DESCENDANTS OF ANTOINE BOURG
COAT OF ARMS
"Armories de la famille Bourg" / (Bourg family coat of arms)
"Courage vers les sommets" / (Courage to the summit)
"Part in red and in green with a gold anchored cross; A gold chief with a blue star alongside two red towers;"
SIDES: The two sides of the shield's base emphasize the historic times through which Antoine Bourg, ancestor of all Acadian Bourgs and Bourques, lived.
RIGHT SIDE: in red represents the English and therefore serves as a reminder of the forced deportation of the Acadians at the hands of the English in 1755. It also bears witness to the curious fact that a nun of the order of the Assomptionists de la Saint-Viérge found an extract from a University of London thesis confirming that all Bourgs, Bourques, and Birks, are descendants of William the Conqueror, Duke of Normandy and King of England!
LEFT SIDE: in green reminds us that the Bourg family ancestor, Antoine, was a farmer in the parish of Martaizé, near Loudun, France, before being conscripted by Sieur D'Aulnay as a labourer to settle in Acadie around 1636.
THE CHIEF: is an ordinary which plays an essential role in this coat of arms. It ennobles the blazon and serves as a background for the heraldic objects, indicating the origin of the family and its arrival in Port Royal, Acadie.
OBJECTS: the Latin cross represents Christ's martyrdom and symbolizes that of the Acadians. It emphasizes their strong faith, which helped them survive. It serves as a reminder of Father J.M. Bourg who pacified the Mic Mac Indians in 1778 at the request of the English, an achievement which led Nova Scotia's Protestant governors to give Catholics freedom of worship in the province. The anchored cross proclaims that Acadians are anchored to their faith, culture and tradition despite their terrible misfortune.
TWO TOWERS: Martaizé is located in the region of Poitou. The towers are in remembrance of those found on Poitou's armorial bearings. "Bourg" is believed to be derived from the Germanic word "Borg", meaning "fortified castle".
THE STAR: the Bourg family played such a major role in Acadie and elsewhere, that it was important to include a star, which is also found on the Acadian flag. It is a symbol of such dedication and honor on the family's armorial bearings,
SYMBOLISM OF THE COLORS:
Red (rouge): courage and love of the family's ancestors as a whole, and of their ancestor, Antoine. It symbolizes his courage to leave France and settle in the new land of Port Royal, Acadie. It is also a reminder of the Acadian blood that was spilled during the Great Expulsion in 1755.
Green (vert): attests that Antoine Bourg and several of his descendants lived on the land, and that he left France for the express purpose of becoming a labourer (to work the land) .
Blue (azure) : is the color of the Acadian people who, despite their terrible hardship and misfortune, have always evinced moderation, peace and order.
Gold (or) : represents the spiritual values of Faith, willingness to work, dedication, and total commitment to a cause or country, which have characterized the Acadian people in general, and has been their strength.
MOTTO: "COURAGE TO THE SUMMIT"
COURAGE: This virtue inspired the first Bourg, Antoine, to leave France to settle in Port Royal. His hope was to establish a prosperous and happy home and he succeeded well. Despite the trial and turmoil of the Acadian deportation, his descendants managed to survive and keep their faith, language and customs.
TO THE SUMMIT: By their language, faith, gaiety, intelligence and determination, Acadians have shown their strength and their desire not only to survive, but also to become great, prosperous and powerful people, knowing who they are and ever remaining Acadian through and through.
These armorial bearings were drawn up by Father Lucien Godbout of the Séminaire de Québec, member of the Heraldry Society of Canada, and designed by Matteau Parent, graphics designer.