MAY XXIV (1989)



Adiantum, Barony of. Badge. Gules, a two-headed bear statant erect affronty, forelegs raised, heads addorsed, Or, collared and chained sable. This badge was submitted for the Collar and Chain Award. However, the name for this award had previously been pended until the July meeting.

Agnes of Oslo. Device. Vert, a lamb rampant and in sinister chief a ragged staff argent.

An Tir, Crown Prince of. Blazon correction. Chequy Or and argent, a lion queue-forchy couchant to sinister sable, gorged of a coronet argent, within a bordure sable. Unfortunately, by the time the original emblazon for this device made it to the Laurel Office, the Or had changed tincture to a distinctly tomato red and so was blazoned gules. (Colour shift "in the files" is one reason why heralds and submittors are well advised not to use metallic inks, watercolours, etc.).

An Tir, Crown Princess of. Blazon correction. Chequy Or and argent, a lion queue-forchy couchant sable, gorged of a wreath of roses and hearts argent, within a bordure sable. See the comments above for arms of the Crown Prince.

An Tir, Kingdom of. Title for Avacal Pursuivant.

An Tir, Kingdom of. Title for Pursestrings Pursuivant.

An Tir, Kingdom of. Title for Summits Pursuivant.

Angharad Gwendraeth o Fynydd Blaena. Change of name from Angharad Severn o Glamorgan. The name appeared on the letter of intent as Angharad Gwendareth o Mynydd Blaena. However, on the forms "Gwendraeth" was correctly spelled and using the name of this river was clearly the submittor's intent. As the submittor allowed changes, we have mutated "Mynnydd" as required after the preposition "o".

Aquaterra, Shire of. Device. Per fess vert and barry wavy argent and azure, in chief three laurel wreaths argent. Please ask the submittors to draw the line of division more clearly per fess than it appeared on the emblazon sheet: it hovered between per fess and what some of the older heralds called "per chief".

Briaroak, Shire of. Device. Azure, an oak tree eradicated and fructed Or within a laurel wreath, all within a bordure argent charged with three roses proper.

Brondwyn on Gwynedd. Name and device. Ermine, a chevron inverted cotised sable, overall a sword palewise gules. Several members of the Laurel staff felt strongly that the submittor should be warned that virtually everyone will assume that her name actually is "Bronwyn of Gwynedd". . .

Chalda of the Lost Lockes. Name and device. Per saltire azure and vert, in pale an owl close perched on a dogwood branch fesswise argent and a cat's paw, appaumy and issuant from base, Or. The given name has been documented as occurring in Merovingian France, being the name of the wife of Chramn, the rebellious son of Lothar I. It was our consensus that the device was of extremely dubious style, but legal.

Eduardo Francesca Maria Lucrezia. Name and device. Or, on a chevron azure between two fleurs-de-lis sable and a peacock in its pride statant to sinister proper, five plates.

Ellin Syerske. Change of name from holding name of Ellin of Coeur du Val. Although the letter of intent had the bynake as Ellin Syerake, the forms had the documented form "Syerske" (="seamstress").

Erik Rikwulf. Name only.

Finbar McEvoy Graham. Name only. Since the documentation indicated that the submittor believed the name to be Scots Gaelic, perhaps he should be informed that the forms are all Anglicised forms of Irish and Scots names. Indeed, one member of Laurel staff commented that this was precisely the sort of name one would have expected to see in northern Ireland in the days of the Famine. . .

Grania the Thyme Harvester. Name only (see RETURNS for device). Since the letter of intent had the name as Grania the Tyme Harvester, most commentors took the time [sic] to document this form as a period spelling of "thyme". In point of fact, however, the submittor had the modern spelling, not "Ye Old Tyme Spellinge", as Brachet put it.

Gryffon de Ville. Name only. The letter of intent erroneously spelled the name as Gyffon de Ville. The forms had the correct variant form of Griffon.

Gwion o Lanfair ap Bleiddyn. Name only (see RETURNS for device). The name was submitted as Gwion o Llanfair ap Bleiddyn. The placename must mutate after the preposition. Some felt that this name would be "clearer" if the locative came at the end of the name in a more normal pattern which links the patronymic more closely to the name: "Gwion ap Bleiddyn o Lanfair". The submittor may want to consider this option if he finds too many people assuming that Lanfair is the son of Bleiddyn. . .

Halfdan Högvandi Rodgeirsson of Hundatunir. Name and device. Vert, a saltire of five billets fesswise voided argent.

Iagoba Garsez Otsoeskua. Change of blazon. Or, three wolf's jambes palewise, erased and affronty, sable and in chief a sea serpent glissant fesswise vert, spined sable. If the submittor has a sentimental attachment to the adjective "sea", we saw no reason to demur: it does not change the actual submission which is of an ordinary serpent with a dorsal spine of a different tincture.

James MacPhearson of Kirkcaldy. Name only (see RETURNS for device).

Janos the Ringsmith. Name and device. Argent, five annulets fretted in saltire within a bordure azure.

Jonathan of the Marching Fields. Name only.

Rolf Longbow. Device. Per fess argent and sable, in chief a massacre sable within a bordure counterchanged.

Ursel Oshelm. Name only.

William of Thetford. Device. Argent, a chevron cotised gules and in chief a quill fesswise reversed, all within a bordure sable. Please ask the submittor to draw the bordure wider. For those who queried the appearance of a chief on the mini- emblazon, this seems to have derived from the reduction of an emblazon sheet with a poorly erased guideline.


Aale Brunkarrkarl. Name only.

Alexandros Dietrich vom Einhornwald. Badge for Haus Einhornwald. In pale a unicorn's head couped and a tau cross swallowtailed azure. This was returned by Star for non-period style, i.e., "a fieldless badge of unconnected parts and use of a 'double- fitched' tau cross." The submittor appealed to the College of Arms. While we are sympathetic to Star's desire to encourage more authentic heraldic style in his Kingdom, in this case the submittor's practise appears protected by the rules. AR31b specifically states that "separated charges of a fieldless badge shall come from the same tincture class". That is clearly the case here since the tinctures are identical. As for the unusual tau cross, while it is unusual, it has been formed on the model of the Maltese cross and seems acceptable to us for use in the Society.

Earnan Seadhachain. Release of name.

Garwyn ap Rhys. Name only.

Grégoire de Conteville. Name and device. Per chevron sable and azure, two eagles striking respectant and a fleam argent.

Rebekka die Blonde. Badge. Per bend sinister purpure and Or, a crown and a heart counterchanged. The lady is a royal peer and thus entitled to bear the crown.

Stephen MacRobert of Douglas. Name only.

Steppes, Barony of the. Transfer of Badge for the Champion of the Canton of Glaslyn to the Baronial Guard of the Barony of the Steppes. Sable, semy of oak leaves Or.


Adria Jermyne. Spelling Correction. It was mistakenly typed as Adria Jarmyne when registered in October, 1988.

Aurora d'Ecosse. Name and device. Quarterly argent and sable, a Lacy knot between eight hawk's bells in annulo counterchanged. The name was submitted as Aurora Marguerite de Ecosse. To avoid the conflict with several Queens of Scotland named Margaret (one of whom was also a saint for whom an inordinate number of Roman Catholic and Anglican churches have been named!), we have dropped "Marguerite" from the name. Note that "Marguerite d'Ecosse" would have been the usual form of the name for much of the mediaeval period in France since the close links between the Scots and French courts were a fact of life from the end of the Viking age to the death of Charles Edward Stuart the Younger.

Blanche Cecile d'Etoile Noire. Device. Argent, mulletty of six points a chevron rompu sable and in base a wyvern statant vert.

Carados ap Caradoc of Pembroke. Name only (see RETURNS for device). We have been persuaded by the learned arguments of Brachet that "Carados" is a valid constructed name for Welsh.

Carolinde von Altenburg. Badge. Argent, a brown seagoat, tailed and within a bordure grady embattled vert. Note that the line of division of the bordure is borrowed from that used for the chief on her device.

Elric of Sundragon. Holding name and device (see RETURNS for name). Per chevron argent and Or, on a chevron between a crescent and a crescent inverted gules, three crescents argent. The submission was made under the name Elric Vibulenus of Bynthia.

Eldred Sharptooth. Name only.

Fiona nic Brenos. Name only. Since the submittor's forms indicate that it was her desire to be Fiona daughter of Brian in Gaelic, perhaps it would be a kindness to tell her that this would actually be "Fiona ni Bhriain" since "Brenos" is not at all related to the name Brian.

Iseult du Coeur de l'Opale. Change of name from Iseult Wishbringer (see RETURNS for device).

Liadain O'Dubhghaill. Name only (see RETURNS for device).

Rowena Serenarianaidd. Device. Per fess argent and vert, a sword fesswise sable and a mullet of eight points argent, all within a bordure embattled Or. The name was approved in this form in December, 1988.

Sean Colin mac Brenos of the Silver Bow. Name and device. Argent, semy of arrows sable, on a bend vert, a strung bow, string to base, argent. As with his sister, it would be a kindness to tell the submittor that the Gaelic form for "Brian" is not "Brenos" and so the correct patronymic would be "mac Briain".

Tamar of Highmoor. Name and device. Per fess gules and argent, a jester's hood argent, semy of lozenges sable, and a round brazier sable, filled with flames gules. Note that the hood is not "lozengy" which would mean that there were equal diamonds of argent and sable. In fact, there are many sable lozenges scattered on an argent ground.

William Flanagan. Device. Purpure, ermined, on a pile Or a quatrefoil slipped vert.


Aonghus Logan MacDonald. Name and device. Per pale sable and gules, a tower Or, masoned sable, on a chief argent a mastiff courant to sinister sable.

Arthur MacLoughlin. Name only.

Bran Canutesson. Change of name from holding name of Bran Fountain. The name was submitted as Bran Canutsson. As the submittor's documentation supported the usual form of "Canute", we have used that spelling of the name.

Caitlin Diolun of Armagh. Name only (see RETURNS for household name and badge).

Dagmaer or Nautaloek. Name and device. Per chevron azure and ermine, two closed penannular brooches, openings to chief, Or and a rose azure, barbed and seeded Or.

Eshton Spearcrafter. Name and device. Per bend sinister argent and vert, an ash tree eradicated and a spearhead bendwise sinister counterchanged.

Eldrid Tremayne. Change of name from Eldrid Tremayne of Rainbow Tower.

Etain of the Misty Marsh. Holding name and device (see RETURNS for name). Argent, semy of hearts fracted to sinister chief gules, a fox rampant proper within a bordure azure. The submission was made under the name Etain ui Mor.

Forgal Kerstetter. Badge. Vert, two moose's heads, eradicated and respectant, horns locked, Or. [Irreverent comment from Laurel staff: "But that is the real badge of the College of Arms!].

Iain MacCoinnich. Name only. The name was submitted as Iain MacCoinnich of Kintail. However, by the submittor's own documentation "MacCoinnich" is a form of "MacKenzie" and Kintail is the clan seat. . . We have dropped the locative to register the rest of the name.

Johann von Rothenburg. Name only.

Lochmere, Barony of. Name and device. Per fess engrailed argent and azure a crab tergiant and a laurel wreath counterchanged.

Mattheus Forrestor. Name only.

Michael le Marin. Device. Per chevron inverted Or and sable, an anchor within a bordure counterchanged.

Nottinghill Coill, Barony of. Name for Order of the Golden Knot.

Nottinghill Coill, Barony of. Name for Order of the Sword Knot.

Ragnarr Skraveifa. Name only.

Ribert Diolun of Armagh. Name and device. Or, a bullfrog sejant and a chief vert.

Richard Corwin of Oldcastle. Badge (see RETURNS for proposed name change to Charles Richard Marshall. Sable, a sun in splendour Or within a bordure invected argent.

Sherri Lynn of Emerson Lake. Name and device. Per fess Or and lozengy vert and Or, in chief two towers vert. Sherri Lynn are her mundane given names.

Sherri Lynn of Emerson Lake. Badge. Or, a tower vert.


Adrienne Morgaine de Beaumont. Change of name from Arwen Dafydd de Beaumont.

Alatiel de Beaumont of Reading-wood. Change of name from Alatiel of Readingwood.

Bedwyr ap Morgan. Name only.

Brighid O'Cullaighne. Name only.

Christophe le Marchand. Name and device. Argent, two pallets sable, overall a pheonix azure, issuant from flames azure and Or, all within a bordure azure, mulletty argent.

Cindra Bhán of the Amber Rose. Name and device. Azure, ermined Or, a bezant between the tines of a stag's attires, a chief embattled argent. The name was submitted as Cindra Bán of the Amber Rose. "Bán" is a Gaelic adjective form (as is even noted by the Crescent staff on the submittor's forms when they deleted the Welsh article "y" with which she had prefixed it. Therefore, it suffers lenition after the feminine given name. By all means, ask the submittor to draw the ermine spots larger.

Deirdre Roswythe Dunwyn. Blazon change. Per pall inverted arrondy Or, sable and gules, in chief two shamrocks in fess, slipped, counterchanged and in base a crescent Or. Crescent asks that we change the blazon changed in February, 1989, to further specify the position of the foliage.

Ilaria Veltri degli Ansari. Badge. In pale a sheaf of three arrows gules and a trimount paly vert and Or.

James of Amberwood. Device. Vert, an oak tree eradicated Or and in chief five gouttes d'Or in chevron.

Jonathon Hawke of Rivenoak. Name only.

Joseph Decatur. Blazon correction. Or, a raven sable between two flaunches gules, each charged with a human skull argent. The tincture of the bird was omitted when this was registered in February, 1989.

Maria Susana Andrés. Name and device. Per fess indented purpure and argent, a unicorn's head couped and three mullets, one and two, counterchanged. The name was submitted as Concepcion Maria Susana Andrés. As Habicht has noted, the use of "Concepcion" as a given name (like "Carmela", "Guadaloupe" and several others associated with the Virgin) appears to be a modern usage. In this case, it appears to have become popular as a result of the ex cathedra promulgation of the theory of the Immaculate Conception in the nineteenth century.

Marin of Tre Bryn. Name and device. Argent, a coney sejant erect azure maintaining a wooden club bendwise sinister proper, all within a bordure azure. Brachet has confirmed the research of the Laurel staff which indicates that "bryn" not infrequently retains its radical form when used as a secondary element in place names. Quote from Laurel staff: "Bigger bunny and bat, bitte."

Morgana von Magdeburg. Name and device. Or, a raven sable, on a chief embattled purpure, three roses Or.

Morgana Ravenscrest. Name and device. Argent, a raven reguardant sable, on a chief vert, four roses argent, barbed and seeded proper.

Sapphira of Wittenburg. Spelling correction. When this name was registered in February, 1989, the city was accidentally converted to a hill ("Wittenberg").

Shane Fitzedward. Name and device. Vert, a chevron, on a chief Or, a baton and a kris in saltire sable.

Sigurjón Haraldsson. Name and device. Per pale argent and gules, two scorpions counterchanged.

Sigurjón Haraldsson. Badge. Gules, in fess two scorpions argent.

Talorc Brennon Pittenweem. Change of name from holding name of Talorc of Calafia.

Thurstan de Barri. Name only.

William Hedge. Name and device. Gules, a fess paly argent and vert between a demi-sun issuant from the fess and a heart Or.


Alric the Tall. Name and device. Per pale azure and argent, a tower between three spearheads, all within a bordure counterchanged. Please ask the submittor to draw the tower a bit lower so that it is truly between the spearheads.

Briana Etain MacKorkhill. Device. Vert, a windmill bendwise sinister and on a chief dovetailed argent, three strawberries gules, capped vert. Note that no slips are present on the berries, despite the blazon on the letter of intent. [Irreverent comment from Laurel staff: "Strawberry Shortcake Goes Dutch".]

Briana Etain MacKorkhill. Badge. Vert, ermined, a maunch reversed argent.

Calontir, Kingdom of. Badge. Per chevron embattled sable and argent, in pale two strung bows in saltire argent and a cross of Calatrava purpure.

Calontir, Kingdom of. Name for Order of the Silver Hammer. As Habicht has noted, under the current rules this is clear of the Order of the Dwarven Hammer of Hammerhold. (Although Laurel, as one of the very few members of that defunct baronial order, noticed the resemblance right away!).

Calontir, Kingdom of. Change of name to Queen's Chalice from Warlord's Chalice.

Calontir, Kingdom of. Seal for Gold Falcon Principal Herald. Two straight trumpets in saltire, bells to chief, overall a cross of Calatrava. Exercising a bit of discretionary judgement, Laurel has interpreted the comments of Brachet as permission from the West to conflict with the seal of the Stellanordica Herald ("Two straight trumpets in saltire, bells in chief, surmounted by a compass star enhanced and elongated to base."): "We think it's clear (including the current Stellanordica Herald who happened to be at the meeting)."

Calontir, Kingdom of. Title for Hawk Herald.

Calontir, Kingdom of. Title for Kestrel Herald.

Christopher Amber. Device. Per pale sable and Or, in bend two mullets counterchanged. This particular design had previously been returned for conflict with Reinhard Bergen der Kuhn ("Per pale sable and Or, a mullet pierced counterchanged."). He has now received permission to conflict with that gentle.

Forgotten Sea, Barony of. Badge for the Order of the Escallop. Argent, an escallop inverted within a bordure embattled vert.

Forgotten Sea, Barony of. Badge for the Order of the Silver Griffin. Vert, ermined, a griffin passant to sinister within a bordure embattled argent.

Friedrich de la Grimace. Name only.

Jacques d'Avignon. Name only.

Jadwiga Marina Majewska. Badge. Or, ermined gules, a domestic cat couchant purpure.

Lawrence Taillefer the Leech. Badge. Argent, a fleam within a bordure raguly gules.

Leannan y Llysieuydd. Name and device. Sable, on a bend sinister between a quarter-sun issuant from dexter chief and a mortar and pestle, three oak leaves sable.

Llywelyn Lorell of Shrewsbury. Name correction. When the name was registered in February, 1989, a Freudian slip on the part of the typist led "Salisbury" to be substituted for the correct English city.


Adin Tinkar. Name and device. Per bend sinister wavy argent and azure, a winged torch, wings elevated and addorsed, and a winged bull rampant counterchanged.

Adin Tinkar. Badge. Per bend sinister wavy argent and azure, two winged torches, wings elevated and addorsed, counterchanged.

Alexandra of Dragonford. Name and device. Argent, a dragon couchant to sinister purpure and a ford.

Algirdas Wolthus. Device. Or, four piles issuant fesswise from sinister azure, on a chief gules two lures argent.

Ambros aus Greifswald. Name and device. Per chevron throughout Or and vairy gules and argent, two unicorn's heads couped gules and a stag's head erased sable. This is rather busy, but legal.

Andrée Diane Chartier de l'Oise. Name only (see RETURNS for device).

Aonghas macDhaibhidh. Name only.

Aonghus Eirikson. Change of name from Aonghus Davidson.

Ben Gwalchdan. Name and device. Pily wavy Or and gules, on a lozenge sable a phoenix argent. The name was submitted as Ben Gwalchtân. As Brachet notes, the use of accents as pronunciation guides in Welsh seems to be modern and the final element of the constructed name ("- tan") must undergo mutation in the compound so we have modified the form of the byname. Note that "Ben" in various spellings appears to have gained an independent existence early on and so is exempt from the ban on diminutives [although one member of the Laurel staff still swears that this sounds like a Scottish mountain].

Brewerskeep, Canton of. Name only.

Brigit nic Fiona McFergus of Dragon's Keep. Name only.

Clotilda Warhammer. Name only.

Coinneach MacKenzie. Device. Per chevron embattled azure and Or, two suns and a lion rampant counterchanged.

Colin Attewood. Name and device. Lozengy vert and argent, a mastiff couchant Or, collared gules.

Constantine the Varangian. Name and device. Or, three axes and on a chief sable, three bezants.

Cuthwulf fan Frisa. Name only. The name was submitted as Cuthwulf van Frisia by the submittor in an appeal over the return of the name for mismatch of preposition (Dutch) and noun (Latin) in the name. It is clear from the lengthy and somewhat acrimonious exchange that the submittor feels that the College is a group of pettifogging pseudoscholars who do not know what they are talking about linguistically speaking. Specifically, he felt that the return was based on a failure to understand that he was aiming at the practice of the fifth-century A.D. Unfortunately, the submittor is himself relying on documentation in translation and this documentation does not make adequate distinctions as to the original forms and modern forms that are being used. Moreover, it is clear that neither the submittor nor his sources have really grasped that the issue is that the preposition "van" is relatively modern Dutch and therefore would not be used with the Latin noun or with a modern English translation of the place name. As the submittor indicated that he would accept the documented form "fan Frisa" if the appeal failed, we have registered the form above.

Daffyd Firedancer. Name and device. Or, a sinister foot erased reversed sable and a base rayonny gules. Note that although no more than a minor point of difference in type can be derived from the change from a boot to a foot erased (and that largely from the difference between couping and erasing here), this is not in conflict with the cited device of Albert the Boar ("Or, a leather boot reversed proper impaled through the toe by a dagger inverted sable."): there is the difference in tincture of the pedal object and the difference in type and tincture of the secondary.

Dénes Imre Kovács. Name and device. Bendy argent and counter-ermine, three hawks striking azure.

Duncan Thorfinn. Device. Per pale sable and argent, two bears rampant addorsed counterchanged.

Efron of the Debatable Lands. Holding name and device (see RETURNS for name). Quarterly vert and argent, an oak tree eradicated counterchanged argent and sable, all within a bordure embattled sable. The submission was made under the name Efron le Fey.

Glenn Linn, Shire of. Name only.

Guido Halevi Aldina. Name only.

Haleric Poleskowna. Change of name from Haleric Vladislavna Poleski.

Iñes de Alegría. Name and device. Sable, a sun Or, eclipsed gules, between three compass stars all within on an orle Or, a tressure gules.

Ingvild Josefsdatter. Name and device. Or, a raven sable within a bordure sable, semy of apple blossoms argent. Please ask the submittor to draw the apple blossoms more carefully so they are identifiable as apple blossoms instead of generic cinquefoils.

Jean-Michel de Taurion. Name only.

John Kelton of Greyhorn. Name and device. Paly of four sable and Or, a pheon and on a chief vert, two hunting horns reversed Or.

Kadan Chákhilghan Ger on Echen. Name only. The name was submitted as Kadan Ger on Echen Chákhilghan. The submittor desires the byname to mean something like "head of House Lightning". As far as we can determine from the documentation provided, the Mongolian reverses the word order in each phrase. Thus, where "ger" is the word for "house", "economy of the house" is "ger on etlebur" and "ger on echen" means the "master of a house". This being the case, we strongly suspect that the attributive "lightning" must be adjacent to the word for house to modify it and that the submitted form would mean something like "lightning master of the house".

Karl Rasmussen of Tvede. Device. Or, in pale three frogs gules between two pallets engrailed vert. After processing this submission, the Laurel staff insisted that we break for a round of Frogger. . .

Liliana Michaella of Cinnamon Grove. Name and device. Per chevron azure and argent, a cinnamon tree eradicated, its roots encircling a heart gules. As noted at the time of the original return for problems with the name, the device is extremely poor style. It is a pity that the submittor did not reconsider the armoury at the same time she reconsidered her name. . .

Lughaidh O Nialláin. Name only.

Mair the Pavilion Rider. Name and device. Purpure, a unicorn passant and in chief two pavilions, doors to center, argent.

Maria de la Flor. Device. Vert, a swan volant bendwise sinister to chief, wings elevated and addorsed, between three ermine spots argent.

Marie-Véronique de l'Estoile. Name and device. Gules, estoilly, a rose argent, barbed and seeded proper, within a bordure compony argent and sable.

Meirwen uerch Owein. Name and device. Per pale and per saltire gules and sable, a trillium argent within a bordure embattled Or.

Mordraut Freyulf. Name and device. Sable, a gurges and on a chief Or, a halberd fesswise reversed sable.

Morfael of Holyoke. Change of name from Morfael of Holyoake.

Morgan of Drachenwald. Holding name and device (see RETURNS for name). Per saltire Or and purpure, a hawk striking to sinister counterchanged within a bordure sable. The submission was made under the name Morgan MacLean.

Ottar Eriksson. Badge. A rabbit sejant guardant, armed with a stag's attires, argent. [Ed. Note: The temptation to blazon this as a "jackalope improper" was almost overwhelming, but we resisted. Aren't you glad?]

Raymond de Caen. Name and device. Per fess argent and sable, a Maltese cross vert and a Chinese dragon's head, couped close and sinister facing, Or.

Reginlief Ulphsdottir. Name only.

Sean Uaigneach. Name only.

Settmour Swamp, Barony of. Badge for Order of the Bronze Tower. A tower bendwise per fess Or and sable.

Settmour Swamp, Barony of. Badge for Order of the Silver Tower. A tower bendwise per fess argent and sable.

Sheldon the Just. Name and device. Sable, a set of standing balances and in base an Arabian lamp argent. Sheldon is his mundane given name.

Stonemarche, Barony of. Name change from Stonemarch, Barony of.

Stonemarche, Barony of. Name for Order of the Cornerstone.

Stonemarche, Barony of. Name for Order of the Millstone.

Talfan Greydragon. Change of name from holding name of Peter Greydragon.

Thormond the Short. Name only.

Ulrich von Adlerberg. Name only (see RETURNS for device).

Ygraine of Preston. Name only.


Aeluin Kincora. Name only. The name appeared on the letter of intent as Aeluin of Kincora. While either form is correct, comments from Pennon indicate that the form the submittor actually desires is the shorter form above. Note that the Anglicised forms of most Irish and Scots names, as well as native English names, permit the locative preposition to be dropped from a place name of origin.

Anthony de la Croix. Name only (see RETURNS for device).

Antonio Embriaco del Lupo. Name only. The name was submitted as Anton Embriaco de Lupo. As the submittor indicated he wished the Italian form of Anthony and his supporting documentation shows this form immediately following the forms for Anton with the linguistic indicators intervening, we suspect that he failed to notice the comma when doing his research. As he clearly wishes the remainder of the name to be Italian, we have modified the form to the proper Italian. At the same time we have added the necessary "l" to the preposition to make the Italian form which means "of the".

Asa of the Wood. Name only (see RETURNS for device and badge).

Gavin MacFhearhuis of Athallwood. Name only.

Katrina von dem Schwarzwald. Name and device. Per bend azure and gules, in bend sinister a domestic cat sejant affronty and on a bend argent, three hearts palewise gules. The charged bend in base is very poor style.

Reynard de la Forêt. Name only.

Martin Dragonette. Name and device. Argent, on a fess azure between three martlets, close and sinister facing, gules, a dragon passant Or.

Rory ua Riada. Name only.

Sergio dello Scudo Bianco. Device. Barry wavy azure and Or, in pale a towered bridge of two arches and a heart gules.

Stanislaus Casimir. Name only.


Cara O'Connor. Name and device. Per bend sinister sable and gules a bend sinister indented between the halves of a chain bendwise fracted argent.

Christiana la Legière. Name only (see RETURNS for device). The name was submitted as Christiana la Légiere. However, as White Stag himself noted, the usual feminine form of the adjective in modern French is "legère". The submittor's documentation supports this spelling and a theoretical Old French spelling of "legière" but not the spelling submitted. (There is an important pronunciation difference, since "é" is sounded rather like the "ay" in the English word "may" while the plain "e" is sounded like the "e" in the English word "pest".) As the submittor permitted spelling changes, we have used the older form which is supported by the documentation.

Edrik Beroldsson. Name and device. Per pale embattled sable and argent, crusilly couped gules, in dexter chief a horse's head couped argent.

Edrik Beroldsson. Badge. A spur rowel sable, overall four spurshafts in cross , rowel hubs to center, gules.

Gavin Brangane. Name and device. Chevronelly argent and gules, a wyvern segreant to sinister sable.

Jago Redbeard. Name only (see RETURNS for device).

James Qui Connait. Badge for Kinscradle Keep. Azure, on a human footprint palewise argent, a goutte de sang.

Kevin MacKinnon. Badge for the Household of the Fish that Walks. A fish standing with human legs upon a bottle fesswise reversed issuant of a flood of liquor fesswise wavy to base Or.

Maximillian von Strassburg. Name only.

Outlands, Kingdom of. Name for the Order of the Walker of the Way (see RETURNS for badge).

Stephen Treesbane. Name and device. Argent, a frame saw palewise azure.

Takeuchi Hiroshi. Name only.

Titus Claudius Severus. Name and device. Gules, a boar courant to sinister between four lightning bolts in saltire, all within a bordure Or. The submittor has thoroughly documented the existence of these sort of "heraldic lightning bolts" on Roman Imperial shields independent of the Jovian "winged cigar and thunderbolt" motif, which should prove comforting to those who have been concerned about the Society's adoption of this design element to replace the "shazam".


Aelfred of Wherwell. Name and device. Or, on a bend sinister sable between two cockatrices passant to sinister, wings addorsed, gules, five bezants, all within a bordure sable.

Aislinn de Valence. Release of badge. Azure, a mascle Or within a bordure argent.

Algrin the Dark. Device. Per bend sinister sable and Or, a tree eradicated counterchanged. This was returned in October, 1988, for conflict with the badge of the Barony of Madrone ("A madrone tree proper."). The Barony has granted him permission to conflict.

Amalric de Montfort. Device. Azure, five mullets of four points in annulo Or within a bordure dovetailed ermine.

Angelica of Bohemia. Blazon correction. Per bend argent and bendy purpure and argent, in chief a dragon courant bendwise purpure. When this was registered in February, 1989, a piece of dittography in the field descriptin may have led to some confusion about the tincture of the field.

Anton the Fair. Release of badge. Azure, two bendlets wavy between two suns Or.

Bilig the Watcher. Name and device. Sable, a bow fesswise fully drawn with an arrow palewise inverted, all within an orle of crescents Or.

Brian of Asbar. Badge. Per pale azure and Or, four escallops in cross counterchanged within a bordure argent.

Catriona Ealasaid o Skye. Name and device. Azure, a cross triply parted and fretted between in bend two wyverns statant, all within a bordure Or. The letter of intent indicated that "o Skye" was the Gaelic form for "of Skye". In point of fact, this is Lowland Scots (i.e., Scots English), not Gaelic.

Colin de Charteris. Change of device. Vert, a saltire triply parted and fretted argent between in fess a sun in splendour Or and a moon in its complement argent.

Demetria Nichole. Name and device. Per bend potenty Or and sable, in bend sinister two Ionic columns in bend and two garbs in bend, all counterchanged.

Deron Creag Mhor. Change of name from Damon Cragdweller. Please tell the submittor that the meaning of his name indicates that he is a "big rock" not that he comes from one! (This is the sort of epithet a Gael might actually use for a really large fighter, however, although not all the connotations might be good from a Society point of view: for instance, the implication might be that the gentle was hard as rock when it came to taking blows, etc.).

Eirik Ulfhednar. Badge. Per bend sable and argent, a wolf statant and an ermine tail counterchanged.

Eirik Ulfhednar. Badge. Ermine, in chevron a spear fracted gules.

Gerald of Ipsley. Augmented arms. Sable, in cross four leopard's heads Or, jessant-de-lis argent, in canton for augmentation a poppy slipped and leaved Or, all within a bordure argent.

Harailt MacDonald. Device. Counter-ermine, a raven Or, on a chief argent, a hammer fesswise gules.

Harald Leofwine. Name and device. Gules, a bezant, on a chief argent, three ravens sable.

Iver of the Black Bow. Badge. Argent, semy of arrows bendwise sinister inverted, a sagittary passant to sinister within a bordure sable.

Iver of the Black Bow. Badge. Azure, a unicorn's head cabossed within a bordure argent.

Jared of Castlewood. Name only.

Morag Freyser. Name only.

Mountain's Gate, Shire of. Name and device. Sable, two chevronels braced and in chief three laurel wreaths Or.

Raymond von dem Löwengrab. Badge. Argent, a shovel inverted sable between two pellets.

Ricola of Fenhop. Name only.

Saahira el-Hamra. Name and device. Argent, a seahorse naiant to sinister within a bordure wavy vert.

Samuel Taylor of Darkwood. Name and device. Quarterly Or and azure, in bend two tilting helms sinister facing gules.

Seamus of Coll. Name only (see PENDING for device).

Steven Longshanks. Change of device. Gules, a comet bendwise sinister and in dexter chief three scarpes argent.

Torvald Torgarson. Change of device. Per pale sable and Or, two stag's antlers within a bordure counterchanged.

West Kingdom. Badge for Page's School. Or, three acorns in pall, caps to center, between three oak leaves in pall inverted, all within a bordure vert.

West Kingdom. Title for Pinnacle Pursuivant.



Adiantum, Barony of. Badge for Fern and Quill Award. Vert, in saltire a quill and a fern frond argent. Unfortunately, Crescent was correct in feeling that this might be visually in conflict with the device of Elinor Annora ferch Llewelyn ("Vert, two quills crossed in saltire within an orle argent."): the quills on Elinor's device are halfway between the quill here and the fern frond here, both of which are in the range of Society quill pen depictions, and the result is that the badge looks a great deal like Elinor's device without the orle.

Christina of Islay. Device. Azure, three bezants, each environed of an arrow embowed in annulo, the flethcing of each arrow to centre. Although the arrows were blazoned as the primary charge on the letter of intent, the arrangement of the arrows would be so peculiar ("in triskelion"???) that the eye naturally processes the bezants, which are in a standard position for three primary charges, first and considers the arrows to be adjuncts of the bezants. This being so, the device conflicts with the mundane arms of Bisset ("Azure, three bezants two and one.", as cited in Papworth, p. 1048).

Grania the Thyme Harvester. Device. Per bend sinister embowed- counterembowed purpure and argent, an hourglass counterchanged. Unfortunately, Crescent was correct in calling the conflict with Ian Domhnall ("Per bend sable and argent, an hourglass counterchanged."): while a major point of difference is derived from the field, only half of the hourglass changes tincture so only a minor point of difference can be derived from its tinctures, even though it is the primary charge. Note that the line of division blazoned and emblazoned on the letter of intent as "wavy" was actually "embowed- counterembowed".

Gwion o Lanfair ap Bleiddyn. Device. Barry wavy azure and vert, ermined Or, two dolphins hauriant addorsed argent. There were several problems with this device. Firstly, barry and barry wavy are not one of the fields which may be divided of two colours (remember, ermined fields are not neutral in Society heraldry). Secondly and much less importantly, the "ermining" was so much a variant that it appeared less ermining than inverted sunbursts. Thirdly, the device conflicts with the arms of Hamner ("Vert, two dolphins endorsed haurient argent.")

Hrolf the Silent. Device. Sable, on a sun between two mullets of five greater and five lesser points Or and a base wavy Or and vert, a drakkar affronty proper, sailed vert. Unfortunately, as several commentors pointed out, the increase in number of the secondary charges does not clear the conflict with Kourost Bernard of the East Woods ("Sable, a sun eclipsed Or.") for which the previous submission was returned in 1986. Indeed, the addition of the mullets in chief (not estoiles, as they were blazoned on the letter of intent) only adds to the already great visual complexity of the device.

James MacPhearson of Kirkcaldy. Device. Gyronny of four from dexter chief sable and argent, a Maltese cross gules. Conflict with the arms of the mundane Order of St. Stefano of Pisa ("Argent, a cross maltese gules.") and with the badge of the Barony of the Angels ("A cross crescenty fleury fitchy gules."). In the former case, there is only a major point for the difference in the field, in the latter only the type of cross differs since no difference can be derived from the field.

Rosemund Longfellow. Device. Pean, a sword bendwise argent piercing a garden rose gules, in sinister chief a Latin cross gules, fimbriated, all within a bordure Or. There was a general feeling that this submission skated on the far side of period style: the unbalanced arrangement of the charges, the manner in which the low contrast garden rose was pierced by the sword, rendering it even more unidentifiable, and most of all the fimbriation of the small, clearly secondary cross. In the cover letter to the March letter of intent, it was ruled that fimbriation and voiding would not be considered excessive if it were applied to a "plain ordinary" placed in the center of the shield. In this case the ordinary is plain enough, but is visually peripheral and, taken with the other anomalies, pushes this submission over the edge of acceptible style.

Tess Ella of Silvershadow. Badge. Three mullets, conjoined one and two, gules. Conflict with the badge of Donal MacMurtrie ("Argent, three mullets, one and two, gules."): only a weak minor can be derived from the conjunction of the mullets.


Jonathan DeLaufyson Macebearer. Augmented arms. Azure, a saltire sable, rayonny argent, overall a mace inverted argent, the whole surmounted by on an inescutcheon Or a mullet of five greater and five lesser points between in pale a crown of three points sable and a demi-sun issuant from base gules. The original submission of the augmented arms was returned in August, 1988, because "the use of the inescutcheon here for the augmentation would seem to be prohibited by the ban on appearance of pretense in AR10d". At the same time it was suggested that the augmentation be moved to a chief or a canton to reduce the complexity of the design and increase the identifiability of the already complex arms. The submittor and Star have appealed this decision, citing the augmentation granted to Aelflaed of Duckford and the mundane augmentation of Thomas Howard, Earl of Surrey, as precedents for the use of an inescutcheon for augmentation. There was a considerable degree disagreement of support in the College whether these precedents should override the ban in the rules on devices (and these must be considered to include augmented devices) which give the appearance of including arms of pretense. Some, like Crescent, feel strongly that this is a useful and legitimate method of displaying an augmentation and that these precedents should be binding. Others, like Habicht, feel that the appearance of the inescutcheon is one of pretense not augmentation and note that this sort of inescutcheon is specifically banned by the rules. While there may be historical precedents from the mundane world for the use of the inescutcheon in this manner, we must recall that the Society does not always follow mundane precedent where this would be confusing or produce generally poor style (the ban on colour-on-colour bordures and chiefs is a major example of this tendency). Therefore, the historical precedents are not in themselves overriding (the citation of the augmentation to Aelflaed of Duckford was undated: in fact, it is now goes back quite a few years). Pending a demonstration of the positive advantages to be gained from changing the rules to allow such an inescutcheon of augmentation at the honour point, we cannot see changing the current clearly expressed policy. Indeed, the issues of complexity and poor style, which were not perhaps adequately stressed at the time of the original return, are compelling reasons not to allow the practise in this case. At the time of the discussion of the augmented arms for Taliesynne Nychymrh yr Anghygannedd at the last Heraldic Symposium, there was a clear consensus in the College that augmentations were required to follow the other rules of the College (e.g., contrast, complexity, use of reserved charges, etc.). We do not feel that this consensus has changed radically in the interim and there is no doubt that the addition of this augmentation raises the complexity level of an already complex device several degrees. The radical arms already involve a low contrast saltire separated from the field by a row of "teeth" of a different tincture with an inverted charge overall (making three or four layers, depending on how you count the saltire). Adding the inescutcheon adds a further two layers as well as three tinctures and four types of charge, all depicted at extremely small scale. What is more, the identifiability of the underlying charge overall (well, it is confusing. . .) depends on the precise positioning of the inescutcheon somewhat above the honour point where it would normally reside. This is just too much complexity.

Pepin Moroni. Device. Per saltire Or, purpure, vert and argent, a jester's bauble gules, faced to dexter argent. The submission was returned in November, 1988, because "a field divided of four colours per saltire does not appear to be period practise". The submittor and Star have appealed this, citing several Society examples of armoury which involved fields quarterly with three or four tinctures. Unfortunately, the most recent of these dates from 1981 and the other two were registered in the mass pandemonium of Heraldicon in 1979 so the precedents are not very compelling. On the other hand, in recent years such fields have been regularly returned as non-period style. We would have greatly enjoyed getting some documentation for period usage of this sort of field (it is so appropriate for a fool!). Failing such evidence, we feel that we cannot register this device.

Stargate, Barony of the. Change of name to The Sodality of the Sentinels of the Stargate from The Sodality of the Stargate. This change of name had been returned by Star and was appealed by the Barony to the College of Arms. While we are sympathetic to the historical situation of the Barony and its former (and permitted) use of the name, we have to agree with Star that this is far too allusive to the Arthur C. Clarke story that later proved the basis for 2001: A Space Odyssey.

Tadhg Liath of Duncairn. Device. Argent, an abacus sable. This device was returned by Star for conflict with Reynolds ("Argent, a portcullis sable.", as cited in Papworth, p. 1032), since he felt that Complete Difference of Charge could not exist between an abacus and a portcullis due to their visual similarities. The consenus of opinion in the College supported Star in this decision.

Willow de Wisp. Augmented arms. Per pale Or and vert, a willow tree eradicated sable, fimbriated Or, leaved counterchanged, its trunk surmounted by on an inescutcheon Or, a mullet of five greater and five lesser points between in pale a crown of three points sable and a demi-sun issuant from base gules. The submittor and Star have appealed the Laurel return of her augmented arms in August, 1988, using the same arguments as for her lord, Jonathan DeLaufyson Macebearer. Unfortunately, the same arguments against the usage of the inescutcheon apply here. Indeed, while the number of layers required is fewer, the situation here is even worse in one respect since the Or inescutcheon lies in large part on the Or portion of the field. Star himself indicates that he would not find that acceptable for a canton in the dexter portion of the field for lack of adequate contrast so it is difficult to understand why the inescutcheon which blatantly violates our rules for contrast in charges placed overall should be thus exempted.


Atenveldt, Queen's Guard of. Badge. Azure, in pale a crown of four greater and four lesser points Or and a rose argent, barbed and seeded proper, all within a bordure Or. As has been noted by the vast majority of the College of Arms, the use of the crown is reserved to royal peers, kingdom arms and principality arms. It has been specifically ruled as long ago as 1981 that a badge containing a coronet or crown may only be registered by royal peers and may only be used by royal peers. In the case in question, it was specifically ruled that a royal peer's badge containing a coronet could not be worn by other members of his household. In this case, although the Queen may display a badge with a coronet, she would be the only person who could do so, i.e., none of her guard could in fact wear this badge.

Carados ap Caradoc of Pembroke. Device. Paly sans nombre and per saltire sable and argent, a cross formy fitchy gules. Conflict with the mundane arms of M'Clean ("Ermine, a cross paty fitchy gules.", cited in Papworth, p. 611), Scudamore ('Or, a cross paty fitchy gules.", cited in Papworth, p. 615) and the badge of the Barony of the Angels ("A cross crescenty fleury fitchy gules."). In the latter case, since no difference is derivable from the field, there is only amajor point for the change in type of cross.

Elric Vibulenus of Bynthia. Name only. Unfortunately, there was insufficient documentation for either "Vibulenus" or "Bynthia" and none of the commentors could document either form. Like White Stag, Laurel suspects that the area the submittor is thinking of is "Bithynia" not "Bynthia", but this is different enought that we did not wish to guess at this.

Guidobaldo senza Cervellio. Name and device. Argent, on a bend sable between two horseshoes inverted azure, a sword argent. "Cervellio" does not appear to be a place name, as stated on the letter of intent. The submittor's own documentation indicates that he intends "senza Cervellio" to mean "without sense". This only works if you take the Italian literally ("without a brain") and ignore the misspellings involved. (As Crescent noted, Italian usually uses "cervella" to apply to the human brain so that this could literally mean someone who was in need of some calves' brains. . .). Green Anchor was able to find a "Monte Cervellino" near Genoa if he really wishes an Italian place name. If he wishes to be "the brainless", he should be aware of the fact that Italian does not use the literal translation for this. The device conflicts with Pharamond of Flanders ("Argent, on a bend sable between four roses gules, barbed and seeded proper, a greatsword proper."). Because of the "Secondary Limit" rule, only a major and a minor point of difference can be derived from the changes to the secondary charges.

Iduna Snorrisdottir. Device. Paly wavy argent and azure, a longship sailing to sinister proper, sailed Or. After much consideration we have concluded that Chevron is correct in calling conflict with the badge of the Barony of Storvik ("A drakkar under sail proper, bearing a sail argent charged with three pallets gules."). As Chevron noted, the charge itself is so symmetrical that it is difficult to derive a major point of difference from the difference in orientation which is indicated primarily by the sail and no difference can be derived from the field since Storvik's badge is fieldless.

Iseult du Coeur de l'Opale. Device. Argent, a tree, blasted and eradicated, on a chief nowy purpure, two urchins statant respectant argent. Laurel, like Crescent, would like to see some documentation that the line of division "nowy" is a period usage. After diligent search of our library, we were not able to find any illustration of this usage (as opposed to a cross nowy, which is quite a different thing) which predated the mid- nineteenth century.

Jerry the Inverter. Change of name from Gerald the Inverter and device. Azure, an axe between in fess two oak leaves palewise argent. Aten has indicated again that the submittor's mundane name is "Jerry" and made a number of interesting statements on the law concerning names and aliases in the state of Arizona, but again no proof of the submittor's actual mundane name has been provided although this is relatively easy to do. The College is quite reasonable and, although a photocopy of a birth certificate is the usual simple proof in such cases, a copy of a driver's license or other such "proof" item would be acceptable. If the submittor's actual legal name is "Jerry", then he should be able to provide this easily (a fact which was pointed out to Aten by several heralds at Estrella War some months ago). If it is not "Jerry", then he is not entitled to the leniency of the "mundane name allowance". It is as simple as that. Unfortunately, the device does still conflict with the badge of Armand Vozon ("Azure, a halberd palewise argent."): no matter how many secondaries there are in a group and how large they are, they still count only a major point of difference and under our current rules a major and a minor point of difference are required between a badge and a device.

Liadain O'Dubhghaill. Device. Per chevron enhanced and per pale argent, a decrescent argent, fimbriated sable, enclosing a pellet, in chief two mullets counterchanged. This is just not period style. In the first place, the "chevron enhanced" is really more of a truncated "chape" and it is a solecism in period style to charge a "chape". The real problem, however, is the decrescent/pellet collocation that forms the primary charge. It would probably be simpler to blazon this as a decrescent argent on a pellet, but then you would have a sable charge on a partially sable field, which is not permitted. Indeed, fimbriation with the tincture of the field is not permitted and this is used here. Even if this were fimbriated of another tincture ("fimbriated counterchanged" --ouch!), there would still be the problem of the black center to the decrescent which is clearly not period style.

Linette Marie Genevieve Armellini di'Addabbo. Name and device. Per pale argent and azure, a unicorn's head and a pegasus head addorsed, both couped at the shoulder and conjoined, counterchanged. There was almost universal agreement that the conjoining of two such similar charges (they differ only by the substitution of wings for horn) in a mirror image arrangement reinforced by the counterchanging reduced the identifiability of each and was not period style. The issue is moot, however, since Aten indicates that the submittor allows no changes to her name and the formation "di'Addabbo" is not properly formed. "Addabbo" is the submittor's mundane surname and may be used as it is, but may not be used with the preposition unless it is shown that this word is one that would be used with this syntax as a surname. In any case, the preposition would have either the apostrophe or the "i" here, not both. Since she allows no changes to her name, both name and device have to be returned.

Perkuk Gilgehjeh. Device. Gyronny of sixteen issuant from base Or and gule, a bear's pawprint palewise sable. Conflict with Nicholas Wolfmar ("Gyronny of six issuant from base gules and Or, a wolf's pawprint argent."). There is a major point for the tincture of the pawprint, a minor for the changes to the field, but nothing whatsoever for the kind of pawprint. Note that the gyronny of sixteen is far too many to have issuant from a non-standard location (i.e., in base).

Randal Avery of the Mease. Device. Argent, a wyvern erect, wings displayed, gules within a double tressure sable. Conflict with the famous arms of Drake ("Argent, a wyvern, wings displayed and tail nowed, gules.", as cited in Papworth, p. 984).


Assar merch Morgan ap Megryg of Coyty. Name only. The submittor's documentation recounts a fairly familiar story of the last lord of Coity of pure native stock after the Norman Conquest (or so the geneology says), Morgan ap Megryg. When a Norman noble sought to seize his lands, he appeared with his daughter Sar and gave the attacker the choice of marrying his daughter and peacefully inheriting the castle or of fighting for it. Needless to say, the Norman took the latter course. Note that the lady's name thus would be "Sar ferch Morgan ap Megryg of Coity". Since the geneology later gives what appears to be the same name as "Assar", which s otherwise undocumented in precisely this spelling, it is a reasonable supposition that the submittor's proposed name and the actual name from her documentation are equivalent.

Barry McFadyen. Device. Barry of six gules and argent, three trees eradicated vert within a bordure argent. The bordure was added to clear the original conflict with Bross ("Argent, three trees vert.") which it would have done, had it been any other tincture than argent or gules. In this situation, the bordure which is of the tincture of half the field. Makes the gules traits look like barrulets couped floating in the middle of the field: this is why AR1c prohibits such a usage. A bordure in a contrasting tincture (vert would tie in well with the trees) would resolve this problem, assuming no new conflicts.

Caitlin Diolun of Armagh. Badge for House Diolun. Vert, an armadillo statant Or. After considering the comments of those who saw in this a conflict with the badge of Xena Baxter Wynthrope ("Vert, a hedgehog statant Or."), we have come to the reluctant conclusion that the armadillo is not a full major point of difference from the hedgehog as it is usually depicted in armoury. The usual distinguishing feature of the hedgehog is its spines and this beast is smooth, but otherwise their profiles are extremely close.

Charles Richard Marshall. Change of name from Richard Corwin of Oldcastle. Unfortunately, the name is still really too close to the extremely famous period Richard Marshall, son of William Marshall.

Etain ui Mor. Name only. The byname was stated to be a tribal designation meaning "of the Moors", but the documentation provided was not adequate to support this meaning for the word or this particular form. We would expect to find a genitive after the noun "ui" (="sons" or "folk") and "mor" is not a typical Irish genitive form. Moreover, in both Irish and Gaelic sources "mor" generally has the meaning "large" which has a quite different sense.




Calontir, Kingdom of. Badge for Order of the Calon Lily. Or, a fleur-de-lis purpure. This was apparently returned for a mismatch between blazon and emblazon in October, 1982, and never resubmitted. This is a tragic omission for, as Silver Trumpet noted, it now conflicts with the badge of Parlan MacFallon ("A wolf's head jessant-de-lys purpure."). With the best will in the world we were not able to erase the strong visual similarity and pull a full major point of difference from the addition of the wolf's head since the fleur-de-lis is distinctly a major component, if not the major component of Parlan's badge.

Calontir, Kingdom of. Badge for Order of the Cross of Calontir. Gules, a cross of Calatrava within a bordure Or. Crescent has provided compelling evidence from illustrations of the regalia of the Order of the Knights of Calatrava that what the Society calls a Cross of Calatrava is merely an artistic variant of the cross flory. This being so, this badge is in conflict with the mundane arms of Delamore ("Gules, a cross flory Or.").

Calontir, Kingdom of. Badge for Order of the Purple Crusilly. Purpure, semy of crosses of Calatrava Or. Although the name is clearly designed to play against the "Purple Fretty" of the Middle Kingdom, which is also given to groups, it has the same technical problem: as Star puts it, "a noun, . . . we need a noun". As the Complete Difference of Charge rule cannot apply between variants of crosses, this conflicts with the mundane arms of Percivall ("Purpure, crusilly Or.", as cited in Papworth, p. 675) under the current rules which allow only a minor point of difference for this sort of change when applied to a semy.

Forgotten Sea, Barony of. Badge. Argent, a poplar tree issuant from an inverted Ukrainian trident head vert. Laurel would be the last to deny that, taken as a primary charge in its normal orientation, the Ukrainian trident head is a distinct and separable charge (after all it was she who, as Brigantia, successfully argued this point). However, inverted, miniaturized and substituted for the normal roots of a poplar tree, this is not sufficient to difference this from an ordinary tree eradicated: it merely looks like tree roots a la Celtic knotwork. This being so, the original conflicts still remain as cited in December, 1987: Joseph of Locksley ("Vert, a tree eradicated argent."), the mundane arms of Nozier ("Argent, a nut tree eradicated vert.", as cited in Woodward, p. 318) and Kymberlee ("Argent, a tree eradicated vert.", as cited in Papworth, p. 1112). In addition, Brachet has correctly cited a conflict in the device of Gillian du Bois des Fleurs ("Argent, a lombardy poplar tree eradicated proper, between two gillyflowers gules, slipped and leaved proper.").

Forgotten Sea, Barony of. Badge for the Order of the Trident Tree. Vert, a poplar tree issuant from an inverted Ukrainian trident head within a bordure embattled argent. While the bordure carries this clear of the other conflicts cited for the baronial badge, this still conflicts with the device of Joseph of Locksley.


Andrée Diane Chartier de l'Oise. Device. Azure, an osprey rising, wings elevated and addorsed, and on a chief argent, three bunches of grapes azure. Conflict with the arms of Knowles ("Axure, a hoawk seizing a partridge argent, on a chief of the last three bolts of the first.", as cited in Papworth, p. 310).

Anton von Hagenstein. Device. Per bend sable and argent, in bend sinister a Maltese cross argent and three roses in bend gules, all within a bordure counterchanged. As Brigantia noted, this is not an appeal of a previous return since the device has been changed to include the insignia of the Knights of Malta as fully one half of the field. Like Green Anchor, we do not find this acceptable.

Cathelon O'Horan. Name only. The documented form of the name is "Cathalán". As far as I can determine, Irish orthography followed pronunciation and, while the substitution of "e" for the second "a" has some plausibility, we were not able to document the substitution of "o" for "á" in the standard diminutive suffix "-án". As the submittor allowed no changes whatsoever to his name, we could not make the correction.

Efron le Fey. Name only. Although Brigantia has provided at least one period citation for the use of "le Fey", not every name usage which was permitted in period is allowed in the Society because of the associations that a majority of the populace would place on the name (e.g., Donald King of Exeter, which would be a reasonable designation in late period sources for a non- royal personnage). In this case, the feeling among the commentors and Laurel staff was just too great that the populace would interpret this byname as a claim to non-human origins.

Lion's End, Canton of. Device. Azure, a bicorporate lion within a laurel wreath Or. Conflict with the arms of John of Northampton, Mayor of London in 1381­83 ("Azure, a bicorporate lion guardant crowned Or."). As Crescent has noted, this is a frequently depicted piece of armoury. Indeed, it is almost the "defining instance" for the bicorporate lion in most handbooks.

Mary Wood of Hamfield. Device. Vert, two mascles fretted in pale Or. Unfortunately, under the current special rules on mon, this conflicts with that of Yonekura cited by Dolphin, which has the same design and is also metal on colour.

Mathilde des Pyrenees. Device. Vert, a Great Pyrenees dog sejant guardant argent within an orle flory counterflory Or. The submittor amply documented the period existence of this breed of dog and the design is excellent, but there was strong feeling in the College that the orle infringed on the royal tressure of Scotland.

Merlinia of Rivenoak the Faye. Change of name from Merlinia of Rivenoak. On his letter of intent Brigantia describes the submission as a name "correction" and states "Her name was changed from Merlinia Silver Dove the Faye to its present form in Nov 84, and the epithet should have been transferred to the new name." Unfortunately, this is not correct. The lady had ended up with two registered names through a strange concatenation of circumstances (largely involving non-notification of the submittor in a timely manner of the progress of her submission and resubmissions in names just different enough to guarantee confusion when they occurred over the course of several years). To resolve this situation, the submittor decided to clarify the whole situation by using the name now registered. At that time she was warned on several occasions by several different heralds that it would be advisable to retain the descriptor "the Faye" in her name (it appeared to have been registered in the confusion of the last days of Karina) since that descriptor would now be highly unlikely to survive the scrutiny of the College should she later decide she wished to use it. Although the lady had routinely used the epithet up to that time, she was adamant that she no longer wished to use it as part of her registered name and insisted on registration of the name as it now stands. (Although Laurel attempts to block out her tenure as Brigantia as much as possible when dealing with Eastern submissions, she recalls distinctly extensive notes on this in both the lady's file and the general Eastern correspondence.) As the only rationale for reintroduction of the epithet at this time would be a clear hardship case, which is not present, we feel that the name cannot and should not be revised. There is long and honourable precedent for the stance that, once a name or armorial element has been properly released, it may not be reclaimed without resubmission according to the rules of the College in effect at the time of resubmission.

Morgan MacLean. Name only. Conflict with Morgan Maclain o Loch Cairlinn, registered in September, 1988.

Robert of Ferness. Device. Per chevronelly gules and Or and Or, in base a ship in full sail charged on the sail gules with a candle argent, enflamed Or. By long-standing Laurel precedent (dating back to August, 1983), the sails of ships may not be charged with the sole exception of charging with a laurel wreath in the case of branch arms. Note that the field depicted was not actually "chevronelly" since the upper portion began and ended with gules traits and thus was not evenly divided.

Ulrich von Adlerberg. Device. Erminois, an eagle displayed, head to sinister, within a bordure gules. After much consideration and several emblazon comparisons, we came to the conclusion that, despite the tincture change in the charges, this was visually too close to Friedrich Eric Helmut von Rheinhausen ("Erminois, an eagle displayed within a bordure sable.").

Yçiar Albarez de Montesinos y Aragon. Name only. There were two problems with implicit presumptuous claims in this name. To take the last and most obvious first, the use of the place name of Aragon in this formation is essentially tantamount to a claim of descent from the Aragonese royal family and, as such, parallel usages have been returned for presumption before. Less obvious is the reference to Montesinos in the name. As Crescent has observed, this is not a place name in Cervantes, but rather the name of the caretaker whose cave was a grotto containing an enchanted crystal castle where dwelt Montesinos himself, Guenivere, Dulcinea del Toboso and other famous beauties. It is specifically stated that the rate of time there passes at a different rate from that of the "real" world. Thus, Montesinos is is not an appropriate ancestor nor his cave an appropriate origin for Society use. Unfortunately, the submittor allowed no changes to her name so that the inoffensive portions of the name could not be registered.


Anthony de la Croix. Device. Purpure, on a pale Or a tau cross formy purpure, all within a bordure Or. Conflict with Custance nic Raibart Macconnachie ("Purpure, on a pale Or three frets conjoined gules, all within a bordure Or.").

Asa of the Wood. Device. Azure, on a bend sinister wavy Or between two plates, an otter couchant affronty proper, maintaining in its forepaws a plate (Lutra canadensis). There were several problems with this device. Firstly, it conflicts with Geoffrey le Gentil ("Azure, a bend sinister wavy between a moon increscent and a fish naiant argent."). Secondly, as Star has pointed out, placing the plate on the beastie's tummy adds a fourth layer. Thirdly, there is some doubt about the identifiability of the otter in this position. Finally, there is a great deal of doubt whether this is an acceptable heraldic position: the degree of tortuous reblazonry involved in the attempts of the College to describe this adequately hint strongly that it is not.

Asa of the Wood. Badge. Azure, a gondola Or within an orle of plates. What was depicted on the badge was not a gondola and we were not entirely sure what the submittor intended (the stated persona of "reclusive Norse craftsman" gave not a clue!). One theory was that it was the sort of short haul ferry boat seen in southeast Asia, another that it was a sailless cabined dhow, still another that it was intended to depict the papyrus boats from Egyptian tombs (which is what the actual drawing most closely resembled). To register this, we will either have to have an emblazon with a properly drawn gondola or some indication of what specifically the submittor intended by the illustration.

Brian MacBrand. Badge. A bobcat rampant reguardant chequy sable and argent, pendant from the sinister rear paw an increscent sable, fimbriated argent. It was our conclusion that fimbriation of the small and peripheral crescent was excessive, particularly for a badge. Note that this is uncomfortably close to Blackburn, cited on the letter of intent ("Gules, a lion rampant chequy argent and sable.", as cited in Papworth, p. 78).

Francesca da Trani. Device. Erminites, on a lozenge Or, fimbriated, between two flaunches azure, a pomegranate, slipped and leaved, proper. The excellent analysis of the sources by Silver Trumpet confirms us in our opinion that the ban on erminites for Society use, which is one of the oldest precedents in the Society (dating back nearly twenty years to Harold Breakstone in 1980), is well founded on the absence of this ermine variant in period sources and should continue. In addition to this usage, the fimbriated charged lozenge gives the appearance of a lozenge Or with a pomegranate and a bordure azure which would too greatly resemble arms of pretense under AR10d.

Shaul of Yisrawael. Name only. The submittor claims that "Yisrawael" is phonetic for the Hebrew letters that compose the name of Israel and that "you can spell it any way you wish". Silver Trumpet disagrees with this, noting that the transliteration used here, particularly the addition of the "w" not only adds a syllable to the name but is not supported by any standard transliteration system. As with the original submission, however, a more serious problem is that the name conflicts with that of Saul, king of Israel. The submittor has used a great deal of energy to document the use of "Israel" as a period given name and the usage of "ben Israel" in period patronymics. This was never an issue. It was the conjunction of the two names "Saul" and "Israel" that created the problem. As Crescent so well said "William is a valid name; the Bastard is a valid epithet. William the Bastard is a conflict." While the submittor is correct in stating that the name of Saul's father is "Kish", the wider usage associating Saul with Israel as its ruler leads most people on hearing this name to interpret this as a claim to be that Saul, as much as the usage Louis of France or Henry of England would create a presumption that one would be referring to the ruler. Note, as well, that the Biblical text specifically makes this association of the "children of Israel" with Saul as noted in the original return: "When Saul first appears in the Old Testament (Samuel 9,2) he is described as follows: '. . .there was not among the children of Israel a goodlier person than he: from his shoulders and upward he was higher than any of the people.'"


Anastasia Winogrodzka. Badge. A cross of ermine spots conjoined vert. As this is a fieldless badge, it conflicts with the arms of Blake ("Argent, a cross fleury vert.", as cited in Papworth, p. 608) and Dawbney ("Or, a cross fleury vert.", ibid., p. 616). With the best will in the world we could see no more than a minor point of difference between the cross of conjoined ermine spots and the cross fleury.

Antoine de Bayonne. Device. Vert, a winged natural dolphin naiant and a chief invected argent. Conflict with Lassarina Kieren ("Vert, a dolphin naiant and on a chief invected argent three mullets vert.").

Christiana la Légiere. Device. Per bend sinister Or and vert, a point dexter and a gore sinister, overall a merlin close perched on a gloved fist fesswise sable. As noted by a number of heralds, this is just not period style. The use of the unusual single dexter point and the gore produces an unbalanced effect in the underlying charges and indeed visually this appears more like "Vert, a bend sinister enhanced and a sinister gore Or, etc.". When this latter blazon is used, it becomes clear that the overlying charges would, under our rules, be colour on colour, although the elaborate blazoning disguises that. Moreover, the sable charges overlying the gore are a practise that has previously been disallowed: neither flaunches nor gores seem to have been surmounted in this manner in period.

Kimberly of the Darkwater and Regina Masquer. Badge for the Oleander. A majuscule O sable, entwined to dexter base by an oleander blossom gules, slipped and leaved vert, issuant a goutte de sang. This submission has caused a great deal of "angst" in the College due to the unfortunate controversy over who "owns" the rights to the name and insignia of this "souvenance", as White Stag dubbed it. After the appearance of White Stag's February letter of intent, Aten more or less demanded that the registration of this submission be "disallowed" on the grounds that the submission belonged to the Kingdom of Atenveldt, although it had never been registered and was only submitted some two months after the date of White Stag's letter. Unregistered use of names or insignia, no matter how widespread, does not create a property right in that insignia as several Kingdoms, Principalities and individuals have learned to their cost. NR24b alluded to by Aten in his correspondence was specifically inserted in the rules to cover cases where the names of individuals of great fame in the Society were unprotected because those individuals, in most cases active before the College coherently registered armoury or when heraldry in their Kingdoms or the Society at large was in great disarray, were deceased or inactive. Indeed, the question that triggered this ruling was whether certain royal names from among the earliest reigns in the East prior to 1973 which "belonged" to individuals who were deceased or inactive could be protected so as not to cause offense to the populace. As Aten himself notes, the situations are not analogous. This name and insignia could have been submitted and was not. Whether this omission was intentional or due to carelessness is irrelevant. The submittors here have an absolute right to submit the badge and household name and, if it is acceptable, to have it registered to them personally. This having been said, as several commentors noted, the badge unfortunately conflicts with the mundane arms of Pym ("Argent, an annulet sable."). Since the badge cannot be registered to the ladies, neither can the name.

Jago Redbeard. Device. Ermine, a saltire vert, overall an hourglass Or. Unfortunately, the charge overall must be judged for contrast against the field and Or does not have adequate contrast with ermine in our system. Note that the exception allowance in AR4 only applies "where the underlying charge(s) are inherently large, taking up most of the shield in any reasonable emblazon". Although White Stag has drawn the device beautifully so as to place most of the hourglass on the saltire vert, the size and width of a saltire has a wide number of variants in period and an even wider variance in the Society so the saltire cannot be considered to be so inherently large that no significant part of the hourglass would be placed on the field in any reasonable emblazon.

Joella of Blue Lion's Keep. Badge. A demi-lion azure issuant from a bar bretessy couped argent. Conflict with Talstock ("Or, a demi-lion rampant azure, issuing out of a chair resembling a mural coronet reversed argent.", as cited in Papworth, p. 62). Note that not only Brachet but much of the Laurel staff immediately perceived this as a crest.

Olaf Bjornson. Name for Tyger's Keep. Under out current rules, household names may not be registered without an associated badge.

Outlands, Kingdom of. Badge for the Order of the Walker of the Way. A palmer robed, hooded and bearing a staff sable. While they have permission to conflict with the arms of Ton the Traveller ("Argent, a palmer, robed, hooded, and bearing a staff, passant to sinister sable.") from which this is derived, they do not have permission to conflict with Rhianwen o Enfys Disberod ("Or, a palmer passant, robed, hooded, and bearing a staff sable, atop a cloudless natural rainbow issuant from base proper.") which differs only by the addition of the rainbow, the badge is submitted as fieldless.

Outlands, Kingdom of. Change of seal for White Stag Principal Herald. Two crossed trumpets, bells to chief, surmounted by a scroll bendwise sinister bearing the words "SALTANDI SALTARE", overall a stag salient, the whole within a bordure embattled. There are a couple of problems with this seal. Firstly, as Crescent has pointed out, it is doubtful whether a bordure should be used on a tinctureless seal if it cannot be used on a fieldless badge for lack of a defining field. (Seals need not by any means be round, although a majority of period seals were for technical reasons.) This practise cannot be "grandfathered" here since the bordure was not on the original seal. This is a problem that could be overcome perhaps by placing the central charges within an annulet embattled on the inner edge. However, the use of the ribbon and motto is contrary to current practise of the College. The Society does not register mottos as part of devices or badges (although they may be assumed and used by submittors in an achievement). In the early days a few badges did include such items and at least one tinctureless herald's seal (for the Dragon Herald) did as well, but the latter was changed some years ago to the applause of the College.

Shayla from Zyra. On a mullet of six points per pale gules and azure, a unicorn's head couped Or, armed argent. Conflict with Selivia de l'Etoile ("Gyronny of six purpure and argent, a mullet of six points azure."): there is a minor point for the change in tincture of the mullet, but under the current rules no difference is garnered for the field and at most a minor point of difference can be granted for the addition of the tertiary.

Trystan de Beaumaris. Badge. A demi-dragon Or issuant from a bar wavy couped azure. The beast issuant from the bar couped here just created too great an impression of crest. We do not register crestiform devices and badges.


Aine of the Hounds. Device. Per bend azure and ermine, in bend an Irish wolfhound's head erased and a rotweiler's head, couped and sinister facing, proper. After a long and difficult discussion, the force of opinion was that the use of two different varieties of dog's heads in a single group of charges reduced the identifiability of each to the point where the device was unacceptable.

Cassandre de la Tour. Device. Gules, a tower argent and in chief three fleurs-de-lis Or. The submission was originally returned in September, 1988, for conflict with Prunier ("Gules, a tower towered with a single tower argent."), Doncaster ("Gules, a tower triple-towered argent."), etc. Vesper has appealed this on the grounds that, since Papworth blazons them other than as simple towers, they must be significantly different from a plain tower and that this is supported by illustrations from Elvin which distinguish between the two types of towers cited in the citation of conflict and the type of tower illustrated in the submitted device. Unfortunately, as a number of commenters have noted, Papworth was given to blazoning a number of details that period heralds would have considered merely artistic variants. (He was after all a product of his time and blazons of the late Victorian period, like much of their furniture, were generally overstuffed.) Elvin, too, writes in a decadent age and is much given to making distinctions of form that did not appear in period. As has often been said before, Elvin can be a useful tool, but should not be relied on for period blazon and difference distinctions since his concern was to provide as many distinctions and interesting depictions as he could. In point of fact, as Silver Trumpet has noted, Brault indicates that towers and castles were often drawn interchangeably (Early Blazon, p. 141) and this seems a far better guide to period practise than Elvin. (Indeed, it was the evidence of Brault and several early rolls of arms that blazoned towers as towers singly towered, but showed a plain tower that led Laurel to the original decision.)



Calontir, Kingdom of. Badge. Sable, on a pile embattled between two strung longbows, strings to center, argent, a cross of Calatrava purpure. Since the tincture of the field was omitted from the letter of intent, the badge could not be properly checked for conflict. Although the South Bay Brachet Franchise correctly deduced that the field was sable, most other commentors were stymied or focused on technical problems if this were a fieldless badge. The submission is therefore pended until the August meeting for further research.

Calontir, Kingdom of. Name for Order of the Calon Swan. As has been noted by several commentors, there are some significant issues involved with this name, issues that have been properly addressed neither in the letter of intent nor in Habicht's eloquent defence of the name nor in most of the commentary on the issue. While we appreciate Habicht's belief that this deserves consideration as a hardship case, to accept this name under the current rules, it would be necessary to show specifically that it had been submitted and was lost or failed to be submitted through heraldic misfeasance or non- feasance back to a time before the rule requiring more than the addition of an adjective was put in place. Such evidence has not been forthcoming in commentary despite the fact that all but one of Gold Falcon's predecessors going back to Principality days are currently active members of the College. While we agree that the intent of the Calontir College modifying the current submission was to emulate the integrated geographic modifier in the "Meridian Majesty" which was given as an example of the sort of geographic modifier which does not get dropped from a name, this ignored the fact that the substitution of the geographic modifier for the descriptive one did not resolve the problem under the current rules. Laurel regrets any misunderstanding that occurred because of this wording: the issue at the time of the last return was whether the geographic phrase taken in conjunction with the adjective was enough to clear the conflict. We thought the comments would be understood in the context of that issue which had been raised by the Calon letter of intent. Apparently, it was not. The real issue is not one of geographic or descriptive adjectives being distinguished but whether addition of adjectives should be sufficient to clear a conflict, whether mundane or Society, for an order or other group nomenclature. In the past there has been a strong level of discomfort with this concept. Indeed, when one Kingdom submitted an order name which involved a tinctured bath and another submitted a modified garter, the collective consciousness of the College nearly had an apoplectic fit. As Crescent has noted, this is an issue that really deserves separate consideration. Therefore, this submission is pended to the August meeting to allow discussion of the degree of difference that should be required from other mundane and Society entities for such items as orders and heraldic titles.


Seamus of Coll. Device. Vert, a saltire doubly parted and fretted Or between in pale two falcons displayed argent, all within a bordure Or. The submission was blazoned on the letter of intent correctly as "parted and fretted", but the miniature emblazon on the letter incorrectly showed "triply parted and fretted". As a result, many commentors made incorrect assumptions about the nature of the primary charge. The submission is hereby pended to the August meeting to allow conflict checking on the correct variant of saltire.

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