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Anna Borewicz, BSc, MSc.Eng

Registered: The International Register of Arms, 22nd Sept. 2015. Registration No. 0367 (Vol.3)

Arms: Gules, a gonfalon of three pendants fringed in base all Or, surmounted by a doubled cross of equal transverses imperfect in dexter of its lower crossbar Argent.

Crest: Issuant from a coronet Or jeweled Proper the upper rim set with four fleurons three of which are shown Or and alternating four pearls two of which are visible Argent , a dexter arm fesseways embowed and vambraced proper wieldding a jagged sword Argent.

Motto: Mos Maiorum

Assumed: Poland, prior to 1890.

The Arms of Anna Borewicz

The helmet, with a closed barred visor traditionally shown affronté, denotes the armiger’s noble rank. The motto is not a part of the inherited armorial bearings but has been freely adopted by the armiger to add a personal touch to signify her intention to follow her forefathers’ tradition.

These arms are the paternal achievement of the armiger who was born in Krakow in Poland. Her family roots can be traced back to 18th century ancestors who held the rank of nobility in the Grand Duchy of Lithuania. The mixture of charges similar to other Polish noble clan arms like Prus (double cross) and Radwan (the gonfalon) caused confusion amongst 19th century amorists who wrongly attributed these arms to different clans. Only recently have they been given a proper recognition and in accordance with the rules of Polish heraldic tradition given their own proper name 'Borewicz coat of arms'.

Prus and Radwan arms have a truly medieval character and their rich iconography illustrates the versatile use of them by many prominent figures. One of the earliest depictions of Prus can be seen on a painting of the martyred bishop St. Stanislaus of Szczepanow painted in1490 by an unknown artist.

‘Polish Armorial’ by Kasper Niesiecki, revised and edited by Jan Nepomucen Bobrowicz, issued in 1845 in Lipsk, holds records of the registrant’s 4th great grandfather Lord Antoni Borewicz (b.circa 1713-d.1770) and his spouse Anna née Butler, the rightful owners of the manor house and estate by the Neman river near Kaunas in Trakai Voivodeship. The entire village was named Borewicze after the beautifully located paternal estate although it is not known exactly how the family surname came into existence. In the 15th century the process of creating family names derived from names of locally owned settlements became popular. In 1749 the family relocated west closer to the Kingdom of Poland, moving to the newly purchased Klejwy Manor House. The property consisting of seven other villages in Sejny County remained in possession of Borewicz family for the next 200 years until the second World War. The first owners, Honorable Anna and Antoni Borewicz had been blessed with four sons : Józef (1736-1779), Nikodem (1739-1794), Mikolaj (1742-?) and Leon (1740-1784). Józef and Nikodem both followed a military career in the cavalry, while two younger brothers became 'God’s soldiers’ taking vows of poverty, chastity and obedience by accepting the rules of the Jesuit Order.

During the Partition of Poland, Polish nobility was obliged to provide proofs of their noble status for verification by the authorities of the Russian Empire, Kingdom of Prussia or Habsburg Austria, depending on which part of the annexed Polish -Lithuanian Commonwealth they lived in.

The registrant’s great grandfather, Antoni Hipolit Kwiryn Borewicz (1819-1890) son of Michal and Marianna née bar Rönne obtained the document legalizing the family’s status and right to bear these arms. The armiger’s family tree can be found online at Marek J.Minakowski' Genealogia Potomków Sejmu Wielkiego by the Society of the Descendants of the Great Sejm, an organization similar to Sons of the American Revolution.

The armiger is a member of Confederation of the Polish Nobility.
 

 
 

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