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Sainte-Hélène-de-Bagot, Quebec (Canada)

Les Maskoutains, Montérégie

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[Sainte-Hélène-de-Bagot flag] image by Olivier Touzeau, 7 June 2020

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Sainte-Hélène-de-Bagot (1,700 inhabitants, 71.4 km²)
Olivier Touzeau, 7 June 2020


White flag with coat of arms and name below (pictures taken in 2009 and 2011)
Olivier Touzeau, 7 June 2020

"Per fess, 1a. Azure a ram issuant or, 1b. Azure a tree half-Canadian hemlock half-maple proper, 2. Azure a half-sun or charged with a plow argent and gules and surmounted by a bull's head sable and argent. The shield surmounted by a crown or. The shield supported by two branches made of two pale leaves vert separated by a fleur-delis argent.
Beneath the shield a scroll or inscribed with the motto "Respect, Liberté, Travail" in letters sable.

The ram nascent comes from the arms of Claude de Ramezay, whose descendant Hélène de Ramezay was once lord of Sainte-Hélène.
The mixed tree represents the main sources of income for the parish's founders: Canadian hemlock's bark, potash and sugar maple.
The sun is a source of energy for work and light for spirit. The plow and the bull represent Sainte-Hélène's main industries, agriculture and cattle-breeding.
The supporters recall the inhabitants' French origin and their belonging to the Quebec and Canada communities.
The golden crown represents the parish's patron saint, St. Helena.
Municipal website

Claude de Ramezay (1659-1724), Governor of Trois-Rivières (1690-1699) and Montreal (1704-1714), served as interim Governor of Nouvelle-France from 1714 to 1716. He let build Castle Ramezay, one of Montreal's historical landmark.
Ramezay was the descendant of the Ramsay family, which probably emigrated from Scotland to Burgundy (France) in the late 15th - early 16th century.
Dictionnaire biographique du Canada, Vol. II (1701-1740)

The canting arms of Claude de Ramezay are featured on a legal document issued on 1 June 1701, which confirmed his nobility title, as "Azure a ram issuant or between four bendlets two gules and two or four stars or". This approximate description stirred up a controversy among Canadian heraldists, who did not agree on the exact location of the bendlets and stars. The modern version of the arms of Claude de Ramezay would be "Azure a ram issuant or between two bendlets gules and two mullets in bend all within two bendlets between two mullets in bend sinister or".
Auguste Vachon. Les armoiries de Claude de Ramezay.

Ivan Sache, 12 June 2020