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ST. ANDREWS (Saint Andrews)

Burgh

Incorporated into : 1975 North East Fife District Council (1996 Fife Area Council)

Arms (crest) of St. Andrews

Official blazon

Parted per pale Azure and Argent: in the dexter, on a mount in base the figure of Saint Andrew Proper, bearing his cross in front of him Argent; in the sinister, growing out of a mount in base an oak tree Proper, fructed Or, in front of the trunk a boar passant Sable, langued Gules, armed Or.

Above the Shield is placed a mural crown and in an Escrol below the Shield this Motto "Dum Spiro Spero".

Origin/meaning

The arms were granted on May 29, 1912.

St. Andrews was the Metropolitan see of Scotland, founded as a Bishop's Burgh by leave of King David I between 1124 and 1144. In 1614, it was made a Burgh of Regality under the Archbishop of St. Andrews, and King James VI made it a Royal Burgh in 1620.

The arms consist of a rearrangement of the device on the reverse of the old Burgh seal of which a 1357 impression is on record.

The shield is parted in the blue and silver colours of St. Andrew and Scotland. The figure of the Saint with his cross needs no explanation.

The boar and the oak tree which were, before 1912, sometimes regarded as the Burgh arms, recall the ancient name of the Burgh, which was Muckross, "the headland of the boars"; in olden times, the swamps near the town were inhabited by wild boars and the seal impression mentioned above bears the legend "Cursus Apri Regalis"-"Course of the Royal Boar".

The Latin motto­ "While I breathe, I hope" comes from a seal of fairly modern origin.

seal of St. Andrews

Seal of the burgh as used in the 1890s
Arms of St. Andrews

The arms as used on a JaJa postcard +/- 1905
Arms of St. Andrews

The arms in the Coffee Hag albums +/- 1935

Community Council

Arms (crest) of St. Andrews

Official blazon

Parted per pale Azure and Argent, in the dexter, on a in base the figure of Saint Andrew Proper bearing his in front of him Argent; in the sinister, growing out of a mount in base an oak tree Proper, fructed Or, in front of the trunk boar passant Sable, langued Gules, armed Or.

Above the Shield is placed a Coronet appropriate to a statutory Community Council, videlicet:- a circlet richly chased from which are issuant four thistle leaves (one and two halves visible) and four pine cones (two visible) Or, and in an Escrol below the same this Motto "Dum Spiro Spero".

Origin/meaning

The arms were granted on November 3, 1978.

These are the Burgh arms with a crown of a community council.

Blason de St. Andrews

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Literature : Porteous, 1906; Urquhart, 1974, 2001