South Ayrshire

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Additions : 1996 Kyle and Carrick (1975 Ayr, Girvan, Maybole, Prestwick, Troon; districts of Ayr, Dalmellington (partly), Girvan, Maybole)

Coat of arms (crest) of South Ayrshire

Official blazon

Per pale Or and Argent: dexter, issuant from a fess chequy Azure and Argent, a demi-lion rampant Gules (for Kyle), sinister, a chevron of the Last (for Carrick).

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, on which in an Escrol is set this Motto 'Ne'er Forget the People", are set for Supporters, dexter, a dolphin Azure and sinister, a lion Azure.


The arms were granted on December 9, 1996.

The arms are those of Kyle and Carrick District council, with the addition of the supporters.

The lion and the (heraldic) dolphin were taken from the old arms of Maybole Burgh, the ancient capital of Carrick. The dolphin is taken from the crest of the Kennedy family, Marquesses of Ailas, the lion is taken from King Robert I, who was Earl of Carrick before becoming King.

The motto also is a new addition and is taken from a poem by Burns.

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Literature: Urquhart, 2001.