September, 1989



Ansteorra, Kingdom of. Change of designation for badge from King's Champion to Kingdom Warlord. Or, a mullet of five greater and five lesser points sable and a base embattled gules.

Cairbre mac Amargein. Device, Sable, a falcon striking and on a chief indented argent, two arrows in saltire sable.

Caterine FitzWilliam of Shelby. Name and device. Per fess indented Or and gules, in pale a stag trippant, its dexter foreleg couped, proper, and three plates, two and one.

Corisande la Gracieuse. Name and device. Per pale argent and gules, a heart between four roses in cross counterchanged.

Dennis Landhammer. Name only (see RETURNS for device).

Duncan of Jarrow. Name and device. Per bend sinister rayonny azure and argent, a mullet of eight points argent and a tower sable, enflamed to chief proper.

Jared Æthelwulf. Name and device. Sable, a tailless domestic cat sejant guardant argent and a base rayonny Or.

Jehanne d'Avignon. Name only.

Kein MacEwan. Device. Counter-ermine, a griffin segreant gules, on a chief indented Or, three mullets sable.

Marius von Freiburg im Breisgau. Name only.

Pedrwn Merchion. Name only.

Queron Devlin O'Brian. Name only. The given name appears to be a form of Ciaran, perhaps from the Isle of Man where Manx frequently turns initial "c" in Irish given names to a harder spelling in "q".

Thomas Henry Morice. Name only.

Torre de Los Brazos, Shire of. Name only. The name was submitted as Shire of Torre del Brazos, referring to the Rio del Brazos de Dios which flows through the area. This spelling, which ignores basic agreement in Spanish, appears to be modern: all the older sources we could find had the syntactically correct "Rio de los Brazon de Dios". As the submittors allowed grammatical changes, we were able to correct that and register it.

Valerie of Elfsea. Holding name and device (see RETURNS for name). Per chevron rayonny Or and gules, two butterflies and a coronet dancetty counterchanged. The submission was made under the name Vanessa de Verona. Note that the lady recently reigned as Queen of Ansteorra and thus is entitled to the coronet.


Aldith of Memmesfed. Name and device. Argent, in pale a mullet of four points azure and a stag's head affronty couped proper, attired sable, within a bordure azure. Note that the beast's head as a whole was blazoned as proper on the letter of intent. However, the antlers were depicted as sable on the emblazon sheet to give adequate contrast with the metal field rather than tan which would be the normal proper tincture.

Anastasia Antonia Horvath. Name and device. Argent, a heart gules pierced by an arrow bendwise sable, on a base gules, a key fesswise, wards to sinister, argent.

Aurora de Ivory. Name and device. Argent, an arrow bendwise sable surmounted by a rose proper, all between two bendlets sable.

Bors of Blackheath. Blazon correction. Per fess gules and argent, scaly sable, in chief a winged bull statant guardant to sinister argent.

Caoimhghin of Gyldenholt. Blazon correction. Per pale argent and vert, chaussé, a horse's head erased and sinister-facing, all counterchanged.

Catherine Wyndford. Device. Gules, a quill bendwise, cotised invected counterengrailed, between two goblets, all Or. While the degree of commentary on the issue of fimbriating and voiding complex ordinaries has not really been adequate to allow a clear-cut general precedent, there does seem to be a sort of queasy acceptance of such designs as this when the fimbriation gives the appearance of a diminutive of an ordinary and there are a limited number of tinctures involved. Some were concerned about stressing the nature of the visual effect to ensure that conflicts would be checked properly so we have adopted the approach to the blazon suggested by Marta as tu Mika-Mysliwy, which underlines the primary nature of the quill in the design and the "cotise" or "bendlet" nature of the geometric components. However, the wider issue of what, if any, limits should be laid upon the fimbriation of ordinaries still needs to be discussed more thoroughly. For instance, some of those who can reluctantly accept this submission have problems with the submission of the Shire of Crimson River in Meridies whose device was pended until the November meeting: that uses a pall wavy fimbriated whose fimbriation could not be in any way interpreted as free-standing diminutives of ordinaries and the pall is placed on a field of a different tincture. We welcome further comment on this issue, which would allow us to develop a clear consensus for the November meeting.

Damon Mercutio de Tarrragona. Name and device. Quarterly azure and vert, a unicorn's head and a dragon's head, both couped and addorsed, within a bordure argent. While the use of the two non-identical heads here is poor style, it is legal since the unicorn's head and the dragon's head are recognized heraldic charges and not merely variants of the same thing (e.g., a sword and a dagger).

Dawn Maire O'Toole. Blazon correction. Vert, a Celtic cross argent between four crescents in cross, horns outwards, Or. When this was registered in January, 1989, the precise position of the crescents was omitted from the blazon. Crescent has correctly noted that the default for the crescents would not be in cross and so this needs to be specified.

Donn, son of Fergus. Blazon correction. Or, a tree blasted vert, from the sinister limb pendant a gallow's noose sable. When this badge was registered in August, 1989, the tree was blazoned as "blasted and eradicated". Crescent informs us that what we had taken for poorly drawn eradication was in fact not intended as such.

Drusilla of Montrose. Name only.

Elizabeth Scott of Berwick. Change of name from Elizabeth of Berwick and badge. A rose sable, barbed and seeded proper, within a pentagon voided gules.

Gareth Nikodemos Shadowcat. Device. Per pale gules and Or, three towers palewise in bend counterchanged. As crescent has noted, the middle name was incorrectly spelled as "Nicodemus" on the letter of intent: the form above is the registered form. However, the mistake is understandable, as the paperwork shows the name is "Nicodemus". If this is the form he does in fact use, he should file a change a name, since this form is well-documented.

Halldór Skaptson. Blazon correction. Sable, a triquetra inverted argent within an orle of bezants. When this was registered in January, 1989, the position of the triquetra was omitted from the blazon. Crescent (who is into defaults) has correctly noted that the default triquetra within the Society has its single point to chief and so this must be blazoned as inverted.

Ilaria Veltri degli Ansari. Blazon correction. Argent, a sheaf of arrows gules and a trimount paly vert and Or. When this was registered in April, 1989, the tincture of its field was inadvertently omitted.

Keradwc an Cai. Addition of designation of Original Keradwc to previously registered badge. Sable, a pheon within three scimitars in annulo. There was a fairly high level of unease at this alternate persona name, some of it directed towards an apparent anachronism in the formation of the name, much of it due to a feeling that this is a "joke" name. Unfortunately, it is Laurel's conviction that the precedent of "Decrease Mather", which was registered, sets a fairly wide latitude for names that play on the meaning and context of their elements in this manner. This name does not really go beyond those wide boundaries. Also, as Green Anchor has noted, we do not be tradition ban anachronistic names (When a Viking can sit next to an Elizabethan lady at high table, it would probably be a futile effort. . .).

Léon Arimus de Fay. Name only. As several commentors have noted, this is a documented French family name that alludes to an abode by a beech tree, not the form with the simple article (e.g., "le Fée") which has been returned for appearance of claim to non-human origins.

Maelen Gwynonwy of Ravensfield. Blazon correction. Azure, a unicorn's head, erased and sinister-facing, argent within an orle of escallops Or. When this was registered in August, 1989, the head was inadvertently "couped".

Marie Susana Andrés. Blazon correction. Per fess indented purpure and argent, a unicorn's head couped and three mullets, two and one, counterchanged. When this was registered in April, 1989, the mullets were inadvertently inverted in blazon to "one and two". Crescent noted this and indicted that he felt that position should be omitted entirely from the blazon, since this was the default position for three objects in the lower portion of the shield. This is undoubtedly true in mundane heraldry and is frequently true in Society heraldry. However, there are enough exceptions in our heraldry to justify erring on the safe side, the more so since such a grouping on either side of a per fess division is not all that commonly found in plain coats outside the Society.

Michael Städtler Zweihander. Badge. Azure, a sword proper, overall a lion's head cabossed Or.

Oki Tatsu. Name only.

Randwulf Gernon. Name and device. Per pale argent and gules, two wolves combattant within a bordure counterchanged.

Sean Vuibhearn. Device. Per chevron argent and gules, two harps and a wyvern erect reguardant counterchanged.

Skuli the Spider. Name only (see RETURNS for device).

Therese of the White Griffin. Name and device. Vert, a griffin sejant to sinister foreleg raised, wings inverted and addorsed, issuant from a basket, all between three trees eradicated argent. Someone on the Laurel staff noted that this strongly resembles some of the jewelry derived from the Unicorn Tapestries with the griffin substituted for the unicorn (the fenced enclosure is depicted almost exactly as this basket). While this may be intentional, the effect is not so striking as to bar registration of the device.

Thorin of Bexhill. Name only.


Alaric MacConall. Name and device. Per saltire Or and azure, four recorders palewise counterchanged within a bordure sable.

Christiana Marjorie O'Rourke. Name and device. Per bend sinister purpure and argent, two Lacy knots counterchanged.

Christiana Sinclaire. Device. Gules, on a pale between in bend two swans rising palewise argent, a sawn rising palewise sable, in sinister chief a cross swallowtailed argent. The cross in chief here is poor style, but legal (we were tempted to blazon it as "a cross swallowtailed for difference. . .").

Demetrius il Condottiero. Device. Argent, a pile embattled sable between six pellets.

Georgii Kornilievich Neumyvakin. Name and device. Per fess purpure and ermine, a fess counterchanged between a dragon passant argent and a dragon passant to sinister purpure.

Honorea Berriff. Name only.

Lonely Tower, Barony of. Badge (see RETURNS for order name). Quarterly sable and gules, a beacon argent within a bordure argent, masoned sable. This was submitted with the designation of Order of the Beacon of Science.

Lonely Tower, Barony of. Badge. Quarterly sable and gules, an escarbuncle argent within a bordure argent, masoned sable. This submission was made under the name of the Order of the Rose Window.

Lonely Tower, Barony of. Badge for the Order of Defenders of the Gate.Quarterly sable and gules, a portcullis argent within a bordure argent, masoned sable.

Rhianwen ferch Morgant. Name and device. Per pale vert and argent, two pairs of wings conjoined in vol counterchanged.

Robert of the Woodlands. Change of name from Robert of Vatavia. He has been given permission to conflict with the name of Robert of Woodende.

Tearlach McFarlan. Name only (see RETURNS for device).


Æthelmearc, Principality of. Name and device. Gules, an escarbuncle argent within laurel wreath and in chief a coronet Or. The name was submitted as the Principality of Athelmark. At the request of the Principality Herald and the Curia of the new Principality, we have modified the submitted form to the completely Anglo-Saxon form documented by several members of the College of Arms.


Felicia of the True Layne. Badge. Ermine, a lion's head jessant of a tower, quarterly Or and gules.

Felix the Just of Ram's Ey. Name and device. Chequy sable and argent, a sun in its splendour Or within a bordure wavy gules.

Gavin Cochrane. Name only.

Gunther Addis. Name only.

Janet Gordon. Name only.

John of the Crimson River. Holding name and device (see RETURNS for name). Lozengy gules and argent, a rook and in chief two pheons inverted sable within a bordure embattled grady Or. The submission was made under the name John the Fletcher's Son.

Lenora Isabella Niccolini. Name only (see RETURNS for device).

Sean Dobbs MacNair. Name and device. Per chevron inverted Or and sable, two bats and a sun in splendour counterchanged.

Shaul of Axemoor. Holding name and device. Per pale gules and Or, a sword inverted argent, its blade surmounted by a mullet of six points, all between two lions sejant erect reguardant addorsed counterchanged. The submission was made under the name of Shaul ben Yisrawael, which had previously been returned. While the submittor indicated that he would allow the addition of the locative "of Posnan: to the previously submitted name in conjunction with this device submission, it was our feeling that this did not add enough difference from King Saul, particularly in view of the heavy symbolism of he device. There is a distinct possibility that "Shaul of Posnan" would remove this problem, but it would have to be submitted to the College for discussion.

Shaul of Axemoor. Badge. Gules, a spider's web throughout surmounted in chief by a spider inverted Or.

Shirlynn of Salt Keep. Holding name and device (see RETURNS for name). Azure, a winged stag trippant to sinister argent and in base an acorn Or. The submission was made under the name Samillja Gyrhart of the Isles.

Theodelinda of Wenlock. Badge. A male griffin queue forchy rampant azure, maintaining a fountain.

Theodelinda of Wenlock. Badge. In saltire two stalks of wheat vert between four gillyflower blossoms azure.

Ulrich von Danzig. Name and device. Azure, two bendlets sinister bretassy Or, each charged with two mullets of eight points sable.

William the Lost. Name only. The name was submitted as William Dernhere the Lost. While the two parts of the byname were shown to have appeared in English names, there was no clear meaning given nor any evidence to show they were separable protheme and deuterotheme. Therefore, we have dropped the byname to register the remainder of the name.

Wulfhere Mannteufel. Name and device. Sable, a goblet within a pair of wings conjoined argent, a chief rayonny ermine. Since the byname is documented as a family name from at least 1609, it would seem to be acceptable for use in the Society, despite the possibility of unfortunate idiomatic usages. (Although the submitter should be informed of these, assuming he is not already aware of them.).

Wulfhere Mannteufel. Badge. Erminois, a goblet argent within and being maintained by an eagle's wing reversed sable terminating in an eagle's talon.


Adam le Marchaud. Name and device. Per pale azure and gules, two coneys rampant reguardant addorsed Or, on a chief triangular Or, in pale a fleur-de-lys and two shaums in saltire sable. The name was submitted as Adam de Marchaud. As this form cannot be documented, we have substituted the well-documented form "le Marchaud".

Amairgein O'Ceallaigh. Name only. The name was submitted as Amhairghin O'Deillidh. As these forms for both the given name and patronymic were undocumented and the submittor indicated he would accept changes and wished a "Celtified" name, we have substituted the appropriate documented forms.

Annora Margery FitzJames. Name and device. Azure, fretty argent, a weaver's shuttle palewise Or, threaded vert.

Berach de Winterbourne. Change of name from Berach of Stonehelm.

Brian of Havenwood. Name only. The name was submitted as Brian of Havnwood. AS this combines the modern Norwegian word "havn" with the English word "wood", we have added the "e" to make both components of the name English, without overly altering the sound or meaning of the name.

Cathbarr MacQuarrie. Name only. The name was submitted as Mandubrath Cathbarr MacQuarrie. As the name "Mandubrath" by the submittor's own documentation seems to have been an epithet rather than a given name and, at that, one applied only to a single individual (Avarddwy Bras), we have dropped this element to register the remainder of the name.

Christian Michael de Pole. Name and device. Per pale sable and Or, a ram's head cabossed, holding in its mouth a sword fesswise reversed gules, garnished Or.

Ciaran Fionn MacCuillean. Name only.

Connor de Morgan. Name only. Since Brachet has been able to find solid period examples of the preposition "de" being used with Welsh given names (e.g., "de Arthur"), we must consider this acceptable, although Connor Morgan would probably be more likely.

Deryk of Rimsholt. Holding name and device (see RETURNS for device). Vert, a fess cotised Or between a dented great helm affronty and a tree, eradicated and felled argent. The submission was made under the name Deryk von Walkdrysk.

Eadmund de Tonge of Arkengarth. Name and device. Pean, a bull passant to sinister argent.

Eirik Frostbeard Banna. Name and device. Per pale sable and gules, two ram's heads, erased and addorsed, argent, within a bordure invected Or.

Elizabeth of Sherborne. Name only.

Farman de Montargis. Name only.

Finn Herjolfsson. Name and device. Per bend sinister sable and argent, two hammers counterchanged, enflamed proper. Although the hammers were blazoned as Thor's hammers on the letter of intent, they are depicted as ordinary hammers.

Grazia Geralda Lovisa de Navarra. Device. Or, a sprig of holly bendwise inverted vert, fructed, and a chief gules, fretty Or.

Gwalchmai ap Bledig. Name and device. Per pale argent and sable, two wolves combattant, on a chief enarched, a roundel between an increscent and a decrescent counterchanged.

Jean Étienne of the Barony of the Flame. Holding name and device (see RETURNS for name). Vert, a fess rayonny Or, in chief two batons in saltire argent. The submission was made under the name Jean-Étienne de Bane Garde.

Joleicia of Litchfield. Name and device. Or, a bend raguly vert between two tenterhooks sable. The given name appears as a variant of Yolande in Withycombe (p. 295).

Johan the Deaf. Name only.

John Quill of Reedsmouth. Name and device. Ermine, a devil, wingless, horned and tailed, gules, dancing and playing a bagpipe Or.

Kedrick Messerschmidt. Device. Gules, three piles in point, issuant from dexter chief, sinister chief and base, Or, each charged with a cinquefoil sable. Note, that when piles meet in point, they tend to be diminished in length, even in period heraldry . . .

Kenelm Tallintyre. Name only.

Khalil el-Hadji. Device. Or, an Egyptian sphinx couchant azure between in chief two scimitars inverted, blades to center, sable.

Mairéad O'Braonáin. Name only (see RETURNS for device).

Malkyn of Healftreow. Name only.

Margaret Sayher. Name only.

Maria Louise von Lübeck. Name only (see RETURNS for device).

Maria Romula Venera Klothilde di Roma. Name only.

Morwenna of Kintyre. Name only.

Patrick Connor O'Donnell McPhelan. Name only (see RETURNS for device).

Ragnar Karlson. Name only.

Rhiannon of Ottersdale. Name and device. Vert, two otters salient addorsed, tails crossed in saltire and a demi-sun issuant from chief, all Or. After careful consideration of the beasties position, we decided that they were salient.

Rimsholt, Canton of. Name and device. Purpure, a fir tree couped within a laurel wreath within a bordure embattled, all argent.

Robert of Bristol. Name only.

Romula Rethe of the Cleftlands. Name and device. Gules, in pale three pairs of wings conjoined in lure argent within a bordure argent, semy of roses purpure, barbed and seeded vert. The name was submitted as Romula Rethea of the Cleftlands. Note that the given name is a feminine form of "Romulus", which passed into common Italian use in period (although usually with "o" shift in all form of "Romulus", which passed into common Italian use in period (although usually with "o" shift in all syllables.) The submittor indicated that the second element was constructed, but without indicating the linguistic tradition used. As this word appears to mean nothing sensible in a name context (it is the Greek word for "limbs"), we have dropped the "a" to produce a documented period English adjective meaning "hard" or "strict", which makes a perfectly intelligible byname.

Rurik Vladimirovich Zhilnikov. Device. Chequy gules and Or, on a lozenge fesswise throughout sable, a griffin passant argent. While eccentric, the position of the lozenge carries this clear of conflict with Ben Gwalchdan ("Pily wavy Or and gules, on a lozenge sable a phoenix argent.").

Sebastian the Bear. Name only.

Tamarra de Romany. Name and device. Per bend sable and vert, a mortar and pestle within a bordure Or. The name was submitted as Tamarra Amalthea de Romany. Unfortunately, the four individuals who bore the name Amalthea by the submittor's own documentation has distinctly more than normal human powers/experiences and no evidence has been adduced for use of the name outside the mythological area. The previous registration of the name, some ten years ago when the knowledge and consistency of the College were somewhat less (indeed, the name passed was passed at the infamous Heraldicon!) cannot be used as precedent.

Theodoric Greywind. Name only (see RETURNS for device).

Wade Fletcher Fowler. Name only. Reaney cites the given name as early as 1176, although it is more familiar as a surname today.

Wilhelm von Bremen. Name and device. Per pale argent and Or, a pavilion gules between three pairs of needles crossed in saltire, eyes to chief, sable.


An Crosaire, Barony of. Badge. A saltire flory sable surmounted by a cross flory fitchy argent. Under the current rules, fieldless badges where the charges come from two classes of tincture may exist if the two charges are in direct contact, as is the case here.

Ariel Blackswan. Name only (see RETURNS for device).

Bernard de Barfleur. Name only.

Cian the Smith. Name only.

Elizabeth Celie Trousdale. Name only.

Gareth Cochrane. Name only (see RETURNS for device).

Genevieve Cameron Morcheartaigh. Name and badge (see RETURNS for device). Quarterly argent and purpure, four fleurs-de-lys conjoined in cross, bases to center, counterchanged, all within a bordure compony Or and sable.

Johannes von Drachenberg. Name only (see PENDING for device).

John Shorthair. Holding name and device (see RETURNS for name). Per fess azure and sable, in saltire an axe and a sword inverted within a stag's attire, all argent. The submission was made under the name Uller Shorthair.

Juanice of the Shire of the Ruins. Holding name and device (see RETURNS for name). Per chevron enhanced azure and argent, an antelope rampant azure and in chief two crosses flory argent. The submission was made under the name Terwen ap Gwynedd. (Yes, the submittor's given is "Juanice".).

Lance Nyström. Badge (see RETURNS For household name). Argent, a single-headed chess knight, winged azure.

Mikael du Mouchel. Change of name from Michel du Mouchel (see PENDING for device). The name change was submitted as Mikael du Mouchelle. while the submittor has documented the form of the given, his documentation remains a statement that a professor of French stated the form "du Mouchelle" meant "handkerchief maker". Unfortunately, no written documentation was provided to support this statement and the evidence we have been able to find indicates that the word for "handkerchief maker" would be something like "mouchoirieur". While the form "du Mouchel" means "of the little fly", it is at least a documented form. Note that, since the form "mouchelle" is a feminine diminutive, the prepositional phrase would have to be "de la Mouchelle" even if that form could be documented.

Stephan of Darkwater. Holding name and device (see RETURNS for name). Azure, two pallets Or, overall a fox, on a chief argent three annulets sable. The submission was made under the name Stephan Magnus.

Stephen Godwin fitz Baldric. Name and device. Or, on chevron between two pheon gules and a dove migrant sable, three fountains.

Thomas Fletcher. Name only.

Thorkel Tryggvason. Device. Per saltire azure and sable, on a saltire embattled counterembattled between in pale two suns Or and in fess a decrescent and an increscent argent, a harp azure. This pushes at the outer limits of complexity. Note that, while the miniature emblazon on the letter of intent showed a saltire bretassy, the saltire on the submittor's emblazon sheet was embattled counterembattled.

Trimaris, Kingdom of. Badge for House Hobbyhorse. Azure, two stick hobbyhorses in saltire, heads addorsed, between four triskeles argent. While it is eccentric for a kingdom to register a group designation using the household name format, there is nothing in the rules to prevent it.

Trimaris, Kingdom of. Badge for the Trimarian Ministry of Children. Argent, on a pile inverted azure, a merman affronty, head to sinister, argent, on a chief azure, three triskeles argent. While we understand the desire of the submittor's to have this blazoned as a "merchild", there is no precedent for registering the young of such monsters and the only thing to distinguish the being as emblazoned from the typical merman is a certain roundness of body which could be accidental. We feel that this should best be left to the artist's discretion.


Anne the Quiet. Name only (see RETURNS for device).

Arianwen o Aberystwyth. Name only.

Bjorn Lundgren of Bearhaven. Name and device. Vert, a bear passant reguardant within a bordure embattled Or.

Camilla von Cuxhaven. Name and device. Per pale argent and azure, on a fess wavy two hearts counterchanged.

David McLeod of Black Mountain. Name only. The name was submitted as David McCleod of Black Mountain. The patronymic is normally given as "McLeod" or "MacLeod", the given name being "Leod" which is probably derived from the Old Norse given name "Liotr" (Moncreiff, The Highland Clans, p. 171). No documentation was provided for this variant, which appears to be a twentieth-century misspelling.

Éireannach Katleen of Kilkenny. Name and device. Per chevron gules and sable, two lyres and a lioness rampant Or. Interestingly, the given name is one of a small group of "descriptive names of origin", which are used as given names as well as bynames as bynames in early Ireland: it literally means "belonging to the Érainn", one of the early tribes. Given the well-documented use of diminutive forms of Katharine as surnames in period England (Reaney cites several such with initial "c" and initial "k", p. 67), the surname seems reasonable.

Endellion Aeron O'Maoilbhréanainn. Name and device. Per pale vert and argent, a triquetra inverted counterchanged.

Eric Bjarnarson. Badge. Per saltire argent and gules, a bear rampant counterchanged.

Gad Waldbär. Name and device. Or, in pale a bear's head cabossed and two ragged staves in saltire, all within a bordure sable.

James Lawless. Name and device. Erminois, a wingless dragon in annulo, vorant of its tail, gules, within a bordure per pale vert and azure.

Kenelm de la Dale. Name and device. Per fess sable and azure, a pegasus salient argent, in base a trimount, Or. The name was submitted as Kenelm le Dale. This would mean that the submittor was the valley, not that he lived there. We have substituted the form that he indicated was his favourite of the forms documented in period.

Kilic ibn Sungar ibn al-Kazganci al-Turhani. Device. Sable, a sheaf of five swords argent within a bordure Or.

Maura de Coursy. Name only.

Michael of Southern Shores. Holding name and device (see RETURNS For name). Per pale argent and azure, two thistles, slipped and leaved, counterchanged. The submission was made under the name Michael the Scot.

Morgan the Wanderer. Device. Argent, on a fess between two horses courant to sinister sable, a horse courant to sinister argent, overall a bordure counterchanged.

Owen of Carmarthen. Name only.

Ruaraí Moriarty. Change of name from Namira al-Ahaggari.

Saundby of Shaleweir. Badge. Per chevron vert and Or, two pallets counterchanged.

Stormhold, Barony of. Badge. Azure, in sinister chief a drakkar affronty, sails set, Or.

Taramis ni Dhuibhir. Name and device. Purpure, a horse rampant between three ermine spots argent. The name was submitted as Taramis ni Duibhir. While the masculine form of the patronymic uses the form "Duibhir", the feminine "nic" compels aspiration of the following name.



Armuin of Dunvegan. Name only. Unfortunately, by the submitter's own documentation "Armuin" is a byname meaning "steward" or "hero": the given name in the patronymic MacRailt Armuin is "Railt". As the submitter allowed no changes, we could not modify this to the documented masculine form "Armin" (which is equivalent to "Herman" or "Armand"). In any case, as the submitter is female and wishes a Scots name, that form might not be pleasing to her.

Dennis Landhammer. Device. Or, a cardinal close proper. Since the cardinal is red with some minor black markings on the face and only a single major can be derived for difference of type of bird, this is in conflict with several coats which feature red birds on an Or field: Fysher ("Or, a kingfisher close gules.", cited in Papworth, p. 305), Aquila ("Or, an eagle close gules." ibid., p. 301) and Cheeke ("Or, a cock gules, beaked sable.", ibid., p. 295).

Vanessa de Verona. Name only. Unfortunately, all the evidence points to "Vanessa" as an out-of-period creation as a given name, probably created by Jonathan Swift at the end of the seventeenth century. Loughead, from whom the submitter documented the name, is a notoriously unreliable source and, in this case, even the lepidopteral species "vanessa" seems to be Latinate neologism.


Skuli the Spider. Device. Argent, on a pale between two spider webs throughout sable, three escarbuncles ending in arrowheads, argent. There was a very strong feeling among commentors from both coasts and points in between that the use of the sign of Chaos from the Moorcock universe in Society armoury was quite inappropriate, not only because of its meaning but also because of its modern associations and design. As they are so prominent an element of the design and would be counted as "different" at least in the minor degree under the current rules from a normal escarbuncle, we could not simply reblazon these as escarbuncles as suggested by Crescent.


Lonely Tower, Barony of. Name for Order of the Beacon of Science. Unfortunately, the addition of the adjectival phrase does not clear this of the title for the Beacon Principal Herald

Lonely Tower, Barony of. Name for Order of the Rose Window. As Crescent has noted, technically this is clear of the name of the Order of the Rose, since the noun in the name changes, although this did create uncomfortable twitches for many in the College. As it happens, however, the term Rose Window does not seem to be a period term for this medieval design since the earliest instance we were able to find of its occurrence is from 1773, well out of our period. Indeed, an earlier term (although still only documentated to the early eighteenth century) would appear to be "marigold window". (This term may have come into use not only because of the shape of the windows, but also because of their frequent dedication to the Virgin..).

Tearlach McFarlan. Device. Azure, on a pale between in chief a pair of wings argent, a comet, head to chief, azure. Conflict with Cormacc na Connacht ("Azure, on a pale argent, a sword inverted gules.") and Lindenlorien Droxeen ("Azure, a pale endorsed to dexter, to sinister a crescent, all argent.").


James Galen MacGrew. Device. Per pale gules and sable, on a sun argent, a bear's head cabossed sable, all within a bordure argent. Conflict with the badge of Cynedd ap Gwen ("Sable, a sun eclipsed within a bordure argent."): only a minor point of difference can be derived from the low-contrast divided field under the current rules.

John Richard Beaufort. Name and Device. Counter-ermine, on a pile Or, a barn owl proper. The name conflicts with that of John Beaufort, first Duke of Somerset and ancestor of Henry VII. Indeed, it was through this gentleman's descent from John of Gaunt that Henry ultimately laid claim to the throne. While the bird on the emblazon sheet was largely dark brown, commentors have produced evidence that this is not the normal colouration of the barn owl: it is usually a buff, which would have insufficient contrast with the Or on which it is placed.

John the Fletcher's Son. Name only. The name does, as the submitter suspected, conflict with that of the famous dramatist John Fletcher.

Lenora Isabella Niccolini. Device. Gyronny sable and vert, in bend enarched to base three crosses flory and in sinister chief a griffin segreant Or. There was virtually unanimous agreement in the College that the almost random arrangement of the crosses and the monster were not heraldic and not period style.

Samilja Gyrhart of the Isles. Name only. The submitter's evidence does not indicate that names were constructed in this manner in Russia (for the given name) and in Middle English (for the epithet). In fact, there is a great deal of evidence that period Russian naming practice would not take a diminutive of one given name and smash it together with another (in this case "Ilya") to form a new given name. As for "Gyrhart", we have not been able to find any evidence for the use of "gyr" as a separable protheme in Middle English.


Charles Farquhar Gordon. Badge for Clan of the Silver Thistle. Sable, a rose within six thistles, slipped and leaves, slips to center and leaves conjoined in annulo argent. The name does conflict with the Scots Order of the Thistle, as Dragon surmised. The badge conflicts with the fieldless white rose of York: this is all the more striking, as the Brachet meeting correctly noted, because of the manner in which thistles and other badges for the other kingdoms of the united kingdoms have been united with the rose in coinage and other insignia in precisely this manner.

Deryk von Waldfrysk. Name only. The submitter indicated that "Waldfrysk" meant "Frisian wood", but provided no documentation for this. As none of the commentors could document it and it is not usual German formation for such names, we had to return the name.

Gwyntarian, March of. Badge for Gwyntarian Archer's Guild. A bowyer's knot Or. The original return of this badge for use of a non-standard knot which could not readily be reconstructed from blazon was appealed on the grounds that the "bowyer's knot" is a variant of a stan "timber knot" which appears in many books, that it was a "medieval object" and readily known to period archers and that knots unknown to heraldry have worked their way into heraldry over time (e.g., the Lacy knot) and so can be introduced as "defined charges". (Note that the knot had not been emblazoned on the letter of intent so that the College had not been able to check properly for conflicts.). There are several problems with these arguments. As Crescent has noted, the "bowyer's knot" most often seen in texts is a modern invention and, while the timber knot is certainly commonly used in tying strings for longbows, its very name only dates to the last century and no evidence has been provided for its period use. Moreover, even if period use for bowstrings was demonstrated, there is no evidence that this was the only knot used in this function Finally, since this is fieldless, this conflicts with the badge of Curlew of Drofhela ("Gules, a hangman's knot Or."): no more than a single point of difference can be derived from the changes to the knot.

Jean Étienne de Bane Garde. Name only. The submitter's documentation indicated that he believed "Bane Garde" to be an Anglo-Norman corruption of the name of Bangor in Wales, but no documentation was provided in support of that belief.

Mairéad O'Braonáin. Device. Or, a bend sinister gules, in dexter chief a two-towered castle sable. Conflict with Geoffrey FitzAlain ("Or, a bend sinister between a winged lion passant gules and a Celtic cross sable."), as cited on the letter of intent.

Maria Louise von Lübeck. Device. Per bend argent and azure, a bend between two horse's heads erased, all counterchanged. Conflict with Angharad of the Blue Rose ("Per bend argent and azure, a bend counterchanged between a rose azure barbed, seeded, slipped and leaved proper, and a unicorn couchant argent, armed and collared Or.").

Mirielda Grey. Device. Gules, on a rose argent, barbed vert, within an orle flory Or, a heart gules. The use of the orle fleury here, particularly given the Or and gules tinctures used, is far too close to the reserved tressure of Scotland. Taken with the white rose motif, there is a distinct problem.

Patrick Connor O'Donnell McPhelan. Device. Vert, a chevron inverted between a Celtic cross and two wolves salient addorsed argent. Conflict with Lysbeth Poulsdottis ("Vert, on a chevron inverted enhanced argent, a dexter arm reversed embowed terminating at the wrist with a metal hook proper.").

Rórik hávathamikill af Gotlandi. Name only. Despite our high respect for Countess Brynhildr and her expertise in Old Norse (it's what she does for a living. . .), we have to have some idea of why she thinks it is O.K. to register this name form, specifically we need to have documentation of the meaning and construction of the elements in this name, information not included on the letter of intent or on the forms.

Thoedoric Greywind. Device. Per fess sable and vert, a rose between two serpents entwined in annulo and respectant, heads to chief argent. Unfortunately, those who called conflict with the fieldless white rose badge of York are quite correct under the current rules.


Aegirjon of Cathanar. Name and device. Sable, in pale three squirrels pelts inverted in fess argent and a bezant. The name "Aegir" is not Celtic, as stated on the letter of intent. Instead, it is the name of the Norse god of the sea, and such, is not eligible for use in the Society unless it has been documented to be used by normal human beings in period. Such documentation has not been forthcoming. The squirrel pelts are not standard heraldic charges and are not identifiable without the blazon (one member of Laurel staff blazoned this as "three Caspars in fess"!). If the submitter wishes to be "squirrelly", why not adopt the excellent suggestions of the Brachet meeting and use vair?

Alejanda Isabel Iglesias Domenench de Mac Murray. Change of name from Alejandra Isable Murray. The submitter was appealing a modification of her name to register her device in November, 1988. Apart from a number of animadversions on the lack of expertise of the College of Arms with regard to Spanish naming practice and some statements designed to remedy this lack, the appeal consisted largely of documentation for "Iglesias" from the eighteenth century and "Domenech" from the mid-seventeenth century together with documents to show that these names were uses in the submitter's family in more recent times. While it is understandable that the submitter is proud of her Spanish heritage and wishes to incorporate allusions to this in her persona, we still need documentation of the usages here. It might be possible to give the benefit of the doubt to "Domenech" which is notes as Catalan and the name of somebody who entered the Order of Santiago in 1648, on the grounds that those who gained this honour were frequently of mature age and thus the name may be assumed to have been used prior to 1600. The same cannot be said to be true of Iglesias for the documentation there dates back no farther than 1768. Moreover, the submitter seems to be under a misapprehension as the usages of Spanish names in period and, to a lesser extent, in the present day. She is concerned that the name, as approved would make her the mother of her lord (who bears the surname MacMurray). That is certainly not the case. The name as approved would be correct for a late period Spanish woman married to a Scot. The submitter's argumentation states that the usage "de MacMurray" means "belonging to Mac Murray" and is necessary to indicate that she is married to (i.e., "belongs to" a Mac Murrary). In point of fact, as Brachet has noted, there is considerable evidence that the adoption of the husband's name upon marriage is a relatively recent phenomenon in Spain, occurring only i the last century or s. Even then, the use of "de Mac Murray" is something of a linguistic solecism, arising from a misunderstanding on the part of some Spaniards of the nature of the family name (there are documents in both Latin America and Napoleonic Spain which testify to clerks interpreting the names of exiled Scots as geographic entities). As the submitter notes, the patten of given name + Father's surname + conjunction + mother's surname is quite common of modern Spain, although there is some degree of doubt as to its common use in period. For most of the period, documents show a given name with a surname, often patronymic in nature, or a given name with a geographically derived byname, e.g. "Juan del Enicina" of "Lucas Fernández". In some cases, particularly where the individual was of high rank, both a patronymic and geographic byname would be used (e.b., "Pedro López de Ayala"). The use of the conjoint form seems to have been a later development, perhaps originally designed to show descent or inheritance from the mother when the matrical line was the more significant (a process similar to that of armorial quartering). Clearly, this occurred in period, although not so commonly as today, when it is the norm in middle and upper class Spanish families. However, we have not been able to find a single period example of the format given name + father's surname + conjunction + mother's surname + husband's surname, even if the preposition is dropped from her husband's surname. In short, the name she proposes might work in modern Spanish (although some purists might have problems with it),but it does not seem to be period style for Spanish names.

Amyergorod, Shire of. Device. Pean, s sword inverted, the blade within a laurel wreath argent, all within a bordure embattled Or. Although the fact that the hilt of the sword is a trickele was blazoned on the letter of intent, this artistic license and can be omitted. Unfortunately, as the name of the group was returned in June, 1989, the device must be returned as well. (holding names may not be generated for groups.)

Ariel Blackswan. Device. Per pale gules and azure, a base wavy Or, overall on a plate argent, a swan naiant to sinister sable. Although not so blazoned on the letter of intent, the emblazon shows the plate overlying the base which is not period style, making this submission look as if it had some weird tripartite field division. That being so, this is in conflict with Anne of the Golden Mantle ("Vert, on a plate a swan naiant couped on the fess line sable"), Rhithryn yr Gwlad yr Hav ("Azure, a plate charged with a cauldron and a domestic cat in its curiosity sable."), etc. Note that, even were the plate moved to a more normal position above the base, this would be uncomfortably close to Rhithryn et al.

Aspasia Jeanne Cartier. Device. Azure, a bend sinister Or between an increscent and a standing balance argent. Conflict with Barbara Cabelleus ("Azure, a bend sinister Or between in chief an open book argent, leathered Or, and in base a horse trippant Or."), Blais Dubois ("Azure, a bend sinister between a cat sejant guardant and a dove close Or."), Richard Andreivich of Rus ("Azure, on a bend sinister Or an estoile sable."), etc.

Gareth Cochrane. Device. Per saltire sable and gules, on a cross argent, a sword palewise between in fess two hearts gules. Although Crescent is correct in noting that the addition of the tertiaries may contribute up to a major point of difference here since the ordinary lies alone ont he field, this still conflicts not only with Brian Dritar an Conn ("sable, on a cross argent a sinister hand couped at the wrist appaumy azure.") but also the famous flag of Denmark, the "Dannebrog" which appears in armorial works as early as the Geire Armorial ("Gules, a cross argent."). As national armoury, the "Dannebrog" requires two clear points of difference to clear by DR1.

Genevieve Cameron Morchaertaigh. Device. Quarterly argent and purpure, four fleurs-de-lys conjoined in cross, bases to center, counterchanged. Although the miniature emblazon made it appear that the fleurs-de-lys- were distinctly clear of one another, they are in fact conjoined like a rather distorted cross fleury. Thus this could be considered to conflict with Rayne Louveciennes ("Argent, on a cross fleury purpure a rose argent."), since counterchanging along a line of division only gives a single major

Korrum du Mere. Name and device. Argent, an eagle displayed gules, a chief chequy azure and Or. Lymphad was quite correct in returning the submitter's name: no documentation has been submitted to support his allegation that it is a legitimate Turkish-style name form constructed by "Expanding" a noun meaning "bird". Moreover, the existence of a period Turkish city named Corrum and the Michael Moorcock hero require some documentation of this name as actually used in period. Additionally, the form of the surname should be "de la Mer" since the word for "sea" is feminine. Note, although the letter of intent blazoned the device with a bordure and it in fact has a chief, the commentors accurately noted that this conflicts with the Margraves of Burgundy ("Argent, an eagle displayed gules."), the Princes of the Tirol ("Argent, an eagle displayed gules, crowned Or."), and others.

Lance Nyström. Name for House Nystrom. Although it is correct that the personal name has been registered, many bynames and epithets used in the Society may not be registered as household names and no documentation was provided for this household name.

Lassair of Waterford. Badge, Azure, a hand issuant bendwise from chief and a hand issuant bendwise sinister from base argent, to dexter a vair bell Or. There was a strong feeling among the commentors that this design, with its intense impression of movement, its use of visually non-identical charges, etc. was not period style.

Rjan Oslandering. Name and device. Vert, an ash leaf palewise within four twigs fretted and leaved at the ends, Or. No documentation was provided to support the name and none of the commentors could document it. The device conflicts with Alanna ni Druhan ("Vert, a leaf within a bordure Or.").

Stephan Magnus. Name only. The name conflicts with Saint Stephan of Hungary, sometimes known as Great, and with Stephen the Great, ruler of Moldavia and victor over the Turks at Racova in 1475.

Taliesynne Nychymwrh yr Anghyfannedd. Augmented arms. Quarterly gules and sable, a unicorn rampant to sinister within an orle surmounted by an orle of triskeles, all argent. Not only was the modified device misblazoned on the letter of intent, with the field listed as sable and argent (which would have the orle fading into part of the field), but no miniature emblazon was provided to allow the members of the College to see the precise nature of the augmentation which it is proposed to add to his modified arms. This must be sent out to the College for proper discussion as to its appropriateness for use in the Society.

Taliesynne Nychymwrh yr Anghyfannedd. Badge for Norrey Academie of Armourie. Two straight trumpets in saltire, bells in chief, surmounted by a third palewise, in chief a fleur-de-lys between two lions combattant, all argent. There was an universal outrage in the College at this submission, particularly at the use of the name which has a long turbulent history of which Lymphad may not be aware. As long ago as 1982, Master Taliesynne was using this name and Laurel can remember being present at discussions held at the Meridan Heraldic Symposium in that year when it was strongly stated to him that this name offended a significant proportion of the College because of its infringement on one of the senior heraldic offices of the English College of Arms. In the presence of several members of the College, according to our recollection, Treble Clef (then Laurel), Habicht (then Morgenstern), and several others, it was agreed that the use of this name would cease and in fact for a period of time no mention of it appeared in Popular Chivalry event notices. Thus, the submitter must certainly be aware of the problem which this name causes for heralds over much of the Society, no matter how laudable the aims of the group. At a later date, a badge quite similar to this was submitted to the College under an identical name (without the Norrey) and was returned in 1984 for overly complex design and the use of the crossed trumpets which are reserved to the tinctureless seals of the Society herald's offices. All the problems which existed with the previous submission still exist now. To summarize the situation, the use of the venerable title of the Norrey King of Arms is an infringement on that title. Adding to that the name of Randle Holme's classic summary of seventeenth-century armorial practice (The Academy of Armory and Blazon, usually cited as Academy of Armory), from which much of our documentation of the heraldic depiction of artifacts derives, does not improve the situation. As for the badge, it still uses the crossed trumpets currently reserved to official heralds in the Society for a non-official organization, even if these are surmounted by a third trumpet. It uses six charges of three types in a fieldless arrangement which is moderately complex for a fieldless badge. It combines with the fleur-de-lys which appears in the insignia of the Norrey King of Arms ("Arms, a cross gules, on a chief of the second a lion of England passant guardant OR, crowned with an open crown, between a fleur-de-lys on the dexter and a key on the sinister of the last.") with the argent lion supporters of the arms of the College of Arms itself. In this manner, the badge lays claim to symbols not only of the Society College of Arms but also of the English College of Arms as well. This is excessive.

Terwen ap Gwynedd. Name only. "Terwen" has not been documented as a period given name, only as an adjective which might make an appropriate byname. Gwynedd in period is not a given name, merely a location. He may be the son of "Gwineth". which is a documented feminine name in period he may be "of Gwynedd", but not the "son of Gwynedd".

Trimaris, Kingdom of. Badge for Pages Guild. Azure, in pale a triskele and a sinister hand fesswise, couped at the wrist, argent. Unfortunately, the hand is neither in profile nor appaumy, but halfway between in a distinctly trian aspect. This hand needs to be depicted in one standard heraldic form or another.

Trinculo the Jest. Name and device. Sable, a tricorporate fox Or. The name is in direct conflict with that of "Trinculo the Jester" in Shakespeare's Tempest. The device conflicts with the badge of Barak Carthalo ("Sable, a tricorporate seagoat Or, armed gules.").

Uller Shorthair. Name only. As trefoil has pointed out, the name Uller is that of the Norse god of hunting. Also the deity of archers and, in some versions, of winter, he was the son of Sif and stepson of Thor. This the name does not seem to be eligible for use in the Society without solid evidence of its use by humans.

Vasilikee Alemanin. Name and Device. Per pale argent and sable, two cockatrice volant addorsed reguardant, tails entwined to based, counterchanged. No documentation was provided for the given name other than the submitter's statement that "it is a phonetic rendering of a name normally written in Greek or Cyrillic". Unfortunately, solid documentation of its use as a given name is required since this is a direct transliteration of the Greek word "basilica" which refers to a certain kind of porticoed public building (later frequently converted to Christian use, hence the modern usage of the word for a religious building). Note that in many medieval and modern Greek the "b" sound is roughened to the "v" (hence the name "Vasili" from "Basil"). The byname is a feminine ending, but this is not a latin feminine. (It might be Italian, although they would tend to modify the remainder of the name). Note that the monsters were blazoned on the letter of intent as basilisks (for canting purposes, no doubt), but in fact are cockatrice. In this position, with the striking divided counterchange, this seems visually too close to Balin the Grisley ("Per pale argent and sable, two dragons rising addorsed counterchanged, breathing flames, and their tails grasped by, in base a gauntlet counterchanged gules and Or.").

Warjna Waleska Kaztjmir. Badge. Sable, a star of Polonia argent. Conflict with the badge of Clovia Lumi ("Sable, a snowflake argent.") and the and the device of Shoi-Mee D'Skeemeah the Confused ("Sable, issuant from the points of a Star of David, six arrows couped below the head, argent.").


Anne the Quiet. Device. Per bend sinister embattled argent and gules, in dexter chief a tree eradicated gules. Technically, this conflicts with the badge of the Barony of Madrone )"A madrone tree eradicated proper."): no difference can be derived from either field tincture or position of a single charge here since one of the pieces of armoury is fieldless.

Michael the Scot. Name only. Unfortunately, as Habicht noted, the name is in conflict with the thirteenth-century Michael Scott who enjoyed no small reputation as a scholar in his own time and as a magician somewhat later. He studied at Oxford and on the Continent and was astrologer to Emperor Frederick II who sent him about the universities of Europe to communicate a number of translations of Aristotle made by himself and others of Frederick's court. A number of his writings still exist, some in manuscript, but his posthumous fame as a magician has tended to eclipse these for all but the most scholarly. In that guise he must be considered famous by any standards since he has been immortalized by poets and prose writers from Dante through Sir Walter Scott to the present day fantasy writers.

William Robinson. Name only. This name provoked considerable discussion amongst the Laurel staff as to whether the number of famous individuals who bore a certain name materially affected the degree to which the name should be protected. It was our conclusion that it should not: there was more than one Richard Plantegent, all of which were famous, and all should be protected. Thus this name is in conflict with the great dancer Bill Robinson, the cartoonist William Heath Robinson and probably the character from the Lost in Space series generally called Will Robinson who was mentioned by several commentors and members of the Laurel staff. (after all, this show has its own fans, some almost as devoted as the most extreme Trekkies of Whoovians, and we probably would have severe qualms about allowing use of the names of running characters from those series.

Wilowen of Stuarts. Badge. Argent, a yellow-billed loon naiant proper within a bordure sable (Gavia adamsii). As Silver Trumpet guessed, the entire lower portion of the bird is argent on argent, being separated from the field on the emblazon only by some very thick delineation. While the wings folded over the upper portion of the body are sable, marked argent,they do not provide adequate coverage to denote the entire shape of the bird (and its naiant nature).

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