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PORTOBELLO

Burgh

Incorporated into : 1896 Edinburgh city (1975 Edinburgh District Council (1996 Edinburgh City))

Arms (crest) of Portobello

Official blazon

Quarterly: 1st and 4th, Azure, a three-masted vessel under sail •or; 2nd and 3rd, Argent, a cannon mounted on a carriage Sable.

Above the Shield is placed a suitable Helmet with a Mantling Gules doubled Argent, and on a Wreath of the proper Liveries is set for Crest a tower Argent masoned Sable, and in an Escrol over the same this Motto "Ope Et Consilio".

Origin/meaning

The arms were granted on March 18, 1886.

The arms, which are said to have been based on the design of a medal brought home by the sailor, are an example of canting heraldry: the ships representing the port (Porto) and the cannons, war (Bello).

The castle in the crest is thought to stand for one of the castles by which Puerto Bello was defended, and the Latin motto "With help and counsel" to the skillful manner in which Admiral Vernon and his colleagues cap­tured it.

Arms of Portobello

The arms as used on a JaJa postcard +/- 1905

Community Council

Arms (crest) of Portobello

Official blazon

Quarterly, 1st and 4th, Azure, a three masted vessel under sail Or; 2nd and 3rd, Argent, a cannon mounted on a carriage Sable.

Above the Shield is placed a Coronet appropriate to a statutory Community Council, videlicet:- a circlet richly chased from which are issuant four thistle leaves (one and two halves visible) and four pine cones (two visible) Or, and in an Escrol below the same this Motto "Ope et Consilio".

Origin/meaning

The arms were granted on May 20, 1997.

These are the Burgh arms with a crown of a community council.


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Literature : Urquhart, 1974, 2001