Stained Glass Window at the Dutch Refromed Church in Vierpolders, Netherlands
Previously, I wrote about the church in Vierpolders, Netherlands that our Luijendijk ancestors attended. This church has beautiful (at least from the pictures I have seen) stained glass windows. One window in particular is important to the Leyndyke family. My genea-friend, Tom deMeijer, traveled to Vierpolders and visited the church and took pictures. This is what he wrote about the windows:
The window was donated to the church, together with 5 other persons, by Jan Cornelisse Leuijendick in 1721 when the little church was built.
In the window with the 6 Coats of Arms.
Left top down:
Vasal of Voorne, sheriff of Vierpolders and Swartewael (now Zwartewaal, a village nearby) with fish and star.
Leendert van Doorne, Alderman, arms with merlon/ battlements; this indicates an old origin of his coats of arms maybe form the chivalry period.
Jan Cornelisse Luijendijk Portion of the Window
Right top down:Jans Cornelisse Luijendijk-Captain and Sheriff living in 1721; The Coat of Arms contains a grapevine and is inspired by John:15 "and Jesus said, I am the true grapevine and you are the vines; who stays in me and I in him, will bear many fruits".
Leendert Meuldijk (means mill dyke), so he was running a mill on the dyke. He was captain (of the warship) and alderman.
Sir Pieter de Boo; arms with sun, three trees and three swords. He was secretary of Swartewael and Vierpolders.
In the upperside of the window;
The Lady of Justice with her balance on the left and the Lady of Wisdom with mirror and snake to the right.
Thank you to Tom for providing us a glimpse into the past. Kirk and I hope to visit the Netherlands some day and the church at Vierpolders will be on our list to see.