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Kelso (Borders Region, Scotland)

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[Flag of Kelso] image located by Valentin Poposki, 28 June 2021

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Description of the flag

Has an armorial banner ever been used? The 'Burgh Flag', which is paraded during Civic Week is a St. Andrew's flag with the arms (complete with coronet and motto) in the centre. See for example Kelso Scotland website. Admittedly, this flag is not intended to represent the Council, but is used to represent the town in a celebration of its history and heritage. I've also seen, but have mislaid the source (somewhere on the web!), an older, pre-WW2 picture of a standard bearer carrying a similar flag - the only difference being the coronet on the arms, which in the older picture was that of a burgh, rather than the current Community Council.
Ian Sumner, 11 October 2004

Coat of arms

[Arms of Kelso] image located by Valentin Poposki, 28 June 2021

According to the website at, Kelso's flag was to be of 'Azure, springing from a meadow in base a rose tree in full flower Proper and pendant therefrom between an eagle and a dove addorsed Argent an escutcheon charged with the Royal Arms of Scotland, viz Or within a double tressure flory and counter-flory a lion rampant Gules, armed and langued Azure. Above the shield is placed the 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 "Dae Richt, Fear Nocht" ' [Do right - fear nothing]

Officially recorded in Lyon Register, lix, 74: 1 February 1978, from Heraldry in Scotland.
Dov Gutterman, 3 January 2003; Gary Dent, 10 October 2004