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Quarterly: 1st, Gules, in chief two cinquefoils pierced Argent, and in base a book expanded Proper, binding and fore-edges Or; 2nd, Sable, a tower Argent, masoned Sable, window and port Gules, from the battlements flames issuant Proper; 3rd, Azure, in chief three mullets Or and in base a miner's lamp Argent; 4th Or, a fountain.
Above the Shield is placed a Coronet appropriate to a statutory Area Council, videlicet:- issuant from a circlet eight paling piles (three and two halves visible) Or and eight garbs (four visible) of the Last, banded Sable, and in an Escrol below the same this Motto "Pro Bono Publico".
The arms were granted on July 1, 1996.
The first quarter shows two cinquefoils derived from the arms of Monklands and Motherwell. The open Bible is derived from the Cumbernaud and Kilsyth arms and signifies the connection with the Covenanters in the 17th century.
The second quarter shows a flaming tower, derived from the Monklands arms. It signifies the iron and steel industry in North Lanarkshire.
The third quarter shows three stars, symbolising the Holy Trinity and is taken from the arms of Strathkelvin. The miner's lamp comes from Cumbernaud and Kilsyth and is a symbol for the former mining industry.
The fourth quarter shows a fountain, a canting symbol (well) in the Motherwell arms.
The motto "Pro bono publico" means 'For the public good'.
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Literature : Information provided by the North Lanarkshire Council (Council Guide 2000)