adjacent to it an increscent moon, Argent.

Standard: In the hoist the arms; in the fly, Azure, between two transverse bands Or, each bearing the motto Affulgeo, three representations of the crest; the whole fringed compony Or and Gules, the sleeve Azure.

The Arms of Edward
                                                Thiravej Ploysongsang

Registration: South African Bureau of Heraldry on 8 February 2002.  Certificates nos. 3299 (arms), 3300 (badge), 3301 (standard) dated 29 November 2002.

Further Private Registration: Collegium Heraldicum Russiae, registered 19 February 2003 (arms). American College of Heraldry, registered 22 March 2003, no. 2315 (arms, badge and standard). Heraldische Gemeinschaft Westfalen, registered 10 December 2004, no. DEV0204 (arms, supporters and compartment). United States Heraldic Registry, registered 14 January 2006, no. 20060114G (arms).

Further Certification: Don Alfonso de Ceballos-Escalera y Gila, Marqués de la Floresta, Crónista de Armas de Castilla y León, certified 13 May 2005 (arms, supporters, compartment, two badges and standard).

The Armiger has two other entries in the register:

Spain: The International Register of Arms, 11th August 2016. Registration Number No.0394 (Vol.3).

England: The International Register of Arms, 28th December 2017. Registration Number No.0442 (Vol.3).

The armiger works primarily as a corporate and commercial attorney in Thailand having co-founded the Ployprathip International Law Office (PILO) in 2007.

He was born in 1970 in Cincinnati, Ohio (USA) to a professional family of predominantly Sino-Siamese origins. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (Bachelor of Science), Cornell University (Master of Regional Planning), Washington University in St. Louis (Juris Doctor), and the Sasin Graduate Institute of Business Administration of Chulalongkorn University (Executive Master of Business Administration). He is a Fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain and Ireland (UK), and a Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (UK).

The armiger holds licenses to practice law in New York and before the US Court of International Trade, US Court of Federal Claims, US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, US Tax Court, US Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces, US Court of Appeals for Veteran Affairs, and the US Supreme Court. He is a Knight Commander of the Order of the Eagle of Georgia and the Seamless Tunic of Our Lord Jesus Christ, and a Serving Member of the Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of St. John of Jerusalem.

The armiger is married with children, including a heraldic heir, and is a member of the RBSC Polo Club in Thailand. He has long enjoyed Western-style heraldry. Sadly, there is no heraldic tradition in China save for export porcelain and only a short-lived one in Thailand. In 2001, he decided to obtain an authentic coat of arms. The design is both canting and allusive.

The lion refers to the armiger on three levels. First, in Thailand, the lion is called “singh”. So it represents both a pun on his surname and an allusion to his Thai identity. Second, the lion as the king of beasts refers to his undergraduate studies in zoology and his interest in the natural world. Lastly, the lion alludes to his profession as a lawyer since lions are seen in many Asian cultures as enforcers of the law.

The red embattled wall refers to the armiger’s paternal clan, “Zhu”, which means “bright red”, and his graduate studies in city and regional planning at Cornell University, red being one of the school’s colours. The gold embattled chief refers to his clan’s alleged ancestor, the legendary Yellow Emperor of China. The three drops of water and crest together allude to the ancestral designation of a more recent ancestor.

The armiger’s motto alludes to his Thai surname, which means “radiant jewel”.
Since obtaining his heraldic devices, the armiger has been able to trace an uninterrupted, male-line of descent from the Neo-Confucian philosopher Zhu Xi (b. 1130 – d. 1200 AD). Unfortunately, his ideas were attacked during his lifetime and he died out of favour with the imperial court. Around 1208, Song Emperor Ningzong rehabilitated Zhu Xi and gave him the posthumous, scholarly honorific “Wen Gong” meaning “Venerable Gentleman of Culture”. Around 1228, Song Emperor Lizong rehabilitated his school of thought and honored him with the posthumous noble title, Duke of Hui. In 1241, a memorial tablet to Zhu Xi was placed in the Temple of Confucius, elevating him to Confucian sainthood. His philosophy would become state hegemony in China until the end of the imperial period around 1912, as well as in Korea, Japan and Vietnam. Even today, his philosophy still plays an important role in these countries. America’s Life magazine once listed him as number 45 of the top 100 most influential people of the second millennium.

The Standard Edward
                                                Thiravej Ploysongsang


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