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Roßhaupten Municipality (Germany)

Gemeinde Roßhaupten, Landkreis Ostallgäu, Bayern

Last modified: 2020-09-26 by klaus-michael schneider
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It is a red-white vertical bicolour. The coat of arms is shifted to the top.
Source: this online catalogue
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 18 Sep 2020

Roßhaupten Coat of Arms

Renaissance shield Gules, above a horsehead Argent, beneath two bars wavy Argent.
The horsehead (German: Roßhaupt, Latin: Caput Equi) is canting. Due to a legend St. Marc, the founder of the namesake monastery in Füssen killed a huge dragon in a local canyon, which was blocked by his dead body and then was so narrow, that not even a horse could pass it. Since then the location was called "the end of the line for horses". The bars were added as a distinguishing mark. They are also referring to the Lech River and to the Forggensee, a nearby lake. The tinctures ar those of the Bishopric of Augsburg, which became the most important local ruler since the 13th century. The "fish house", a manor, is located alongside the road to Kaufbeuren. It had been the seat of the Master of Fishery of the bishopric.
Source: Aegidius Kolb and Ewald Kohler (editors): "Ostallgäu, Einst und Jetzt", Marktoberdorf 1984, pp.1204-1210
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 18 Sep 2020

The arms were approved on 1 August 1953 by Minister of Interior of Bayern.
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 18 Sep 2020

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