Arms of Hedd Molwynog

9 - Hedd Molwynog

From Encyclopedia of Heraldry by John Burke and John Bernard Burke (1844)

Arms of Hedd Molwynog

“Lord of Uwch Aled, Founder of the IX. Noble Tribe. Sa. a hart pass. ar. attired or.”

I have a little more confidence that Hedd existed, compared to some of the other individuals listed in the manuscript. It’s possible that he was the five-times-great-grandson of Rhodri Mawr, who conquered and ruled much of modern Wales. (It’s also possible that this descent was somewhat fabricated.) Most of the sources I’ve found refer to him as Hedd ap Alunog instead, and connect him to Llanfair Talhearn (a specific village) rather than Uwch Aled, which seems to have been a rural district in the same general area.

Arms of Edelschrott, Austria


Granted 1967; regranted 2015

Blazon: Per fess azure a stag’s head caboshed or and of the last latticed gules

Oddly, while fretty is an extremely common pattern in English heraldry, its 90-degree-turned cousin latticed doesn’t show up very often. The deer’s head is kind of a canting element; the town used to be known as “Gelenschroet”, and “jelen” is a Slavic word for “deer.” The lattice is a symbol of St. Lawrence; while he was being roasted to death on a gridiron, he announced, “Turn me over, I’m done on this side!” This led to his patronage of cooks and comedians. The Edelschrott parish church is also dedicated to him. (The gridiron or grill has shown up a few times on this blog in connection with St. Lawrence.)

Arms of Brindisi, Italy


Granted 1927

Blazon: Azure a stag’s head proper, in base the letters BRVN or

The deer’s head is apparently drawn from the capital city, also named Brindisi. “Brun” or “Brention” is an ancient word for “deer” in Messapian, an ancient local tribe. The city got that name from its shoreline, which supposedly looks like a deer’s antlers. (I can kind of see it, I guess? I probably wouldn’t describe it as deer-shaped, but I’m also not an ancient Italian.)

Arms of Dettenhausen, Germany


In use since 2009

Blazon: Or a stag statant gules; on a chief of the last, an ear of wheat fesswise of the first

Sadly, information is thin on the ground here. It sounds like the town was, at one point, included in the duchy of Swabia, but the three black lions don’t make an appearance here. Given how many other local municipalities use or and gules as a reference to Tübingen’s arms, it seems reasonable to speculate that the same applies here, but I don’t know for sure.

Arms of Simaringendorf, Germany

In use since at least 2008

Blazon: Per fess I per bend sinister gules two hammers in saltire or and of the last a plowshare of the first, II of the first a stag statant of the second

The stag is drawn from the arms of the county that shares its name with the village, while the hammers represent the local steelworks and the plowshare stands for agriculture.

Arms of Leibertingen, Germany


In use since at least 2005

Blazon: Or a stag trippant gules within a bordure parted nebuly argent and azure

The stag is a counterchanged version of that in the arms of Sigmaringen. It is possible that the tinctures of the bordure are derived from the arms of the lords of Wildenstein, who were the first recorded owners of the town, but this is pure speculation.