Galle

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GALLE

Arms (crest) of Galle

Official blazon

Origin/meaning

The arms are double canting, showing a rock (gala in Sinhalese) and a rooster (gallus in Latin). The helmet was also used by the city of Jaffna and indicates that these cities were of high importance to the colony (after Colombo).

The above image dates from a manuscript dating from 1717/1720. The town currently does not use arms.


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Literature : Silva, de and Beumer, Illustrations and views of Dutch Ceylon 1602-1796, 1988.


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