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Bearsden and Milngavie (former district in Scotland), coat of arms (1976)

Bearsden and Milngavie (former district in Scotland), coat of arms (1976)

Official blazon

Per pale: dexter, per bend Gules and Sable a bear's head couped Argent, langued ofthe First, muzzled Azure; sinister, quarterly of the Third and Second a cross moline, square pierced of the field and divided per cross of the First and Or; on a chief enarched per pale of the Last and Third a bar wavy of the Fourth, over all at the middle chief a rose of the First, barbed and seeded 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; and in an Escrol under the same this Motto" Bear The Gree".

Origin/meaning

The arms were granted on January 9, 1976.

The arms are based on the arms of the two former Burghs. The bear looking into his den, is canting for Bearsdem. The cross in the quartered shield is taken from the arms of Milngavie and should represent a mill-rind. The rose in the chies is taken from the arms of the Lennox Region and was part of both burgh arms. The wavy bar symbolises the Allander river. The motto "Bear the Gree" means "Have the first place" and is taken from the arms of Bearsden.


adopted (dd.mm.yyyy): 09.01.1976

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