[Coat of Arms of Mr Hugh Percivall]

Artist(s) : Thomas Dineley (Draughtsman)

Sketch of the coat of arms of Mr Hugh Percivall, depicting a horse viewed from the side, with its fore and hind left legs spancelled.

Image Details

Genre Animal painting
Technique Pen and ink drawings
Subject(s) Manners and customs, Rural life
Keywords(s) Emblems, Heraldic devices, Horses
Colour Monochrome
Dimensions 3.4 cm x 3.8 cm
Published / created 1681

Bibliographical Details

Travel Account Observations in a Voyage through the Kingdom of Ireland
Print or manuscript Manuscript
Location of image in copy p. 151
Source copy National Library of Ireland MS 392
Rights Courtesy of the National Library of Ireland

Related text from travel account

A mile distant from Six mile Bridg on the other side the river from hence, is an Estate lately purchased from Mr Tiege O’Brien by a very worthy Gentleman Mr Hugh Percivall who beareth for coat Armor this, Sable, a Horse passant, Argent Spanceled on both leggs of the nearer side, Gules, by the name of Percivall. Yett the vulgar and most usuall way of spanceling not onely of Horses, but black Cattle viz Cows &c in this Countrey, is by joining ther fore leggs together by Gads or withs twisted which see page [blank space]. And by this ye horse cannot move or gain ever so little ground but by a galloping step jump or stretch. Now an Horse by his nature is rather won to this by tractable usage [p. 152] than forced for such is the horses brisk & sprightly nature, and of all other noble spirited animals that to bring them to conformity must be rather by genteel handling than severity according to the true saying of SENECA. Generosus animus facilius ducitur quam trahitur. For it is with the irrational animals as with the rational, who are rather drawn by the Ears than by the Cloak: That is they are sooner won by perswasion, than forced by compulsion, wch being taken in this sence, the imposition of this artificial note of restraint, doth no way derogate from ye worth of the bearer. It is observed of the Horse, (as also of other whole footed beasts) that their Leggs are the first as long as ever the [sic] will be, and therefore yong foales scratch their Ears with their hinder foot, which after they cannot do, because their legs do grow onely in bigness but not in length Plin. Lib II. cap. 48. The Horse is beast naturally stubborn, fierce [p. 153] hauty proud & insolent & of all beasts there is none that vaunteth more after Victory or dejected if overcome, none more prone in battell or desirous of reveng. [pp. 151-153]