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Ferwoude (The Netherlands)
Wûnseradiel municipality, Fryslân province
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Ferwoude villageFerwoude (Frisian: Ferwâlde) is a village in Wûnseradiel municipality, Fryslân province, with (1958) 311; (1974) 237 inhabitants, NNW of Workum city. Hamlets: Doniaburen, Scharneburen and Wonneburen. Some parts are 2.7 meters below sealevel.
Nickname: "Brijbekken" (porridgebeaks), used for the low grasslands in Fryslân, where people only ate porridge.
Ferwoude CoA: in silver a red standard, hanging from four golden rings.
This standard was Friso's (the legendary founder of Fryslân) standard, which he took with him out of his homeland India, which gained him many victories. Legend has it that the Frisians under this banner conquered Rome, and delivered the city to Charlemagne. It was kept in the dôme of Alemenum (Harlingen). Later the Danes tried to steal it. They were unsuccessful, for it was hidden in the churchwall. However Jancko Douwama (another great Frisian freedomfighter, mainly trying to free the Frisians from the Frisians) wrote: "I heard the same, but about Ferwâlde, not Almenum".
Source: "It Beaken", Magazine of the Frisian Academy, Dec 1969.
Encyclopedie van Friesland 1958.
Groot Schimpnamenboek van Nederland, by Dirk van der Heide, 1998.
Jarig Bakker, 28 Sep 2003
Ferwoude CoA from "It Beaken", Magazine of the Frisian Academy, Dec 1969.