Friday, 17 July 2020

A demi-griffin contournee?

In this entry, on the Lyon Court weblog, the crest of Sir Harald Leslie, Lord Birsay (1905-1982) is blazoned as A demi-griffin contournée Proper. Surely, this is a demi-griffin regardant and contournée? Otherwise, if it was simply a demi-griffin contournée it wouldn't be looking over its shoulder!

Contournee: (also Tourne) signifying that the whole charge has been reversed to face the sinister.
Reguardant: (also regardant) In early blazon this term usually signifies what today we call guardant but it now means looking back over the shoulder. (An Heraldic Alphabet - J.P. Brooke-Little)






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