Berwickshire

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BERWICKSHIRE

As County Council incorporated as a District Council with the same name into : 1975 Borders (since 1996 Scottish Borders)
Additions to the District Council : 1975 Coldstream, Duns, Eyemouth

County Council

Arms (crest) of Berwickshire

Official blazon

Argent, on a mount Vert, a bear Sable, collared and chained Or, standing in front of a tree Proper.

Origin/meaning

The arms were officially granted on October 10, 1890.

The arms show a bear chained to a Wych Elm, a pun on the name of the county.

It is based on the arms of the town of Berwick-upon-Tweed, now in England, but once in Scotland and the county town.

District Council

Arms (crest) of Berwickshire

Official blazon

Argent, on a mount Vert, a bear Sable, collared and chained Or, standing in front of a tree Proper.

Above the Shield is placed a coronet appropriate to a statutory District, videlicet:-a circlet richly chased, from which are issuant eight thistle-heads (three and two halves visible) Or.

Origin/meaning

The arms were officially granted on November 12, 1975.

These are the arms of the former county council, but now with a crown of a district council.


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Literature : Urquhart, 1979