Saturday, 26 January 2013

Researching St John

The Heraldry of St John Ambulance Australia

It appears Elizabeth Hunter has something planned for the St Johns boys at Rowany Festival this year. As I had researched her popular dragon banner from two (?) years ago she's asked me to find an image of St John. The big question is, Which St John? Wikipedia has a massive list of them.

According to the St John Ambulance Historical society, "In the Nineteenth Century a group of citizens revived the Order of St John in England, drawing their inspiration from the example of the Knights of St John who in medieval times,". The order was involved in volunteer assitance for the sick. This movement was spread to Australia in 1884.  (St John Ambulance Australia). While important this history is far too current, and the Order of St John / Knights of St John are more relevant to our research. For those interested the Historical Society of St Johns Ambulance publishes a free history journal with some very detail articles on a range of topics, from language, to coinage, to the forefathers of the organisation

So we can safely assume that any St John post-1884 is not our man.

  • John Bosco (1815–1888), Italian priest and educator; founder of the Salesians of Don Bosco and the Salesian Cooperators
  • John of Kronstadt (1829–1908), Russian archpriest and synod member
  • John of Shanghai and San Francisco (1898-1966), also known as John the Wonderworker, Archbishop of Shanghai and San Francisco

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