of the College of Arms
Society for Creative Anachronism, Inc.
THE FOLLOWING NAMES AND ARMORIES HAVE BEEN ACCEPTED AND REGISTERED:
Ælfred Greybeard. Name and device. Per fess indented azure and vert fretty Or, in chief a sun Or.
Against the device of Niall Muineachan (Per fess wavy gules and barry wavy argent and azure, in chief a sun in his splendour Or), there's a CD for the field and a CD for the fretwork, which is considered a charge group.
Aidan James Johnson. Name.
Aideen the Audacious. Badge. (fieldless) A bumblebee fesswise proper.
The bee in this submission is tinctured sable and Or, with argent wings. Bees are sometimes blazoned proper in mundane armory (Papworth, p.957), so there must be a defined tincture -- but none of my sources say what that might be. The coloration of this submission, however, is the SCA's most common attempt at "proper"; I shall henceforth adopt it as the Society's definition of a bee proper.
Aingeal Blair Mac an Ghabhann. Name.
The normal feminine construction in this case would make the patronymic Nic an Ghabhann; the Mac form would only be a masculine construction in Irish. However, the submitter is the daughter of Dana Mac an Ghabhann (name registered June 92), whose name likewise uses a masculine patronym construction with a female given name. In this case, the Grandfather Clause permits the daughter the same construction.
Alessandra Beatrice Desiderio. Name and device. Per bend sinister argent and azure, two slippers counterchanged.
The given name was submitted as Allesandra, with two Ls and one S. According to Lord Palimpsest, Italian pronunciation of double-consonants differs significantly from single consonants; this therefore doesn't seem to be a reasonable variant of the documented Alessandra. We've substituted the documented form.
Algernon Wolfram Rawsthorne. Name.
Alisaunder le Lyon. Name (see PENDED for device).
Angharad Rhondda of Glamorgan. Name and device. Sable, a closed book palewise Or.
The byname was submitted as Rondah, the submitter's mundane given name, with the request that it be corrected to a proper Welsh name that preserved the sound. We've substituted Rhondda, the name of a river in Wales, used here as a toponymic surname.
Ansgar Schwartzburg. Name.
Ansteorra, Kingdom of. Release of title for al-Jamal Herald Extraordinary.
Ansteorra, Kingdom of. Name for the Order of the Motley Shash of Ansteorra.
This was submitted as Motley Sash. Sash is out of period, even beyond our 50-year "grey area" -- both in its spelling and in its intended meaning of "scarf, bandoleer". The period term would be shash, and it referred in period to a turban, or the material of a turban. We've used it here, as being closest to the submitted form (though with an entirely different meaning, we concede).
Bianca Bramante da Mosto. Name.
The byname was spelled de Mosto on the LOI. The forms and documentation spelled it as above; we've corrected the typo.
Brihtwine Falke. Name.
Caitrín Faelan. Name.
Clare Isibéal Séadhachán. Device. Gyronny vert and Or, a cross botonny counterchanged.
Please instruct the submitter to draw the "botons" on her cross more prominently.
Clare Isibéal Séadhachán. Badge. (fieldless) A cross botonny gyronny Or and vert.
As with her device, the cross in her badge needs to be drawn with more prominent botons.
Corinne Elizabeth Drake. Name change (from Corinne Elizabeth O'Daugherty).
Cúmheá Ó Neachtáin. Device. Per pale sable and argent, a thunderbolt gules and a bordure counterchanged.
In the LOI, the bordure was inadvertently misblazoned as a second thunderbolt. Fortunately, enough commenters caught the mistake that this doesn't need to be pended.
Cypress Hills, Shire of. Name and device. Vert, a tree blasted and eradicated, on a chief argent three laurel wreaths vert.
Deirbhile ny Danann O'Neill. Name.
The name was submitted as Deirbhile Danu O'Neill, combining a modern Irish feminine given name, an Old Irish masculine given name, and an anglicized patronymic surname. (Lord Palimpsest has found examples of Danu used by mortals, but it was a masculine name in every such case.) Quite apart from temporal matching, the construction is reasonable only if the name is considered a double patronymic: "Deirbhile daughter of Danu O'Neill". The correct [modern] Irish for that construction would be Deirbhile Ní Dhanainn Uí Néill, and the client may resubmit that form if she wishes. The anglicized surname in the originally submitted form, however, suggested she'd prefer the form as registered.
Dùn an Locha Ruaidh, Canton of. Name.
The name was submitted as Dun na Loch Ruadh. We have corrected the grammar for the intended meaning of "fort of the red lake" (in particular, "red lake" must be put into the genitive case).
Edward Ironhand. Device. Argent, a sinister gauntlet sable, on a chief embattled gules two anvils reversed argent.
Ekaterina Iadorovna Kharlampieva. Name.
The given name was submitted as Ektarina, which doesn't appear to be a valid variant of the Russian Ekaterina. We've substituted the documented form.
Emrys Godwin. Name.
Estéban Trinidad Delgado Coronado. Name.
Fridhur Haralds. Device. Per chevron Or and azure, in chief a dolphin and issuant from base a demi-sun counterchanged.
Garbhan Kepler. Device. Sable, on a pile between two mullets of four points Or, a mullet of four points sable.
Ginevra Rodney. Name.
Giovanni da Mosto. Name.
Gwenafwy Sinclaire. Name.
Gytha ní Chomhraidhe. Name.
The patronymic was submitted as O'Comhraidhe. The anglicized particle O' (using an apostrophe, not a fada) should not be used with the purely Irish spelling of the name. While this misspelling may be argued to be Grandfathered in this case (since the submitter is the daughter of Aidan Aileran O'Comhraidhe, registered March 1990), there remains the problem of gender mismatch: the Irish Ó Comhraidhe is a purely masculine form, which should not be used with a feminine given name. We have substituted the feminine form, including aspiration; if she'd prefer a spelling closer in period to that of her given name Gytha, she might consider ingen Chomraite.
Halvdan Stormulv. Badge. Azure, a valknut argent.
Some commenters have urged that the valknut be disallowed. However, it's been quietly but continuously registered, during my tenure and those of my two immediate predecessors (v. the armory of Thorhalla Carlsdottir Broberg); it's a documented period artistic motif that has been accepted for Society armorial use. To disallow it at this point would require some better documented reason than "we don't like it".
Iain Brennath Tradescant. Name.
Jocea Anne Gallowglass. Badge. (fieldless) A swan naiant contourny gules.
Jonathan ap Morgan. Name and device. Argent goutty de sang, a greyhound statant coward, on a chief sable two spears in saltire Or.
John is not the same name as Jonathan, nor its diminutive. The name therefore does not conflict with the John Morgan cited in the LOI.
Katherine Adeline Mac an Ghabhann. Name.
Please instruct the submitter to draw more gouts henceforth.
The normal feminine construction in this case would make the patronymic Nic an Ghabhann; the Mac form would only be a masculine construction in Irish. However, the submitter is the daughter-in-law of Dana Mac an Ghabhann (name registered June 92), whose name likewise uses a masculine patronym construction with a female given name. In this case, the Grandfather Clause permits the submitter the same construction.
Katla Arenvaldsdochter. Name.
There was some question whether the Grandfather Clause extended to daughters-in-law, or applied only to blood relatives. In the end, I decided that both Katherine and Aingeal were Dana's daughters, legally and socially, and both entitled to invoke the Clause.
The submitter is the daughter of Arenvald Kief av Kiersted (name registered December 1986); this form of patronymic was registered to Erika Arenvaldsdochter and Moriel Arenvaldsdochter of Raven's Fort.
Laure Anne the Plaidweaver. Name.
The OED cites plaid as a type of woolen over-garment, like a cloak, dating this spelling to 1512. The names of makers of apparel appear in several period bynames -- Hatter, Coatman, Glover -- and the submitted name's longer form is seen in such examples as Shoemaker. While we agree that the simple Webster would have been more plausible, the name as submitted is quite acceptable.
Lucy of Berry Ford. Name.
Madog ap Seisyll Cyfeiliog. Name.
The byname was misspelled Cyfelliog on the LOI; the forms and documentation use the spelling as we've registered it.
Marie Vié. Name.
Micheau de Sévigné. Name and device. Per fess sable and argent, a tyger rampant contourny queue-forchy counterchanged.
Against the arms of Edgar (Per fess sable and argent, a lion rampant counterchanged), there's a CD for the posture of the beast; and Rule X.4.e explicitly gives a CD for lion vs. (heraldic) tyger.
Micheau de Sévigné. Badge. (fieldless) A tyger rampant contourny queue-forchy argent.
Mikhail Alexandrovich Kotov. Device. Per saltire azure and argent, a saltire counterchanged, overall a tyger passant contourny Or.
Mikhail Alexandrovich Kotov. Badge. Azure, two scarpes argent, overall a tyger passant contourny Or.
Russell Jervis. Device. Vair en pointe, a panther rampant Or spotted of diverse tinctures and incensed within a bordure gules.
While the English default for panthers is guardant, the German default is not. As it's easier to specify guardant than not-guardant (facing forwards, whatever), the SCA has not adopted the English default.
Ruth Ramsey of Rabbit's Run. Name.
See the cover letter for a discussion of vair en pointe.
Safiyya bint Da'ud al-Mubarrak. Name and device. Vert, a sinister hand between three mullets of six points, a bordure argent.
Serena Lascelles. Badge. (fieldless) A chessrook azure.
Sergii Boyanovich Samopalov. Device change. Per fess sable and Or, a griffin segreant contourny argent and two rapiers inverted in saltire sable.
His previous device (Per fess Or and sable, a griffin segreant contourny sable and two rapiers inverted in saltire argent) is released.
Simon Garth. Name and device. Purpure, a cross potent throughout between four gyrons Or.
This was blazoned on the LOI as Or, on a cross formy throughout purpure, a cross potent throughout Or. Few of the commenters viewed the emblazon as a charged cross formy: partially due, I think, to the throughoutness of both charges, and partially due to the cross potent being more immediately recognizable than the straight-line cross formy. (Had the cross formy been drawn with the concave lines that were more common in period, it might have been more readily recognized.) The above blazon better reflects the device as it was emblazoned.
Stefan von Drachenfels. Name.
Tamlyn Thistlewaite. Name.
The byname seems a valid variant of the documented toponymic Thistlethwaite (Thissilthwate, 1581): Lord Rocket cites the parallel case of Postlewhaite, 1588, from Postlethwaite. (Reaney DBS2 279)
Thorfinn Ledhrsmidhr av stfoldu. Name and device. Argent, on a hide purpure a mallet argent.
The bynames were submitted as Laerarbeider av stfold. The first byname was intended to mean "leather worker" in Norse, but arbeider is not correct in this context: it means "worker" in the sense of "labourer, hired man", not in the sense of shaping leather. We've substituted an Old Norse construction meaning "leather wright, leather craftsman". The placename needs to be put into the dative case following the preposition av; we've done so here, noting that a more authentic Old Norse form would be af Austfoldu. You might suggest it to the submitter.
Wolfgang Schwarzburg. Device. Per saltire sable and gules, on a fireball Or enflamed proper a winged cat segreant sable.
Wojciech Michal Volfovski. Name.
Adriana the Fierce. Name and device. Ermine, a unicorn and a stag combattant sable.
Ariadne Contarini. Name.
Arwyn Adair. Name.
If the submitter does not know that Arwyn was a masculine name in period, she should be told.
Avacal, Crown Principality of. Badge. Quarterly argent and Or, a gryphon's head erased gules.
When considering a full beast or monster gorged, the gorging is usually treated as an artistic detail, worth no difference. When consider the same creature's head gorged, however, the gorging is much more prominent in proportion -- and treated as a tertiary charge. This therefore does not conflict with the arms of Marie Simone de Barjavel la Fildena (SCA), Ermine, a griffin's head erased gules armed sable, gorged of a ducal coronet, grasping in the beak an arrow bendwise Or. There's a CD for the field, and a CD for the gorging.
Brian Creaven. Name.
Cedric van Kiesterzjil. Device. Quarterly azure and Or, two winged hourglasses in bend Or.
Christian Barnabas Anderson. Name.
Duncan MacFlandry. Device. Argent, a triple-headed thistle proper, on a chief indented flory at the points vert three roses argent.
The name was given on the LOI as Duncan MacFlandry of Dundee. However, the above is the form of the name registered Oct 81.
Gentle Dirk. Name.
Gytha of the Quiet Wood. Name and device. Per bend Or and argent, an oak tree couped proper within a bordure counter-ermine.
Helena of Birka. Name.
Janeltis Karaine, Starfollower. Household name for the Starfollower Recorder Consort.
Lao Tao-sheng. Device. Or, a carp naiant between in chief two coronets and in base two bars wavy gules.
Lyulf de Flandry. Name change (from Jeffry of Dragon's Mist).
This seems a reasonable anglicized form of the Latin de Flandria, parallel to the evolution of Brittney from de Brytannia (Reaney DBS II 51).
Meghan Galiena of Twisted Path. Name.
The toponymic would be more plausible as Twistpath; or you might see if she'd consider one of the documented placenames Twist or Twitchen.
Moreach nic Mhaolain. Device. Quarterly gules and Or, a lion rampant guardant counterchanged Or and sable brandishing a sword proper.
Roland Eruditus. Name.
Sheila Eileen Natalia MacDougal of Perth. Badge. Sable, two palm trees couped conjoined at the base Or.
Uodalrica MacDonnell. Name.
There was some question in the commentary about the validity of the given name. The original root, Uodalric, is masculine by virtue of its masculine deuterotheme -ric. It's possible that the Latinized form Uodalricus is simply be the default spelling for that time and place -- and therefore, unlike classical Latin names such as Julius/Julia, incapable of being feminized by changing -us to -a. The question cannot be definitively answered, on the basis of the evidence presented for this submission. However, the Society has traditionally been tolerant of feminized forms of period masculine names, whether such feminized names were documented or not; in part, this is an acknowledgement that women's names simply weren't recorded as often as men's names. As a general rule, if the masculine form of a name is documented to period, we assume the feminized form is acceptable. In this particular case, barring any direct evidence to the contrary, we will give the submitter the benefit of the doubt.
Ysmay de Chaldon. Name (see RETURNS for device).
Alena Vladimirovna. Device. Argent, a peacock feather proper and a gore azure ermined Or.
A peacock feather proper is mostly green, with an iridescent roundel near the end. This is therefore clear of the badge of Moses von dem Falken (SCA), (fieldless) A feather azure.
Beatrice Carmela Mercante. Name and device. Per bend sinister vert and sable, on a bend sinister between two lymphads Or, three musical notes palewise sable.
The name was submitted as Beatrice Yasmin Carmela Mercante. Yasmin is Persian, not Arabic; while we have evidence of Arabic/Italian interaction in period, Persian/Italian interaction has yet to be demonstrated. Added to the use of four elements in the name, which is itself an anomaly, the whole became unacceptable. We have deleted the problematic portion of the name, pending documentation.
Charles von dem Wölfenhaus. Name and device. Sable, two horses combattant and on a base argent, a wolf's head cabossed sable.
The byname was submitted as von Wolfehaus, intended to be German for "of the wolves' house". The preposition von declines the following phrase to the dative case; we have done so here, using a combinatorial form of Wolf as well.
Conor Rowan MacCallum. Name and device. Gules, between two piles in point argent a sun Or.
In this case, the piles are the primary charges, and the sun a secondary charge. This is therefore clear of Sonnemaer (Woodward 306), Gules, a sun Or.
Crimson Citadel, Shire of the. Name and device. Per bend sinister argent and vert, a tower gules and a laurel wreath argent.
David the Red. Name.
Deirdre Ní Mhaolruanaidh. Name and device. Per pale purpure and argent, two swans naiant respectant and a bordure charged with card piques counterchanged.
The given name was spelled Dierdre on one set of forms (and on the LOI), but Deirdre on the other set of forms. Since the latter is the documented spelling, we've substituted that. The byname was submitted as Maolruanaid, but the submitter's own documentation shows it in a patronymic form Ó Maolruanaidh (the documentation used the Irish alphabet; the near-invisible dot over the final D should be anglicized as DH). We've used the feminine patronymic form here.
Deirdre ny Cash. Name.
The given name was spelled Dierdre on the LOI, but Deirdre on the forms. Since the latter is the documented spelling, we've substituted that. The byname was submitted as Ni Cash; assuming that O'Cash is an anglicized form of the patronymic Ó Cais "descendant of Cass", the anglicization of the feminine equivalent Ní Chais would be as we've registered.
Edward Menteith. Name (see RETURNS for device).
The byname was submitted as Mendeith. Although Black's Surnames of Scotland shows a wide variation in the spelling of the name, none of the variants replace the middle T with a D. We've substituted a documented form.
Eideard McCash. Name.
Ekaterina Marten. Name.
Gwendolen Wold. Name.
The name was submitted as Gwendolen of Wold. Since wold is not a particular place (it simply means "wood"), the construction is ungrammatical. Either of the Wold or simply Wold is acceptable grammar; as the latter is acceptable to the submitter, we've deleted the preposition.
Isabeau Guion d'Anjou. Name.
Jacqueline la Rouge. Name and device. Per bend sinister gules and sable, on a bend sinister Or an arrow gules, point enflamed proper.
While the epithet is acceptable, its idiomatic use refers to complexion, not hair color. If the submitter would prefer to be called red-haired, she should consider la Rousse.
Jürgen Peredur. Name change (from Donovan of Sundragon).
The given name was submitted as Jurgen, without an umlaut; but the submitter's own documentation uses the umlauted form. We've done the same.
Margaret Menteith. Name (see RETURNS for device).
The byname was submitted as Mendeith. Although Black's Surnames of Scotland shows a wide variation in the spelling of the name, none of the variants replace the middle T with a D. We've substituted a documented form.
Melisend de Chartres. Device. Purpure, a bend indented between a quill pen bendwise and a clarion argent.
On the full-sized emblazon, the secondaries were not touching the bend. The size and arrangements of the indented lines, though still far from ideal, are now acceptable.
Alaric August. Name and device. Per pale sable and argent, a pithon glissant palewise, a bordure counterchanged.
Alicia de Mersey. Name.
Eleanor Leonard. Device change. Or, a mullet of four points distilling from its lower point a gout azure, overall a saltorel of chain couped gules.
Her previous device (Per pale argent and sable, a rose purpure, barbed and seeded proper, en soleil counterchanged) is released.
Godfrey de la Fosse. Alternate persona name for Geoffrey Gamble.
Gregory MacMillan. Device. Argent, a dragon's foot couped, in chief three fleur-de-lys gules.
Kenwrec FitzRaymund. Household name for Clan Cromlech (changed from Maison des Cartes).
Ponte Alto, Barony of. Badge for the Order of the Garland. (fieldless) A garter buckled in annulo Or.
Richard Ó Cearbháin. Name.
Sweyn Erik Grafell. Household name for House Rainhaven.
Please note that the submitter's surname was approved by Laurel on 3/21/92 spelled Grafell, without the "y," which appears on the Letter of Intent.
Tannis of Tir-y-Don. Badge reblazon. Argent, a peacock passant reguardant pavonated to base proper.
When registered in December 1982, the peacock was blazoned "bendwise" and the posture of the tail was left unblazoned. The emblazon sheet for this badge shows a standard peacock passant with the tail extending to base. We've corrected the blazon accordingly.
Thora Arnketilsdóttir. Name change (from Thóra Arnkitel).
Thormodh Ó Cearbháin. Name.
Wulfstan Egweald. Device. Per chevron sable and Or, two wolves combattant and a tower counterchanged.
Diarmaid ap Gwilym. Device reblazon. Per pale argent and gules, two rose branches entwined, each ending in a rose, all counterchanged.
This accomodates the new acknowledgement of the difference between roses slipped and leaved, and rose branches.
Asi O'Riain. Name change (from Aski O'Riain).
Dunstan de Mountsorrel. Name.
Eirik Asvaldsson. Name (see RETURNS for device).
Elena la Perdida de Cadiz. Name (see RETURNS for device).
The epithet was submitted as la Perdita, intended to be Spanish for "the lost." Instead, it is Italian and translates as loss or leak and its use as an epithet seems incorrect. We have substituted the Spanish Perdida which translates as lost, strayed, misguided, profligate or dissolute. Please inform the submitter that the Spanish phrase mujer perdida "lost woman" refers to a prostitute. She may want to reconsider her choice of epithets.
Elisabeth Lyon McKinnon. Name.
Fearghus O'Shannon. Name.
Gabhainn Luath MacDhomhnuill. Name change (from Robin of Vatavia).
The given name was submitted as Gabhan which we were unable to document. However, Lord Palimpsest has found Gabhainn derived from Old Germanic Gawin. We have substituted the documented form.
Kazimierz Samostrelov. Name.
This was noted as a name resubmission on the letter of intent. It is actually a change from a holding name for a device which was in the submission process when the name was returned.
Maire O'Shannon. Name.
Maldwyn ap Anarawd. Name.
Melisande Brigitte Nazaire d'Avignon. Name change (from Melisenda Brigitte Nazaire d'Avignon).
Mesia Montana Sainte Germaine. Name.
This was submitted on the Letter of Intent with the masculine form of the surname Saint Germain derived from the Latin Germanus. The feminine form Sainte Germaine, from the Latin Germana, is also supported by the documentation supplied with the submission. Therefore, we have substituted the latter since this is the form appearing on the submitter's forms.
Nasir al-Tawil. Name and device. Purpure, crusilly couped, a camel statant Or.
Ognyen Fenlander. Badge. Per fess vert and azure, a heron in its vigilance within a bordure rayonny Or.
Throttmarr Thorgrimsson. Name.
William of Friedrichsburg. Device. Per fess Or and vert, two wyverns passant respectant gules within a bordure embattled counterchanged.
Please note: the wyverns are not extending over the edge of the bordure in the full emblazon.
Aetheric Lindberende. Name (see RETURNS for device)
The surname was submitted as Lindbaerend which isn't quite correct. According to Lord Palimpsest, the present participle of the Old English verb beren, "to carry or bear", is berende. The submitted baerend is the present participle of the Old English verb Baeren, "to behave, conduct oneself." We've substituted the word giving the submitter's requested meaning.
Ajax Thermopylokles. Name and device. Per pale Or and gules, a Gorgon's head cabossed counterchanged.
Note: Although the Letter of Intent states that the submitter permits no changes to his name, the forms only prohibit the deletion of part of the name if unregisterable; not the correction of grammar.
The surname appeared on the Letter of Intent as Thermopokeles in the heading and as Thermopokles in the documentation and on the submitter's forms. Neither appears quite correct. Based upon documentation provided by Lady Harpy, the correct form of the locative surname is Thermopylokles given the examples of Lesbokles ("from Lesbos"), Phoinikokles ("from Phoenicia") and Kephisokles ("from Kephisos"). We've corrected the surname accordingly.
Alain Longship. Name.
Alaric von Alaricsburg. Name.
Alasdair Wallace. Name (see PENDED for device).
Alys the Mad. Name and device. Per chevron gules and vert semy of cinquefoils, an apple tree eradicated Or.
Ambrosius MacDaibhidh. Name.
Andrew Montgomerie. Name.
Angus MacRae. Alternate persona name for Erich Fulcher.
Submitted as Erich von Fulcher, the von has been deleted as Fulcher is a personal name, not a placename.
Anna zu Euskirchen. Name.
Lady Harpy has provided documentation from Socin of the use of zu in its older form ze in locatives with the names of towns and villages: ze Froberg, ze Bernowe (p. 272) and ze Tattenriet (p. 277).
Anne Colet of Carshalton. Name.
Aonghas of Clan Campbell. Name.
Ariel of Caer Myrddin. Badge. (fieldless) An increscent purpure.
Ashling McNairn. Name.
The given name appeared on the Letter of Intent as Aislinge. The documentation supports the name on the submission forms, Ashling. We've made the appropriate change.
Aud Raventhorne. Name.
Avan Silverheart. Name.
The submitter's documentation from Butler's Lives of the Saints cites the tombstone inscription Hic Sanctus Avanus Episcopus: "Here lies Saint Avan the Bishop" (p.354) Butler associates the tombstone with St. Afan and provides a quotation which references a church of St. Afan in Wales during the reign of Henry I (12th century).
Azelin Cola of Wishford. Name.
Barbara ni Sheaghdha of Tir Chonall. Name (see RETURNS for device).
The patronymic was submitted as ni Seaghdha which needs to aspirate to ni Sheaghdha. We've corrected the name.
Blackstone Mountain, Barony of. Name and device. Argent, on a three peaked mountain sable a laurel wreath Or, in chief two laurel wreaths sable.
They have permission for their name to conflict with the Mountain Confederation and with the Mountain Pursuivant (Kingdom of An Tir).
Brian Broadaxe. Name (see RETURNS for device).
This was originally drawn with the mountains filling half the shield, more closely resembling Per fess indented irregularly... Mountains, as variants of mounts, should be emblazoned to occupy no more than the lower portion of the field. While this LoA&R was being compiled, however, the submitters telephoned me on another matter. I mentioned this potential problem and they immediately sent me new emblazon forms with the mountain drawn correctly. I've forwarded a copy and an explanation to Lord Brigantia, so there are no bars to registration.
Cadell ap Hubert. Name and device. Argent, the astronomical sign of Sagittarius and a gore sinister azure.
The name on the LoI differs from that on the submission forms, Cadell Random ap Hobart. Since the submitter authorized any changes to the name, we assume the changes were made by Lord Brigantia and his staff. In the future, please make sure the name on all of the forms matches that on the Letter of Intent, and make sure the submitter is made aware of the changes.
Caelin of Applecross. Name (see RETURNS for device).
The use of astrological glyphs heraldically in period can be seen on the crest of Bull, watchmaker to Queen Elizabeth I: On a wreath argent and gules, a cloud proper, thereon a celestial sphere azure, with the circles or; on the zodiac the signs of Aries, Taurus, Gemini, and Cancer (Parker, A Glossary of Terms Used in Heraldry, p. 547). It has long been the College's policy to allow the use of elements from crests and supporters, if period usage is documented, as charges for SCA armory although there is no documentation of their use as charges in period armory (cf. yales).
Carolingia, Barony of. Badge (see RETURNS for name). (fieldless) On an open scroll Or a pall wavy azure.
This was submitted as a badge for the Guild of Calligraphers of Carolinga.
Catriona Ross du Chien. Name.
Christiana dello Falco. Name and device. Quarterly sable and argent, in bend sinister two roses proper.
The grammatically correct version would be del Falco, but this form is grandfathered to her by her relationship with Tancred dello Falco, registered July 1990.
Cosmano Piero Micheletto da Roma. Name and device. Per chevron gules and argent a compass star argent and a wolf sejant contourny ululant sable.
Please instruct the submitter to draw the charges larger.
Damian Murdoch of Hull. Name.
Deborah vom Schwarzwald. Name.
Delftwood, Barony of. Name and badge for Orde van de Blauwe Spoel. Per bend azure and argent, a pair of calipers and an harp counterchanged.
This was submitted without the final "e" on Blauwe. Since this is a requirement of modern Dutch grammar, we've added it.
Diana Wiatt. Name and device. Quarterly Or and argent, a cross azure, overall a pair of rapiers in saltire gules.
Domhnall an Sléibhe Leith. Name and device. Azure, an oak tree eradicated argent between five mullets Or.
The name was submitted as an Sliabh Liath. We've corrected it to the required genitive case.
Dragon's Aerie, Canton of. Badge. (fieldless) A whelk bendwise inverted argent banded gules.
Please have the submitter draw the mullets larger.
The miniature emblazon in the Letter of Intent was rotated. The submission form has the whelk bendwise as blazoned.
Dulcinea from the Moor. Name.
East, Kingdom of. Title for Honestie Pursuivant.
Short mottos sometimes became became heraldic titles in period. Franklyn and Tanner's Encyclopaedic Dictionary of Heraldry cites the following: the Ich Dien Pursuivant who served the Prince of Wales, c.1475 (p.179), and Il Faut Faire Pursuivant; maintained by Sir John Falstaf and from his word or motto (p.180). We will accept such heraldic titles on a case by case basis.
Elizabeth O'Hart. Device. Purpure, a fess ermine between two hunting horns reversed and a coney courant argent, a bordure ermine.
It is poor policy to give a canton, and an incipient canton at that, an heraldic title, but this is an internal matter for the kingdom involved.
Please have the submitter draw the fess wider.
Erika von Hattingen. Name.
Fujimoto Saburou Masamune. Name.
Garth of the Forest. Name.
Geileis Frisale. Name and device. Lozengy argent and azure, in pale three owls displayed between two flaunches Or, each charged with a maple leaf lozengy argent and azure.
Geileis Frisale. Badge. Or, a maple leaf lozengy argent and azure.
Gwendolyn of Abbas Combe. Name and device. Purpure, on a pale Or between two swords inverted argent, three decrescents purpure.
Gyrerd von Altwolfstein. Device. Per pale argent and sable, two wolves combatant with a bordure embattled counterchanged.
Hardwin Longfellow. Name.
Helmut zu Jülich. Name and device. Or, a lion rampant contourny sable within a bordure gules semy of acorns inverted Or.
Lady Harpy has provided documentation from Socin of the use of zu in its older form ze in locatives with the names of towns and villages: ze Froberg, ze Bernowe (p.272) and ze Tattenriet (p. 277).
Ivan Ulrickson. Device. Per fess wavy argent and barry wavy gules and argent, a crescent in chief and a bordure gules.
The device is clear of Pickering: Or, a lion rampant sable within a bordure gules bezanty (Papworth p.122). There is one CD for the reversal of the lion and a second CD from the application of Rule X.4.j.ii for change of type of charge on the bordure.
Jacques Gilbert de Gascogne. Name (see RETURNS for device).
The locative submitted on the Letter of Intent as de Gascoigne. The documentation supports the spelling on the submitter's forms without the "i." We've changed the spelling accordingly.
Jairus of the Darklands. Device. Per pale azure and Or, three chevrons braced and on a chief two eagles all counterchanged.
Joanna d'Oléron. Name (see RETURNS for device).
Johannes von Brückenheim. Name and device. Argent, a rose proper slipped and leaved vert between flaunches sable each charged with a lozenge argent.
Juhana Maununpoika Kivisuo. Device. Sable, a crane in its vigilance atop a trimount, in chief two seeblätter inverted Or.
Kari Stormeye. Name (see RETURNS for device).
Stormeye is a documentable surname. Hall's Anglo-Saxon Dictionary lists stormsæ "stormy sea" (p. 323) Ekwall cites eye as Old English for "island" and notes several of them in this spelling dating to the 13th century (p. 171). Therefore, Stormeye can be seen as a surname derived from "stormy island."
Katerina Elizabeth de Clisson. Name.
Kathleen O'Connor. Name (see RETURNS for device).
Kenneth Montgomery of Eaglesham. Name.
Kikuchi Tsuranaga. Name change (from Richard of Concordia of the Snows).
Kristina Alexandra. Name.
Leandra Plumieg. Name and device. Azure, a mandrake and in chief a decrescent moon argent.
The mandrake is a plant of the genus Mandragora and is native to Southern Europe and the East. It is characterized by very short stems, thick fleshy, often forked, roots, and by fetid lance-shaped leaves (OED). Of the two examples cited in Parker, p. 390, one (de Champs) blazons them as plantes de mandragore (plants of mandrake). The other cited example, the only one in English armory, is actually shown in Rodney Dennys' The Heraldic Imagination, p.130, as more humanoid. Dennys states that "the Mandrake is not, of course, a monster or chimerical creature in the strict sense of the term, but in heraldic art it has acquired such anthropomorphic characteristics that it can be rated as one of the more fanciful of the fabulous creatures of heraldry" (p. 129). We feel there is a CD between a mandrake and human figures as there is between other fanciful heraldic creatures (e.g. angels) and human figures.
Leonard du Chien. Name and device. Per saltire gules and sable, a talbot's head couped and a bordure embattled argent.
Therefore, this is clear of the cited conflicts. Versus Gilrae of Moorburn (SCA), Azure, a fox-headed woman affronty statant, hands crossed at the waist, vested argent, there is a CD for the type of fanciful creature and a second CD for the addition of the secondary charge. Versus Oswald (Papworth 953), Azure, a naked boy pointing to a star in the dexter chief point proper, there are CD's for the change in type of primary charge and for change in type of the secondary charge.
Please instruct the submitter to draw the mandrake with more and larger leaves and apples sprouting from its head.
Leonard du Chien. Badge. Per fess sable and gules, a castle triple-towered Or and a talbot's head couped argent.
Lorin Renaud. Name.
Lothair Etienne Loubet DuBois. Name.
Magnus Bjornsson Fairhair. Name.
The current construction describes the submitter's father Bjorn as "fairhair" and not himself. If the submitter wishes to be the blond, he should resubmit as Magnus Fairhair Bjornsson. The Old Norse form of the latter name is Magnús inn hárfagri Bjarnarson and the submitter may wish to submit this instead of the anglicized version.
Mary Anne Bulpett. Name and device. Per bend sinister gules and azure, a lightning bolt bendwise Or between two pairs of annulets interlaced bendwise argent.
Please ask the submitter to draw the annulets larger.
Melisande of the Gryphon Wood. Device. Per fess Or and sable, three pine couped trees vert and a griffin sejant countourny reguardant Or, all within a bordure counterchanged.
Meredyth Maskmaker. Name and device. Sable, a seahorse naiaint Or within a bordure engrailed argent charged with three escallops inverted azure.
Njal Ericsson of Oseberg. Name.
Olcan MacLorcain. Name.
The surname was submitted as MacLorcan. Since this should be in the genitive case, we corrected it to MacLorcain.
Oriane d'Avallon. Device. Per pale azure and Or, a sunburst argent within a bordure counterchanged.
Ranalt MacFirbis. Device. Vert, three chess rooks and a chief engrailed Or.
Richard Stanley Greybeard. Device. Azure, a stag's head cabossed and on a chief double enarched Or, three mullets of six points azure.
A possible conflict has been cited in the commentary with De La Faye (Papworth 913): Azure, a stag's head cabossed attired Or and a chief of the second. There is clearly a CD for the addition of the mullets, but is the double arching of the chief worth a second CD? It has been previously ruled that there is not a CD between a chief singly arched and a plain chief: "the arching here is virtually identical to that shown on period renditions of a plain chief and adds almost no visual difference" (AMoE, LoAR 19 March 1988, p. 12)
Rowena Cécile. Name.
Chiefs double arched have been acceptable in the S.C.A. for over twelve years. According to J.P. Brooke-Little, the first use of this line of partition seems to have been in 1806 in a grant to William Proctor Smith: Gules, on a chief double arched Or, three trefoils proper. (Fox-Davies, A Complete Guide to Heraldry, 1969 revision, footnote, p. 75) Therefore, there is no period evidence upon which to base a decision. However, from this example, we can infer that nineteenth century heralds viewed double arching to be different from a straight line of partition; at least a blazonable difference.
From a visual perspective, single arching has been used to give representation to the curvature of a shield, especially with bends. Double arching does not appear to be an artistic method of denoting curvature. It involves a distinct action in the drawing of the line of partition in the same way as bevilling. This makes it one step removed from a plain line of partition. Therefore, we feel a clear difference can be counted between a chief plain and a chief double arched. This second CD brings this submission clear of arms of De La Faye.
The Letter of Intent misstated the source of the documentation. The submitter provided a copy of Barber's British Family Names, p. 113, which lists the French Cécile under Cecil.
Sándorfia Miklós. Device. Per saltire argent and sable, four rustres counterchanged.
Sarah Langetoft. Name.
Sebastian Alexander of Darkwood Isle. Name change (from Sebastian of Darkwood Isle) and device. Sable, a pall inverted Or between three flames proper.
Sulaiman ibn Ali al-Mustain. Name and badge. (fieldless) A triangle voided and interlaced with a triquetra inverted sable.
Please tell the submitter to draw the charges thicker.
Tancred dello Falco. Household name for Casa dello Falco.
To be grammatically correct, the household name should be Casa del Falco, but this version is grandfathered to the submitter. It would be a service to the submitter and his household to inform them of the correct grammar for their names and encourage them to change to it.
Thorvaldr Gángläre Vakkerfjell. Device. Per chevron throughout argent and azure two ravens addorsed sable and three drinking horns in annulo argent.
Thorvaldr Gángläre Vakkerfjell. Badge. Azure, three drinking horns in annulo and a bordure embattled argent.
Viviane d'Aguillon. Name and device. Per pale and chevronelly azure and argent , a torch sable enflamed between two compass stars Or.
Please instruct the submitter to draw all of the charges larger.
Wolfram von Drachenburg. Name.
Anne Sinclair. Name (see RETURNS for device).
Cerridwen du Potier. Name.
Ernst von Nürnberg. Name.
The submitted Nuremburg is the English spelling; we have replaced it with the German spelling (suitable for use with von).
Gerberga of Ardennes. Device. Azure, a cinquefoil pierced ermine between three mascles, a bordure argent charged with mascles gules.
Gwalchmai Blackhawk. Name.
Henry of Stone Hill Keep. Name and device. Argent, on a pale between two arrows gules, an arrow inverted argent, a bordure gules.
Jonathan of Exeter. Name and device. Potenty azure and Or, on a bend sable two dice Or.
Nigel Mac Neal. Name.
Rohesia Cléireach. Name and device. Purpure, a Celtic cross and in chief two trees eradicated Or.
The surname appears on the Letter of Intent without the accent over the first "e." This appears to have been a typographical error since the submission forms have the accent mark. We've replaced the accent, thus yielding the correct spelling.
Stephen Wolfe. Device change. Argent, on a pale sable, in base a wolf's head erased argent, overall a bend indented on the upper edge gules.
His previous device (Argent, on a pale between in base two fleur-de-lys sable, in chief a wolf's head erased argent) is retained as a badge.
Thomas Merrick of Blackheath. Name and device. Sable, a wingless griffin rampant queue fourchy Or within bordure argent annuletty gules.
The locative appears in the Letter of Intent as two words: Black Heath. Normal English practice tends to run the two words together. Since Blackheath is an actual locality in Kent, England, dating to 1166, we've made the corresponding change in the submitted locative.
Ælfeda æt Æthelwealda. Device. Vert, a fret and on a chief embattled Or three mascles vert.
Alicia of Hyde Hill. Device. Or, a hide azure and a mount vert.
Alina Mika Kobyakovna. Device change. Per saltire Or and purpure, a handgun rest gules between two baskets Or.
The primary chage was submitted as a broach. The broach (more fully blazoned an embroiderer's broach) is a period charge, dating to 1558, in the arms of the Worshipful Company of Broderers; but it should be drawn with a pointed tip, not with the U-shaped tip drawn here. The charge drawn on the emblazon is also found in period armory in the arms of Waldstromer von Reichelsdorf (Siebmacher, plate 108); but I don't know what it's called. Rietstap blazons it simply as forche (fork), which in French can refer to almost any bifurcated artifact. Society blazonry calls the charge a handgun rest and we have so blazoned it here. If the submitter wants an embroiderer's broach, she'll have to resubmit with a correct emblazon.
Alinor of Braeford. Badge. Vert scaly argent, four cat's eyes in cross Or.
Her previous device (Argent, a decrescent sable enclosing a candle gules enflamed proper) is released.
Alwynne of Rivenstar. Device. Vert, a ram's head cabossed argent and in chief three suns Or, all within a bordure argent.
Alyna Duchez. Name.
Ambrose Nic Neill. Name.
Cateline Geneviève du Mont. Name.
Cerdic Blackmoore. Device. Per chevron sable and argent, three mullets of four points one and two argent and a cubit arm armored gules between in fess two mullets of four points sable.
Clarissa Wykeham. Device. Or, on a chevron azure between three hearts gules, two swords conjoined at their points argent, a bordure embattled gules.
Eibhlin nic Bhroccain. Name.
Emelye Anne de Bristowe. Name.
Erasmus the Dane. Name and device. Sable, within a mullet of seven points inverted, voided and interlaced argent between three bees, another bee Or winged argent.
Garth Halfdan. Name.
Geoffrey Fauconnet. Name.
Gwenllian ferch Olwen. Name.
The given name appears on the Letter of Intent as Gwenllien. This appears to be a typographical error and we have changed the name to the correct spelling as appears on the submission forms.
Jararvellir, Barony of. Badge. Azure, a fess embattled and in chief a catfish naiant contourny, a bordure Or.
The fess and the bordure should be drawn wider.
Jehanne de Lurs. Name and device. Quarterly argent and azure, four hunting horns counterchanged.
Matthew de Beaumont. Name and device. Quarterly vert and sable, a tree and in chief two crosses patonce argent.
Meadhbh Ní Dhubháin Uí Chorbáin. Name (see RETURNS for device).
Nikolai of Trakai. Name.
Tatiana of Varena. Name.
Valérie la Rousse. Name.
Valerie is the submitter's mundane given name.
Zuriel of Eastwatch. Name and device. Sable, on a chevron inverted cotissed argent, two vines slipped and leaved vert, flowered purpure, in chief a skull argent.
This submission raised the question of how much difference is needed between the SCA and mundane names. In the LoA&R of November 1992, I returned us to our previous standard of non-identity: "The minimum change (the one regarded as a loophole by liberals and conservatives alike) is probably the addition or deletion of a single syllable (e.g. John Smith to John the Smith)." [LoA&R of April 1985]. Any changes smaller than a single syllable may not be sufficient; they must be argued case by case.
In this case, the submitter's mundane name (Valerie La Rue) was too close to the name she submitted (Valerie Le Roux). The fact that the bynames had different derivations and spellings was irrelevant; their pronunciation was nearly identical. Even under our new relaxed standards, there was not enough separation between the mundane name and SCA persona. Fortunately (!), the submitted byname was also grammatically incorrect: it used the masculine form of the adjective. The feminine equivalent is la Rousse and this is sufficiently different from La Rue to be acceptable in this case.
Adnár Dunnigan. Device. Per bend sable and gules, a bend between two rustres Or.
Adnár Dunnigan. Badge. (fieldless) A rustre per bend sable and gules.
Alfred the Large. Name and device. Azure, a horse's head couped contourny and on a chief argent a bar wavy vert.
This client's original submission (Azure, a horse's head couped argent charged on the neck with a poplar leaf vert) was made in the Middle Kingdom in 1976. It was rejected by Laurel in August 1979 for a conflict in Papworth. Since, at that time, names were not approved without devices, this is a resubmission of both the name and device.
Alys Sheffield. Name.
Brianna of Wessex. Device. Per bend wavy argent and gules, two roses counterchanged.
This is clear of Diarmaid ap Gwilym (SCA), Per pale argent and gules, two rose branches entwined, each ending in a rose, all counterchanged, if not by Substantial Difference of Primary Charge, then with a CD for the change of type of charges and a CD for the change of the field.
Brighid of Lindisfarne. Name and device. Azure, in pale three escallops inverted one and two and a swallow volant bendwise argent.
This is clear of Rorik Fredericksson, Azure, a grey goose (Anser Anser) volant bendwise, wings elevated and addorsed proper. There is a CD for the addition of the escallops and a second CD for the difference between a goose and a swallow (though not between a goose and a generic bird).
Cadhla Coille Dharaich. Name.
Caointiarn Comhthaistealaí. Name and device. Azure, a lion couchant guardant contourny, on a mount argent a hank of cord azure.
The surname appears on the Letter of Intent as Comhtaisteali and on the submitter's forms as Comhthaisteali. The submitter's documentation from De Bhaldraithe's English-Irish Dictionary, p. 777, defines "fellow-traveller" as comhthaistealaí. We've changed the spelling to the documented form.
Cordelia Tosere. Device change. Per chevron argent and azure, two annulets purpure and a cross formy fitchy argent.
Her previous device (Chevronelly azure and argent, an annulet purpure) is released.
Curteis FitzOsbern de Abergavenny. Name and device. Checky argent and vert, a tower per pale sable and azure, the battlements enflamed proper.
Doreen Dragonet of Darkstone Castle. Name and device. Per bend azure and gules, three annulets interlaced two and one Or.
Eric Blackhurst. Name.
François Dragonet of Darkstone Castle. Name.
We have added the cedilla that François should have.
Khaalid al-Jaraad. Badge. (fieldless) A cat sejant erect affronty argent.
Khaalid al-Jaraad. Release of badge. (fieldless) An apple voided purpure.
Maria del Norte. Name and device. Gules, a lily-of-the-valley plant Or, a chief embattled argent.
Mary the Mild. Name and device. Azure, a cat's head couped and on a chief argent a bar wavy vert.
This client's original submission (Azure, a cat's head couped contourny charged on its neck with two poplar leaves in bend vert) was made in the Middle Kingdom in 1976. The name was rejected by Laurel in August 1979 for being too close to the Virgin Mary. Current evidence indicates that this decision was in error. While mildness was an attribute ascribed to the Virgin Mary (see the OED for citations under mild), so were most of the other virtues. Nowhere in A Dictionary of Mary by Donald Attwater (P.J. Kenedy & Sons, New York, 1956), including in the entry "Titles of Mary", is this particular formation found. The Mild doesn't seem to have been one of her formal titles (such as the Virgin or Queen of Heaven), nor was it so intimately associated with Mary (as would be the Immaculate or the Sorrowful) that the usage must of necessity refer to her.
Regenweald Acleah Beorthram. Name and device. Checky argent and gules, two griffins combattant and in base an annulet, on a chief sable three annulets argent.
Since, at the time of the original submission, holding names were not formed, this is a resubmission of both the name and the device.
Sine the Shameless. Device. Azure, an hawk striking argent and in base a garden rose fesswise slipped and leaved, a bordure Or.
Sorcha Careman. Name.
The surname was submitted as Caremon, but no documentation was provided for this spelling. We've substituted the above spelling as authorized by the submitter.
Taliesin Galloglach. Device. Sable, a chevron between two equal armed Celtic crosses and a tower, a bordure Or.
Tancred Fraser. Name.
This was submitted as de Fraser. The documentation doesn't seem to support the preposition. According to Black, p. 278, an original de Fresel becomes Fraisser. However, the name of Sir Simon Frasee, 'first record in Scotland' doesn't have the preposition. Baring more conclusive evidence to the contrary, we've deleted de.
Titus Octavius Leutharius. Name.
The given name was submitted as Leutharis, but this appears to be a typographical error in the Letter of Intent.
William of Wisby. Name and device. Azure, a saltire pomelly argent between four escutcheons, bases to center, Or.
THE FOLLOWING SUBMISSIONS HAVE BEEN RETURNED:
Aidan Aileran O'Comhraidhe. Badge change (resubmission). Per fess wavy azure and barry wavy Or and azure, two scythes in saltire argent.
A similar submission (Per fess wavy azure and argent, in base a bar wavy azure, overall two scythes in saltire argent) was returned May 92 for lack of contrast, and for conflict with the arms of Prayers (Papworth 1088), Gules, two scythes in saltire argent. Laurel held that "the visual effect of the bottom half of the field ... is of a field Per fess wavy azure [and] barry wavy argent and azure"; there was a single CD for field tincture.
Alaric Greythorn of Glen Mor. Badge. (fieldless) An equal-armed Celtic cross quarter-pierced sable.
The client has resubmitted in slightly different tinctures, providing sufficient contrast; but, although the LOI blazoned this again as a per fess field with a wavy bar in base, the visual effect is still of a per fess azure and barry wavy field. It was not unusual for barry or paly fields in period to be drawn with an odd number of traits (which we'd blazon as bars or palets); see, for example, the arms of Mouton (Multon, Moleton) found both as Barry argent and gules and Argent, three bars gules (DBA, pp 59, 88; Foster, p. 145). The distinction is even less noticeable when covering only a portion of the shield, as here; see, for example, the arms of von Rosenberg, whose Per fess field has in base either three bends or bendy depending upon the artist's whim (Siebmacher, p. 8; Neubecker and Rentzmann, p. 290). Even when the distiction is worth blazoning, it's worth no difference.
This remains a conflict with the arms of Prayers. The submitter might consider changing the number of scythes. Should he resubmit with this background, please have him draw the waves larger and bolder; this alone would have been sufficient reason for return.
This conflicts, alas, with the mon of Hiyoki (Hawley 93): Dark, an equal-armed Celtic cross quarter-pierced light. (That's how it would be blazoned in European terms. I believe the Hiyoki charge is based on the kanji for the number 10.) There is a single CD, for tincturelessness; a comparison of the emblazons show the charges are identical.
Armand le Rouge. Device. Gules, two escallops argent and a fleece Or.
Conflicts with William de Acre (Papworth 681), Gules three escallops argent. There is a single CD, for the cumulative changes to the charge in base.
Damhnait mac Sitig. Name.
Withdrawn by the submitter.
Geneviève Cordelia d'Outremer. Device. Argent chapé vert scaly argent, four mascles in cross gules.
This was blazoned on the LOI (with minor corrections) as Vert scaly argent, on a pile inverted throughout argent, four mascles in cross gules. It's just as easily blazonable as a chapé field, however, and indeed the mascles are more likely to be perceived as primary charges here. Under that blazon, this conflicts with the arms of Tindall (Papworth 975), Or, five mascles in cross gules. There's a CD for the field, but nothing for the addition of the fifth mascle (since their relative placement is unchanged, and no difference is granted for 4 vs. 5, per Rule X.4.f).
Heron's Keep, Shire of. Name.
Conflicts with the Shire of Hyrnkeepe, registered July 93.
Isle of the Golden Phoenix, Canton of the. Name.
If Isle is considered the substantive element in this name, it conflicts with the Lordship of the Isles, in Scotland. If Golden Phoenix is considered the substantive element, it conflicts with the city of Phoenix, Arizona. In either case, addition of modifiers is insufficient.
Johann von Sternberg. Name and device. Per fess indented azure and argent, in chief a compass star elongated to base argent.
Moreover, the name does not really follow a period model. While some places were named for animals, e.g. the Canary Islands, the use of mythical monsters, added adjectives, and a long name bring this beyond the pale. They would be well advised to use fewer phrases when they resubmit.
No forms were included with the LOI, for either the name or the device. The submission must therefore be returned.
Loch Soilleir, Barony of. Badge. Vert, a sea-serpent nowed argent.
Additionally, the device had multiple conflicts. The firmest were the devices of Ulrich Drachendonner (SCA), Tierced in pall azure, gules and sable, in chief a compass star argent; and of Aliena of the High Reaches (SCA), Azure, in honor point an estoile of four greater and four lesser points above in base three mountain peaks, the centermost enhanced, argent. In the first instance, there's a CD for the field, but nothing for type or placement of the charge. The second, while technically clear, is overwhelmingly similar visually.
It also conflicts with the badge of the Kingdom of Ansteorra (SCA), [tinctureless] A mullet of five greater and five lesser points distilling gouts. There's a CD for tincturelessness, but none for number of points on the mullet (from 8 to 12); and the gouts are too small to be worth difference. Placement on the field cannot be counted against a fieldless badge.
Finally, there are several conflicts with other armories, all based on a forced move of the mullet to chief. Typical of these are the badge of the Barony of Rivenstar (SCA), Azure, a rivenstar argent, and the arms of Huggard (Papworth 989), Azure, a mullet of six points argent. There's a CD for the field, but as the mullet is argent, it can't be centered on the half-argent field; its movement to chief is forced, and thus is not counted for difference. The variations in mullets are likewise worth no difference here.
(This was submitted as the badge for the Order of the Serpent's Toils of Loch Soilleir. Note that this is the registered form of the Order name.) This conflicts with the arms of Bloore (Papworth p. 1043): Vert, a serpent bowed embowed debruised, the tail torqued Or. There's a CD for the serpent's tincture, but nothing for the exact form of nowing.
Loch Soilleir, Barony of. Badge resubmission. Vert, a sea-serpent in annulo, head to chief and biting its own tail argent.
Should the Barony resubmit with this motif, please have them draw the sea-serpent's distinguishing characteristics larger, to promote identification (and to avoid possible conflict with a knot-badge).
This same submission was returned November 1991 for conflict with Elffin of Mona (SCA): Vert, an annulet rayonny on the outer edge argent and in chief a sword fesswise proper. They have redrawn the serpent, enlarging its head to aid in identification. Unfortunately, the previous submission was not returned for visual conflict, and therefore is not dependent on drawing style. Rather, a sea-serpent in annulo is simply not a CD away from an annulet rayonny on the outer edge. Redrawing the sea-serpent does not necessarily change that fact.
Marche Sauvage, Shire of le. Name and device. Sable, a laurel wreath argent within a stag's massacre, a bordure Or.
This must again be returned for conflict with Elffin of Mona. The Barony might consider writing His Majesty of Drachenwald and asking for permission to conflict.
The name conflicts with the Earls of March, and with their herald, March Pursuivant. The former are listed in general references (e.g. the 1911 E.Brit., vol.xvii, p.685); the latter is on the list of protected heraldic titles from the 1987 A&O confirmed by Mistress Alisoun. In neither case is the change of designator (Shire of, Earls of, Pursuivant) or addition of the adjective sufficient difference.
Middleford, Shire of. Badge. Argent, a bridge of one arch sable and a chief embattled gules.
The device looks acceptable, but cannot be registered without a name.
Conflicts with Oldcastle (Parker 95),Argent, a castle (or tower) triple-towered sable, chained transverse the port Or. There's a single CD, for the chief; we grant no difference for castle vs. bridge, considering both to be towers connected by masonwork.
Miguel Tamut de Aldea. Device. Sable, a "Japanese" crane displayed aversant Or between three compass stars argent.
(The name was registered Sept 92.) The primary charge was blazoned as a Japanese crane in the LOI to insure a specific stylization. In general, we don't blazon the exact nationality of the drawing style, preferring to leave that to the artist; the few exceptions to this rule are just that, exceptions. In this case, the drawing style has robbed the crane of all the characteristics that let it be identified as a crane: the lack of long legs, the unorthodox posture, the collapse of the sinuous neck. While we don't necessarily agree that any bird will conflict with any other bird in the same posture, we have to admit that this crane, robbed of its identifying traits, will conflict with an eagle. The device therefore conflicts with the arms of Gayton (Papworth p. 304), Sable, an eagle displayed Or, as cited in the LOI.
If he resubmits with the crane drawn in a recognizable posture, it will clear this conflict. Note that this will almost certainly entail using a European emblazonry style, rather than a Japanese style.
Caitlyn Emrys. Device. Argent, a peacock pavonated to base and a dexter tierce azure.
This conflicts with the badge of Tannis of Tir-y-Don (SCA): Argent, a peacock passant reguardant pavonated to base proper. There being little difference between a peacock proper and a peacock azure, there is a single CD, for the tierce.
Caitlyn Emrys. Badge. Azure, a peacock in its pride argent.
This conflicts exactly with the arms of Peterswaldski: D'azur à un paon rouant d'argent (Azure, a peacock in its pride argent) (Rietstap).
Daedin MacAoidh a'Mhonadh. Name change (from Daedin MacKay na Aonaich).
The name as submitted does not appear to be grammatically correct. The locative byname is intended to mean "of the moors" (plural); in Scots Gaelic, that would be nam monadh. The submitted form is closer to the Scots Gaelic for "of the moor" (singular), which is a' mhonaidh. According to Lord Palimpsest, the noun aspirates in the singular genitive case, but not the plural. The client contends (through Lord Lion's Blood) that the submitted form is a scribal abbreviation of nam monadh, which thus requires aspiration; but we would like to see some evidence of this grammatical departure before we accept it.
Rorich Wendel. Name.
The patronymic likewise had some problems. The form submitted is a masculine construction unsuitable for a presumably feminine name; Nic Aoidh would be the appropriate form. The client opines that the submitted form is a "clan name", "of the MacKays", or possibly uses an omitted intermediate patronymic, "Daedin [nic X] Mac Kay ...". However, we've been given no evidence that either form is period practice -- and I know there are a great many submitters who would welcome such evidence. Moreover, even assuming these are acceptable constructions, they would still require the surname to be fully in the genitive case: MhicAoidh, anglicized VcKay.
Either of the variant forms suggested by the submitter will need to be documented before it can be registered. Lord Lion's Blood informs us that the submitter would rather have the name returned than have the grammar corrected. We will abide by her wishes.
Withdrawn by the submitter.
Ysmay de Chaldon. Device. Vert, a compass star elongated to base Or between flaunches erminois.
This conflicts with the device of Esme ffoulkes of Mercia (SCA), Vert, a comet palewise Or between flaunches ermine. There's a CD for the tincture of the flaunches, but nothing for comet vs. mullet elongated to base. She might consider another field tincture.
Edward Menteith. Device. Or, a bend purpure between two dice vert, spotted argent, and a thistle bendwise purpure, slipped and leaved vert.
This conflicts with the arms of Traxler (Renesse): Or, a bend purpure. There's a single CD, for the addition of the secondary charge group.
Knutr Stormkarter. Name resubmission.
The name, in the slightly different form Knutr Stormrkartr, was returned on the LoAR of Aug 92: it had been incorrectly formed, and if it had meant what the submitter said (which it did not), would have been a claim to non-human powers. The resubmitted form is still incorrect -- as noted in his last submission, the correct Old Norse for "storm cart" would be stormkartr -- and in any event, the byname is still not applicable to a human being. He needs to show that period humans were described as moving storms before we can even consider this name, in any incarnation. The submitter has forbidden any corrections.
Luisa of the Willows. Badge resubmission. Per bend purpure and gules, a sword and a bordure wavy crested Or.
Though blazoned on the LOI as rayonny, the bordure is in fact wavy crested. This line of division was introduced to heraldry in the 20th Century, and is thoroughly modern; it has not been accepted in Society armory for over a decade. Please have the submitter use a period line on the bordure.
Margaret Menteith. Device. Argent, a heart gules charged with a key inverted argent, a bordure embattled azure.
This conflicts with Thomas Heath (SCA): Argent, on a heart gules, a unicorn passant reguardant argent. Current precedent does not permit the heart to be considered a "simple geometric charge" for the purposes of Rule X.4.j.ii; therefore, only changing the type of the tertiary is not worth a CD. The only countable difference is for the addition of the bordure.
Tristan of Landhelm. Device. Quarterly counter-ermine and argent, in bend sinister two pairs of annulets interlaced bendwise sinister gules.
The quarterly field division must be used carefully, to avoid the appearance of marshalled armory. Rule XI.3 sets out what designs will appear to be marshalled: the use of more than one charge per quarter is unacceptable in this context. This must be returned. If he used a single annulet in each argent quarter, or a group of two linked annulets overlying the line of division, it would be acceptable (assuming no conflicts).
Mistylla of the Misty Isle. Badge. (fieldless) Two mice salient respectant inverted, tails nowed together Or.
The charges are not in a blazonable heraldic posture; not really being salient, passant, statant or couchant. Additionally, the College has judged inverted creatures to be unacceptable style, barring documentation of this practice in period heraldry.
Theodora Delamore. Device. Per bend indented sable and vert, in sinister chief a unicorn salient argent.
This conflicts with the badge of Windsor, A unicorn argent (Fox-Davies' Heraldic Badges p. 159). Unicorns are rampant by default. There is only one CD for the addition of the field. If the submitter chooses to retain the unicorn as a charge on a resubmission, please instruct her as to the correct way to draw a unicorn rampant.
Annys de Vernun of Kettering. Badge. (fieldless) An annulet wreathed Or and gules.
Conflicts with the badge of King James of Scotland: (tinctureless) An annulet (Fox Davies' Heraldic Badges), Abe: Dark an annulet light (Hawley's Mon, p.85), and with Lonsdale: Gyronny of eight gules and Or, an annulet counterchanged (Papworth, p.4). There is only one CD for the fieldless nature of this submission. In the first two conflicts, there is no difference granted for charge tincture versus tinctureless badges. In the third conflict, the tincture of the annulet is essentially the same, multiple segments of alternating gules and Or.
Eirik Asvaldsson. Device. Per fess gules and Or, a wolf passant uluant argent and a mug bendwise sinister inverted, distilling a gout gules.
There are two problems with the submitted emblazon. The per fess line is below its proper location but too high to be considered a base. The wolf is emblazoned in too stylized a form to be identifiable as a wolf. A correctly drawn emblazon needs to be submitted for this to be acceptable.
Elena la Perdida de Cadiz. Device. Per pale purpure and argent, three quatrefoils and a chief nebuly counterchanged.
The line of division on the chief appears to be a cross between nebuly and wavy crested (the latter disallowed for SCA usage). Additionally, the nebules need to be larger. This needs to be returned for redrawing.
Seeger of Ringhaven. Name.
Submission withdrawn by the Principal Herald.
Tyrkir von Bremen. Device. Per bend sinister bevilled argent and sable, three wolves' teeth issuant from dexter gules and a furison inverted bendwise sinster argent.
This device was originally returned on 23 August 1993 for using an emblazon of per bend sinister bevilled which was at best two logical steps away from period evidence. Given evidence that such fields were never used with charges, the submission was unacceptable. I also referred to the cover letter for a full discussion.
In my cover letter of 18 September 1992, I discussed the period support for the use of per bend sinister bevilled. Referencing Legh's Accidence of Armory, 1586, I concluded "I haven't yet determined whether this was an actual coat, or was one of Legh's inventions to illustrate his book; but he does make it clear that the bevilled field should not be charged." In discussing the previous version of this submission I noted citations in the documentation also were uncharged. I stated that I "might even accept them used with charges (in a balanced way), despite the indications that charges weren't used with these fields in period." I concluded the discussion by leaving open of Per bend (sinister) bevilled for SCA use and stated that if this were "resubmitted with correctly drawn bevilling (and perhaps a more balanced use of charges)", the College would consider it.
This resubmission only partially corrected the problem with the emblazon; the horizontal "zag" being replaced by a vertical one. However, per bend sinister line still doesn't originate from the sinister chief corner. It now orginates from the sinister side of the shield instead of the top of the shield. This line of partition still needs to be emblazoned correctly to be acceptable. In addition, the unbalanced nature of the device has not been improved. The combination of the gules wolves' teeth starting from the dexter side of the shield with the nonstandard orientation of the furison, make the submission unacceptable.
Aetheric Lindberende. Device. Per chevron throughout argent and gules, a gauntlet fesswise issuing a wing from the cuff and sustaining a shamshir, the whole in annulo counterchanged.
This submission suffers from a lack of recognizability of the design. The gauntlet is not winged but rather has an unrecognizable wing issuing from the cuff. The former would have eagle's wings [the default, according to Parker, pp. 622-3] from either side, whereas the latter seems to be a stylized feather in a nonstandard placement. If the sword, gauntlet and wing are considered one charge, since visually they are, this violates the provision against complex counterchanging. If considered as three distinct charges, they are of equal visual weight and this becomes "slot machine" heraldry which is also prohibited. For all these reasons, this must be returned for redesign.
Barbara ni Sheaghdha of Tir Chonall. Device. Per chevron Or crusily botonny and azure, in base a cross botonny Or.
The use of a charge of the same type as a semy on the shield has previously been ruled unacceptable. "The most serious [stylistic problem] is the fact that a single secondary charge is placed on a field strewn with the same charge (in the same tincture!). Such a differentiation is not period style..." (AMoE, LoAR 2/25/90, p. 19) This was extended by Master Dau'd to include a charge of a different tincture from the semy. (LoAR 9/90, p. 16).
Brian Broadaxe. Device. Per pale gules and argent, two battleaxes in saltire counterchanged.
Conflicts with Akutagawa: Dark, two battleaxes in saltire light (Hawley's Mon, p.67). The tincture of the field counts for one CD, but according to Rule for Submission X.4.d, tinctureless armory may not count difference for the tincture of the charges.
Caelin of Applecross. Device. Purpure, a saltire between four apples slipped and leaved Or.
Conflicts with Bonbrut (Papworth 1060): Purpure, a saltire Or. There is only once CD for the addition of the secondary charges. This also conflicts with Katya Wanderer (SCA): Purpure, a saltire between in pale two mullets of four points and in fess an increscent and a decrescent Or. In this case, there in only one CD for the change in type of secondary charges.
Carolingia, Barony of. Name for the Guild of Calligraphers of Carolingia.
The earliest citation for the word calligrapher in the Oxford English Dictionary is from 1753 (v. 2, p. 38). Even the root word calligraphy is dated only to 1613, post period (though it is in the SCA's gray period). Therefore, the word calligrapher is two logical steps removed from period usage and is therefore unacceptable.
Cordula von Wolfstein. Device. Azure vêtu, a Pyrenean mountain dog passant argent maintaining a sword proper.
Conflicts with several examples of the form [FIELD], a [DOG] passant argent, of which Borgoine: Azure, a talbot passant argent, (Papworth, p.60) is typical. There is only one CD for the change of the field; the held charge counts for no difference.
Cynthia of Oakenwode. Device. Bendy sinister and per bend gules and Or.
Conflicts with numerous instances of [FIELD DIVISION] gules and Or, including Ros: Chequy gules and Or (Papworth, p.371), and Berings: Lozengy gules and Or (Papworth, p.972). Rule for Submission X.4.a.ii allows field-only armory to count difference separately for changes to tincture, division, line of partition and treatment of the field. In these cases, there is change of division only; hence only one CD. It also conflicts with Epprecht: Barré contre-barré de sable et d'argent de six pièces (Bendy sinister and per bend sable and argent) (Rietstap). There is a CD for tincture, but not for the field division.
Flintheath, Shire of. Badge. (fieldless) A furison argent.
Versus Nani: Per bend Or and gules (Woodward, p. 80) it was argued in the commentary that the addition of the bendy sinister lines resulted in one half of the field tinctures changing and therefore worth a CD. A similar argument can be made against Flieres: Bendy sinister Or and gules (Rietstap) that the counterchanging across the per bend line can be considered a tincture change of one half of the field and also worth a second CD. These arguments are fallacious since they assume tincture changes forced by a field division change are independent of the field change itself. A more obvious example is the change from Quarterly gules and Or to Per saltire gules and Or. In this case, one half of the field (alternating gyrons) changes tincture. Yet only one CD is given for the field change because the tincture change is necessitated by the division change. The only difference between this submission and the examples above are the complexity of the field divisions involved. For tincture changes to count as difference in field only submissions, one of the tinctures must be changed to a tincture not involved with the division change. Therefore, this submission also conflicts with Nani and Flieres and also with Midland: Bendy of six gules and Or (Papworth, p. 291).
This badge conflicts with Sprecher: Azure, a furison argent (Rietstap). There is only once CD for fieldlessness. Additionally, the lack of an archive copy is also grounds for returning this submission.
Gregorio dello Falco. Name and device. Per chevron pean and vert, in base a boar's head contourny couped close Or.
The grammatically correct version is del Falco. Unlike Christiana dello Falco, also on this letter, this submitter is apparently not a blood relation to Tancred dello Falco and so the Grandfather Clause does not apply. He permits neither changes nor a holding name, so this must be returned as must the device. On any future submissions of the device it should be more clear whether this is a per chevron line or a charged point pointed.
Jacques Gilbert de Gascogne. Device. Azure, a compass star throughout argent and in dexter chief a fleur-de-lis Or.
Conflicts with the Barony of Rivenstar (SCA), Azure, a riverstar argent; Hugard (Papworth 1100), Azure, a sun argent; and numerous others. We grant no difference between a compass star and a rivenstar, and no difference between a compass star and a sun.
Joanna d'Oléron. Device. Or, a garden rose purpure slipped and leaved vert and on a chief purpure three garden rosebuds bendwise sinister Or.
There is a longstanding policy that one may not use two close variants of the same charge in one design. It creates visual confusion, where the whole purpose of heraldry is instant identification. The almost-but-not-quite identical charges need not be a single group; this is not related to our ban on "slot-machine heraldry." (We wouldn't allow, for example, a sun between three compass stars either.) If there's not a CD between the two charges, they should not be used together in the same design. Therefore, this must be returned.
Johannes von Brückenheim. Badge. Sable, on a lozenge argent a rose leaf vert.
Conflicts with Burgthor: De sa. à une losange d'arg. (Sable, a lozenge argent) (Rietstap). There is only one CD for the addition of the rose leaf.
John MacGuire. Device. Argent, a pale sable, charged in base with a crescent Or, overall a Lakenvelder bull statant proper.
Prior Laurel rulings have banned the use of animate charges counterchanged over an ordinary. While the submitter has tried to get around this ban by using a striped breed of bull, the visual effect is still that of a bull counterchanged over a pale. Heraldry is a visual art; the visual effect cannot be avoided by clever reblazons. This violates our ban on complex counterchanging and must be returned for redesign.
Kari Stormeye. Device. Per chevron argent and counter-ermine, a griffin segreant counterchanged.
The Letter of Intent gives the surname as Maguire, but it was previously registered to this individual as MacGuire. Please inform the submitter of the correct spelling.
This conflicts with the seal of King Edward III: (tinctureless) a griffin (Fox Davies, Heraldic Badges, p.97). The tincture of the field counts for one CD, but according to Rule for Submission X.4.d, tinctureless armory may not count difference for the tincture of the charges.
Kathleen O'Connor. Device. Argent, a pegasus courant to sinister within a bordure dovetailed azure.
The dovetailing of the bordure is far too small to be identifiable. Please instruct the submitter to draw large, bold dovetails when she resubmits.
Morat d'Orleans. Name.
Note: The default wing posture for courant, passant or statant winged beasts is elevated and addorsed. This, therefore, is superfluous in the blazon and can be omitted.
The documentation in the Letter of Intent, from Dauzat, does not support the use of Morat as a given name. It is postulated that Morat is a variant of Maurat, the name of a hamlet. No documentation is provided showing that a variant of a place-name is a valid personal name. The submitter will need to add a given name.
Anne Sinclair. Device. Per bend embattled argent and azure, two dolphins naiant counterchanged.
Conflicts with Ríoghnach MacLeod: Per bend argent and azure, two dolphins naiant counterchanged (SCA, July 93). There is only one CD for the line of partition.
Keridwen of Aaron Isles. Name.
Standard usage of this form of locative requires the definite article: of the Aaron Isles. The submitter forbade any changes to this part of the name; therefore, barring independent documention of the locative, it must be returned.
Rayne Moyra O'Ciaragain. Name.
The submitter's use of this locative is based upon her membership in the household of Francis of Aaron Isle. The Rules for Submission allow the invocation of the Grandfather Clause only for cases of blood relationship; self, parent/child, husband/wife or siblings. SCA relationships such as households and knight/squire cannot invoke the Grandfather Clause since they are excluded from its provisions. Since this submitter doesn't appear to be a blood relative of Francis of Aaron Isles, the Grandfather Clause is not applicable.
Name returned. The surname is not grammatically correct, combining the Anglicized particle O' with an Irish Gaelic spelling of Ciaragáin; the name should be either fully Irish Gaelic or Anglized. Given the Anglicized rendering of the first two components of the name, Rayne and Moyra, the submitter would be well advised to use an Anglicized surname; in period O Kierregain or O Kerigane (Woulfe, p. 462) or the modern spelling O'Kerrigan (MacLysaght, p. 178).
Stephen Wolfe. Badge. (fieldless) On a delf sable, a wolf's head erased argent.
Fieldless badges consisting only of forms of armorial display, such as escutcheons, lozenges and delfs, are not acceptable since in use the "shield" shape does not appear to be a charge, but rather the field itself. This presents an entirely different armory for view. Further, when considered this way, this submission conflicts with the badge of William of Houghton: Sable, a grey wolf's head erased proper (SCA).
Calum MacDhaibhidh. Device. Vair, a mermaid proper crined gules maintaining two swords and on a chief sable, three mullets of seven points argent.
This has a complexity count of ten, with four types of charges and six tinctures (counting flesh proper, vert, and the gules hair separately). In addition, the mermaid is drawn in a naturalistic posture; not a heraldic one. This submission needs to be simplified and the mermaid needs to be drawn correctly.
Cerridwen verch Davydd. Name.
This conflicts with Ceridwen Dafydd (SCA).
Drachenfaust, Canton of. Device. Argent, on a bend sinister wavy azure between a mountain couped and a tower sable, three laurel wreaths palewise argent.
There is no petition of support from the populace. The waves are of insufficient amplitude to be acceptable and need to be deepened. The laurel wreaths on the submission form are barely visible; they need to be drawn more prominently.
Meadhbh Ní Dhubháin Uí Chorbáin. Device. Per pale embattled vert and Or, a raven contourny wings addorsed argent and a rat sejant erect sable maintaining a ivy branch vert.
This submission has a number of problems, each of which need to be corrected. The embattlements on the line of partition are too small; they need to be drawn bolder. Neither charge is drawn in a correct heraldic position. The rat is drawn as a combination of rampant and statant erect. The bird is close to passant but the wing position is not recognizably addorsed. Additionally, the raven is drawn poorly, lacking the hairy feathers typical of the charge; it looks more like a gull than a raven. Please instruct the submitter as to the correct way to emblazon the components of this device.
Olwen de Montgomery. Badge. Per pale argent and azure, a tyger passant gules.
This conflicts with Lutwyche, Or, a heraldic tiger passant gules (Papworth, p.97). There is only one CD for the change of the field.
Red Spears, Barony of. Badge. (fieldless) A frauenadler displayed gules.
This conflicts with the arms of Boudrac: D'or à une harpie de gueules (Or, a harpy gules) (Rietstap). The illustration in the glossary section of Rietstap shows that he considered the harpy/frauenadler to be displayed by default; there is thus a single CD, for fieldlessness.
Rhiannon de la Medewe du Leu. Device. Sable, a wolf's head cabossed argent within a bordure dovetailed Or.
Note: the fact that these were considered distinct charges in period allows us to grant a CD against eagles. This is therefore clear of such armories as Blundell: Argent, an eagle displayed gules (Papworth). There is a CD for the fieldlessness and another for the difference between the primary charges.
This conflicts with Fandral Silverfox (SCA): Sable, a fox's mask argent. There is only one CD for the addition of the bordure.
Beornwynn the Curmudgeon. Device resubmission. Or goutty de sang, a brock's head caboshed proper within a bordure rayonny sable.
The bordure has "pinking-shear" rayonny. The rayonny needs to be drawn larger with wavier rays. If the submitter resubmits this design he should make it clear that the gouts are not in orle.
Marc O'Malley. Name.
Withdrawn by the Principal Herald.
Tristram Telfor. Device. Per bend sinister wavy argent and purpure.
This conflicts with the arms of Hairspeckh: Taillé-ondé argent sur sable (Per bend sinister wavy argent and sable) (Renesse). There is only a single CD for the change of tincture for the bottom half of the field.
Walter of Hunter's Roost. Name and device. Argent, a linden tree eradicated proper, on a bordure vert three compass stars argent.
This also conflicts with the badge of the Barony of the Cleftlands, Per bend sinister nebuly argent and azure (SCA). There is a CD for the change to tincture, but none for the difference between nebuly and wavy: there are simply too many examples of these lines being used interchangeably, even in late period. (The arms of Blount: Barry nebuly/wavy Or and sable (DBA, p. 96) are the best known example.) Even the late period tracts, the first citations of nebuly as an independent complex line, give wide variation in its depiction: Bossewell, 1572, gives a number of different forms of nebuly (fo. 29, 56 and 76), two of which are indistinguishable from his depictions of undy or wavy (fo. 100 and 123). If wavy and nebuly were so indistinguishable in period, we can grant no CDs between them in the SCA.
The Oxford English Dictionary cites roost as a verb applicable to humans, "to lodge, harbour, make one's abode," barely within the period of the S.C.A., dating to 1593. As a noun applicable to humans it's dated only to 1858. Prior to this, it appears only to be applied to birds. This locative construction seems unlikely; just as House of the Red Revelers' Roost was deemed unacceptable, June 1993 LoA&R, so must this.
The device seems acceptable, but it must be returned because the submitter would not accept any changes to his name, even the formation of a holding name.
THE FOLLOWING SUBMISSIONS HAVE BEEN PENDED:
Alisaunder le Lyon. Device. Argent, two lions in fess sejant erect contourny azure.
In the LOI, the lions were blazoned sejant erect but emblazoned simply as sejant. The forms we've received match the blazon: the lions are sejant erect. It makes a difference: had they been simply sejant, this would certainly conflict with Maeve of the Mists (SCA), Argent, in cross four cats sejant to sinister azure. With the lions sejant erect, the submission is probably clear of Maeve's device, but that's not certain.
Damian Thorvaldsson. Name and device. Sable, a gurges Or.
This is pended to the January 94 meeting, to allow for commentary under the correct blazon. Commentary should consider possible conflicts under the correct blazon, as well as the difference to be granted between sejant and sejant erect.
The blazon was inadvertently omitted from the LOI. This is pended to the January 94 meeting, to allow for commentary under the correct blazon.
Gabrielle Honorée de Saint Pierre. Device. Per pale Or and purpure, three chevronels flory at the points braced and in chief two wyverns passant addorsed counterchanged.
This was blazoned on the LOI as Per pale Or and azure..., but the emblazons supplied to the Laurel office showed the sinister half of the field to be a rich purple. I suspect this is due to the color photocopying used; but in any event, since future submissions will be judged against the copy in the files, that copy must be considered the actual form of the device. This is pended to the January 94 meeting, to allow for commentary under the new blazon -- or, if the Ansteorran College forwards a correctly colored emblazon, I will accept the device under its original blazon.
Anjelina Isabella De Marisco. Device. Vert, a chevron throughout argent between five mullets of six points, two, one, and two Or, a bordure argent.
The blazon in the LOI inadvertently omitted the tincture of the mullets, making them argent by default. Pended to the January 1994 meeting, for the omission of the tincture of the mullets.
Please tell the submitter to draw the mullets larger.
Kilian of Golden Sea. Badge. (fieldless) A hand fesswise sustaining an anchor Or.
This must be pended until January 1994, as the tincture was omitted from the LoI. The "potent" in the blazon referred to the ends of the anchor's arms. As this is only artistic detail, it can be removed from the blazon.
Alasdair Wallace. Device. Argent, a chevron cotised azure surmounted by a sword and in chief two mullets sable.
Of the forms sent to Laurel, one included the mullets and one did not. This is being pended until January 1994 for receipt of correct forms.
Frosted Hills, Shire of. Device. Azure, on a fess invected on the upper edge between two mullets of eight points and a sturgeon naiant argent, a laurel wreath vert.
The miniature emblazon on the Letter of Intent matched neither the blazon nor the forms. It appears the LoI displayed the submitter's second choice at the kingdom level and not the submission sent to Laurel. This is pended to the January 1994 to allow the College to review the submission in light of the correct emblazon.
Petrus von Burghausen. Device. Per bend embowed-counter-embowed argent and sable, a cross formy and a dragon rampant counterchanged.
The LoI had the tinctures reversed. This is pended to the January 1994 meeting.
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