Red Hand of Ulster

symbol used in heraldry to denote the Irish province of Ulster

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

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



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.


  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.