ARMS OF THE ROGER DE BEAUFORT
The family name ROGER is very
common and a large number of such lineages are flourishing throughout
The genealogy of the Roger de Beaufort is quite interesting since many members of this family occupied prestigious posts in the Roman Catholic Church: two popes, one pope elected who refused the pontificate, two cardinals and many bishops. Furthermore, the genealogy of this family has been very well documented in the ecclesiastic registers.
The arms of the Roger de Beaufort on top of this page bore a blue bend within a border of six red roses on a silver field. Those coats of arms can also be found on the
Papal Palacein (below). Pope Clément VI (Pierre III Roger, the grand-son of Pierre I) had added a chapel to this palace. Avignon
A document called "Un manuscrit de Sainte-Croix de Jérusalem aux armes de Grégoire XI" mentions on page 366 that "a comparison needs to be done of our manuscript with the ms. lat. 2032 of the Bibliothèque nationale de Paris which contains the table of the preachers of Saint-Augustin by Jean de Fait… The first page of this manuscript…is nearly identical to the ones (illustrations) of Sessor 20; it contains in the… corners… the arms of the Roger Family of which Clément VI was a member like his nephew Grégoire XI.” We have obtained a copy of this first page (below) and have observed that the arms of the Roger Family appear in the top right corner as well as in the two bottom corners of the page.
Mr. Léopold Delisle who has traced this manuscript to Benoît XII Library at Peniscola affirms that it was owned by Clément VI, (Un manuscrit de Sainte-Croix de Jérusalem - Aux Armes de Grégoire XI”, page 367). The existence of the Roger arms on this document kept at the Bibliothèque Nationale de Paris constitutes for us an official confirmation of the authenticity of the Roger’s arms.
We have not traced back any link between the Roger de
Beaufort and the family of our first Canadian ancestor Gabriel Roger whose
father René was living at Ste-Verge in the