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Incorporated into : 1975 Moray District Council (1996 Moray Area Council)

Arms (crest) of Rothes

Official blazon

Azure, on a bend Argent three buckles Gules. (Above the Shield is placed a Burghal coronet)


The arms were granted on February 2, 1931.

The arms are based on the Burgh seal and have been made a differenced version of those of Leslie, Earl of Rothes. The blue and silver colours of the field have been interchanged and the buckles made red -a Grant and an Ogilvy colour- since most of the lands in the district passed first into Grant hands and then to the Earls of Findlater, during the eighteenth century.

seal of Rothes

Seal of the burgh as used in the 1890s

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Literature : Porteous, 1906; Urquhart, 1974