East Dunbartonshire

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EAST DUNBARTONSHIRE (Area Council)

Additions : 1996 Bearsden and Milngavie, Strathkelvin

Arms (crest) of East Dunbartonshire

Official blazon

Per fess Argent and Gules, a fess dancetty bendy Or and Vert between a rose Gules, barbed and seeded Vert, in chief, and a water wheel Argent in base.

Above the Shield is placed a Coronet appropriate to a statutory Area Council, videlicet:- issuant from a circlet eight paling piles (three and two halves visible) Or and eight garbs (four visible) of the Last, banded Sable, and on a wreath of the Liveries is set for Crest a roundel per bend Gules and Sable charged with a bear 's head couped Argent, muzzled Azure, and on a Compartment composed of earth and coal below the Shield and inscribed with this Motto "Cuim Air Adhart Comhla", are set for Supporters, dexter, a Roman soldier Proper, holding in his exterior hand a shield Gules charged with three mullets in chief Argent, and sinister, a miner supporting with his exterior hand a pickaxe, head downwards, Proper.

Origin/meaning

The arms were granted on February 17, 1997.

The shield bears the green/gold bends from the arms of the Burgh of Bishoprigg, with the silver mill wheel on red for the Burgh of Milngavie. On a white chief is the red rose from the arms of the old Earldom of The Lennox.

Unique for Scotland, above the Coronet for unitary councils appears a crest, drawn from the arms of the old Burgh of Bearsden (a bear looking into its den).

The dexter supporter is a Roman Soldier with one foot on part of the Antonine Wall, and the 3 gold stars on his shield representing the Holy Trinity, are from the arms of the Burgh of Kirkintilloch, where the Romans had a fort. The sinister supporter is a coal-miner with one foot on a seam of coal.

The Motto which is in Gaelic means Moving Forward Together


Literature : Urquhart, 2001.