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.
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.