The Rune sign

The old Saxony script existed from the fifth century as a set of related alphabets known as runic characters. All German tribes in northern Europe used this characters, but in diffe-rent derivatives of it. This script was replaced by the Roman alphabet by influence of the Christianization (passing of Germanic gods worship to the Roman Catholic Church) as early as the eighth century .

However the use of runes as mark remained in vogue in the Saxon area up to and inclu-ding the 16 century . It was used for indications of owned by farmers who lived on a court-yard. Many harvest work was often done together by maturation and weather influences. This also resulted to “Noaberschop” a form of help between neighbours. The Rune signs were still used to distinguish the tools of every one.

The Twente genealogical society has  in its monthly magazine a dozen years ago dedica-ted to this topic. They were a dozen Rune signs. In this article also came forward the Rune of the courtyard Koebrugge in the area Zeldam. The Rune was as follows:


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The Rune was by the administrator of this site used as facing brick of his house with the year of construction. See below.


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