The name Vignacourt was written in differents ways throughout the ages, such as Wignacourt, and it left his name also to knights, in particular with Simon Wignacourt, the first in the family line of the knights.
The descendants of the Wignacourt seigneury settled in the french regions of Alsace, Artois, Champagne and Flanders but its origin is Picardy.
The motto of Wignacourt Knights family is DURUM PATIENTA FRANGO. The transcript of this motto evolve several times, over time, we can say today like our famous proverb: "good things come to those who wait".
He participated in the Crusade of Saint John of Acre, in 1190. (Israel). According to ancient writings, his behavior would have enabled him to acquire the three fleurs-de-lys with the agreement of King Louis IX called Saint-Louis. The coat of arms of Simon de Wignacourt is exhibited in the room of the crusades of the castle of Versailles.
The wignacourt's coat of arms
He was born in Picardy on 1547. Grand Master Aloph de Wignacourt, Knight of the Order of Malta, he reigned for 21 years, from 1601 to 1622.
His father John owned lands at Beauvais city in Picardy, street Saint-Pierre, near the cathedral. There are a few meters away, the Wignacourt Street (next to the gym room).
He was a builder. He fortified the island of Malta against pirates attacks. He was buried in the chapel of the language of France to Malta in 1622. Alof's brother is also buried in Malta.
The direct line of Alof (descendant of Simon Wignacourt) died out in the 19th century.
Alof painted by Le caravage at the Louvre Museum - Paris
Malta Exposition at the military museum of Paris from 21 oct 2008 to 11 janv 2009
Ceremonial armore on left and battle armore of Alof on right, with real mark of battle.
Knight of the Order of Malta, born in Picardie. He was appointed Commander of the Knights of the Order of Malta from his birth in 1619.
He participated in the fortification of the island, by the construction of a magnificent arsenal for the galleys of order and several important stores. He took part in the reconstruction of Malta after the earthquake of January 1693.
He died on February 4, 1697. He is buried in the Saint John co-cathedral, in the chapel of the language of France in Malta.
Adrien Wignacourt painting
photo courtesy of Mrs Florence Windmüller, people of Vignacourt during 39 years, from 1966 to 2005.
Malte - Aqueduc Wgnacourt