Coat of Arms GROSBOUS

A) Description:

The shield is diagonally quartered, in the top and bottom triangles there is a silver five-petaled carnation on a heraldic red background and the side quarters have a gold background each with a heraldic red lion facing toward the centre.

B) Explanation:

The choice of colours, heraldic red and gold, is not by chance. They are derived from the coat of arms of the lords of Wiltz and those of their relations and allies of Clervaux, Meysembourg and Beaufort, who through the centuries reined over Grosbous.

This situation came to an end by the middle of the 17th century when Pierre JOLLIOT, subsequently ennobled, acquired a part of the Bous domain and became the first lord. He struggled hard to bring about unification of the area under his control and built a castle which existed until recently.

wopen5.gif (8715 bytes)The Jolliot family never lived in Bous. The current coat of arms recalls the most important symbols of the Jolliot shield, because Pierre was the first lord of Bous and builder of the castle, with the five-petal carnation at the top and bottom.

In 1715 the castle and the Bous area became the property of the Valensart family, who acquired it from the Marienthal priory.The Valensart family established them selves in the castle and lived there until the French Revolution.

The two lions in the side quarters are from the Valensart era, who's coat of arms is composed of three lions in three different enamel colours. The unusual arrangement was not a pleasing to the eye. On the present shield the Lions are harmonised into a single enamel colour which enhances the expressive effect in accordance with the laws of heraldic art.

Translated by Gavin Kerr

Refer to: International Coat of Arms *