Inverbervie

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Official blazon

Azure, a rose Argent, barbed and seeded Proper. (Above the Shield is placed a Burghal coronet.)

Origin/meaning

The arms were granted on June 4, 1929.

Inverbervie appears to have been a Royal Burgh since 1341.

The arms are simple and come from a sixteenth- or seventeenth-century Burgh seal. The rose has a long connection with Inverbervie and legend says that King David II bestowed the emblem on the town either in compliment to his English Queen Joan or because the rose was one of his favourite flowers.

There may, however, also be a connection with the Carmelite Convent of Bervie which was dedicated to the Virgin Mary since a white rose is one of her symbols.


Seal of the burgh as used in the 1890s

The arms in the Burgh Hall (source)

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Literature : Porteous, 1906; Urquhart, 1974