Scottish Clan Stewart Badge Tattoo

Today I was pleased to do this heraldic badge for a member of the Scottish Highland Clan Stewart. The Latin motto VIRESCIT VULNERE VIRTUS translates to "Courage grows strong at a wound" and is represented by the pelican stabbing at her own breast to feed her young with her blood. The heraldic pelican is represented in this manner in ancient texts, this bird and her young are copied from a woodcut reproduced in a book published in 1909.

Scottish Clan Stewart Badge Tattoo by Pat Fish

Scottish Clan Stewart Badge Tattoo by Pat Fish