Can you help solve the mystery of town’s flag?

40-year puz­zle of what hap­pened to Royal Burgh’s flag

Rutherglen Reformer - - Dressing With Danielle - Jonathan Ged­des

The Re­former’s let­ters pages have re­cently fea­tured plenty of de­bate and dis­cus­sion about the Town Hall flag.

Now one Ruther­glen reader has harked back to past glo­ries with this im­age of Ruther­glen’s own coat of arms fly­ing on Lan­de­mer Day in 1974.

And she’s sparked a mystery in the process.

The mo­tif from the Ruther­glen coat of arms was later adopted into the South La­nark­shire coat of arms, but the where­abouts of the old flag it­self are un­known.

Ruther­glen woman Dorothy Con­nor sub­mit­ted the pic­ture along with a let­ter to the Re­former.

She said: “The orig­i­nal Coat of Arms used to be above the Provost’s chair in the Ruther­glen Town Coun­cil cham­bers in the Main Street.

“Its right­ful place is, in my view, in the Town Hall.

“Th­ese items be­long to us and should be on dis­play here, not gath­er­ing dust in some store­room.

“The orig­i­nal coat of arms is beau­ti­ful, the an­gels on ei­ther side have beau­ti­ful gold wings (in fact I used the coat of arms for my mum’s me­mo­rial).

“A smaller version can be seen on the ground floor of the Her­itage Cen­tre at the li­brary on a roll of hon­our taken from Ruther­glen Swim­ming Baths in Green­hill Road when they were de­mol­ished.

“The cen­tral part, the ship, can be seen high up on the out­side front of the Town Hall and of course refers to our ship­build­ing her­itage.

“The motto Ex Fumo Fama - out of smoke, fame-also refers to our in­dus­trial her­itage, the pot­ter­ies and other in­dus­tries.”

Gerry Camp­bell, Gen­eral Man­ager of South La­nark­shire Leisure and Cul­ture, said: “We have an ex­tremely well doc­u­mented Mu­se­ums’ col­lec­tion for the whole of South La­nark­shire, in­clud­ing Ruther­glen, but we have no record of ever hav­ing held a flag de­pict­ing the Ruther­glen coat of arms. We have also checked pho­to­graphs of a lo­cal history ex­hi­bi­tion that took place in the town about ten years ago and while there is a pic­ture of the coat of arms and an­other flag on dis­play, there was no flag on dis­play bear­ing the town’s coat of arms.

“If any­one has any in­for­ma­tion that would help us trace the where­abouts of this flag, we’d be de­lighted to hear from them.”

Burgh pride The Burgh flag flew from the Town Hall on Lan­de­mer Day 1974

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