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Mook en Middelaar (The Netherlands)

Limburg province

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Mook en Middelaar municipality Shipmate Flagchart : http://www.flagchart.net
adopted 24 Apr 1991.
 

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Mook en Middelaar municipality

Number of inhabitants (1 Jan 2003): 8.036; area: 18,82 km². Settlements: Mook (seat), Middelaar, Molenhoek (part), Plasmolen.
Mook en Middelaar is the northernmost municipality of Limburg province, squeeezed between the municipalities of Cuyk (Noord-Brabant) and Groesbeek (Gelderland).
Mook was named by Emperor Henry III in 1018 as a possession of two convents in Aken (Aix-la-Chapelle, Aachen). In 1227 the rights were sold to the Counts of Gelre. In the 16th century the "schepenbank" (municipal council?) went over to the Land of Cleve in Germany, later Prussia. c. 1800 it was occupied by the French, who merged it with Middelaar.
Middelaar was a free Imperial Lordship (Rijksheerlijkheid) in the possession of the van Heumen family. In 1385 Reinoud van Heumen was forced to cede the area to the Count of Gelre, and it remained in Gelre until the French occupation, when it was merged with Mook.
In the Netherlands Mook is most known for the "slag op de Mookerhei", in 1574, where the brothers of Willem van Oranje, Lodewijk and Hendrik van Nassau were killed by the Spaniards, together with a large part of their army. This battle is the reason for the wish to send someone to the Mookerhei (wish he were at Jericho, go to Halifax).
The municipal flag was adopted by municipal resolution on 24 Apr 1991. It consists of a vertical blue stripe with a yellow lion (part of the shield of the Duchy of Gelre); and a vertical red stripe with the shield of the Duchy of Cleve.
Source: Sierksma's Nederlands Vlaggenboek, 1962 [sie62].
Ralf Hartemink's site.
Jarig Bakker, 10 Jul 2003

Mook en Middelaar old flag

[Mook en Middelaar old flag] by Jarig Bakker, 10 Jul 2003 - Shipmate Flagchart image slightly adapted http://www.flagchart.net

Two vertical stripes of blue and red, with on the blue stripe a yellow double-tailed, crowned and red armed lion; on the red stripe eight circle-wise placed staffs of fleurs-de-lis, with over it in the center a white small shield.
This flag was adopted by municipal resolution on 2 Mar 1962. The colors and figuration have been derived from the municipal arms.
Source: Sierksma's Nederlands Vlaggenboek, 1962 [sie62].
Jarig Bakker, 10 Jul 2003


Mook en Middelaar Coat of Arms

[Mook en Middelaar Coat of Arms] image from the municipal website.

Granted 30 Oct 1990. On the red part of the Coat of Arms is St. Lambertus, patron saint of Middelaar, with the shield of the Duchy of Gelre. On the blue part it is St. Anthony Abbott, patron saint of Mook, with the Coat of Arms of the Duchy of Cleve.