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MONKLANDS (District Council)
Additions : 1975 Airdrie, Coatbridge
Incorporated into : 1996 North Lanarkshire
Per fess wavy, in chief per pale Or and Sable, and in base Gules: 1st, a double-headed eagle displayed Sable, beaked and membered Gules, in chief a crescent between two spur rowels Vert; 2nd, a tower Argent masoned Sable, windows and port Gules, from the battlements flames issuant Proper; 3rd, between two cinquefoils Argent pierced of the field the figure of a Cistercian monk affrontee habited Proper.
Above the Shield is placed a coronet appropriate to a statutory District, videlicet:- a circlet richly chased, from which are issuant eight thistle-heads (three and two halves visible) Or; and in an Escrol under the Shield this Motto "Vigilanter".
The arms were granted on July 18, 1975.
The arms are based on the arms of the two former burghs and Lanarkshire County Council.
The eagle is taken from the arms of Airdrie, the flaming tower from Coatbridge. The red colour and the cinquefoils are taken from the arms of Lanarkshire. The monk os a canting symbol and refer to the fact that the area historically belonged to the Cistercian Abbey of Newbattle.
The wavy division line symbolises the Monkland canal.
The motto "Vigilanter" (Watchfully) is taken from the arms of Airdire and Lanarkshire.
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Literature : Urquhart, 1979