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The Corporation of the Town of Mississippi Mills
Grant of Arms, Supporters, Flag and Badge
January 15, 2007
Vol. V, p. 105
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Per fess Vert and Azure, a stone bridge of five arches between in chief a millstone and a cogwheel, and in base a water wheel Or;
A demi-unicorn Or gorged with a collar of thistles and trefoils Vert resting its sinister hoof on an open book Argent bound Azure;
Dexter a plough horse, sinister a ram, each Or, gorged with a collar of thistles and trefoils, and standing on a mound of maple leaves Vert;
The bridge refers to the “Five Span Bridge” in Pakenham, one of the three municipalities that amalgamated to form Mississippi Mills. Green represents agriculture and blue the Mississippi River and the importance it has played in the region’s development. The three wheels refer to the name Mississippi Mills, which honours the woollen mills, lumber mills and grist mills located by the river.
The unicorn alludes to the unicorn head crest of George Ramsay, Earl of Dalhousie and Governor General of Canada, after whom the Township of Ramsay, another of the pre-amalgamation municipalities, was named. The thistles and shamrocks represent the Scottish and Irish origins of the region’s first settlers. The book indicates the importance of education in the Town.
The horse and the ram indicate the importance of agriculture in the development of Mississippi Mills. The ram is also a symbol found in the emblem used by the Town of Almonte, the third pre-amalgamation municipality. The compartment of maple leaves represents Canada.
Meaning “Let us go forward together”.