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Incorporated into : 1975 Gordon District Council (1996 Aberdeenshire Area Council)

Arms (crest) of Inverurie

Official blazon

Azure, two castles in fess Or, masoned Sable, windows and portcullis Gules.

Above the Shield is placed a Burghal crown and in an Escrol under the same this Motto "Urbs in Rure".


The arms were granted on November 7, 1930.

Inverurie, granted to David, Earl of Huntingdon, by his brother, King William the Lion, between 1178 and 1182, appears to have been a Burgh by 1195 and is considered as a Royal Burgh from that date.

The arms show two towers, called castles, as shown on the device on an old Burgh seal. The town has long been recognised as the capital of the Garioch, a district which once had two castles for its protection, the Castle of Inverurie on the Bass and the Castle of Dunnideer, the capital of the Picts. These castles are said to have been also seats of the Mormaers of Mar and Buchan and later of the Regality courts of the Earls of Mar.

The blue and gold colours are those of Mar, and the golden and red castles recall the Lords and Earls of Garioch.

The Latin motto "A town in the country" is said to date from Roman times; there is ample evidence of Roman marching camps in the area, and according to legend some Roman legionaries on a progress through North Britain came upon a settlement on the site of the present Burgh and expressed surprise at finding a town in such remote rural country.

seal of Inverurie

Seal of the burgh as used in the 1890s
Arms (crest) of Inverurie

The arms in the town (source)

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Literature: Porteous, 1906; Urquhart, 1974