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BORDERS (Regional Council)

Additions: 1975 Berwickshire, Peeblesshire, Roxburghshire, Selkirkshire
Districts : Berwickshire (1975 Coldstream, Duns, Eyemouth), Ettrick and Lauderdale (Galashiels, Lauder, Melrose, Selkirk), Roxburgh (1975 Hawick, Jedburgh, Kelso), Tweeddale (1975 Innerleithen, Peebles)
Incorporated into: 1996 Scottish Borders

Arms (crest) of Borders

Official blazon

Azure, a saltire Argent, surmounted at the fess point by an inescutcheon Gules, fimbriated Or, and charged with four barrulets wavy Argent be­ tween in chief a salmon naiant and in base a ram's head cabossed Proper, a bordure counter-compony of the First and Second.

Above the Shield is placed a coronet appropriate to a statutory Region, videlicet:- a circlet richly chased, from which are issuant four thistles leaved (one and two halves visible) Or; and on a Compartment below the Shield are set for Supporters, dexter, a Border Knight wearing thigh boots Sable spurred Or, a breastplate and helmet Proper, girt with a sword, his dexter arm flexed at the elbow, the hand grasping a spear paleways also Proper, and sin­ister, a unicorn Argent, armed, maned and unguled Or, and gorged with a collar Gules, from which is pendant an oval badge Azure, fim­briated Or, charged with a saltire Argent.


The arms were officially granted on February 3, 1976

The Council's arms follow the basic Regional design of a St Andrew's cross within a blue and silver bordure and surmounted by a red inescutcheon with a gold fimbriation. The wavy barrulets on the inescutcheon denote the river Tweed - they are four in number as there are four Districts in the Borders Region; the salmon and the ram's head represent its fishing, agricultural and woollen manufacturing interests. The dexter supporter is one of the famous Border knights, and the sinister supporter is the unicorn common to all the Regional Councils' coats of arms.

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