Society for Creative Anachronism

College of Arms

1194 Firwood Dr.

Pittsburgh, PA 15243


December 21, 1999

Unto the members of the College of Arms and all others who may read this missive does Dame Elsbeth Anne Roth, Laurel Queen of Arms, send greetings.

The November Laurel was held November 14 and considered the following letters of intent: Atenveldt (July 1), Saewynn and Clarionís Letter of Intent to Protect (July 10), Lochac (July 14), Lochac (July 15), Atlantia (July 20), Caid (July 23), Electrumís Letter of Intent to Protect (July 23), East (July 24), Artemisia (July 25), Middle (July 25), Ansteorra (July 30), Meridies (July 30), Trimaris (July 30), and Outlands (July 31).

The December Laurel meeting is scheduled for Saturday, December 4, 1999, and will consider the following letters of intent: Atenveldt (August 1), Caid (August 1), Lochac (August 12), Atlantia (August 13), An Tir (August 20), West (August 28), Ansteorra (August 31), and Outlands (August 31).

The January Laurel meeting is scheduled for Sunday, January 16, and will consider the following letters of intent: Drachenwald (August 8) (delayed due to late receipt of paperwork), Meridies (August 31) (delayed due to late receipt of paperwork), Middle (August 31) (delayed due to late receipt of paperwork), Æthelmearc (September 15), Caid (September 15), Outlands (September 15), Drachenwald (September 20), West (September 20), Atlantia (September 22), Artemisia (September 25), An Tir (September 28), Ansteorra (September 30), Meridies (September 30), and Outlands (September 30). Responses and rebuttals to commentary must be in the Collegeís hands no later than December 31.

The February Laurel meeting is scheduled for Saturday, February 12, and will consider the following letters of intent: Middle (September 27) (redated to October 6 based on postmark), Atenveldt (October 1), Drachenwald (October 11), Lochac (October 11), Artemisia (October 16), Atlantia (October 21), Middle (October 21), Æthelmearc (October 29), An Tir (October 29), Ansteorra (October 30), and Meridies (October 30). Original commentary on these LoIs must be in the Collegeís hands no later than December 31. Responses and rebuttals to commentary must be in the Collegeís hands no later than January 31.

The March Laurel meeting is tentatively scheduled for Saturday, March 11, and will consider the letters of intent from November.

Not all letters of intent may be considered when they are originally scheduled on this cover letter. The 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, some letters of intent received may not have been schedule because the administrative requirements (receipt of the forms packet, receipt of the necessary fees, etc.) have not yet been met.

REMINDER: Until the packet containing the paperwork is received, the letter may not be scheduled.

English Bynames from Late-Period Words

We regularly receive submissions in the form <given name> <byname> where the given name is English and the byname is a descriptive word dating from the 16th century. Laurel precedent is somewhat mixed, but we generally accept such names. However, descriptive bynames were not used in England in the 16th century, so such names are essentially impossible.

Should we not allow such names? If so, when should the cutoff date be? I would appreciate your comments by the end of March, 1999.

Dolphins, Tygers, and Roses

In the July 1999 LoAR, Edelweiss proposed to no longer blazon the difference between natural dolphins and heraldic dolphins just as we do not blazon the difference between garden roses and heraldic roses. I counter-proposed that the difference between a heraldic dolphin and a natural one was closer to that between a heraldic tyger and a natural tyger (i.e., one is a heraldic monster and one is the natural animal). The commentary was nearly unanimous in support of the second view. Therefore, we will continue to blazon natural dolphins as natural dolphins. However, we will not give a CD between the two types of dolphins although we do between heraldic and natural tigers.

In any case, natural dolphins, Bengal tigers, and garden roses are all still discouraged charges as they were not found in heraldry and have period counterparts.

Known World Heralds and Scribes Symposium

Teachers are needed for Known World Heraldic Symposium, June 23-25, 2000, in Houston, Texas. They are planning 35 classes in five tracks of: Armory, Onomastics, Administration, Calligraphy and Illumination. For teacherís signup sheet, see the event website ( or request a copy from the autocrat: Mistress Hillary Rose Greenslade (mka Marsha Greene), 16831 Macleish, Houston, TX., 77084, 281-855-9447 (till 10pm), Even if you cannot attend the event, please consider writing an article for the proceedings. Contact the proceedings editor: Mistress Teleri ferch Pawl (Rikki Mitman) ( or the autocrat (see above).

Roster Changes

Please add to the roster and mailing list Irene von Schmetterling (Wendy Colbert), 1469 Briers Dr., Stone Mountain, GA 30083, 404-297-7519, She has been on my staff as a large event consultant and is now becoming a commentor.


Send roster changes, roster corrections, and LoAR subscriptions to Lord Symond Bayard le Gris, Bruce R. Nevins, 2527 E. 3rd St., Tucson, AZ, 85716-4114, (520) 795-6000, (520) 795-0158 (Fax), Please make all checks or money orders payable to "SCA Inc. ó College of Arms." The cost for an LoAR subscription is $25.00 a year. Send all other administrative requests or payments to Laurel.Until then, I remain

In service,



Elsbeth Anne Roth

Laurel Queen of Arms