RSCDS Falkirk

Coat of Arms

The Falkirk District Arms

The arms are based on those of the district's four burghs where our venues are. Good information about the design is on this Falkirk Council page.

Falkirk District Council coat of arms

The Quarters

  1. The Burgh of Falkirk. A version of the arms of the Callander family is used. The embattled bend refers to the Roman Antonine Wall.
  2. The Burgh of Grangemouth. The stag's head and crosslet stand for the Bellenden family and Holyrood Abbey.
  3. The Burgh of Bo'ness. The ship refers to the town's importance as a port. The red colour of the field stands for the Hamilton family, while the black is for the coal mining industry.
  4. The Burgh of Denny and Dunipace. This shows the angel of peace. Three important treaties have been signed in the area.

The Motto

Ane for A' is Scots for One for All.

Scottish dancing is very much a team sport, usually involving 4 couples choreographed to intricately intertwine in time with the tempo of the music. We move as a unit and urge each other onwards. This motto harks back to the those from the burgh arms below.

The Falkirk Burgh Arms

Falkirk Burgh coat of arms

As seen on the side of the Burgh Buildings. The Coat of Arms of the Burgh of Falkirk is described by the Lord Clerk as:

Sable on a bend bretessed accompanied by six billets or, three in chief and three in base, the Church of Falkirk, between two swords and two Highland claymores both in saltire, the former surmounted of a shield of 1298, the latter of a targe of 1746, all proper. On a compartment below the shield with a motto, is placed behind the shield for supporter, a lion rampant, affrontee gules armed and langued azure, crowned with a mural crown argent, masoned sable, and in an escorel over the same, another motto.

The bend is embattled on each side to represent the Roman Wall of Antoninus Pius. Above the representation of the Church of Falkirk the two crossed swords symbolise the first Battle of Falkirk in 1298, while the targe and two cross claymores symbolise the second Battle of Falkirk in 1746.

The Mottoes

  1. Touch ane, touch a' is Scots for Touch one, touch all.
  2. Better meddle wi' the De'il than the Bairns of Falkirk is Scots for Better meddle with the Devil than the Descendants of Falkirk.

These mottoes seem to indicate that the townspeople are ever ready to unite for defence and that if one of their number is interfered with the rest will at once rally round to his support.