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Red Hand of Ulster

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Right hand
Left hand
The Red Hand of Ulster, dexter and sinister versions

The Red Hand of Ulster (Irish: Lámh Dhearg Uladh) is a symbol used in heraldry[1] to represent the Irish province of Ulster.[2]

Design[change | change source]

It is an open hand coloured red, the fingers are pointing upwards and the thumb is parallel to the fingers, while the palm is facing forward. The red hand is usually shown as a right hand, but is sometimes a left hand, such as in the coats of arms of baronets.

References[change | change source]

  1. "Irish Ancestors /Heraldic traditions". The Irish Times. Archived from the original on 2011-03-05. Retrieved 2022-03-03.
  2. Williams, Nicholas (2017). Irish Heraldry: A Brief Introduction. Portlaoise, Ireland: Evertype. pp. 8–9, Plates 1, 22. ISBN 978-1-78201-139-2.