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Jirnsum (The Netherlands)
Boarnsterhim municipality, Fryslân province
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Official name: Jirnsum (Dutch: Irnsum), Boarnsterhim municipality, Fryslân
province; used to be in the former municipality of Rauwerderhem, along
the railway Leeuwarden - Heerenveen (station Grouw/Irnsum). 1958: 975 inh.;
Village nickname: Kattekneppelers (catclubbers; a cat was put in a
barrel, people threw clubs against the barrel, and after a while it burst,
and when the slightly uneasy cat flew away clubs were thrown at it; any
"lucky" person hitting the cat was the "kattenkoning" (cat-king).
In 1870 this sporting event was forbidden.
Jirnsum: Coat of Arms: in red a silver fess with a blue clover- or Mauritius
cross. This is based on the arms of the former municipality
Rauwerderhem; the cross reminds of the patron saint of the church.
Flag: two vertical stripes of white and red, proportioned 2:1; in the
white stripe a blue clover cross.
Source: Genealogysk Jierboekje 1986.
Encyclopedie van Friesland, 1958.
Groot Schimpnamenboek van Nederland, by Dirk van der Heide, 1998.
Jarig Bakker, 20 Aug 2003
Jirnsum Coat of Arms
from the Genealogysk Jierboekje 1986.