|The Arms above apparently the
first Coat of Arms of the family that used the Motto, "Deo Non Fortuna".
It is a very old Coat of Arms and was apparently used in their beginning
in Bagot's Bromley in England. No one know when and why this Motto was
changed to Antiquum Optinens from it's original state. The Motto means
"The God of Fortune", but changed to Antiquum Optinens, "Possessing Our
Ancient Honor" after the Bagods settled in England. It was used in the
County of Staffordshire.
The baronial family of Bagot
descended from the Carlovingian Counts of Artois, and Bagod d' Arras is
the one who is claimed to have built Saint-Omer Castle in Flanders, according
to the FamilyCastles site. Apparently the FamilyCastles site owners have
not yet gotten to Saint-Omer in Arras, France during rebuilding. They have
Castle Saint-Omer on the site at present in Arras, France without a link,
but their link has said earlier it was occupied by Bagod de Arras and Carlovingian
Counts. Obviously both the castle in France called Castle Saint-Omer and
the castle in Belgium called Saint-Omer Castle are the same. Both are in
the same region in the ancient country of Flanders. All the above is highly
conjectural until more documentation is found to prove its accuracy.
Bagod de Arras was one of the
Principle Knights in William the Conquerer’s Army with his Shield displayed
on the Roll of Battle Abbey, and presumably he was granted Lord of Bromley
in Stafford by William because of their triumph during the Battle of Hastings.
These Principle Knights were the ones who received the Lordships. Lord
William Bagot in his book of 1824 states the first record he had in England
on Bagot, was Bagod, Lord of a Moiety of Bramelee (Bromley) at the time
of William the Conquerer. De Arras was back in Artois in 1075 and witnessed
a charter in Flanders after the Conquest in 1066. He traveled back to Flanders
apparently to settle some affairs or perhaps he had to attend to the business
part of his share of the estate of his father, Robert, Sire de Bethune
of Artois, who had died in 1075.
Maury Baggett, Editor