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Incorporated into : 1974 Leicestershire as the Rutland District Council (with additions of Ketton UDC, Oakham RDC, Oakham UDC, Uppingham RDC)
Re-established as a unitary County Council in 1998

Arms (crest) of Rutland

Official blazon

Arms : Vert semée of Acorns a Horseshoe Or
Crest : On a Wreath of the Colours in front of a Horseshoe an Acorn Or leaved and slipped proper
Motto: 'MULTUM IN PARVO'-Much in little


The arms were officially granted on May 1st, 1950.

The green shield represents the County's agriculture, especially its rich pasture land and the acorn exemplifies the former forest land which at one time covered much of the County, especially on the south side. The horseshoe represents the County's history and hunting association, and recalls the unique collection of horseshoes presented by royalty, peers of the realm, and noblemen passing through the County, which hang on the walls of the famous Castle Hall at Oakham.

The motto ("Much in little") refers to Rutland being by some distance the smallest county in England.

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