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Blazons & Genealogy Notes

Breuil-Helion De La Gueronniere (du), - a Tours, a Paris et en Poitou (xix siecle). Cette famille commence sa filiation suivie par Jean du Breuil-Helion, ecuyer, Sgr de Combes, en Poitou, vivant en 1413. Elle a ete maintenue dans sa noblesse les 7 decembre 1598, 6 huillet 1634, 7 december 1667, et le 22 juillet 1700. En 1789, elle a comparu a l'assemblee electorale de la noblesse du Poitou. La maison du Breuil-Helion a donne plusieurs chevaliers de Malte. Elle s'est alliee aux familles de Parthenay, d'Alloue, de Chastenet, de Chappes, de Valory, Irland de Bazoges, de Feydeau, Le Francois, des Couris, de Tessieres de Boisbertrand, de Brettes, de Vallier, d'Isnaneuve, etc... D'argent, au lion de sable, armé, lampassé et couronné d'or.

Origin, Meaning, Family History and Gueronniere Coat of Arms and Family Crest

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Gueronniere Coat of Arms Meaning

The main device (symbol) in the Gueronniere blazon is the lion. The two main tinctures (colors) are argent and sable.

Argent is the heraldic metal Silver and is usually shown as very pure white. It is also known more poetically as pearl, moon (or luna) 1. In a sketch or drawing it is represented by plain, unmarked paper 2.

Sable, the deep black so often found in Heraldry is believed to named from an animal of the marten family know in the middle ages as a Sabellinœ and noted for its very black fur 3. In engravings, when colors cannot be shown it is represented as closely spaced horizontal and vertical lines, and appropriately is thus the darkest form of hatching, as this method is known 4. Although it may seem a sombre tone, and does indeed sometimes denote grief, it is more commonly said to represent Constancy 5.

The art of heraldry would be significantly poorer if we were without the lion in all its forms. Most general works on Heraldry devote at least one chapter solely to this magnificent creature and its multifarious depictions 6 7 8. Some of the earliest known examples of heraldry, dating right back to the knighting of Geoffrey of Anjou in 1127, where he is shown with six such beasts upon his shield 9 .The great authority on heraldic symbology, Wade, points out the high place that the lion holds in heraldry, “as the emblem of deathless courage” 10, a sentiment echoed equally today.

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References

  • 1 Understanding Signs & Symbols – Heraldry, S. Oliver & G. Croton, Quantum, London, 2013, P53
  • 2 A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1847, P11
  • 3 A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1894, Entry:Sable
  • 4 Boutell’s Heraldry, J.P. Brooke-Little, Warne, (revised Edition) London 1970, P 26
  • 5 The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P35
  • 6 A Complete Guide to Heraldry, A.C. Fox-Davies, Bonanza (re-print of 1909 Edition), New York, 1978, P172
  • 7 Boutell’s Heraldry, J.P. Brooke-Little, Warne, (revised Edition) London 1970, P 63
  • 8 Understanding Signs & Symbols – Heraldry, S. Oliver & G. Croton, Quantum, London, 2013, P140
  • 9 A Treatise on Heraldry, J. Woodward, W & A.K Johnston, Edinburgh & London, 1896, P45
  • 10 The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P60