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). 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
Malta Exposition at the military museum of Paris from 21 oct 2008 to 11 janv 2009
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. 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 since 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).
Alof painted by Le caravage at the Louvre Museum - Paris
Ceremonial armore on left and battle armore of Alof on right, with real mark of battle.
Adrien was born in Picardy. He was designated Commander of the Knights of the Order of Malta since the birth. He participated in the fortification of the island, building a magnificent arsenal for the galleys of the order and several large stores. He is buried in Malta.
Adrien Wignacourt painting
photo courtesy of Mrs Florence Windmüller, people of Vignacourt during 39 years, from 1966 to 2005.
Malte - Aqueduc Wgnacourt