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Section: QUARTERLY

Autumn 2007: The Wall Against Bolshevism

Author: The.Heraldry.Ru / Publication date: 2007-10-22

Autumn 2007: The Wall Against BolshevismWrangel's family was matriculated as a noble lineage of the Province of St. Petersburg. The family belonged to the Ludenhof und Ellister branch of the famous Baltic Wrangel/Wrangell family (matriculated in Livonia and Estlandia as well), enjoyed a Swedish baronial title and was entitled to a spectacular coat-of-arms with honourable augmentations, but rarely used this latter.

These Russified Wrangels preferred their old Uradel's arms with either archaic or grilled helmet, but without a baronial coronet, this being an obvious expression of the family pride.

It worth mentioning that some Wrangell branches got Swedish titles (and thus the right to the correspondent coronets) but some other branches and lines just were "grown to Barons" following the local customs of the Baltic provinces; these lines could claim some kind of a coronet but usually did not; so the Petropolitan Wrangells has an example to follow.


Arms of four lines of Wrangel/Wrangell family as published by K.A. Klingspor in his "Baltisches Wappenbuch".

HE Baron Petr Nikolaevich Wrangel [Peter von Wrangell] (1878-1928) was one of the heroic leaders of the "White Movement" (the anti-Bolshevik resistance), commander-in-chief of the Russian Army (in Crimea) since 1920, founder and head of the Russian All-Military Union in the emigration.

Peter Wrangel's brother, Baron Nicholas [Nikolay Nikolaevich] (1880-1915), an outstanding historian of art, also used the family arms in their simple, primitive form, as it may be seen on his bookplate drawn by the famous Yegor Narbut. Here the same arms (painted by Michael Medvedev) are reproduced, but with an Uradel's helmet instead of a more common and thus less honourable grilled noble helmet borne by Nicholas.

© 2006 The.Heraldry.Ru / D.Ivanov, M. Medvedev