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DYFED COUNTY COUNCIL

Created : 1974 from (parts of) Cardiganshire, Carmarthenshire and Pembrokeshire county councils
Abolished : 1996 to Ceredigion, Carmarthenshire and Pembrokeshire

Arms (crest) of Dyfed

Official blazon

Arms : Per pall reversed Sable Gules and Azure in the first a Lion rampant regardant in the second a Lion rampant within a Bordure engrailed and in the third a Lion rampant between four Roses all Or.
Crest : Issuant from a Mural Crown Or charged with a Rose Gules charged with another Argent both barbed and seeded proper a Rock proper thereon an Eagle wings elevated and addorsed Gold resting the dexter talon on an open Book proper, Mantled Sable doubled Or.
Supporters : On the dexter a Dragon Gules charged on the shoulder with a Bezant thereon a Miner's Lamp and holding a Bough of Oak proper and on the sinister a Sea-Horse also proper charged on the shoulder with a Roundel Vert thereon a Garb Or and holding a Trident proper.
Motto : 'RHYDDID GWERIN FFYNIANT GWLAD' - A free people a prosperous country

Origin/meaning

The arms were officially granted on?

The golden lion rampant regardant on a black ground is for Gwaethfoed, Prince of Ceredigion, and is taken from the arms of the former Cardiganshire County Council. The golden lion rampant on a red ground within a golden border is for Rhys ap Tewdwr, Prince of Deheubarth, and is from the arms of the former Carmarthenshire County Council. The a golden lion rampant between golden roses on a blue ground, represents Gwynfardd, Prince of Dyfed, whose seat was in Pembrokeshire. The whole signifies the earliest form of local government in the area, represented today by Dyfed County Council, a tradition of over a thousand years.

The crest is based on the crest of the former Pembrokeshire County Council. The golden eagle commemorates a form of wild life characteristic of Dyfed in the middle ages whilst the open book held in the eagle's talons denotes the laws of Hywel Dda, which were codified at Whitland, and learning generally. The eagle is perched on a castle rampart which reminds us that Dyfed is a "land of castles". The rampart is charged with a Tudor rose commemorating the birth of King Henry VII at Pembroke Castle in 1457.

The red dragon signifies nationality and is charged with a miner's lamp to mark the area's coal industry. It holds an oak branch which represents the bardic tradition of West Wales. The sea-horse and trident signify the maritime associations of the County and the wheatsheaf represents the main industry - agriculture.

The motto is that of the former Carmarthenshire County Council.


Literature : Image and information provided by the council.


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