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Hamilton (former district in Scotland), coat of arms (1975)

Hamilton (former district in Scotland), coat of arms (1975)

Official blazon

Gules, a fess embattled and enarched Argent, masoned Sable, between three cinquefoils pierced ofthe Second.

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; and in an Escrol under the Shield this Motto "Virtue and Vigilance".

Origin/meaning

The arms were granted on August 12, 1975. The arms show the arms of Hamilton, but with the addition of the embattled bridge. The bridge symbolises Bothwell bridge, the oldest bridge in Lanarkshire, dating from 1486.

The motto "Virtue and Vigilance" is a combination of the mottoes of Hamilton Burgh and Lanarkshire.


adopted (dd.mm.yyyy): 12.08.1975

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