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Ulster. See Kings of Arms under Heralds; also under Baronet. Umber fish. See Grayling, under Salmon. Umbration, i.q. adumbration. Unbent, very rarely used of a cross-bow. Uncelles, of a cock: same as the gills. Undy, or ondy(old fr. undé and oundé, mod. fr. ondé), frequently termed wavy: one of the lines of division(as its name implies) drawn like the waves of the sea. It is found in the earliest rolls of arms, being more frequently applied to the fesse or bar. though also to the bend, and occasionally even to the cross, chevron, &c. 'Oundé de long' probably means paly wavy. (See Bar and Paly.)


WALLOP. William GERNON, ounde de long d'argent et de goules--Roll, temp. HEN. III. Etienne BASAN, unde d'argent et de goules a ung quartier noire--Ibid. Sire William le BLOUNT, oundee de or e de sable--Roll, temp. ED. II. Monsire DAUMARY, port unde argent et gules de vi peeces--Roll, temp. ED. III. William de SAMFORD, ounde d'argent et de goules--Roll, temp. HEN. III. Azure, three bars wavy argent--Henry de SANDFORD, Bp. of Rochester, 1227-35. Argent, a bend wavy sable--WALLOP(anciently WELHOP), Hants. Barry wavy of six, argent and gules--BASSET, Leicester. Sable, two bars wavy paly wavy azure and argent--ROGERWAY. Argent, a cross wavy gules; in the dexter chief a crescent sable--TREVILE. Argent, two chevrons wavy between three fleurs-de-lis sable--PILLAND, co. Devon.

Unguled, (fr. onglé): this word signifies having nails, claws, talons, or hoofs, and is used only when they are of a different tincture. (See arms of OXFORD under Bull.) Unicorn, (fr. licorne): this fictitious animal, so well known from being the sinister supporter to the royal arms, consists of a horse, from the forehead of which proceed a single horn like that of an ibex. The tail is tufted like that of a lion. It occurs in several coats of arms, and may be represented as trippant, sejant, salient, couchant, courant, climant, rampant, passant, &c. The head alone also is sometimes found.

STANSAM. Argent, a unicorn passant gules, armed or--STANSAM, [From Glover's Ordinary.] Argent, on a bend sable three unicorns[one family bear calves] passant of the first--VEALE. Argent, an unicorn rampant, [otherwise blazoned climant, also sejant,] sable, armed and unguled or--HARLING, Suffolk. Or, an unicorn rampant sable--HOYE. Gules, a fesse argent, in chief an unicorn courant or--SWANSEY, co. Hereford. Argent, crucilly or, an unicorn couchant, tail erect argent--DOON or DONNE. Argent, an unicorn salient sable, horned or--KERR, Scotland. Quarterly, first and fourth; azure an unicorn salient argent, unguled, armed, and crined or within a bordure of the last, charged with eight thistles proper; second and third argent, three inescutcheons gules--Robert Hay DRUMMOND, Bp. of S.Asaph, 1748; of Salisbury, 1761; and Abp. of York, 1761-76. Argent, a bend and in chief an unicorn's head erased sable--DENNISTOUN. Ermine, a bend between two cotises; and in chief a unicorn's head couped; in base a cross crosslet fitchy gules--Edmund DENISON, Bishop of Salisbury, 1837-54. Unicorns are also found in the arms of the following families:--COOKE, Middlesex; CRAFTFORD, Worcester; CROLE; DOANE or DONNE; EDWARDS, Cornwall; EDGEBURY; FARINGDON, Devon; FLOWER, Oxon; HUNNIS, Middlesex; LAYER, Norfolk and Essex; MELDRUM; MISTERTON; MEAUTYS, Essex; O'NEYLAN, Ireland; STEEDE; STYLEMAN, Wilts; TREVITHICK, Cornwall; WILKINSON. Unicorn's heads--BEVERLEY, York; CHEVALIER, Scotland; CROSBY; FREELING; GODLEY, Leitrim; GOFTON, Surrey; JAMES, Surrey; OVERTON, Bp. of Lichfield; PARISH; PRESTON, Scotland; SHELLEY; SMITH, Binderton, Sussex; SMYTH-BARTELOTT, Sussex; SMITH, Stockton on Trent; WOMVILL.

Unifoil. See Foil. Union Jack. See Flag. Upright, or Erect: applied often to crustaceans instead of haurient, and to reptiles instead of rampant. Urchin. See Sea Urchin; also Hedgehog. Urdé. See Cross, §35. Urinant: applied to a Dolphin, and perhaps to other fish, when with the head downwards, it is supposed to be diving. Urle, i.q. Orle. Urn: both urns and vases are occasionally named, and may be drawn of the usual classical shape. They are, perhaps, sometimes blazoned as caps.

Or, three urns sable with flames issuant from each proper--BLANDY, Letcombe-Basset, co. Berks. Sable, three vases with double handles[otherwise flower-pots] argent--FLANKE. Azure, a sun in chief and a vase in base or--VASSAL.

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