Cushion: this charge is found in ancient arms under the name oreiller(old fr. horeler), or pillow, the latter term also sometimes occurring in modern blazon. It has, as a rule, four tassels, one at each of the corners, and it is not necessary to mention them unless of a different tincture. Cushions are sometimes fringed. They may also be charged with some device.
Maheu de REDMAIN, de goules a trois horielers d'or--Roll, temp. HEN. III.
Sire Mahteu de REDEMAN, de goulys a iij horilers de ermine--Roll, temp. ED. II.
Monsire John FLEMINGE, barre d'argent et d'asur a trois oreillers de gules en la sovereign barre--Roll, temp. Ed. III.
Monsire John de NORTON, port d'argent une cheveron entre trois oreilers de sable--Ibid.
Gules, on a fesse or, between three cushions ermine, tasselled of the second, three fleur-de-lys of the field--HUTTON, Bp. of Bangor, 1743; Abp. of York, 1747; Abp. of Cant. 1757-58.
Quarterly, first and fourth gules, three cushions tasselled ermine, second and third gules, a lion rampant argent--Richard REDMAN, Bp. of S.Asaph, 1491; afterwards Bp. of Exeter, 1496-1500.
Argent, three cushions lozengewise gules, tasselled or--BECARD.
Gules, three square cushions argent--GREYSTOCK.
Gules, a cross argent between four cushions lozengeways ermine, tasselled or--William REDMAN, Bp. of Norwich, 1595-1602.
Sable, on a cushion a dog couchant or--ALABAND.
Or, on each of three cushions within a bordure gules, a crescent of the first--MELVILLE, Scotland.
Vert, three pillows ermine--HOPKINSON, co. York.
When the tassels appear as a separate charge they are to be represented as in the margin.
Gules, three tassels or--WOOLER.