SCA - College of Arms
600 Cedar Street, NW
Washington, DC 20012
February 19, 1998
Unto the members of the College of Arms and all others who may read this missive do Mistress Jaelle of Armida, Laurel Queen of Arms, and Mistress Sionyn Muirgen ní Dhomnall, Pelican Queen of Arms, send Greetings!
The February Laurel meeting was held on Saturday, February 7, 1998, and considered the following letters of intent: Middle (dated July 30, redated by Laurel to October 30), Atlantia (October 5), Drachenwald (October 6), Outlands (October 15), Atenveldt (October 20), Trimaris (October 25), Meridies (October 25), Middle (October 25), West (October 29), Ansteorra (October 30).
The March Laurel meeting has been rescheduled for Saturday, March 14, 1998 and will consider the following letters of intent: Lochac (November 6), Drachenwald (November 7), Atlantia (November 9), Outlands (November 13), Caid (November 20), Artemisia (November 20), Atenveldt (November 20), AEthelmearc (November 24), Meridies (November 24), Ansteorra (November 26), West (November 28), Middle (November 30), and Caid (November 30). Original commentary on these LoIs must be in the College's hands no later than January 31, 1998. Responses and rebuttals to commentary must be in the College's hands no later than February 28, 1998.
The April Laurel meeting is scheduled for Saturday, April 11, 1998 and will consider the following letter of intent: Atlantia (December 7), Outlands (December 9), Drachenwald (December 8), Caid (December 16) Ansteorra (December 20), Artemisia (December 20), West (December 21), Atenveldt (December 25), Trimaris (December 28), Meridies (December 29), Middle (December 31) and Calontir (misdated January 30, 1997, redated by Laurel to December 31 based on postmark). Original commentary on these LoIs must be in the College's hands no later than February 28, 1998. Responses and rebuttals to commentary must be in the College's hands no later than March 31, 1998.
The May Laurel meeting is scheduled for Sunday May 3, with roadshows later on in the month and will consider: Drachenwald (January 10), Lochac (January 11), Atlantia (January 13), East (January 14), Outlands (January 15), Middle (January 17), Artemisia (January 19), Atenveldt (January 20), An Tir (January 25, tentatively scheduled pending receipt of paperwork), Meridies (January 26), West (January 29), Ansteorra (January 30), Caid (January 30) and An Tir (dated December 19, redated by Laurel to January 31 for lack of receipt of paperwork, tentatively scheduled pending receipt of paperwork). Original commentary on these LoIs must be in the College's hands no later than March 31, 1998. Responses and rebuttals to commentary must be in the College's hands no later than April 30, 1998.
The June Laurel meeting is tentatively scheduled for Saturday, June 13, with a roadshow prior to that in at Atlantian University and a roadshow at Known World.
Not all Letters of Intent may be considered when they are originally scheduled on this Cover Letter. Date of mailing of the LoI, date of receipt of the Laurel packet, or other factors may delay consideration of certain Letters of Intent. Additionally, not all Letters of Intent received have been scheduled because the administrative requirements (receipt of the forms packet, receipt of the necessary fees, etc.) have not yet been met.
REMINDER: due to problems with receipt of Laurel packets, until the packet containing the paperwork is received, the letter may not be scheduled.
Warrant Status - or where do things go from here
As the College is aware, the warrants for Pelican and myself expire this July. We advertised the opening and got no applications. We wrote to the Board requesting renewal and got the following response from the Board.
The Board of Directors will be reviewing the situation regarding Laurel and Pelican's warrant at their February 26th conference call. Their current warrant expires in July. We do not currently see any reason to not renew their warrants, however, proper procedure must be followed. All corporate office openings are to be advertised in the kingdom newsletters and corporate publications, which will happen in the April issues. We will take appropriate action after that time to ensure the smooth operation of this office.
When we hear anything else, we will let the College know. For now, however, continue to send all paperwork, checks, etc. to Laurel.
Congratulations to Dame Zenobia Naphtali, Couronne Rouge Herald of An Tir, who was inducted into the Order of the Pelican at 12th night court this January in An Tir.
Known World 1998
Let me remind everyone about this year's Known World Heralds and Scribes Symposium, June 19-21, 1997 in the Barony of Tir Ysgithr, in the Kingdom of Atenveldt. I urge everyone to attend.
Known World 1999 - Call for Bids
Anyone who is interested in putting on the 1999 Known World Symposium need to get their complete bids to Laurel and Pelican and at least a condensed version to the College by the end of May.
Swapping name/armory resubmissions
A question was raised with the badge submission of Gwyddno of Tempio, whose name was registered as a holding name; can a submitter apply a free resubmission for an name to the submission of a badge. Free resubmissions for names are available from two different actions. First, a name only submission is returned outright or when both the name and armory is returned. Second, a holding name has been assigned in order to register armory when the submitted name required return. In the first case, the free name resubmission cannot be applied to a badge since armory cannot be registered without a registered name. In the second case, the administrative handbook specifically states holding names may be changed for free. If a submitter chooses to accept a holding name instead of resubmitting, this has the same effect as the submitted name being registered, no return exists and no free resubmission exists. Therefore, the swapping of a free resubmission of a name for an armory submission is not possible.
Documentation and Saint Gabriel
One of this month's submissions contained name documentation obtained from the Academy of Saint Gabriel. I would like to remind the College, and ask the College to make it clear to their submitters than no one, including Laurel, can guarantee acceptance of a name or device, and that the standards of documentation are the same no matter who provides the documentation. The problem with the submission is summarized below:
Bernadou du Lac. Name.
In this case, the documentation for Bernadou as a given name consisted of a letter from the Academy of Saint Gabriel. The letter from the Academy states that "Dauzat cites 'Bernadou' as a modern French surname. From his discussion here and elsewhere, we conclude that this surname derived from a southern-French nickname for 'Bernard'. While we cannot date this form as a given name, we think it is very likely that it was used in the 14th through 16th centuries, since that is the period when most modern French surnames were formed."
They give some examples of similar nicknames giving rise to other surnames in the same region of France. They end by saying "All of these examples are modern surnames, rather than pre-1600 given names, but Dauzat's discussion implies that they derive from given name forms."
Unfortunately, the belief of the Academy, especially without dates, is not sufficient documentation to register Bernadou as a given name. Especially since Morlet (which has early period names) has Bernadou as a surname.
While this is in no way to imply that people should not feel free to go to the Academy (or anyone else they choose) for help, no matter what the source, the documentation should be reviewed and weighed against our standards.
LoAR Subscriptions and Roster changes:
Send roster changes, additions, subtractions, subscriptions to the LoAR and address changes in a separate letter, not in the body of a LoI or LoC to: Mistress Sionyn Muirgen ní Dhomnall, Pelican Queen of Arms, Jackie Watkins, 3532 Winding Wind Cove, Bartlett, TN, 38135-3044. Please make all checks or money orders payable to "SCA Inc. - College of Arms". The cost is currently $25.00 a year.
Also, remember all administrative issues (requests for warrants, quarterly reports, etc.) need to be sent to Pelican.
And remember to be a principal herald or a submissions herald, you must pass a test in advance of receiving your approval from our office, on the administrative handbook.
I cannot accept certified mail at home. If you need to send me mail return receipt requested, contact me privately, and I will send you my work address.
The next noble color is purple or red, which stands for fire. Fire is nobler than all the other elements and is the second luminous body after the sun. And because of the nobility of the color, no one may wear garments of purple or red except the prince. And it is said in the above-cited law that this color is nobler than the others.
Bartolo da Sassoferrato's Tract on Insignia and Coats of Arms (14th century)
Until next month, pray believe that I am, and remain,
Your faithful servant,
Jaelle of Armida
Laurel Queen of Arms
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