A short outline of Branicki family coat of arms Gryphon career
Branicki family coat of arms Gryphon comes from Branica and Ruszcza near Cracow. In middle ages and the beginning of modern times Branicki family advanced step by step their career taking over castellan and provincial governor’s offices in Lesser Poland, increased amount of properties and gathered king’s land, entered coalitions with families: among others Tarłów family, Sapiecha family, Potocki family, Lubomirski family. But to be honest it was only on the second half of XVII century that the family greatly advanced it’s both social and political status. Branicki family enters magnate elite of nobility in First Republic of Poland. The first that attained the honour was Jan Klemens II (around 1624-1673) closely tied to king’s court of Jan Kazimierz and Ludwika Maria. Consequently legalistic (attitude that accepts and subjects to circumstances). Jan Klemens attitude turned out not to bring the most noble titles to the house because the court sure of his legalism approach gave the important offices to people in doubt or opposing the court. In 1662 he entered the ministers circle as Court Crown Marshal but he wasn’t satisfied as he complained it took too much time and money. When two years later Great Crown Marshal position opened, after taking the position from Jerzy Sebastian Lubomirski, Branicki as Court Crown Marshal was supposed – according to common tradition – be promoted to it. Kings decision was however different: Great Crown Marshal title was given to Great ensign Jan Sobieski.