Not all family members are entitled to the Coat of Arms.
In zilver een rode keper, vergezeld van drie zwarte merletten. Helm gekroond.
Helmteken: twee drakenkoppen, de linkse omgewend, de rechtse van hermelijn, de linkse van
tegen-hermelijn, beide rood getongd.
Dekkleden: zilver en rood.
twee wildemannen in natuurlijke kleur, groen omgord, de knots in natuurlijke
kleur op de schouder.
kroon op de helm is een zogenaamde "rang" kroon, vastgesteld bij een
besluit van 1817 van Koning Willem I. Aan de versieringen kun je de rang zien.
De drie bladeren met twee parels ertussen op onze kroon geven de rang van graaf
klopt met wat het jaarboek van de Adel schrijft: "De familie Van
Waterschoot van der Gracht stamt uit hetzelfde geslacht als dat der Belgische
baronnen en graven Van der Gracht en voert hetzelfde wapen."
EXPLANATION OF THE ARMS:
heraldry, the colour white, when borne as a 'field colour' (background) is
significant of Peace and Sincerity. It is pointed out by Guillim,
considered the most authorative of the ancient heraldric writers however, that
the term 'Peace' is not intended to portray one prepared to accept peace
at any price, but denotes a 'bearer of arms' ready to devote all his
efforts to bring about a just and equitable peace, a peace which would endure
because it would be such a peace.
Is the martial colour and is significant of Military Fortitude and
Magnanimity. It was also the martyr's colour, but this significance is not evident in the arms of
Is symbolic of Constancy and, sometimes but less frequently, also denotes Grief.
From whence came the insignia of the armed forces, was granted as a reward to those
who had accomplished some notable enterprise, usually of a military
nature. Representative of the roof-tree of a house, that upon which all else depends, it was considered a
most worthy and honourable bearing of arms. It is classified in heraldry as a
bearing of 'Honourable Ordinary'. Guillim however, as if to contradict the term 'Ordinary' places
high significance on the chevron; "The chevron gives recognition to that which has already been
achieved by its bearer. A reputation should not be gained from that which a
person intends to accomplish."
in heraldry as a bird without legs (sans legs), draws meaning from its
allocation as the 'Mark of Cadency' of a fourth son. When borne with only this significance
it is presented singly in the dexter-chief of the shield; when borne as in the
arms of "van Waterschoot" it does not necessarily denote a
fourth son, but draws significance from this allocation as follows "as a
fouth son the bearer could not anticipate to gain greatly from his father's
estate because of three brothers having prior claim. Therefore whatever he was
to achieve would need to be secured by his own efforts." It was therefore considered a suitable
bearing for one of proven initiative, a self-sufficient person.
[NOTE: In the very early arms of "Wauters"
(from which the name of "Waterschoot" did anciently derive),
the martlet bird is presented 'sans beak', as well as 'sans legs',
but this style was changed as early as the twelfth century. Therefore the martlet in the arms of
"van Waterschoot" is more correctly presented without legs but
Was considered a weapon suited for both Justice and its Execution and
was held by some writers to be the true emblem of military honour; a bearing
which should incite its bearer to a just and generous pursuit of honour and
virtue in warlike deeds. It is classified in armory as the bearing of Justice and Government.
OF FURTHER INTEREST:
Sint Eloois Winkel:
Sint Eloois Winkel is located in the Province of West Vlaanderen (Oost Vlaanderen) in Belguim.
Of interest is the City Coat of Arms, granted on December 31, 1926.
The arms are a combination of the arms of the Family Van den Clichthove (three
green bushes), last Lords of Winkel in the 18th Century, and the left
half being the arms of the Barons van der Gracht (three martlets) whose
territory formed part of the Municipality of Sint Eloois Winkel.
which also provides an illustration of the Coat of Arms.
John van Waterschoot
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