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Coat of Arms of the City of Belfast

Photo credit: Belfast City Hall

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In 1890, the Ulster King of Arms made a Grant of Arms to the new city of Belfast. The coat of arms, unofficially dating from the 17th century was redesigned by Marcus Ward & Co. of Belfast.

It depicts a sailing ship, a reference to the City's port and a silver bell, a play on the City's name. A chained Irish wolf-hound and seahorses can also be seen. The City's motto 'Pro tanto quid retribuamus' translates as 'What shall we give back in return for so much?' and is taken from Psalm 116.

Belfast City Hall





watercolour on paper


H 39 x W 29 cm

Accession number


Acquisition method

acquired, 1890

Work type

Drawing & watercolour


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