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Civic heraldry of the United Kingdom
Additions : 1975 East Kilbride , parts of several districts
Incorporated into : 1996 South Lanarkshire
Per fess, in chief Gules and in base per pale Or and Vert, a cross flory of the Second between two mullets Argent in chief and an oystercatcher bird Proper in base; a chief chequy per pale, dexter, Argent and Azure, sinister, Argent and Sable; all within a bordure Gules.
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 Prosper but Dreid .
The arms were granted on June 24, 1975.
The arms are largely based on the arms of East Kilbride Burgh (see below), with the addition of a red bordure and a different crown.
Incorporated into : 1975 East Kilbride district
Per fess, in chief Gules and in base per pale Or and Vert, a cross flory of the Second between two mullets Argent in chief and an oyster catcher bird Proper in base; a chief chequy per pale, dexter, Argent and Azure, sinister, Argent and Sable.
Above the Shield is placed a Burghal coronet Azure masoned Argent, and in an Escrol this Motto "Prosper but Dreid".
The arms were granted on September 23, 1963.
The checuered chief symbolises the Stewart of Torrance and the Maxwell of Calderwood clans; both have a long connection with the area. The cross is the symbol of Dt. Bride, after whom the town is named.
The two stars are taken from the arms of the Lindsays of Dunrod.
The oystercatcher is the symbol of St. Bride. The colours of the base symbolise wealth (gold) and agriculture (green).
The motto "Prosper but Dreid" is derived from the motto of the Earls of Lindsey.
Literature : Urquhart, 1974, 1979
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