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Boar: this word implies the wild-boar, and occurs perhaps more frequently in Scottish than in English coats of arms. It was called with the old heralds sanglier. A young wild-boar is termed a Grice, and is borne by families of that name. The term Marcassin is also used for a young wild-boar, and this should be represented with tail hanging down, instead of twisted. The term Hog and Porc are also employed.

The boar, besides being represented in the various ways common to other animals, e.g. passant, rampant, statant, &c., may be represented enraged. It may also be represented crined, tusked, cleyed, membered, unguled, armed, bristled, &c.

More frequently the heads(fr. hure) were borne than the whole animal, and are represented as lying lengthways, unless expressed otherwise. The snout(fr. boutoi) is in some French arms of a different tincture. It should be stated whether the heads are couped or erased.


Argent, a boar passant gules armed or--TREWARTHEN.

Vert, a boar or--BOAR.

Argent, on a bend sable three grices passant of the first--GRICE.

Argent, on a mount vert a boar passant sable crined or--KELLET, co. Cork.

Argent, a fesse between two boars passant sable tusked, cleyed, and membered or; on the fesse a rose between two eagles displayed of the fourth--BUSHE, Bp. of Bristol, 1542-54.

Argent, a boar passant sable enraged and unguled gules--PERROT.

Or, a hog lying fesswise, a raven feeding on his back sable--DANSKINE, Scotland.

Argent, a chevron between three porcs sable--SWYNETHWAYTE.

Argent, three boar's heads couped sable armed or--CRADOCK.

Argent, a chevron between three boar's heads erased azure--COCHRANE.

Argent, a chevron between three boars sable--BERHAM, also SWYNEY.

Adam de SWYNEBOURNE, de goules a trois testes de senglier argent--Roll, temp. HEN. III.

Sire Johan de SWYNEFORD d'argent a iij testes de cenglers de goulys--Roll, temp. ED. II.

Sire Johan de WYNSINGTONE, de sable iij testes de senglier de argent--Roll, temp. EDW. II.

Boars are sometimes found as supporters, e.g. as dexter supporter in the arms of Garden CAMPBELL, Perth, and in one MS. they are seen as supporters to the royal arms of Richard III. This same king had, when Duke of Gloucester, adopted the boar as his badge, and it is supposed from this that he called one of his heralds Blanch Senglier. The wild-boar is also occasionally used as a crest, as well as the Boar's head.

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