Arms of Bourgogne-Franche-Comté, France

Bourgogne-Franche-Comte

Granted July 12th, 2017

Blazon: Per quarterly I azure semé de lis or a bordure gobony argent and gules, II and III azure biletté and a lion rampant crowned or, armed and langued gules, IV bendy of six or and azure a bordure gules

This is why I’m glad I’m revisiting these! As it turns out, there was an administrative reorganization of France in 2016 – and I did most of the regional French arms in 2014, so some of these arms are going to be brand new! (To me, at least.) Some regions did stay the same, but Bourgogne-Franche-Comté is only about three and a half years old. That being said, the design operates on pretty much the same principle as the name – the first and fourth quarters come from the former arms of Burgundy, and the second and third are the former arms of Franche-Comte.

The Burgundian quarters are, respectively, the arms of the county (later duchy) of Touraine and the House of Burgundy. The arms of Franche-Comté were allegedly adopted by Count Palatine Otto IV in 1280 when he switched his allegiance to France from the Holy Roman Empire. He previously bore gules, an eagle displayed argent, but opted for the azure and or to mimic the French arms.

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Arms of Louis Marie Guy d’Aumont de Rochebaron

Marquis of Villequier and Piennes, duke of Mazarin 1747-1799, duke of Aumont 1782-1799 (1732-1799)

Blazon: Per quarterly I and IV gules biletté and a cross fleuretté or (Villequier), II and III azure a fasces proper surmounted by a fess charged with three molets of five points or (Mazarin), overall in the fess point an escutcheon argent a chevron between seven martlets 4 and 3 gules (Aumont)

Arms of Victor Amadeus I

Duke of Savoy 1630-1637 (1587-1637)

Blazon: Per quarterly I per quarterly i argent a cross potent between four crosses couped or (Jerusalem), ii barry of ten argent and azure, a lion rampant gules, armed, langued, and crowned or (Lusignan), iii or a lion rampant gules, armed, langued, and crowned azure (Armenian Kingdom of Cilicia), iv argent a lion rampant gules, armed, langued, and crowned or (Cyprus); II per pale gules a horse salient to the sinister argent (Westphalia) and barry of ten sable and or a ducal coronet in bend vert (Saxony), enté en pointe argent three crampets 1 and 2 gules (Angrie); III per pale argent biletté and a lion rampant sable, armed and langued gules (Chablais) and sable a lion rampant argent, armed and langued gules (Aoste); IV per pale chequy of nine or and azure (county of Geneva) and argent a chief gules (Montferrat); overall in the fess point an escutcheon gules a cross argent (Savoy

Arms of Emmanuel-Philibert I

Duke of Savoy 1553-1580 (1528-1580)

Blazon: Per quarterly I and IV per pale gules a horse salient to the sinister argent (Westphalia) and barry of ten sable and or a ducal coronet in bend vert (Saxony), enté en pointe argent three crampets 1 and 2 gules (Angrie); II argent biletté and a lion rampant sable, armed and langued gules (Chablais); III sable a lion rampant argent, armed and langued gules (Aoste); overall in the fess point an escutcheon gules a cross argent (Savoy)

Arms of Ralph Cromwell

4th Baron Cromwell (1394-1456)

Blazon: Per quarterly I and IV, argent a chief gules (Cromwell), II and III chequy gules and or, a chief ermine (Tattershall), overall a bend azure; all impaled with azure bilette and a fess dancetty or (Deincourt)

Mantling: Gules lined ermine

Supporters: Two wild men clad in leaves, all proper

Arms of Francis Lovell

Viscount Lovell (1454-1487)

Blazon: Per quarterly; I barry nebuly of six gules and or (Lovell); II azure bilette and a fess dancetty or (Deincourt), III azure seme des lis and a lion rampant reguardant argent (Holand); IV barry of six argent and azure a bend gules (Grey of Rotherfield); overall in the fess point an escutcheon argent a lion rampant sable crowned or (Burnell)

Crest: On a wreath or and sable, a wolf sejant argent, ducally gorged and chained or

Mantling: Sable lined ermine