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DARVEL

Incorporated into : 1975 Kilmarnock and Loudoun (1996 East Ayrshire)

Arms (crest) of Darvel

Official blazon

Azure, a distaff and a shuttle paleways in fess Or; on a chief Argent, a roundel Sable, charged with an estoile of the Second.

Below the Shield which is ensigned with the coronet proper to a Burgh is placed in an Escrol this Motto "Non Sibi Sed Cunctis".

Origin/meaning

The arms were officially granted on October 26, 1956.

Darvel became a Burgh in 1873.

The arms are a heraldic version of the device on the 1893 Burgh seal. The livery colours appear to have no special significance, the distaff and shuttle represent the weaving industry (mostly lace and madras manufacturing) and the black roundel with its golden estoile a local variety of lamp called a "crusie".

The black and silver colours in the chief could also allude to the banner of the Knights Templar.

The Latin motto-"Not for themselves but for all"-comes from the seal.


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Literature: Urquhart, 1974; seal from Porteous, 1906.