Queen of the South Football Club came to be in 1919, the result of a union between three prexisting clubs: Maxwelltown Volunteers Football Club (formed in 1896 and renamed 5th King’s Own Scottish Borderers in 1908), Dumfries Football Club (formed in 1897) and the Arrol-Johnston Motor Company works team. The name, ‘Queen of the South’, was taken from a local poet, David Dunbar, who, while standing for Parliament in the 1857 general election, called the town of Dumfries the ‘Queen of the South’ in one of his addresses.
Like Dunfermline Athletic, Queen of the South is another club on whose badge I spent some time back in 2013, though never got around to finishing/publishing. At that time, the club was using a badge first introduced in 1987 and then brought back in 2007. In 2014, the current badge was employed, which itself is a based on a badge first used in 1947.
The 1947 badge, found at the centre of the current badge, is strong, bearing a handsome monogram and the Dumfries motto, in Scots, A LORE BURNE, referring to the Loreburn (or ‘muddy stream’), a stream that ran through a marsh near the town. In times of attack, this motto served as a rallying cry to the town. What I find less attractive in the current badge is the outer circle, bearing the club’s name and leaving a lot of negative space.
In my 2018 redesign, I have made some major changes. I retained the basic shape of the central shield, though I have removed the monogram, replacing it with the Dumfries motto. The other images are heraldic in nature. The patron saint of Dumfries is St Michael the Archangel. In most historic depictions of the Dumfries coat of arms, St Michael is seen standing upon a serpent or dragon, representing the devil, a reference to the Book of Revelation 12.1-12. The wings and devilish serpent in the badge redesign are references to St Michael. The mural coronet above the shield is also derived from the Dumfries coat of arms and signifies the town’s historical status as a royal burgh.
As ever, I am indebted to Dave at Historical Football Kits for some of the historical information used above.