Two gouts (Period and less so)

Two gouts (Period and less so)

A gout, or goutte, is a drop of fluid.  The illustration shows a medieval depiction, with wavy sides, and a more modern depiction, which tends to be smooth and fat.  The former is the preferred form.  Other depictions, which show the gout fatter than it is tall, or comma-shaped, are not allowed.

A field or charge semy of gouts may be blazoned “goutty” or “goutté”.  (The need for the distinguishing accent makes the French spelling inadvisable.)  Originally, gouts were always found semy; examples both of goutty fields and of goutty charges date to 1282, such as the arms of Bulmer [ANA2 69].  It was only later in period that gouts began to be used as distinct, single charges, as in the canting arms of Drop, c.1460 [RH].

Post-period heraldry evolved special names for gouts of each tincture; these may be used in Society blazons, at the user’s discretion:

A “gout d’Or” (drop of gold) is Or.  A “gout de sang” (drop of blood) is gules.  A “gout d’eau” (drop of water) is argent.  A “gout de larmes” (drop of tears) is azure.  A “gout de poix” (drop of pitch) is sable.  A “gout d’huile” (drop of olive oil) is vert.  A “gout de vin” (drop of wine) is purpure.

The Chirurgeonate bears:  Gules, on a goutte argent a fleam gules.

Gwendolyn Silvermist bears:  Per pale wavy azure goutty d’eau and argent goutty de larmes.

Wilfried Rudiger Quellenmann bears:  Barry wavy vert and argent, three gouttes de sang.

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