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Incorporated into : 1975 Grampian Regional Council (1996 Aberdeenshire District Council)

Arms (crest) of Aberdeenshire

Official blazon

Quarterly: 1st, Azure, three garbs Or; 2nd, Azure, a bend between six cross-crosslets fitchee Or; 3rd, Or, a fess chequy Argent and Azure between three open crowns Gules; 4th, Azure, three boars' heads couped Or.


The arms were granted on July 11, 1890.

The arms represent the four main historic parts of the County. The 1st quarter has the arms of the ancient Earldom of Buchan, the 2nd those of the Earldom of Mar, the 3rd those of the Lordship of Garioch, and the 4th those of the Chief of Clan Gordon, for Strath­bogie and the other Gordon lands in the County

Area Council

Additions : 1996 Banff and Buchan (1975 Aberchirder, Banff, Fraserburgh, Macduff, Peterhead, Portsoy, Rosehearty, Turriff), Gordon (1975 Ellon, Huntly, Inverurie, Kintore, Old Meldrum), Kincardine and Deeside (1975 Ballater, Banchory, Inverbervie, Laurencekirk, Stonehaven)districts of the Grampian region

The council has no arms.

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Literature : Urquhart, 1974, 2001