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Blason de Rohan/Arms (crest) of Rohan

Country : France

Département : Morbihan
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Official blazon
French De gueules à neuf macles d'or, 3, 3 et 3.
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These arms are those of the Family (later Dukes) de Rohan, which originated from the town and whose arms are known from seals as early as 1222. Their arms were later also used by the town.

It has been stated that the arms resemble the crystals of chiastolite (also andalusite), a mineral found in the area around Rohan. The original counts liked the precious stones and added the mascles in their arms. Originally the family arms showed 7 mascles, since the 16th century there have been 9 in the family arms.

The family had a lot of possessions in Brittany and their arms (or references to it) can be found in numerous municipal arms. Like in the arms of their capital city, Pontivy. The Rohan arms are used by a number of French villages and (arch)bishops, see here

The town of Żebbuġ in Malta also uses the Rohan arms, based on the fact that it was founded by Grandmaster Emmanuel de Rohan-Polduc.

Literature: Froger and Pressensé, 1999.

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