||The First Tournament. Beginnings of the Society. Harold
Breakstone acted as herald for the day, and for several events
||The Society has grown to the point where its structure must be
formalized: Tournaments Illuminated begins publication;
offices of Earl Marshall, Lists Mistress, and Registrar are created.
Beginnings of a College of Heralds, with three heralds (Harold
Breakstone, Karina of the Far West, and Randall of Hightower)
assuming titles of Laurel Herald, Banner Pursuivant, and Clarion
Pursuivant. College acts as recorder of the names and arms assumed by
||Knighthood, Mastery of Arms, and Order of the Laurel formally
||East Kingdom created. Need seen for overall heraldic authority.
"National College of Heralds" created by decree of first Board of
Directors, as announced in T.I. issue #9. Laurel becomes King
of Arms. Basic principles of SCA heraldry laid down (e.g., 1485
||Grants of Arms, Awards of Arms, Court Baronies, and precedence of
||Middle Kingdom and Barony (soon to be Kingdom) of Atenveldt
created. Dragon (Middle), Mural (East) and Aten (Aten) collect and
mail submissions to Laurel for registration.
||Oldest existing Laurel meeting minutes: All names and devices in
use up to this point considered "grandfathered" and are registered.
Distinction first made between arms and devices, with
separate rules for each (!). (Note that names are not registered,
per se, but are simply accepted as file holder for armory.)
The "Rule of Three" used for determining heraldic conflict. Green
cloak designated the heralds garb of office.
||Laurel rules that all SCA branch arms must have laurel wreath;
all Kingdom arms must in addition have crown. Article in T.I.
describes basics of SCA heraldry (two metals, five tinctures, no
stains; Rule of Three differences; &c).
||Present heraldic submission process was established, with each
Principal Herald considering submissions within Kingdom, forwarding
acceptable ones to Laurel, and College given 30 days to comment
before Laurel decides. Names begin to be returned for conflict.
||Board of Directors issues several directives for the heralds: 1)
National College of Arms to separate from West Kingdom College; 2)
Grandfather Clause instituted; 3) names of people could not be used
as heraldic titles (after an attempted registration of Sequoia
Herald); 4) English proclaimed as the official documentary language
of the SCA.
||Laurel rules that, though the Kings give the right to arms, the
College registers them and thus regulates their form (later upheld by
Board). Board creates the Order of the Pelican. First Armorial &
Ordinary made & maintained (in the form of a card file).
||Ioseph of Locksley becomes Laurel King of Arms. He begins to
tackle the "large backlog" of submissions. In the next two months he
rules that all heralds, throughout the Known World, are to use the
crossed trumpet badge of the College; no lower offices to register
badges (later extended to all officers).
||Laurel catches up on the backlog. The A&O totaled 585 names,
devices, and badges.
||First Known World Heraldic Symposium held, in Tir Ysgithir.
|late 73-early 74
||Laurel once again has backlog of submissions. Iosephs last LoAR
issued July 74, though he kept the office for several more
||Karina of the Far West becomes Laurel Queen of Arms. A&O
grown to well over a thousand entries; backlog grown to several
||First edition of the Rules for Submission (as practiced in the
West) codified and published in T.I. issue #37.
||Names are returned for offensiveness, overuse of fantasy, and
non-period style (e.g. surnames as given names). (This had happened
only rarely before; by this point it had become the most common
reason for returning names. Armory was returned with the name.)
||Six-month backlog of submissions.
||The backlog having grown intolerable, the Board of Directors
requests Laurels resignation. Board decrees a Great Conclave
("Heraldicon") to process the backlog in one marathon weekend, and
subsidizes travel for all Kingdom and Principality Heralds to
||Great Conclave held in Oakland, CA, organized by John ap Griffin
and Wilhelm von Schlüssel, with Karina of the Far West
presiding. She resigns her office the following month, and Wilhelm
von Schlüssel becomes Laurel King of Arms. An 81-page LoAR was
issued Aug 79.
||Laurel issues the first official edition of the Rules for
Submission (later published in T.I.). Inheritance of SCA arms
was instituted. Names may now be registered separately from
||First volume of Precedents (of Karinas tenure) published by
Baldwin of Erebor. Precedents become recognized as authoritative
where Rules were silent.
||Heraldic cutoff date moved from 1485 to 1600. About this time,
though 1600 remained the official end of the SCA period, names
documented between 1600 and 1650 (the "grey area") were accepted
||Laurel begins the use of questionnaires to decide heraldic
issues. About this time, Laurel rules that Sindarin (Elvish) is
unacceptable in SCA branch names; publishes a list of SCA heraldic
titles; and begins the use of demotion of points of difference.
||On Laurels advice, Board of Directors combines Knights and
Masters of Arms (hitherto two orders) into a single Order of
||Laurel starts enforcement of registration of official branch name
||Laurel begins use of the "List of Discouraged Practices", later
codified as the Rule of Two Weirdnesses.
||At the Known World Heraldic Symposium in Caer Maer, Mr John
Brooke-Little, Norroy & Ulster King of Arms, was the guest
speaker. He told the assembled heralds that, so long as SCA members
considered their SCA armory to apply only within the SCA and not in
the real world, and as long as an honest attempt was made to avoid
infringement, the English College of Arms would have no objection to
the registration and use of SCA arms within the Commonwealth.
||Number of badges limited to three per individual. Lightning
flashes, overuse of proper, and overuse of fimbriation banned.
|end of 1983
||Submission rate continues to climb: 1060 submission in 1980, 1343
in 1981, 1726 in 1982, and 2067 in 1983.
||Laurel institutes the use of holding names for submissions with
acceptable armory but unregisterable names.
||Baldwin of Erebor becomes Laurel King of Arms. Just before taking
the job, he publishes the Precedents of Wilhelms tenure. About this
time, the Board reaffirms "pre-1600 Europe" as the domain of the
Society, with persons of other times and places considered
||Laurel establishes the rule of thumb that a group of three
dissimilar charges ("slot-machine heraldry") was too complex to be
registered. About this time, the LoARs began to be less timely,
coming out 30-60 days after the meeting.
||College of Arms holds a meeting at the Twenty-Year Celebration in
lieu of a Symposium. Laurel proposes for discussion "Baldwins
Bombshell": discontinuing conflict checking against most mundane
armory. It meets with mixed reviews.
||The Board of Directors adopts Baldwins Bombshell (officially the
Independent Heraldic Jurisdiction, or IHJ) as official SCA policy,
before any real discussion can take place within the College. It
makes implementation of the policy a condition for choosing the next
||Alisoun MacCoul of Elphane becomes Laurel Queen of Arms. About
this time, Baldwins revised form of the Rules for Submission is
||Laurel begins to delegate some of the offices functions (e.g.
Rules revision). A project to photocopy and distribute heraldic
reference books is begun.
||Known World Heraldic Symposium held at Berkeley, CA. Full College
meeting, presided by Laurel, debating the Boards directive to
implement the IHJ ("Heralds go oop ack! Film at eleven"). Final
upshot was statement from Laurel Ombudsman that, if the College can
devise a plan that fulfills the goals of the IHJ, the Board will
||Laurel begins work on a complete revision of the Rules for
Submission: intended to be derived from first principles, highly
simplified in form, reducing conflict requirements.
||Household names are ruled to be protected against all use by
individual submitters (i.e., if House Smith is registered, a
later submitter cannot be John Smith).
||Complete Difference of Charge rule extended to any number of
primary charges (formerly limited to three or less).
||Board of Directors reaffirms that Laurel, and not the Crowns of
the Kingdoms, determines the forms of registered armory (in a case
involving an augmentation of arms).
||By this time, LoARs are coming out 60-90 days after the meeting.
||Laurel issues a poll of the populace in T.I. Topics
include household names, non-human names, and alternate persona
||Final draft of the new Rules for Submission distributed to the
College for comments. These Rules were designed to satisfy the Board
mandate, by simplifying the submission process. Results of the
T.I. poll show that the populace favored the current ban on
non-human names, and gave no mandate regarding alternate persona
names. Based on the poll, Laurel reverses her ruling on protecting
household names against individuals.
||Known World Heraldic Symposium held in Caid. Heightened feelings
about the direction of the Rules discussion resulted in Wilhelm von
Schlüssel moderating the Rules discussion. Later the Rules
revisions process was handed to Marten Bröker. Australian flora
and fauna are disallowed as charges. About this time, the newest
edition of Corpora was released, with several changes of
||Board of Directors accepts the new Rules for Submission
(essentially the current form) in lieu of the IHJ. The new Rules to
be phased into use, with a couple of Laurel meetings run under both
sets to compare the number of conflicts.
||SCA Chirurgeons badge has trouble with badge of the Red Cross.
Board directs the College to submit new badge. (The second time we've
had trouble with this badge.)
||Daud ibn Auda becomes Laurel King of Arms. He begins a regular
column in T.I. as part of his ongoing education process.
||Laurel reaffirms Colleges ban on pentacles in SCA armory. The
submission is subsequently appealed to the Board of Directors, who
affirm Laurels right to make the ruling.
|late 90-early 91
||About this time, as part of an ongoing evolution to the Rules for
Submission, they undergo minor adjustments: to allow more difference
for tertiary charges, to decrease name conflict, &c.
||Laurel proposes, for discussion, that the College reduce
difference against mundane arms to a single change.
||Response to Laurels proposal being uniformly negative, he drops
||The titles Don/Doña are expanded for use by all
armigers (i.e., no longer reserved to the Chivalry).
||Elvish names of all sorts are finally banned from the SCA. Laurel
announces a rate increase beginning in July 1992.
||Bruce Draconarius of Mistholme becomes Laurel King of Arms. He
begins the long-discussed archiving project (to protect the Laurel
files in case of accident) by requiring an extra archive copy of each
submitted emblazon. About this time, the Board of Directors considers
a proposal to reorganize the three SCA peerages as Orders of
Knighthood, and publishes a populace poll in T.I.
||The Board of Directors directs the College to find a way to
protect members submissions against those of non-members (i.e.,
require membership to register arms).
||Due to the rate increase, this is the largest Laurel meeting
since the Great Conclave.
||The Board of Directors decides not to reorganize the peerage as
three Orders of Knighthood. They accept Laurels counterproposal
regarding member status of submitters: only if two submissions at the
same meeting would conflict, shall membership be checked. About this
time, the LoARs began to be less timely, coming out 30-60 days after
||Talan Gwynek, Laurels deputy in charge of Rules commentary,
brings out a "Modest Proposal": the IHJ again, with only important
mundane arms to be protected. The discussion (pro and con) proceeds
over the course of several months in an orderly fashion.
||Laurel forced to resign due to mundane work conflicts. Board
appoints Daud ibn Auda as new Laurel King of Arms. At the same
meeting, the Board reaffirms Laurels authority over the regalia of
the SCA-wide orders (e.g. Dukes, Knights, &c).
||In a case involving color trimounts on color fields it was ruled
that specific well documented period practices might on a case by
case basis be permitted to contravene the Rules for Submission.
||Laurel proposes that, due to the increasing workload, name
submissions be handled separately from armory registrations, under a
separate King of Arms.
||The section of the Rules for Submission dealing with names are
completely revised, to require greater authenticity.
||Laurel decides to implement the Modest Proposal, effective Jan
1995. About this time, a tentative list of "important" arms is
produced for discussion.
||Laurels warrant is renewed by the Board, with Talan Gwynek
becoming Pelican King of Arms, deputy in charge of name registration.
Naming standards, already increasing in the preceding months, become
ever more rigorous (e.g., Gaelic/English names disallowed).
||Jaelle of Armida becomes Laurel Queen of Arms.