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Meirinhos Commune (Portugal)

Freguesia de Meirinhos, Concelho de Mogadouro, Distrito de Bragança

Last modified: 2016-04-28 by klaus-michael schneider
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[Meirinhos commune CoA] 2:3 image by Sérgio Horta, 3 Mar 2016
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About the Flag

It is a typical Portuguese communal flag, with the coat of arms centred on a plain white field.
Sources: this page and this photo
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 3 Mar 2016

Coat of arms

[Meirinhos commune CoA] image by Sérgio Horta, 3 Mar 2016

Shield Azure on a bridge Argent masoned Sable issuant from a base wavy Argent charged with a fess wavy Azure a Merino-ram passant Argent and in chief two almond tree flowers Argent emphasized Gules. Mural crown Argent with three visible towers and white scroll reading in black upper case letters "MEIRINHOS".
The word "meirinho" means approximately the same as "bailiff"; this meaning seems absent from the arms. The blazon in Portuguese says, the animal is a "Merino-ram ", thus a special race of sheep, famous for ist wool. It can't be confirmed that "Meirinho " might be an ancient form of "Merino " , but the words surely sound similar and therefore, even if the arms are not canting, they are surely punning.
Source: this webpage
António Martins-Tuválkin and Klaus-Michael Schneider, 3 Mar/ 12 Mar 2016

Flag and arms published in the official journal Diário da República: II Série on 6 March 2002
António Martins-Tuválkin, 3 Mar 2016

Presentation of Meirinhos

Meirinhos Commune is one of the 21 communes of Mogadouro Municipality; it had 287 inhabitants in 2011 and covers 53.8 km².
António Martins-Tuválkin, 3 Mar 2016

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