Weidum, village in Littenseradiel municipality, Fryslân province.
It used to be in the former municipality of Baarderadeel,
(1958): 552; (1974): 753 inhabitants. Until c. 1900 it was the municipal
seat of Baarderadeel. Here was Dekemastate (fortified stately house), the
home of Earl (jonker) E. D. van Beyma, demolished by a tornado in
1898, which ended a 700-year history of glorious and gory deeds. In 1919
Hanso Henricus Schotanus a` Steringa Idzerda invented radio-broadcasting
in Weidum. Weidum is also known for the game of "keatsen", French:
Jeu de Pelote, while the village is renowned for its brass band (fanfare),
its "boerenkapel" (farmers' oom-papa orchestra) and its drum band.
Nickname: Weidumer roeken (religious fanatics)
Weidum coat of arms: divided stepwise: a. in blue a golden six-pointed star;
b. in red two silver fleurs-de-lis; in base with a silver lozenge.
Flag: blue with a four-stepped red hoist-triangle, of which the fourth
step forms the triangle-top at 7/15 flag length; the triangle charged with
a yellow six-pointed star of 2/5 flag height; a yellow lengthened stepped
chevron with a width of 4/15 flag length with the top at 11/15 flag length.
From the 18th till the 20th century the "grietenijhuis" (municipal
council-house) of Baarderadeel was in Weidum. That's why the coat of arms has the
colors blue and red. The star is from the municipal arms (and represents
Weidum also as former municipal seat). The step-gables refer to the noble
houses (states) of the Dekema's, the Hania's, the Papma's and the Wobbema's.
The fleurs-de-lis are from the arms of Dekema and Hania. The lozenge is
from the Walta-arms and symbolizes law-administration. In the 18th century
the municipal courthouse was in Weidum.
In the flag the step-gables from the arms and the star are represented.
The colors are derived from the arms.
Design: J.C. Terluin and R.J. Broersma.
Source: Genealogysk Jierboekje 2001.
Encyclopedie van Friesland, 1958.
Baerderadiel: in Geakunde, 1977.
Jarig Bakker, 7 Sep 2003
Weidum coat of arms
from Wapens en Flaggen fan Littenseradiel, booklet of the municipality.