The Town of Amherst

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Amherst, Nova Scotia
Registration of Arms
November 15, 2022
Vol. VIII, p. 134

Arms of The Town of Amherst
Arms of The Town of Amherst
Arms of The Town of Amherst

Arms of The Town of Amherst


Argent a saltire Azure surmounted by three tilting lances in asterisk Or interlaced by a laurel wreath proper, on a chief barry wavy Argent and Azure, between a rose and a fleur-de-lis Or a pale Vert charged with a tower Or;


The white background with a blue saltire cross alludes to the arms of Nova Scotia. The tilting lances and the laurel wreath are taken from the crest of Lord Amherst, the military commander and Governor of the Province of Quebec after whom the town was named. The green square refers to the town’s position on the isthmus between the Cumberland Basin and the Northumberland Strait, which are represented by the stylized waves. The tower alludes to the fortifications that once existed in the area, and the rose and fleur-de-lis to the English and French troops that once fought over it.



Two hands clasped couped holding a sprig of mayflower proper and a maple leaf Vert;


The crest of clasped hands and floral sprigs is based on that of Nova Scotia. The mayflower is the provincial flower, while the maple leaf alludes to the town’s Canadian identity.



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Letters patent registering the heraldic emblems of the Town of Amherst

Additional Information


Original Concept of the College of Arms, London.


Artist of the College of Arms, London / Artiste du Collège d’armes, Londres


Not applicable

Recipient Type

Civil Institution

Other Information

The recipient’s emblems were originally recorded at the College of Arms, London, England, 20 June 1962.