This chimerical monster is considered a variant of the griffin, with the griffin’s head, wings and foreparts, and the hindquarters of a horse. It’s a late addition to the bestiary of monsters: one of its earliest mentions was in Ariosto’s Orlando Furioso, 1516. Some authors (e.g., Vinycombe ) maintain that the hippogriff wasn’t used in period armory, but we have one period example: the arms of Greiff, mid-16h C., clearly depict a hippogriff, not a griffin [NW 37].
Unlike the griffin, the hippogriff doesn’t seem to have a default posture; the illustration shows a hippogriff segreant (rampant). For related charges, see opinicus.
Iriel of Branoch bears: Sable, a hippogriff rampant to sinister Or.
Ysabeau Cameron bears: Per pale Or and gules, two hippogriffs combattant counterchanged.
Nicolette de Coulours bears: Quarterly purpure and vert, a hippogriff segreant Or.