from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In heraldry, a beacon used as a bearing.
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This, when correctly written, means, the mound of the light or fire-beacon.
Moorish blood there may be, too, here and there, left behind by those who built the little 'atalaya' or fire-beacon, over the old harbour, to correspond, by its smoke column, with a long line of similar beacons down the Spanish coast.
Macbeth heard, and trembled in his moors; Gryffyth of Wales lit the fire-beacon on moel and craig.