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adopted: 1997; design: J.C. Terluin.
Bontebok (meaning: spotted billygoat) was a hamlet of the village of Nieuwehorne
along the Schoterlandse Compagnonsvaart (another canal to transport peat),
named after a former pub. There was a lock here, and a dairy factory.
Coat of Arms: in blue a (black-white) billygoat, standing on a green meadow.
Flag: divided in four over 1/3 of flaglength of yellow and red; over
the dividing lines a blue cross with a width of 1/10 flagheight. In the
canton a standing (black-white) multicolored billygoat and at hoistbottom
a peat-spade and an "oplizzer" (another peat-implement), in saltire,
with the handles on top, all yellow.
Bontebok was originally a pub with the name "Bonte Bock", at
the place where the footpath from Nijhorne to Gersloot and the Compagnonsvaart.
There was also a lock to regulate the waterlevel. Around the pub and that
crossing a hamlet developed with the name of the pub: Bontebok. In 1979
the hamlet received the village-status.
The village did already have a Coat of Arms, derived from the advertisinbg sign
of the pub. In 1997 the society for village interests started to develop
a plan for a village flag.
The flag is dividided in four parts, a so-called Scandinavian cross.
In the canton is the multicolored billygoat from the arms; the yellow color
of this quarter and the fourth quarter signify sandy soil. Bontebok is
on a high sandridge. In the red quarter in the hoistbottom are two peat-implements
iof yellow. The peat-spade (jutte) was used at making "baggelders"
(short peat-blocks); the "oplizzer" was used for digging off "turven"
(long rectangular peat-blocks). The color red represents heather. The blue
cross the Compagnonsvaart and the roadcrossing.
Design flag: J.C. Terluin, after consulation of "Pleatslik Belang".
Source: Genealogysk Jierboekje 1997.
Jarig Bakker, 24 Aug 2003
Bontebok Coat of Arms
from the Bontebokster website. (there
are 3 different billygoatarms, but this is the real thing. bééééh!