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CLYDESDALE (1975-1980 LANARK) (District Council)

Additions : 1975 Biggar, Lanark
Incorporated into : 1996 South Lanarkshire

Arms (crest) of Clydesdale

Official blazon

Tierced in pairle reversed: 1st, Or, an eagle with two heads displayed Sable, armed and membered Gules, holding in his dexter claw an ancient hand bell Proper; 2nd, Gules, a goat's head erased Argent, armed Or; 3rd, Argent, a man's heart Gules, imperially crowned Proper.

Above the Shield is placed a coronet appropriate to a statutory District, videlicet:- a circlet richly chased, from which are issuant eight thistle-heads (three and two halves visible) Or; and in an Escrol under the same this Motto "Let the Deed Shaw".


The arms were granted on August 12, 1975.

The arms are divided in a similar was as the arms of Biggar. The symbols are all taken from the arms of the burghs and county. The double-headed eagle is taken from the arms of Lanark Burgh and is a Roman eagle, symbolising the Roman camps in the area. The bell in the claw of the eagle is the bell of St. Munro, the patron saint of Lanark (see also Glasgow).
The goat's head is taken from the arms Biggar and is derived from the crest of the Fleming family. The base shows the crowned heart of the Douglas family, taken from the arms of Lanarkshire.

The motto is taken from the Fleming family and burgh of Biggar.

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Literature: Urquhart, 1979