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Lancashire (United Kingdom)

Last modified: 2002-12-28 by rob raeside
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Lancashire County

The emblem of Lancashire is the red rose, in contrast to the white rose of Yorkshire. However, this emblem does not seem to have been used on a flag.  The red rose was originally a symbol of Lancaster, and seems to have been invented by Henry VII.  He however used the combined "Tudor Rose", so the red rose alone would never have been used.
Nathan Lamm, 9 September 2002

There is also a Lancaster Herald whose badge is a red rose royally crowned - see
Joe McMillan, 20 February 2002  

City of Liverpool

It seems that Liverpool has no flag. The arms are a gold cormorant bearing an olive branch in its mouth on an argent field.
Source: Ensign & Jack #8
Jaume Ollé, 24 January 2001

I'm curious who described the bird on the arms as a cormorant? The description included sounds more like a Liverbird, one of the two mythical birds protecting the people of liverpool both in the city and at sea, and included on most flags and insignia associated with the city.
Glenn Hadikin, 2 April 2002

Carr, 1961, says "Liverpool's arms date from 1797, when the heralds, having never heard of Litherland close by, were left to choose between the pool of laver - that is, the seaweed Porphyra - and the pool of the liver, a bird unknown to naturalists; and, failing to find a figure of the imaginary bird, they invented a sort of short-necked cormorant, into whose beak they put a couple of fronds of Porphyra in case it was Liverpool after all. This very neat instance of heraldic hedging did not, however, meet with the success it deserved, for the old name was discovered to be Litherpool - that is, the sluggish pool - yet the cormorant and the seaweed remain, for they are in the grant."
Carr therefore suggests that cities may use banners of arms.
Jarig Bakker, 2 April 2002

[Arms of Liverpool]

I found an image of the coat of arms in "European Civic Coats of Arms", by Jiri Louda, 1966. An image can speak a thousand words. The Liverbird is sheer nonsense (as I reported in my previous message).
Jarig Bakker, 2 April 2002

Royal Mersey Yacht Club

[Royal Mersey Yacht Club]

The special ensign of the Royal Mersey Yacht Club. Founded Birkenhead 1844. Title 'Royal' granted 23 September 1844. Admiralty Warrant for special ensign granted 24 September 1844. Original badge was just the Liver bird; crown added between 1869 and 1875.

David Prothero, 8 Octiber 2002