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Goat, (old fr. chever, fr. chêvre), is not infrequent as a charge. It may be statant, passant, clymant(which is sometimes used instead of salient, or rampant), and where there are two, frequently combatant. It may be described as bearded, crined, unguled, attired(as to its horns), and even armed is sometimes so used. French heralds also use the word bouc.


Gules, a goat statant argent, armed and crined or, between three saltires of the last[elsewhere attired or]--BAKER.

Azure, on a mount in base vert, a goat statant argent, armed, hoofed, and bearded or--Burgh of HADDINGTON, Scotland.

Sable, a goat passant argent, attired, bearded, and unguled or--CARNSEW.

Gules, a goat climant argent, attired or--BARWELL.

Gules, a goat salient argent, armed or--BENSTED.

Argent, a goat rampant sable, the head and part of the neck of the first armed vert--DE BUCKTON.

Azure, two goats salient, combatant argent--KIDD.

Sable, two goats statant affrontant or--Quartering in the insignia of the LEATHERSELLERS' Company, granted 1505.

Argent, a fesse gules between three goats passant sable, bearded, unguled, and armed or--HANDLEY, Newark.

Gules, a fesse between eleven goats argent, four, four, two and one--DREELAND, Kent.


Goats' heads are also frequently found employed as charges.

Sire Richard de CATESBURI, de goules a une fesse verree de or e de azure a iij testes de chevers de argent--Roll, temp. ED. II.

Ermine, a goat's head erased gules attired or--GOTLEY.

Gules, a goat's head couped or--BALLENDEN.

Azure, a chevron or between three goat's heads erased argent, attired of the second--CORDWAINERS' Company[incorporated 1410].

Quarterly gules and ermine; in first quarter a goat's head erased armed or--John MORTON, Bp. of Ely, 1486-1500(MS. Lambeth, 555). [Similar arms are ascribed to MORTON, Bp. of Chester, 1616; and of Ely, 1619.]

The Assyrian or Indian Goat is nearly like the common goat, but has horns more curved, and ears like a talbot's. Two such goats argent, attired, and unguled or, support the escutcheon of the HABERDASHERS of London.

There are two monstrosities derived from the goat found in heraldic bearings, viz. the lion-goat and the deer-goat. Only the heads, however, appear.

Or, three lion-goat's heads proper--BLOORE.

Vert, a deer-goat's head argent--ABELADAME.

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