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SCOTTISH BORDERS (Area Council)
Additions : 1996 Borders regional council (1975 Berwickshire, Peeblesshire, Roxburghshire, Selkirkshire), Berwickshire (1975 Coldstream, Duns, Eyemouth), Ettrick and Lauderdale (Galashiels, Lauder, Melrose, Selkirk), Roxburgh (1975 Hawick, Jedburgh, Kelso), Tweeddale (1975 Innerleithen, Peebles)
Azure, a saltire Argent, surmounted at the fess point by an inescutcheon Gules, fimbriated Or, charged with four barrulets wavy Argent between in chief a salmon naiant and in base a ram's head cabossed Proper, a bordure counter-compony of the First and Second.
Above the Shield is placed a Coronet appropriate to a statutory Area Council, videlicet:- issuant from a circlet eight paling piles (three and two halves visible) Or and eight garbs (four visible) of the Last, banded Sable; and on a Compartment below the Shield are set for Supporters, dexter, a Border knight Proper, wearing thigh boots Sable, spurred Or, a breast-plate and helmet Proper, girt with a sword, his dexter arm flexed at the elbow, the hand grasping a spear paleways also Proper, and sinister, a unicorn Argent, armed, maned and unguled Or and gorged with a collar Gules, from which is pendant an oval badge Azure, fimbriated Or, charged with a saltire Argent.
The arms were officially granted on January 31, 1996.
The arms are those of the Borders Regional Council with a different crown.
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