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NAIRNSHIRE (County Council)

Incorporated into : 1975 Highland Region (1996 Highland Area Council)

Arms (crest) of Nairnshire

Official blazon

Or, on a chevron Gules, between two water budgets in chief and in base a stag's head cabossed Sable, three mullets Argent.

And in an Escrol under the Shield this Motto "Unite and be Mindful".


The arms were granted on July 21, 1927.

The arms show a stag's head, taken from the arms of the Calder family, one of the most ancient anrd important families in the region. The golden colour and the two water budgets are taken from the arms of the Rose of Kilravock family, another important family and intermarried with the Calders. The red chevron is taken from the arms of the Brodie of Brodie family, whereas the silver stars are taken from a fourth important family, the Baillies of Lochloy.

The motto is a combination from the motto of the Brodie of Brodie family, "Unite" and the motto of the Campbell of Cawdor family "Be Mindful".

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Literature: Patton, 1977