Galmaarden

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GALMAARDEN

Province : Vlaams-Brabant
Additions : 1977 Tollembeek, Vollezele

Wapen van Galmaarden

Official blazon

  • (1818) Een blaauw schild beladen met een klimmende leeuw van goud.
  • (1907) Van lazuur met een gouden leeuw.
  • (1985) Gegeerd van tien stukken van zilver en van sabel, de geren van sabel beladen met drie herkruiste kruisjes met spitse voet van goud; hartschild: in lazuur een gaande [aanziende] leeuw van goud.

Origin/meaning

The arms were granted after the merger with the other municipalities on december 2, 1985.

The arms show the arms of the Lords of Enghien/Edingen with an escutcheon with a leopard. The latter is derived from the historical arms of Galmaarden. The arms of Enghien were used by Vollezele. The oldest known arms of a Lord of Galmaarden dates from 1280, for Walter de Braine, showed also the Enghien arms, as he was a descendant of the latter family.

The previous arms were granted on July 27, 1908.

Galmaard.jpg

The oldest known seal of the local council dates from the late 14th century and shows a leopard. The later seals also show the leopard. Why the leopard was changed into a lion in 1818 (and again in 1908). The origin of the arms is not clear. Of the families that ruled the town from the late 14th century and later, many used a lion, but none a leopard. It is therefore likely that the arms are derived from the arms of the oldest Lords of Galmaarden, whose arms, unfortunately are no longer known.

On October 31, 1818 the arms with the lion were already granted, but with a small letter G in the upper right corner, which, however, was not mentioned in the blazon. The colours were the Dutch national colours, as in 1813 the mayor applied without indicating the colours. The arms were thus granted in the national colours. When the arms were confirmed after the Belgian independence, the colours were not changed.


Galmaarden1818.jpg

The arms from 1818
Wapen van/Blason de Galmaarden

The arms in the Koffie Hag/Café Hag albums +/- 1930


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Literature : Servais, 1955