Półkozic coat of arms
According to legend, this coat was assigned to knight Stawisz, who was defending the foreign castle of Etecz (or Eczech) against the pagans. When besieged, he ordered to kill a goat and a donkey, and then use their blood to paint ox's hide. With this hide he then ordered to decorate the walls of the castle. The pagans, seeing that defenders had so much meat as to waste it, lifted the siege and left. The knight was rewarded by the king Bolesław I Chrobry with a coat of arms and returned to Poland.
The bearers of the coat were mentioned since early Piast era. Initially they were tied to the land of Lesser Poland, (regions of Sandomierz and Kraków), regions near Lublin, Rawa Mazowiecka, Sieradz and then Red Ruthenia. After the Union of Horodło bearers of the coat of arms appeared also in Lithuania.
Notable bearers of this coat of arms include:
- House of Ligęza
- Jan son of Pakosław (owner of Rzeszów)- a valued diplomat of king Casimir III in many diplomatic missions including mission to pope Urban V
- Marcin of Wrocimowice - Standard-Bearer of the Territory of Kraków in the Battle of Grunwald
- Michał from Czyżowo - member of Royal council of Władysław II Jagiełło.
- The fictional family of Horeszko from the epic poem Pan Tadeusz by Adam Mickiewicz were bearers of Półkozic Coat of Arms.
- Mikołaj Wolski
- Baron Grunwald family, owner of the Grunwald village Battle of Grunwald
- Alfred Znamierowski: Herbarz rodowy. Warszawa: Świat Książki, 2004, s. 151. ISBN 83-7391-166-9.
- Tadeusz Gajl: Herbarz polski od średniowiecza do XX wieku : ponad 4500 herbów szlacheckich 37 tysięcy nazwisk 55 tysięcy rodów. L&L, 2007. ISBN 978-83-60597-10-1.