Moorcock (Period)

Moorcock (Period)

The moorcock is a game bird, the male black grouse, characterized in heraldry by its two projecting tail feathers.  It’s a period charge, found in the canting arms of Myddylmore c.1460 [RH], and more famously in the arms of Sir Thomas More, 1478 [Wagner 68].  The moorcock is close by default.

Vostroi Ivanov Kievich bears:  Or, a pale bretessed between two moorcocks close respectant gules each gorged of a coronet argent.

Lovell Hastings bears:  Argent, a fess wreathed vert between three moorcocks in fess and a patriarchal cross gules.

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