The Beasts of Heraldry

Heraldry

I've been asked by several customers for more information about the animals that feature in their family coat of arms. Animals are broadly classified, according to their natural form, into beasts, birds, sea creatures and others. In this post I've featured on the Beast of which the lion is featured in the most in several different positions. 

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Griffin Valiant soldier - to the death, Vigilance. In Ireland the worship of the sun in pre-Christian times was often represented by the Griffin. It later became a symbol of gold - 'yellow light'.

Griffin
Valiant soldier - to the death, Vigilance.

In Ireland the worship of the sun in pre-Christian times was often represented by the Griffin. It later became a symbol of gold - 'yellow light'.

Stag, Buck or Deer Skillful, Politic, lover of harmony. In Ireland the Stag was one of the most ancient of charges and was regarded as the most handsome. The Stag represents the very ancestors of the Celtic race.

Stag, Buck or Deer

Skillful, Politic, lover of harmony.
In Ireland the Stag was one of the most ancient of charges and was regarded as the most handsome. The Stag represents the very ancestors of the Celtic race.

Hares & Rabbits Peace-loving

Hares & Rabbits
Peace-loving

Lizard Luck The Lizard is an ancient heraldic symbol signifying good luck.

Lizard
Luck

The Lizard is an ancient heraldic symbol signifying good luck.

Bear Fierce Protection  

Bear
Fierce Protection

 

Boar Fierce fighter, fights to the death. In Ireland the boar is one of the most popular charges. The meat of the boar was considered to be food of the Celtic Gods. The symbol of the boar was worn in battle as a charm against injury.

Boar
Fierce fighter, fights to the death.

In Ireland the boar is one of the most popular charges. The meat of the boar was considered to be food of the Celtic Gods. The symbol of the boar was worn in battle as a charm against injury.

Lion Fierce Courage.  In Ireland the Lion represented the 'lion' season, prior to the full arrival of Summer. The symbol can also represent a great Warrior or Chief.

Lion
Fierce Courage.
 
In Ireland the Lion represented the 'lion' season, prior to the full arrival of Summer. The symbol can also represent a great Warrior or Chief.

Wolf Perseverance Symbolising the rewards of perseverance in long sieges or industry

Wolf
Perseverance

Symbolising the rewards of perseverance in long sieges or industry

Tortoise Invulnerability

Tortoise
Invulnerability