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ETON (rural district council)

Incorporated into : 1974 South Buckinghamshire, Windsor and Maidenhead

Arms (crest) of Eton

Official blazon

Arms : Per pale gules and sable, issuant from a plain base barry wavy of four argent and vert a mount of the last, thereon in front of a beech tree Or a swan, wings displayed and inverted, proper; all within a bordure ermine.
Crest : Out of a coronet composed of four fleurs-de-lys gules set upon a rim Or a demi panther guardant argent semee of hurts, collared gules and holding between the paws an escutcheon also argent charged with a fesse sable thereon three plates. Mantled gules and sable, doubled argent.
Motto: 'CONSILIO ET ANIMIS' - By wisdom and courage

Origin/meaning

The arms were officially granted on November 18, 1960.

The background of red and black is in the County colours, these indicated the District's situation in Buckinghamshire, mainly in the south near the Thames, and the symbolism is continued in the background of the historic livery colours of the Staffords, Earls and Dukes of Buckingham, whose red and black livery forms the basis of the arms of the County Council. Their White Swan badge, also familiar in the County, stands on a grassy bank by the heraldic river. Completing the symbolism the familiar Buckinghamshire beech in the County crest.

The crest is composed of emblems denoting several notable families having historical links with the District. The white panther spotted with blue (Palmer, of Dorney) wearing a red collar (Desborough, of Taplow) and holding a shield of the Penn Family.


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