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Westmount, Quebec (Canada)
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by Marc Pasquin
This is a banner of arms used by the (former-and-more-then-probably-future)
city of Westmount.
Marc Pasquin, 12 June 2005
Martin C. Barry, in
The Westmount Examiner, 11 January 2005, reports the hoisting of the flag
of Westmount on New Year's Day, the first official day of Westmount’s newly restored
status as a city.
Six years after Quebec first started implementing Westmount’s forced merger
with the City of Montreal, followed by an intense anti-merger campaign and a
successful demerger vote last year, the day of municipal reconstitution had
In recognition of the historic event, more than 150 residents gathered during
the afternoon on New Year’s Day at City Hall, where everyone had the opportunity
to write their name in Westmount’s Golden Book, a registry of eminent guests
first signed by Queen Elizabeth II in 1959.
To the sound of loud cheers, Westmount’s flag was raised on a stainless steel
mast in front of City Hall.
[…]the banner, which features a setting sun, the crenellations of City Hall
and the Raven of St. Anthony, representing the original name (Côte St. Antoine)
The article is illustrated by a picture captioned as follows:
Ivan Sache, 18 January 2006
With a great cheer, Mayor Karin Marks and former mayor Peter Trent prepare to
hoist the Westmount flag at City Hall on New Year’s Day—the first official day
of Westmount’s newly restored status as a city."
The City of Westmount (20,827
inhabitants in 2010; 390 ha) is located on the Montreal Island, on the western
slope of Mount Royal.
Westmount claims to be some kind of the oldest
municipality in North America. The Amerindian necropolis excavated in 1898
around the St. George's Club are believed to be older than the 15th century. In
1684, priests from the Society of Saint-Sulpice built the Fort des Messieurs,
long disappeared except two towers and some walls reused when building the
Montreal College. The official aim of the fort was to preserve the Amerindians
living in the mission from the nefarious influence of the Montreal merchants. In
the early 18th century, the Society of Saint-Sulpice transferred stripes of land
to French colonists. The first settlers were the Saint-Germain and Leduc
families. Known as Côte-Sainte-Antoine, the place was incorporated to the
Saint-Henri parish, a subdivision of Montreal's first parish. in 1874, the
Village of Notre-Dame-de-Grâce seceded from Saint-Henri, being renamed Village
of Côte-Saint-Antoine in 1879, and upgraded in 1890 to the Town of
Côte-Saint-Antoine, then with 1,850 inhabitants. The inauguration of the railway
line in 1894 boosted the development of the town, which was renamed in 1895 City
of Westmount. Completely modernized, the town inaugurated in 1899 the first
municipal public library in Quebec. Westmount counted 10,000 inhabitants in
1902. In 1907, Westmount was proclaimed the best municipality in eastern Canada
for its municipal services and the harmony between the urban and rural
- Municipal website
Westmount was the first Canadian town to be granted
arms by the King of Arms Lord Lyon of Edinburgh, dated 12 May 1945. These arms
were registered with the Canadian Heraldry Authority on 15 February 2001 (Public
Register of Arms, Flags and Badges, Vol. IV, p. 90), as announced on 24 March
2001 in the Canada Gazette, Vol. 135, p. 939.
Per fess enarched
Or and Purpure, issuant from chief a demi-sun in his splendour Argent rayed
Gules, in base a rose branch fesswise, slipped at each end and leaved proper
bearing two roses Argent and pendant from the middle of the branch an escutcheon
Argent charged with the raven of Saint Anthony volant and bringing bread all
proper; Above the shield is placed a mural coronet of three towers proper;
ROBUR MEUM CIVIUM FIDES, meaning The Citizen's Faith Is My
The coat of arms of Westmount symbolizes the history of the
settlement. The fess in the upper part of the shield represents the Royal Mount,
behind which the sun goes down, suggesting "Westmount". The rose branch is said
to be the emblem of the Blessed Virgin, recalling that the place was once called
Notre-Dame-de-Grâce. The escutcheon in base evokes St. Anthony, who lived as an
hermit and was fed by ravens dropping bread crumbs in his cell. This recalls the
other former name of the town, Côte-Saint-Antoine.
http://www.westmount.org/page.cfm?Section_ID=2&Menu_Item_ID=28 - Municipal
- Public Register of Arms, Flags and Badges
Ivan Sache, 28 July
by Ben Koorengevel, edited by Luc Baronian
I made this flag based on a description in Beaudoin. Though
I never saw a municipal flag flying on Westmount's city hall, I have seen a
banner of arms in a building owned by the former Montreal Urban Community in
1999. The arms were granted by the English College of Arms in May 1945 (the
first arms granted to a Canadian municipality) and were confirmed by the Canadian
Heraldic Authority on February 15 2001. The setting sun on the mountain refers
to the name of the city. Two former names of the area are also referred to on
the arms: the white roses are a reference to the former municipality of Notre-Dame-de-Grâce,
of which Westmount was once a part; the raven is a reference to St. Anthony,
because Westmount was first incorporated as Côte-Saint-Antoine.
Reference: François Beaudoin, Symboles de la Communauté urbaine de Montréal,
Vexilla Belgica, 1982.
Luc Baronian, 9 May 2005
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