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Beaconsfield, Quebec (Canada)

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[Beaconsfield flag] image by Ben Koorengevel, edited by Luc Baronian

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The Municipality

The municipality of Beaconsfield (19,505) inhabitants in 2011; 2,450 ha) is located on the Island of Montreal.

Beaconsfield originates in a concession granted on 18 May 1678 by the Order of St. Sulpice, then lord of the island of Montreal, to Jean Guenet, who named the domain as Beaurepaire. Guenet was an influential trader from Ville-Marie and the tax collector for the lords of the Island.
In the 1870s, Mr. Menzies renamed the place as Beaconsfield, as a tribute to England's Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli, created the Earl of Beaconsfield by Queen Victoria in 1876. The town of Beaconsfield was incorporated on 4 January 1910. - Municipal website
Ivan Sache, 28 March 2017

The Flag

I took a photo of this flag in 1999 in a Montreal Urban Community building.
Luc Baronian, 9 May 2005

The arms (a beacon standing in a field) are a canting allusion to the name Beaconsfield. Green is a symbol of fertility. The crest is made of a castle, retained from the original insignia previously used and based on the crest of Benjamin Disraeli, Earl of Beaconsfield; and of a Canadian civic crown symbolizing a Canadian municipality. The Latin motto "Forti Nihil Difficile" (Nothing is Difficult to the Brave), also retained from the previously used insignia, was the motto of the Earl of Beaconsfield. - Municipal website

Benjamin Disraeli (1804-1881) was created Earl of Beaconsfield by Letters Patent issued on 21 August 1876. The title became extinct after his death. Disraeli served as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom in 1868 and 1874-1880. His arms were:
Per saltire gules and argent a castle triple towered in chief of the last two lions rampant in fess sable and an eagle displayed in base or.
Issuant from a wreath of oak proper a castle triple towered argent.
Dexter: an eagle or; Sinister: a lion also or, each gorged with a collar gules pendent therefrom an escutcheon of the last charged with a tower argent.
Forti Nihil Difficile. - Cracroft's Peerage

Photo of the flag
Ivan Sache
, 28 March 2017