Edinburgh Castle, Edinburgh’s principal landmark.
Without the Lord [all is] in vain.
The crest, an anchor, represents the Lord Provost’s position as Admiral of the Firth of Forth.
Represents the fact that Edinburgh Castle was historically known as the “Castle of the Maidens” probably due to it being used to protect princesses and noblewomen in times of war.
Recalls the city’s patron saint St Giles who spent much of his life in solitude in the forests of Provence with only a doe for company.
The thistle is the national flower of Scotland and has been an important symbol of Scottish heraldry for over 500 years.
The Arms of Edinburgh
See description below.