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Lubicz Herb

Lubicz Arma

Arms: Azure, a horseshoe argent, heels to base, surmounted of a cross patee, and a second within the heels, both Or. For a crest, three ostrich plumes, proper.

There is a horseshoe shown as in the arms of Dabrowa and Pobog, with two crosses, of which one is atop the shoe, the other in its center. The shield is blue in color, the crosses white [Translator's Note: This is incorrect, the crosses are yellow, or gold). Atop the helmet are three ostrich plumes. Thus it is is described in Okolski, Vol. 2, p. 185; Klejnoty [Crests), p. 65; and Bielski, p. 134.

The author Baszko described the origin of these arms, saying that they were acquired during a battle with the Prussians in 1190: "Having established peace at home, Kazimierz began to war against those Prussians who are called 'Polesians', to avenge the death of his brother Henryk - died 1166}. Sons of his brothers - Boleslaw, son of Mieczyslaw, and Boleslaw the Tall and Mieczyslaw, sons of Wladyslaw - followed him into this campaign. During one battle, the enemy army had ambushed and broken through our forces. A certain soldier from that family that bears a horseshoe with a cross led an attack with his own forces, companions under his authority, and all the enemy fled straightway. This soldier captured the enemy commander, Bearers of these Arms brought him to Kazimierz, and handed him over to him. As a reward Kazimierz gave him many possessions, in recognition of his splendid services, and added a second gold cross to the original token atop the horseshoe"

It is true that Paprocki, describing the house of the Lubicz Łętkowskis, cites mention in old charters of Paweł Łętkowski, the cupbearer of Plock, etc., in the year 108l. The printer, however, must have made an error in giving the year, it should have been 128l. This occasion of the arms' origin took place on the river Drwęca, once called Lubicz. It seems more likely that the new addition [i. e., of the second cross] was made to one of the Pobog clan, not of Jastrzębiec, and that the Lubicz arms took their origin from those of Po bog. Nakielski mentions Budzislaw of this same clan, a land­ owner of Łęczyca district, on p. 70 of his book on Miechów, saying that in the year 1225 he added the village of Chotha to the lands of the Miech6w monastery in perpetuity, regarding which he cites a letter of Konrad, prince of Łęczyca.

Arynek Chojnowski Gruzewski Krzycki Makowiecki Piczkowski
Bajkowski Choromański Hercyk * Krzyniecki Mierzejowski Piwnicki
Bakanowski Chotolski Hołowka Krzywonowski Misztolt Płotowski
Białobłocki Ciesielski Hrehorowicz Kucharski Młodynski Pokrzywnicki
Bialyński Czaplicki lagniqtkowski Kulnow Mniszewski Potocki
Bledzewski Czartoryski Januszkiewicz Kurowski Mogilnicki Prostek
Bolanowski Czerwiński Jaszowski Lipski Monkiewicz * Przyłuski
Borchowski Dernałowicz Jaworowski Lisowski Murzynowski Punikowski
Borowski Dobrzyjałowski Jurewicz Lutoborski Myślecki Raczeński
Borzechowski Domaniewski Karwosiecki Łążyński Nencha Radzimiński
Borzewski Duryewski Kiewnarski Łękowski Nieborski Rakowski
Borzymowski Dzieżyc Kijowski Łopaciński Nielawicki Rapacki
Brzeziński Gerkowski Kłosieński Łopacki Niezabitowski Rębieliński
Brzozowski Głębocki Kobylański Łopienski Obrąpalski Rejczynski
Brzumienski Goreczkowski Kochański Łoziński Ojrzyński Rokicki
Buderaski Goślicki Kopeć Łuba Orłowski Romanowicz
Chaborski Gradowski Kosmiński Ługowski Oszkowski Rudnicki
CheŁchowski Grochowski Kozicki Łuzecki Pączkowski Sadowski
Chojecki Gruszecki Kroswicki Łysakowski Piadzewski * Samek
Sawicki Smuszewski Świderski Tupik * Wojtkowski Zaorski
Sędzicki Stabrowski* Szantyr Tylicki Woliński Zbysław
Serek Stogniew Szeliski Uszyński Wolski Zdański
Sielski Strzałkowski Szerokowski Watlewski Wołkowicki * Żołciński
Siemiński Strzemeski Szomowski Wielicki Wortkowski Żołkiewski
Sierakowski Strzeszewski Szumborski Wierzbicki Wygrazewski Żydowicz
Sierkuczewski Sulimirski Szydlowski Wierzbowski Żabka * Żylicz
Skiwski Sulistrowski Szyrma Wiński Zakrzewski  
Skolimowski Suski Tnroowski Wisigierd Zaleski  


[Added note to Niesiecki's text by the 19th-century editor, J, N, Bobrowicz]: Besides the families mentioned by Niesiecki, later heraldicians, such as Duńczewski, Kuropatnicki, Małachowski, and others, give the following families as also using these arms:

Burzymowski Koziński Pachowski Raczewski Stawiecki Zahorski
Chabowski Koźmirski Piadlewski Spędowski Stojanowski Zborzynski
Gostyński Krzeczowski Pieszkowski Stawecki Swiński Żolkowski
Jawornicki Orzęski Plazowski Stawicki Usiński  

Not all those names mentioned above use Lubicz arms in the same form [Translator's note: in the list exceptions are marked with an asterisk*]. First of all, some have it that there is only one cross, in the center of the horseshoe, and no second one atop it; the families of Hercyk, Kopec, Mońkiewicz, Tupik, Stabrowski and Włlkowicki use this form in their seals. Others, such as the Piadzewski's, have two crosses, one over the other, within the horseshoe. The Żabkas, however, have only one cross, in the center of the horseshoe, but put a star over it and stars at the ends of the shoe on each side; additionally they have on its left side and end, between the star and shoe, an arrow, point upward, at a slight angle. In the parish church in Malbork there is a similar shield, except the cross atop the shoe appears to be joined with the cross in the center. This was the clan shield of Wawrzeniec Reder, who died in 1582; there are Reders in Silesia who are noble (see Heindensztein's History of Moschov).

- translated by Leonard Suligowski

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