The origin of the coat of arms in gold with three posts in red lies with the thirteenth century noble family Berthout van Meegen.
This old brabant family came from the vicinity of Mechelen. The city of Mechelen derives its coat of arms from the coat of arms of this family, the only difference being the coat of arms with the eagle in it.

The Berthout family is a very old Brabant noble family which has many branches. Basically, the family's coat of arms always carries three red poles over gold.
In the Heraldic Library of 1876 the family and its coat of arms, which has been extinct for centuries, are described:
One of the oldest and wealthiest Brabant noble families is that of Berthout van Meegen [meant Mechelen]. This family has supplied members to the august brotherhood at 's Hertogenbosch.
The latter is remarkable because the shield holders of Den Bosch are similar to those on this coat of arms.
It is quite possible that this armorial plate belonged to a no longer noble relative of the Berthout family. This distant relative probably did not carry the name Berthout but probably had something to do with the brotherhood in Den Bosch. This relative was not of nobility because the coat of arms is crowned with a crown of leaves. This indicates a non- noble family.


The Netherlands
18th Century

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