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Can anyone cite any other families that have a wild boar in their histories,
or something similar in other geographical areas?
"It is also said, that in the reign of king Malcolm Canmore, a valiant knight, of the name of Gordon, came to Scotland, and was kindly received by that prince; and having killed a wild boar, which greatly infested the borders, the generous Malcolm gave him a grant of several lands in the Merse, or Berwickshire, which he called Gordon, after his own sirname. He settled there, took the boar's head for his armorial bearing, in memory of his having killed that monstrous animal; that he was progenitor of all the Gordons in Scotland"
Robert Douglas, The peerage of Scotland.
"The Pollards were gentry with land near Auckland Castle, seat of the Bishops of Durham. By tradition, each new Bishop of Durham was presented by the Pollards with a handsome falchion (a kind of sword), accompanied by a speech recalling how an ancestor ‘slew of old a mighty boar, and by performing this service we hold our lands.’"
Based on ‘Notes On The Folk-Lore Of The Northern Counties Of England And The Borders’, by William Henderson.
From Minstrals of Wandwemere (sic):
Bert de Gylpn drew of Normandie
From Walshelin his gentle blood,
Who haply heard by Bewley's sea,
The Angerins' bugles in the wood.
His crest, the rebus of his name,
A pineapple -- a pine of gold,
Was on his Norman shield;
and Sincere in word and deed, his fame extolled.
But Richard, having killed the boar,
With crested arm and olive shook
And sable boar on field of or,
For impress on his shield he took.
And well be won his honest arms,
And well be won his Kentmere lands,
He won them not in war's alarms,
Nor dipped in human blood his hands
Arms of the XV Noble Tribes of North Wales
by Major Francis Jones, TD, MA, FSA.
Coat of Arms no 36, October 1958.
"EDNOWAIN BENDEW (lit. Ednowain the Fathead or Thickhead, but translated as Strong-head by the charitably-inclined).
Of Flintshire, descended from Beli Mawr: lived in the latter half of the eleventh century. His arms allude to one of his exploits — ” He killed a wild boar without help”. Argent a chevron sable between three boars’ heads couped of the second."
"Clan Urquhart is of ancient Celtic origin. Associated during most of its history with the northeast of Scotland, the Clan derives its name from Glen Urquhart and Urquhart Castle on Loch Ness. Traditional history traces the descent of the Urquharts from Conachar Mor, scion of the Royal House of Ulster, a mighty warrior and hunter who ruled over the territory around Urquhart Castle during prehistoric times. Hero of a Gaelic legend, Conachar Mor killed a wild boar of extraordinary fierceness from which no man had ever escaped. Conachar’s descendant, William de Urchard, the first Chief of the Clan whose name appears in written Scottish records, was a staunch supporter of Robert the Bruce."