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04a. Captal de Buch
Sir Jean de Grailly, KG, Captal de Buch

Arms: Or on a cross Sable, five escallops Argent

SOURCE/NOTES & CREDITS: Source for blazon: Dwyer Wedvick, source for arms: “Creating Miniature Knights”, Peter Greenhill, Scramasax, 2005, Firenze, page 170 and "BGA", 1884, Reprint 1989, page 418.

Sir Jean III de Grailly, KG, Captal de Buch, 1343-1377, a Founder-Knight of the Order of the Garter, nephew to the Count of Foix, who fought at Poitiers, made Count of Bigorre by Edward III, a true fighting knight associated with the Black Prince and later John of Gaunt, a renown military leader in the Hundred Years War and praised by Froissart as an ideal of chivalry. In 1372 he was captured by the French who kept him a prisoner in the Temple in Paris for the remainder of his life as Charles V felt he was too dangerous to be ransomed back to the English.

The noble title “Captal” an archaic feudal title found in Gascony which translates as “Chief”, from the Latin capitalis “Prime, Chief” in the formula “capitales domini” or principal lords. Only the four seigneurs of Trene, Puychagut, Eprnon and Buch used the title (Wikipedia).

See also entries for Roet, John of Gaunt, Black Prince,

The artwork is a rendering by John Hamilton Gaylor.

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