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Per fess: in chief paly of six Or and Gules, in base Azure.
Above the Shield is placed a coronet suitable to a Burgh and thereon a Helmet suitable to their degree with a Mantling Gules doubled Or, and thereon is set for Crest issuing from a marquess's coronet Gules, a roe buck's head Or, attired Gules, and in an Escrol over the same this Motto "Veritas Vincit" and on a Compart ment below the Shield are set for Supporters two stags Or, attired Gules.
The arms were granted on October 18, 1929.
Stonehaven was made a Burgh of Barony in 1587 in favour of George Keith, 5th Earl Marischal of Scotland.
The arms are based on those of the Earl Marischal which show 'Argent, a chief Gules, 3 pallets Or'. In differencing the arms from those of the Earl Marischal, the lower half of the shield has been made blue to denote that Stonehaven is a seaport while the harts for the crest and supporters have been described as roebucks and rendered in red and gold Keith colours.
The Earl Marischal's Latin motto "Truth Prevails" has been retained.
Peterhead, also a Burgh of the same Earl Marischal, has a similar coat of arms.
Seal of the burgh as used in the 1890s
Per fess, in chief paly of six Or and Gules, in base Azure.
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 "Veritas Vincit".
The arms were granted on February 21, 1989.
These are the burgh arms without supporters and with a different crown.
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Literature : Porteous, 1906; Urquhart, 1974, 2001