The arms were officially granted today in 1890 (30 June).

The wolf-is taken from the arms of Sir Arthur Chichester, the founder of Belfast, who obtained the city’s charter from English King James I in 1613.

The ship tells of Belfast’s pre-eminence as a seaport, as do the seahorses.

The motto means “What return shall we make for so much?”, and is a paraphrase of a verse from Psalm 116.

Do you want to learn more about the history of Belfast? Let me take you on my people and places tour!