National and historical symbols of Hungary

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The Coat-of-Arms of the Town of Hajdószoboszló [** ¤]
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(The County of Hajdú-Bihar)

It was on 2 September 1606 that Prince István Bocskai bestowed on the mounted Haiduk commanded by Captain Péter Fekete and seven other captains a charter of liberation, under the terms of which they were settled down in the village of Szoboszló and were granted a coat-of-arms as described in the following authorized translation:

'... In the badge of their true and perfect nobility this coat-of-arms is a military shield erect, azure, in base on a field vert a tiger rampant, proper, his sinister forepaw outstretched, holding in his dexter paw a naked sword blade sanguined, and combatant in a duel with a warrior mounted and vambraced, otherwise also heavily armed, holding in his sinister hand a round shield, in fess emblazoned with a charge flambant throughout, and raising in his dexter hand a sword drawn to blow.

Across the top an open helmet ensigned with a royal crown adorned properly with gems and pearls. Issuant from the crown a demi-tiger, holding in his sinister paw as a sign of victory a round shield identical with the one described above, in his dexter paw a flag gules charged with an eagle erect, proper (sable), displayed, and footed or.

Issuant from the top of the helmet are scarves or mantling, azure and or to the dexter, gules and argent to the sinister, enfiling and adorning neatly on both sides the borders of this shield, as drawn and tinctured with practised hand and painterly art in the heading of this document of ours, with the aim of rendering everything explicit and clear.

The coat-of-arms of Hajdúszoboszló perfectly suits the above description with only minute additions (e.g. the demi-tiger issuing from the crown is armed, the helm is proper, etc.), not specified by the maker of the charter.

Since both the circumstances of the donation and the description of the coat-of-arms are known, no further explanation is necessary. The coat-of-arms can be classified as an example of canting arms. The tiger engaged in a duel obviously symbolises the grantees, the Haiduk themselves, who raised the flag of the Prince of Transylvania, while their enemies are represented by the bearer of the shield emblazoned with flames, from whom the shield was taken away in the combat.