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TITLE
North of Scotland Hydro-Electric Board Crest
EXTERNAL ID
GB232_RAMSAY_D893_1_1_006_001
PERIOD
1940s
CREATOR
unknown
SOURCE
Skye and Lochalsh Archive Centre
ASSET ID
8368
KEYWORDS
hydro-electric crest
Lord Lyon King-at-Arms
Tom Johnston
North of Scotland Hydro-Electric Board Crest

After the establishment of the North of Scotland Hydro-Eectric Board in 1943, permission was granted by the Lord Lyon King-at-Arms to display their coat of arms on stationery and buildings. The crest was symbolic of the manner in which natural forces can be used in the service of mankind. The shield carries a winged thunderbolt with flashes of lightning extinguishing the light of an ancient oil burning lamp. The crest represents the power of modern methods (electricity) over the traditional. The fir tree, the water gushing from the rock and the two supporters in the form of stags were all symbols of the Highlands. The motto, Neart nan Gleann means the power of the glens. The crest was used until the name changed to Scottish Hydro-Electric in 1991.

The North of Scotland Hydro-Electric Board was established under the Hydro-Electric Development (Scotland) Act 1943. Thomas Johnston presented the Act in the House of Commons, declaring that by harnessing 'the great latent power of the region' it would assist in remedying the ills that affected the Highlands. Johnston told the Commons that 'industries, whether owned nationally or privately, will be and ought to be, attracted to locations in the Highlands, as a result of this measure'.

Ordinary consumers would have priority, then the anticipated large power users, and any surplus energy would be sold to the national grid. Profits from these sales would help reduce distribution costs to more remote areas, and assist in carrying out measures for the economic development and social improvement of the Highlands. This famous social clause gave recognition that the Hydro Board was envisaged as an instrument for the rehabilitation of northern Scotland, not just an organization to provide electricity.

The output from the power station at Loch Sloy, west of Loch Lomond, was intended to meet the demand for central and western Scotland. The surplus energy produced here would be used to subsidise the Morar and Lochalsh projects, it being unlikely these smaller schemes could pay their way. The cost of construction of these three projects was estimated at £4,600,000


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North of Scotland Hydro-Electric Board Crest

1940s

hydro-electric crest; Lord Lyon King-at-Arms; Tom Johnston

Skye and Lochalsh Archive Centre

After the establishment of the North of Scotland Hydro-Eectric Board in 1943, permission was granted by the Lord Lyon King-at-Arms to display their coat of arms on stationery and buildings. The crest was symbolic of the manner in which natural forces can be used in the service of mankind. The shield carries a winged thunderbolt with flashes of lightning extinguishing the light of an ancient oil burning lamp. The crest represents the power of modern methods (electricity) over the traditional. The fir tree, the water gushing from the rock and the two supporters in the form of stags were all symbols of the Highlands. The motto, Neart nan Gleann means the power of the glens. The crest was used until the name changed to Scottish Hydro-Electric in 1991.<br /> <br /> The North of Scotland Hydro-Electric Board was established under the Hydro-Electric Development (Scotland) Act 1943. Thomas Johnston presented the Act in the House of Commons, declaring that by harnessing 'the great latent power of the region' it would assist in remedying the ills that affected the Highlands. Johnston told the Commons that 'industries, whether owned nationally or privately, will be and ought to be, attracted to locations in the Highlands, as a result of this measure'.<br /> <br /> Ordinary consumers would have priority, then the anticipated large power users, and any surplus energy would be sold to the national grid. Profits from these sales would help reduce distribution costs to more remote areas, and assist in carrying out measures for the economic development and social improvement of the Highlands. This famous social clause gave recognition that the Hydro Board was envisaged as an instrument for the rehabilitation of northern Scotland, not just an organization to provide electricity.<br /> <br /> The output from the power station at Loch Sloy, west of Loch Lomond, was intended to meet the demand for central and western Scotland. The surplus energy produced here would be used to subsidise the Morar and Lochalsh projects, it being unlikely these smaller schemes could pay their way. The cost of construction of these three projects was estimated at £4,600,000 <br /> <br /> <br /> This image can be purchased.<br /> For further information about purchasing and prices please email<br /> <a href= "mailto: skyeandlochalsh.archives@highlifehighland.com" >Skye and Lochalsh Archives</a>