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Additions: 1974 Anglesey, Caernarvonshire, Merionethshire; Aberconwy, Dwyfor, Ynys Môn; 1996 Arfon (1974 1974 Bangor, Bethesda UDC, Caernarvon, Gwyrfai RDC (partly), Ogwen RDC), Meirionnydd (1974 Bala, Barmouth, Blaenau Ffestiniog, Deudraeth, Dolgellau UDC, Dolgellau RDC, Penllyn, Tywyn)
Incorporated into 1996 Caernarfonshire and Merionethshire (immediately renamed back to Gwynned), Isle of Anglesey, Conwy

Arms (crest) of Gwynedd

Official blazon

Arms : Azure a Goat salient Argent on a Chief Or on a Pale between two Lions passant guardant Gules a Lion rampant Or.
Crest : On a Wreath Argent and Vert an Eagle displayed Or on the breast an Inescutcheon Vert charged with a representation of the Eagle Tower, Caernarfon Castle proper.
Supporters : On the dexter a Dragon Gules supporting with the dexter claw a Plough Share proper and on the sinister a Sea Dragon per fess Gules and Vert supporting with the sinister claw a Piece of Slate proper all on a Compartment of Rock proper.
Motto: 'CADERNID GWYNEDD' - The strength of Gwynedd


The arms were officially granted on ?

The arms combined parts of the arms used by the three County Councils of Anglesey, Caernarvon and Merioneth.

The white goat on blue was from the arms of Merioneth, the two red lions on gold were from the Caernarvonshire arms and the red lion on gold from those of Anglesey. The eagle came from the arms of Owain Gwynedd. On the eagle's breast was a shield bearing a representation of the Eagle Tower at Caernarfon. Merioneth's arms were supported by two red dragons and Caernarvonshire's by two sea dragons. One of each was used in the new design. They supported a plough share and a piece of slate to show the importance of agriculture and slate quarrying to the county's economy.

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