The traditional local name of this locality is “Merse” related to the word marsh, in reference to the local terrain. This is symbolised by the green and white stripes in the proposed flag from Philip Tibbetts. In 1890 the local county council was awarded “canting arms”
i.e. arms which refer to the name of their bearer in a punning fashion. These depicted a bear in front of a Wych elm, playing on the name Ber’wick = “bear wych”. The ursine theme and prominent green and white colours of the former county council’s arms are repeated in the proposed flag.
The bear and wych are also in this proposal by Brady Ells
which is further inspired by the bi-colour fields of the arms of the county town, the Burgh of Duns
and the Burgh of Coldstream, both granted in 1952.
This feature also appeared in the arms of Berwick-upon-Tweed borough council, across the border in England, awarded in 1958 and even registered with Scotland’s highest heraldic authority, the Lord Lyon
The green, white and black colours are again taken from the arms of the former county council.