Pegasus: a representation of the winged horse well known in classical mythology. The old seal of the Knights Templars is said to have borne the device of two knights on one horse, and it is not improbable that to some rough representation of this device the members of the Society had given the name of the classical Pegasus, and so adopted it in their arms. It is frequently used as a crest.
Azure, a pegasus salient or--Society of the INNER TEMPLE, London. [Assumed temp. Elizabeth.]
Azure, on a bend argent, a pegasus in full speed sable--MILDMAY, Essex(granted May 20, 1552).
Azure, goutty argent, a pegasus of the second--Michael DRAYTON the poet[ob. 1631, from his tomb in Westminster Abbey].
The pegasus also appears in the arms granted to the family of CAVALER in 1554; and appears in that of BIRCHENSHAW-QUIN; MACQUEEN, Bedford; and QUIN-WYNDHAM, Earl of Dunraven, &c.
Two pegasi argent, wings endorsed maned and crined or; on the wings three bars wavy, form the supporters to the arms of the city of EXETER.
In connection with the Pegasus, or winged horse, may be named other monstrosities composed of animals with wings, such at the winged lion, the winged bull, the winged stag, and the winged snake or python. The first two of these occur amongst the Evangelistic symbols, q.v. in arms of REYNOLDS.
Azure, a winged bull rampant or--CADENET.
Argent, a stag trippant with wings attached to the buttock and hind legs proper; between the attires an antique crown or--JONES, co. Brecon.
Argent, a python regardant; in chief three teals proper--TEALE, London(granted 1723).