Pelican, (fr. pelican): this bird is usually drawn with her wings endorsed, and wounding her breast with her break, i.e. vulning herself. When in her nest feeding her young with her blood, she is said to be in her piety.
Azure, a pelican in piety or, vulned proper--Richard FOX, Bishop of Bath and Wells, 1492; afterwards of Durham, 1494, and then of Winchester, 1501-1528. [Founder of Corpus Christi College, Oxford.]
Argent, a pelican in piety sable--CANTRELL, Monsall, co. Lancaster; and BURY, Suffolk.
Sable, a pelican in piety wings displayed inverted argent vulned gules, nest or--LYNDE.
Azure, a cross between in dexter chief and sinister base a pelican and her nest, but in sinister chief and dexter base a cinquefoil argent--FOWLER, Scotland.
Gules, a fesse or; in chief two pelicans vulning themselves of the last--LECHMERE, Rhyd, co. Worcester; Baronetcy, 1818.
Argent, on a chevron azure between three pelicans in piety sable, three cinquefoils or--CRANMER, Abp. of Canterbury, 1533.
Azure, a bend or between three pelicans feeding their young argent--CRAMOND or CRAWMOND, Auldbar, Scotland.
Or, three pelican's heads erased sable; on a chief azure, a fleur-de-lys between two mullets of the first--John SCORY, Bp. of Rochester, 1551; of Chichester, 1552; of Hereford, 1559-85.
Party per pale argent and gules, three pelican's heads in piety counterchanged; on a chief azure three fleurs-de-lys or--DAVIES, Bp. of S.Asaph, 1560; afterwards of S.David's, 1561-81.