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View from the Working Group and Doctoral Consortium Building

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Bay of Nigg

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3rd July 2019

Plan of the Cities of Aberdeen.
Wood, John, ca. 1780-1847
Smith, John, 1781-1852

Reproduced with the permission of the National Library of Scotland

Read John Wood’s accompanying History of the City of Aberdeen on the Internet Archive website.  

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1st July 2019

“The Coat of Arms of Aberdeen consists of three towers within a border decorated with fleurs-de-lis. This design is known to have been used on city seals from the 15th century onwards, if not earlier.

The three towers represent the three buildings that stood on the three hills of mediaeval Aberdeen: Aberdeen Castle on Castle Hill, the city gate on Port Hill, and a chapel on St Catherine’s Hill. The latter two are no longer in existence, and St Catherine’s Hill has in fact been levelled.

The border of fleurs-de-lis, or royal tressure as it is described in heraldry, derives from the royal arms of Scotland, and was traditionally said to have been granted to the city by Robert the Bruce as a mark of royal favour, but may only date from the reign of James I.
In 1672, the Parliament of Scotland passed an act requiring all persons or bodies using arms to record them in a register maintained by Lord Lyon King of Arms. Accordingly, the arms of the “Royall Burgh of Aberdein” were recorded in the Lyon Register on February 25, 1674.

 The blazon was given as: gules, three towers triple-towered within a double-tressure counterflowered argent. Supported by two leopards proper; and in an escrol above “Bon Accord”

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