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The tripartite division of the proposed flag of Banffshire from Philip Tibbetts, reflects the form of the coat of arms used by the fomer county council

Banffshire CC Arms

which were similarly vertically divided. The three sections of the shield were defined by two indented vertical strips, green at left and black at right. This arrangement is repeated in the proposed flag which features green and black panels at left and right respectively. At the centre of the arms were three blue boar heads taken from the arms of the local Abercrombie family


and appearing in an early version of the Banff town seal, seemingly because at one time the thickly wooded area was a home to these beasts. The old seal was described as oval in shape with a boar passant, while no actual illustration of this appears to exist something like the following is envisioned


A blue boar’s head consequently appears in the central white panel on the flag. Additionally the name Banff has porcine connotations, meaning piglet in Gaelic ( “banbh” ) it is applied, rather poetically, as a nickname to the local River Deveron which is seen as “rooting its way to the coast”! The proposed flag is therefore meaningful, unusual and a rather pleasing colour combination.

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