Fictitious and Symbolic Creatures in Art, by John Vinycomb, , at sacred-texts.com
The reptile of this name, carrying a virulent and deadly sting in its tail, is generally borne erect. When it is borne with the head downwards, it is described as reversed. One branch of the family of Cole bears: argent, a fesse between three scorpions erect
sable; and another branch of the same family, argent a chevron gules between three scorpions reversed, sable.
Scorpion.—Luigi di Gonzaga, styled Rodomonte for his great intrepidity and strength, was a favourite general of Emperor
"If a man be stung with a scorpion, and drink the powder of them in wine, it is thought to be present remedie." *
123:* Pliny, Book xi. ch. 25, from an old translation.