Auchterarder

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AUCHTERARDER

Burgh

Incorporated into : 1975 Perth and Kinross District Council (1996 Perth and Kinross Area Council)

Arms (crest) of Auchterarder

Official blazon

Chevronny Or and Gules, a falcon displayed Proper, armed beaked and membered Azure, langued of the Second, belied and jessed Argent.

Below the Shield, which is ensigned with a Burghal coronet, on a Com­ partment along with this Motto "Non Potest Civitas Abscondi Supra Montem Posita", are set for Suppor­ ters two falcons Proper, armed beaked and membered Azure, lan­ gued Gules, belied andjessed Argent.

Origin/meaning

The arms were granted on March 14, 1950.

Auchterarder appears to have been a Royal Burgh by 1246 (reign of King Alexander II) and in the thirteenth century was the head Burgh of the Sheriffdom of Strathearn.

The arms show red and gold chevronels to recall the ancient Earldom of Strath­earn; similar chevronels had appeared on the nineteenth-century Burgh seal.

The falcon comes from an old Burgh seal of which a fourteenth-century impression is on record. The falcon supporters were chosen for the same reason, and it is noteworthy that the old Castle of Auchterarder is said to have been built as a hunting seat by King Malcolm III (1057-1093).

The Latin motto "A city that is set on a hill cannot be hid" was on the old Burgh seal and comes from the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5:I4) and this is most appropriate for a town whose Gaelic name means "the upper high land".


seal of Auchterarder

Seal of the burgh as used in the 1890s

Community Council

Arms (crest) of Auchterarder

Official blazon

Chevronny Or and Gules, a falcon displayed Proper, armed beaked and membered Azure, langued of the Second, belied and jessed Argent.

Above the Shield is placed a Coronet appropriate to a statutory Community Council, videlicet:- a circlet richly chased from which are issuant four thistle leaves (one• and two halves visible) and four pine cones (two visible) Or, and in an Escrol below the same this Motto "Non Potest Civitas Abscondi Supra Montem Posita".

Origin/meaning

The arms were granted on January 16, 1995.

These are the Burgh arms with a crown of a community council and without the supporters.


Literature : Porteous, 1906; Urquhart, 1974, 2001Scotland.jpg


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