Arms of Radford of Radford: Sable, three lampagoes passant coward in pale argent[1]

A lampago or lympago[2] is a mythical heraldic beast in the form of a "man-tiger or man-lion" with the body of a tiger or lion and the head of a man.[1] It should be distinguished from similar mythical heraldic beasts the manticore and the satyral.[3]

The best-known usage of the lampago in heraldry is in the arms of the ancient Radford family of the manor of Radford in the parish of Plymstock in Devon: Sable, three lampagoes passant in pale coward argent.[1]

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  1. ^ a b c Sir William Pole (1791). Sir John-William de la Pole (ed.). Collections Towards a Description of the County of Devon. London. p. 499. Radford of Radford: Sable, 3 lampagoes, [man tygers, with lion's bodyes and men's faces] passant [in pale] cowarde argent
  2. ^ Arthur Charles Fox-Davies (1909). "A Complete Guide to Heraldry". Wikisource. p. 186. Retrieved 2020-12-08.
  3. ^ Dennys, Rodney (1975). The Heraldic Imagination. London: Barrie & Jenkins. p. 114.