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Longueuil (Quebec)

Municipalité de Longueuil

Last modified: 2005-09-24 by phil nelson
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Armorial banner
[Longueuil armorial banner]
by Luc Baronian

Logo flag
[Longueuil logo flag]
by Luc Baronian

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City flag

Armorial Banner

I rescaled this image from the city website. The grant of arms and banner of arms by the Canadian Heraldic Authority was unveiled on April 13 2005 in the presence of Mayor Jacques Olivier and Lieutenant-Governor Lise Thibault, though a different rendition had been used for several years. Quote from the city website:

On May 10, 2004, the Chief Herald of Canada, Robert Douglas Watt, granted the coat of arms to the Ville de Longueuil. The insignia are registered in Volume IV, page 372 of the Public Register of Arms, Badges and Flags of Canada to be borne and used in perpetuity by the Ville de Longueuil, in accordance with the heraldic rights of Canada. The coat of arms with crest and supporters, are those of Charles Le Moyne (1626-1685), who founded Longueuil and was knighted in 1668. In 2002, the late Raymond Grant, a descendant of the Le Moyne family on his mother's side, and the eleventh Baron of Longueuil, said that he was delighted to learn that Longueuil wished to officially take over Charles Le Moyne's historic coat of arms. In the absence of the 1668 letters patent of nobility, that have long been lost, Ville de Longueuil used a historic document written in the 18th century that provided a written description of the coat of arms (Paris, B.n.F., Chérin 138, dossier 2844). The full coat of arms is those of the founder and his family. Although it has now been granted to the Ville de Longueuil, the full coat of arms is not generally used. It serves as a historic reference. Only the emblems on the shield are used.

Luc Baronian, 22 May 2005

Logo flag

Translated from city documentation:

The city of Longueuil is definitely turned towards the future and is determined to assert itself as an international-scale municipality. The new visual identity is meant to be the true reflection of the enthusiasm that animates the citizens of Longueuil. The signature represents the characteristic traits of this dynamic municipality located on the south shore of the Saint Lawrence river. The chosen colors, symbols and typography contribute to the timeless character of this new identification mark. Longueuil's signature belongs to its citizens. By using it properly, all will contribute to the positive image and notoriety of their municipality. The chosen typography represents dignity and distinction. The two 'l' letters at the extremities give the signature a balance that is also an inherent characteristic of life in Longueuil. Blue symbolizes the serene character of life in Longueuil and the proximity of the Saint Lawrence river. The ochre wave immediately below the city name symbolizes the wealth from agricultural lands occupying a third of the city's territory. The curve on the wave represents the characteristic outline of Mount Saint-Bruno and the river shores. The blue wave underscores the important contribution of the Saint Lawrence river to the development of the area known as the South Shore. Welded to the letter g of the city name, it confirms the unique tie between the municipality and the river by evoking the shore.

This flag was adopted in 2002.
Luc Baronian, 22 May 2005

Prior flag

[Longueuil logo flag]
by Luc Baronian

This flag is reported in Ian Campbell, The Identifying Symbols of Canadian Municipal Institutions, Waterloo, 1990. The fleur-de-lys represents France, the silver rose represents Charles Lemoyne, founder.
Luc Baronian, 22 May 2005

Coat of Arms

[Longueuil coat of arms]
contributed by Luc Baronian

It is said that the full coat of arms serve as a historical reference point, and that the city uses only the shield and motto.
Luc Baronian, 10 June 2005

Grant of Arms, Supporters and Flag, with a Badge to the Service de police de la Ville de Longueuil
May 10, 2004
Vol. IV, p. 372

Description: A banner of the Arms; Coat of arms: Azure three roses Or, on a chief Gules a crescent between two mullets Or

Symbolism: The full achievement of arms, with a crest and supporters, are those of Charles Le Moyne (1626-1685), the founder of Longueuil who was ennobled in 1668 and whose son and namesake was created a baron in 1700 by Louis XIV. In 2002, Raymond Grant, a descendant of the Le Moyne family through the female line and Baron of Longueuil, expressed his concurrence with the proposal that the Ville de Longueuil wished to be officially granted the historical arms of Charles Le Moyne. In the depiction of the arms, the three symbols in chief (the crescent and the two stars) are coloured gold (yellow). Since the letters of nobility of 1668 have been lost, the city based its choice on a historical document of the XVIIIth century recording the blazon (written description) of the arms (Paris, B.n.F., Chérin 138, dossier 2844). Other versions of the arms show the three upper symbols as Argent (white).
Pascal Vagnat, 1 August 2005