of the College of Arms
Society for Creative Anachronism, Inc.
THE FOLLOWING NAMES AND ARMORIES HAVE BEEN APPROVED AND REGISTERED:
Caelina Lærd Reisende. Name (see RETURNS for device).
Dafydd of Whitetree. Name.
Gryphon's Lair, Canton of. Name and device. Per chevron inverted azure and argent, a griffin segreant Or and a laurel wreath vert.
The name had been pended from the Oct 92 meeting. However, having received the petition of support from the populace, we can register both name and device without waiting until March 93.
Pelinore of Silverkeep. Device. Per chevron inverted counter-ermine and argent, a chevron raguly on its upper edge gules, in base a unicorn couchant reguardant sable.
This had been pended from the Aug 92 meeting.
Rowena of Arn Hold. Holding name and device. Ermine, two scarpes vert, overall a falcon volant contourny sable, holding in its beak a rowan slip vert fructed gules.
This was submitted under the name Rowena MacLeod, which was returned for conflict Aug 92. We've registered the device under a holding name.
Ruben Klaus Winterhalter. Badge. (fieldless) A rainbow proper clouded sable, surmounted by an arrow inverted sable.
Though similar to the device of David Shmuel ben Rachon (Ermine, two scarpes vert, overall a golden eagle striking proper bearing in its beak a garden rose gules, slipped and leaved vert), there's a CD for the tincture of the bird and a CD for its posture. A comparison of the emblazons showed no visual conflict.
This had been returned Oct 92, ostensibly because it was incorrectly tinctured for a rainbow proper. As it turns out, Laurel had based his decision on garbled information. This rainbow is correctly tinctured for use on a dark field -- which is implied by the overall arrow -- and is quite acceptable. Having noticed the mistake, we can only register the badge promptly, with apologies for the inconvenience.
Aislynn Fairlok. Name change (from Aislynn of Ponte Alto).
Alastar Clark Bowman. Name.
Angus Ian MacChruiter. Name.
Aodhán Doilfín. Badge. (fieldless) A dolphin proper charged with an escallop Or.
Artus Falconieri. Device. Quarterly pean and purpure, a wyvern displayed argent.
Aurora Astore. Name and device. Vert, two feathers in saltire argent and issuant from base a demi-sun Or.
The byname was submitted as d'Astóre, but the documentation did not support that form; the name is an epithet, Astorius, derived ultimately from the Latin accipiter. We've substituted the documented form.
Brendan Hay. Name and device. Argent, two rapiers in saltire sable between three escutcheons gules, a bordure sable.
The arms of Hay, Earls of Erroll, are Argent, three escutcheons gules; the armories of all the cadet branches of Hay include the three escutcheons, suitably differenced. (In some cases, the cadet difference is the addition of a primary charge -- which we'd consider Sufficient Difference between strangers in blood.) The use of the surname Hay with a device obviously based on Hay's caused some concern among the commenters; but even stipulating that the submitter's additions were Scots cadet differences, there are at least two CDs between this submission and any Hay variant we could discover. Any relationship so denoted is therefore distant, at best -- exactly why we insist on two cadency differences in the Rules.
Ciarán O'Conaire. Device. Gules, a Celtic cross within an orle and on a chief argent, a boar passant sable.
Cynegyth de Hauteville. Name change (from Cwenfolcyn de Hauteville) (see RETURNS for device).
As with her previous name, we've corrected the grammar of the byname.
Daire of Storvik. Device. Vert, a sheep rampant and on a chief argent, three apples gules slipped and leaved vert.
Duncan Iain MacAindreis. Name and device. Azure, three tabors Or, on a chief argent a spear reversed sable.
Eleanor Courtenay. Device. Quarterly vert and Or, a tower argent and a chief counter-ermine.
The name was registered in this form Oct 92.
Galen of Elvegast. Name and device. Per bend azure and Or, a winged lion rampant guardant Or and a wolf rampant contourny gules.
Greta Klusenaere. Badge. (fieldless) A chaplet of thistles Or.
Malcolm Duncan MacEoghainn. Device. Per chevron sable and purpure, a chevron between three rabbits rampant to sinister, each playing bagpipes and brandishing a sword argent.
[No, I don't know how the rabbits can simultaneously play the pipes and swing their swords. But then, I've never seen a real lion ramp, either.]
Michael Brangwyn. Name and device. Or, a raven displayed sable and a mount indented gules, on a chief sable three towers Or.
These indentations are just barely large enough. Please advise the submitter that ravens are usually drawn with hairy feathers.
Móirne NicLabhrainn. Name.
The byname was submitted as MacLabhrain, which is a masculine patronymic form. We've changed it to the feminine form suggested by Lord Palimpsest.
Orendil Aelfwine. Device. Counter-ermine, an estoile argent within a bordure ermine.
Owen ap Madog. Name and device. Per chevron argent and gules, three crabs counterchanged.
Raven Helmsplitter. Name (see RETURNS for device).
The submitter should be told (if she doesn't already know) that Raven is a masculine name.
Rencester, College of. Device reblazon. Azure goutty d'eau, a candle fesswise argent lit at both ends proper atop a candlestick, within a laurel wreath Or.
When registered Dec 91, the candle was blazoned as proper. As far as we can tell, candles have no proper tincture; we've explicitly blazoned the tincture of this one.
Rencester, College of. Badge. (fieldless) A candle fesswise argent, lit at both ends proper, atop a flat candlestick Or.
Roland O'Donnell. Badge. Purpure, a tower within an orle of lions rampant Or.
Serafina de Kalais. Name and device. Quarterly argent and azure, a monster rampant composed of the head of a wolf, the forelegs of a hawk, and the body and hindquarters of a stag, within a bordure sable.
The monster is similar enough to the heraldic enfield to be considered acceptable style.
Tegan ferch Urien. Name and device. Argent, three torcs interlaced in pall inverted, openings outward gules, on a chief sable a sword argent.
Tristan von Rothenburg. Device. Per pale argent and sable, a chevron counterchanged and in base a crescent, a bordure gules.
Urraca Cantábrica. Name and device. Azure, a Celtic cross argent and a chief rayonny Or.
Wenczlaw Czehenschock. Name.
Wulfstan Egweald. Name (see RETURNS for device).
Benjamin Bernardson. Name.
Catherine Hope Hastings. Name change (from Artemisia Quercia da Signa).
Cathy of Dun Or. Holding name (see RETURNS) and device. Or, three chevronels braced purpure, in chief a pawprint sable.
This was submitted under the name Azaleja Imrah Antoniades. The device has been registered under a holding name.
Christopher of Silveroak. Name.
The byname is acceptable as submitted. However, if the submitter intended to show his affiliation with Joseph of Silver Oak and Tymothy of Silver Oak, he'd have done better to spell his byname the same way.
Diego Alfonso de Navarra. Name.
The byname was submitted as Navarre, which is the English and French form of the place's name; we've substituted the Spanish form.
Gareth Nikodemos Somerset. Name change (from Gareth Nikodemos Shadowcat).
George of Lancashire. Name and device. Sable, a bend dovetailed between a griffin segreant and a rose, a bordure Or.
Ghislaine d'Auxerre. Device change. Per bend azure and argent, a compass star counterchanged.
This had previously been registered as the submitter's badge. We're switching labels, making this her new device and retaining her previous device (Azure, two chevronels inverted argent and on a chief ermine a herald's staff proper, ribboned vert) as a badge.
Ginevra Francesca Pallucchini. Name and device. Per chevron inverted argent and purpure, a swan naiant sable and three snowflakes argent.
Gwenllian Derwen. Name and device. Per bend sinister vert and argent, three cresecents and three oak leaves counterchanged.
The byname was submitted as Derwen-Llanerch. Evidently, Derwen and Llanerch are townships in the same Welsh parish, and are hyphenated as a modern administrative unit. The Welsh name for the town of Oakenwood isn't the hyphenated form, as the format of Richards' Welsh Administrative and Territorial Units might imply; it's simply Derwen. We've deleted the extraneous part of the byname.
Hakim Solomon. Name.
Hereward Bannerbane. Device. Azure, a bend sinister between a bird displayed and a feather bendwise sinister, within a bordure argent.
The charge in chief was blazoned on the LOI as an eagle, but even allowing for beginner's artistry, we cannot call that bird an eagle: it has no crest, no hooked beak, and no ornate feathers. We have simply blazoned it as a generic bird; if the submitter wishes an eagle, he'll have to provide us with a correct emblazon.
Iorwerth Duddar ap Morcant. Name and device. Gyronny argent and sable, a wolf's head couped contourny gules, a bordure counterchanged.
The byname was submitted as the Gaelic Dubhdharag, "black oak". The submitter has requested the name to be in correct Welsh; we've therefore substituted the cognate Welsh Duddar.
Isabeau Bonheur. Device. Or, a dolphin urinant contourny proper between two flaunches vert.
The name would be more consistent temporally either as Iorwerth Duddar ap Morgan or as Iouert Dubdar map Morcant; you might suggest one of these to the submitter.
Jacob Maximilian of the Black Forest. Name.
James of the Lake. Name.
Morann Will Owen. Name and device. Sable, two griffins combattant guardant Or, a base nebuly argent.
Please instruct the submitter how to draw the nebuly line: less like wavy, with more bulbous nebules.
Morgaine Brisen. Badge. Ermine, a tricorporate weasel gules.
Naevehjem, Barony of. Name change (from Naevehjem, Shire of) and badge. Vert, on a plate within an annulet Or, an ermine spot gules.
Naevehjem, Barony of. Badge. Azure, on a plate within an annulet Or, an ermine spot gules.
Naevehjem, Barony of. Badge. Purpure, on a plate within an annulet Or, an ermine spot gules.
Naevehjem, Barony of. Badge. Gules, on a plate within an annulet Or, an ermine spot gules.
Rathfled du Noir. Name and device. Sable, a harp and in chief two garden roses in saltire slipped and leaved, a bordure argent.
The given name was submitted as Rathflaed, which is an early form of the name; to be more compatible with the Norman Noir, it should be in the ME form Rathfled. The submitter having permitted such changes, we've corrected the spelling of the name.
Rhiannon o Hafan Gath. Device. Per pale vert and Or, a chevron and in base two cats couchant respectant guardant counterchanged.
If the submitter doesn't know that Rathfled (like all names ending in -flaed/-fled) is a feminine name, he should be told.
Rian Greenoake. Name and device. Per pale argent and vert, an oak tree proper and a Celtic cross argent, a chief wavy counterchanged.
Riordan Robert MacGregor. Device. Quarterly purpure and argent, a ram's head caboshed sable armed Or.
Against the arms of Oxcliffe (Papworth 911), Argent, an ox head cabossed sable armed Or, there's a CD for the field and a CD for the type of head. (Indeed, we'd say that Rule X.2 applies between an ox head and a ram's head. This is well clear.)
Scannal Alpin. Device. Per saltire sable and gules, a stag at gaze contourny argent.
Shinomoto Yoshinaga. Device. Argent, three torii, tops to center, within and conjoined to an annulet gules.
Wulfric Grimbeald. Badge. Purpure a griffon's head erased Or, a bordure ermine.
Anastasia Elisabeth Fairfax. Device. Argent, a violet within a bordure purpure charged with four decrescents in cross argent.
Calanais Nuadh, Shire of. Name and device. Or, a Celtic cross within a laurel wreath and on a chief indented azure three decrescents Or.
This was submitted as Callanish Nuadh, which combined the Scots Gaelic nuadh "new" with an anglicized toponymic. We've substituted the Gaelic form of the name, to meet the requirements of Rule III.2.a; note that it's pronounced the same as the anglicized form.
Jovan Greyhawk. Device. Per pale azure and gules, two male griffins combatant Or, spiked argent.
Nueva España (today called Mexico) was named in 1518; Nouveau France, in 1535; Terra Nova was renamed New-Foundland by 1541; and John Smith gave New England its name in 1614. Given such constructions, the submitted name isn't unreasonable.
Despite its name, the male griffin is not the male of the griffin species, with the default griffin the female; they are different monsters, both usually depicted with male organs. (The male griffin is sometimes blazoned a keythong, to emphasize its distinction from a griffin.) There's a CD between the two monsters, bringing this clear of Troyin (Azure, two griffins segreant combatant Or).
Miriam Christine de Louviers. Name and device. Argent, three garden rosebuds gules, slipped and leaved vert, on a chief embattled azure a hare courant argent.
Robin of Vatavia. Holding name and device. Vert honeycombed, two bees in fess and a chief indented Or.
This was submitted under the name Gabhan MacDhomhnuill, which was returned for conflict Sept 92. We've registered the device under a holding name.
Ulfgrim the Grey. Name.
Aarnimetsä, Shire of. Device. Sable, a chevron throughout raguly on the upper edge, in base a wolf's head cabossed within a laurel wreath argent.
Aengus Ó Néill. Name (see RETURNS for device).
The byname was submitted as O'Niall, which is grammatically incorrect; the particle O casts the following word into the genitive case. Even allowing for anglicization, this would not seem to be a valid spelling; we've substituted the form from the submitter's own documentation.
Andrée Snow Rose. Name change (from Andrea of Saint Swithin's Bog).
The accent belongs over the first e, not the second. The College has traditionally been lenient about feminizations of period masculine names; however, you might let the submitter know that Andrea is the better documented form.
Angelina Foljambe. Name and device. Azure, two maple leaves in chevron inverted, conjoined at the stems argent.
Against the various possible conflicts cited in the commentary (e.g. Andreas of Green Village, Azure, four holly leaves in saltire, stems to center argent), in each case I count a CD for number and a CD for type of leaf.
Angelique de Dampierre. Name.
Anna Blackleaf. Name and device. Per pale sable and gules, three lozenges and on a chief triangular argent, an oak leaf sable.
Anne Elaina of River's Bend. Name.
The toponymic was spelled Riversbend on the LOI, but River's Bend on the forms. The two constructions seem equally probable, and in fact River's Bend is a Society branch in An Tir; given that, we've restored the submitter's spelling.
Aonghas Mathgamain MacDhomhnuill. Device. Per bend sinister gules and sable, three Celtic crosses argent.
Arnwulf Æthelreding. Name change (from Douglas the Red).
Arthur Kinsman. Name.
Athelstan of Rotherham. Name.
Aurelia Bryhtwyn. Name.
The given name had been submitted as Aurylia, which was claimed to be a variant form of Aurelia. No evidence was provided to support that claim; given the change in pronunciation, it seems implausible. We've changed the spelling to the documented form.
Balin Catherwood. Device. Gules, a trillium blossom and on a chief invected argent a label sable.
Beinn Preasach, Shire of. Name.
The name was submitted as Beinn de na Presean, intended to mean "Mountain of the Brush". That construction isn't quite right: it uses the genitive form denoting one of a group, instead of the form denoting description. Since they welcome corrections, we've taken Lady Harpy's suggestion and used the simple adjective preasach "brushy"; Beinn nam Preas would also be correct, if more awkward.
Bernhard vom Sayn. Name.
The byname was submitted as von Sayn. According to the submitter's documentation, the German surname Sayn derives from the river Seine (an der Sayn). Once the dative definite article dem is added -- in this case, contracted with von to form vom -- the toponymic should be acceptable.
Bertram of Bearington. Badge. (fieldless) A printer's ball argent inked sable.
Brianna Yseulte Wynman. Badge. (fieldless) On an ivy leaf argent, a fox courant sable.
Brighid Charthach. Name (see RETURNS for device).
The byname was submitted as Carthaigh. This is the genitive form of the word, and should only be used with a particle (e.g. Mac) that casts it into the genitive. As a simple epithet meaning "loving", it should be in the nominative case, aspirated following a feminine noun. We've amended the grammar accordingly.
Brion Domhnall Mac Ghille Brighde. Name change (from Brion MacGilbert).
Caitlin Angharad FitzHenry. Device. Per chevron lozengy Or and sable, and gules, a chevron argent, in base a dragon sejant Or.
Castle Keep, Shire of. Name and device. Vert, a pale argent between two towers joined by a bridge overall Or, on a chief indented argent a laurel wreath vert.
The movie Castle Keep, produced in the 60s, does not appear to have been important enough to protect.
Cedric of Armorica. Name and device. Per chevron inverted Or and azure billety Or, in chief a tankard azure.
Céline Elisabeth de Meaux. Name and device. Quarterly vert and sable, a decrescent within a mascle argent.
The given name was submitted as Celine; we've added an accent, as supported by the documentation. This is clear of St. Céline of Meaux, per Rule V.2.
Ceridwen ferch Cadwaladr. Name.
Please instruct the submitter to draw all the charges thicker.
Christian von Jaueregk. Name.
The toponymic was submitted as Jauregg, intended as a combination of the toponymic Jauer and a suffix -egg, apparently meaning "farm". The suffix is mostly found in the southern German provinces (e.g. Thuringia, Tirolia, Carinthia); when used elsewhere, its spelling seems to have conformed to local practice. Siebmacher's Wappenbuch of 1605 cites Hohenegk (Rheinland) and Dobenegk (Meissen). Since Jauer is in Silesia, we've used the non-southern spelling of the suffix.
Christopher of York. Name (see RETURNS for badge).
Cian Conor McQuaid. Device change. Pean, on a chevron gules fimbriated argent, three crosses formy, in base a wolf's head erased Or.
His previous device (Or goutty de sang, three bars and on a chief sable, three serpents involved Or) is released. Please instruct the submitter to draw the fimbriation wider henceforth.
Clotilde von der Insel. Device. Sable, a needle threaded Or and a chief urdy argent.
Corwyn Wainwright. Name.
Daniel Strabo. Name.
Daryl of Avallon. Name and device. Sable, a sun and on a chief argent, three pheons sable.
Daryl is the submitter's mundane given name.
Denewulf Ringmaker. Name (see RETURNS for device).
Dorinda Courtenay. Name and device. Per chevron sable and vert, a chevron inverted between four Latin crosses botonny three and one argent.
Dorinda is the submitter's mundane given name. The byname was spelled Courtney on the LOI, but Courtenay on the forms; as either spelling is acceptable, we've substituted the submitter's.
Drei Eichen, Shire of. Name (see RETURNS for device).
Please instruct her to draw the crosses larger henceforth.
East, Kingdom of the. Name for the Order of the Golden Rapier.
East, Kingdom of the. Title for Stilla Nivalis Pursuivant.
Eckhardt zu Westfilde. Name.
The byname was submitted as zu Westfild. Zu, like von, casts the following word into the dative case; we've done so here. Note that, although a valid construction, Westfild does not mean "West Fields"; that would be Westfelder.
Edain de Burgh. Device. Per pale vert and argent, three mortars with pestles counterchanged.
Eirikr Lambason. Device. Quarterly sable and argent, in bend two ram's skulls argent.
Eleonora Vittoria Alberti di Calabria. Device change (see RETURNS for badge). Purpure, three palets Or, overall two flaunches argent each charged with a falcon sable.
We were tempted to blazon this as Paly purpure and Or, two flaunches etc. That's the visual effect of the traits' regular widths and the overall charges. There are instances of period arms blazoned and emblazoned, interchangeably, as paly and three palets: cf. the armory of Valoines found in Foster, p.196. Certainly, we grant no heraldic difference between the two renditions. The above blazon does more accurately describe the submitted emblazon, however.
Estrella de los Confines. Name and device. Bendy sinister gules and argent, between the horns of a decrescent a mullet sable.
Even considering this a paly field, this is clear of Frithjof Tryggvason (SCA): Sable masoned, two flaunches argent, each charged with a torch sable flaming gules. Rule X.4.j.ii does apply to charged flaunches; there's a CD for the "field", and a CD for type of tertiaries.
Please instruct the submitter to draw the flaunches properly: issuant from the corners of the chief. Her previous device (Purpure, on a pile between four towers argent, a falcon, close and sinister facing, purpure) is retained as a badge, at the submitter's request.
The given name was submitted as Estreya, a phonetic spelling of Estrella. While we're all for making the field heralds' job easier, none of the commenters could document this spelling; we suspect it's more likely to result in incorrect pronunciation. We've substituted the documented spelling.
Finnabair nic Olcáin. Name and device. Azure, a winged wolf passant reguardant argent, on a mount Or a thistle proper.
The byname was submitted as nic Olcán. The particle nic casts the following name into the genitive case. We've corrected the grammar.
Fjathrundaland, Canton of. Device. Per fess embattled argent and purpure, four dog's heads erased and a laurel wreath counterchanged.
Fulk of Shrewsbury. Name and device. Per fess argent and sable, two ferrets statant counter-statant counterchanged.
Gareth of Stonemarche. Name.
Godith Anyon. Name.
Griseldis från Holmgård. Name.
Hans Ingvarsson från Uppsala. Name change (from Hans från Uppsala).
Helena Gereman. Household name and badge for House Dancing Clam. (fieldless) On an escallop gules a dance Or.
Ian Damebrigge of Wychwood. Name.
Damebrigge seems to be formed analogously to Knightsbridge (Knichtebrugg, 1270). Ekwall cites a number of English place names using titles, including Earlstone (Erlestone, 1167), Thenford (Theyniford, Northumbria Survey), and Queenborough (Queneburgh, 1376).
Jean de Chauliac. Name.
John the Bear. Device. Per chevron sable and Or, two cracked mugs argent and a bear rampant brandishing a sword sable.
Joseph Peschur. Device. Vert, a fish naiant pierced by an arrow bendwise inverted Or.
[Ah, yes, a fine example of a mullet pierced....]
Joshua of Allendorf. Name (see PENDED for device).
Killian McDuff. Name and device. Gyronny argent and gules, in pale a bear passant and a double-bitted axe within a bordure sable.
Li Kung Lo. Name and device. Azure, a scythe bendwise sinister inverted and on a chief invected argent, two roses azure.
Marco Palladio di Soncino. Badge (see RETURNS for household name). (fieldless) On a strawberry Or hulled vert, a falcon's head erased azure.
Maria ferch Emrys. Name and device. Per bend sinister purpure and argent, three fleurs-de-lys in bend sinister counterchanged.
Please instruct the submitter to draw the fleurs-de-lys larger.
Meinrad der Arme. Name.
Michaela ní Dhuibhne Uí Bhardáin. Name and device. Or, a hart salient contourny gules and on a chief purpure three compass stars Or.
The bynames were submitted as ni Duibhne O'Baird. The use of the patronymic particle ní (note the accent) causes the following name to aspirate. Baird is a Scots surname, and should not be used in a patronymic construction. We've substituted the Irish Bardán, derived from bard, which seems to be what the submitter wants; and we've used appropriate grammar for an Irish name.
Morganna Blackrose. Name (see PENDED for device).
Oriane d'Avallon. Name.
Osgar MacAnna. Name and device. Per pale azure and argent, two boars rampant addorsed counterchanged.
Otto von Mergenthal. Device. Azure, on a bend between six fleurs-de-lys argent, a griffin segreant contourny sable.
Padraig Bulpett. Name.
The byname was justified as a variant of "bull pit". However, that term does not appear to have been used in period; bull-baiting was done in a bull ring or a bull run, according to the OED. Fortunately, Ekwall cites placenames (Oxford Concise Dictionary of English Place Names, p.73) using the given name Bula: Bulwell, "Bula's stream", and Bulworthy, "Bula's homestead". Pett being a variant spelling of "pit, quarry", Bulpett "Bula's quarry" seems a reasonable toponymic surname.
Pascal Foljambe. Name and device. Azure, a leg couped Or.
Superb device! Lovely cant!
Petrus von Burghausen. Name.
Reina Crystaldale. Name and device. Gules, a sea-lion and on a chief indented Or, three roses proper.
Roland Witt. Name (see RETURNS for device).
The byname was submitted as von Witt, but Witt doesn't appear to be a valid place name. We've deleted the preposition.
Rosemund von Glinde. Device. Per chevron argent and gules, a chevron sable between three roses counterchanged, barbed and seeded proper.
The LoAR cover letter of 6 Sept 90 permitted the bottommost of three charges to be considered half the group "for purposes of X.4.d, e, and h of the Rules for Submission." The change of tincture of the bottommost charge thus brings this clear of Roger de Clifton (Papworth 423): Argent, a chevron sable between three roses gules.
Rúadhagán Eoin Mílis. Name.
The byname was submitted as o Milis. Since Mílis is already a patronymic ("[son] of Miles"), it should not be used with a patronymic particle. We've deleted the o, and added accents where appropriate.
Sabel Saer ferch Maredudd ap Rhosier. Name and device. Per chevron argent and sable, a chevron embattled gules masoned and in base a rose argent.
Sabel Saer ferch Maredudd ap Rhosier. Badge. (fieldless) On a delf embattled gules masoned, a rose argent.
Embattling the delf reduces its appearance as a medium for heraldic display -- just as a roundel indented (visually equivalent to a sun) no longer appears to be a medium for heraldic display.
Sigemund der Messerschmied. Name.
The given name was submitted as Sigmun, supposed to be a variant of Sigemund. None of the commenters could support such a variation, however; in particular, the known forms of the name kept the final consonant (-mond, -mont, -mund, -munt). We've substituted a documented spelling.
Stonemarche, Barony of. Name and badge for the Stonemarche Scribes Guild. (fieldless) An open scroll argent fretty vert.
Suzanne Gabrielle Marie Beraud. Name and device. Per saltire argent and azure, in pale two fleurs-de-lys, that in base inverted, and in fess two escallops, hinges to center, counterchanged.
Talanwood, Canton of. Name and device. Sable, an eagle's foot couped within a laurel wreath, a bordure Or charged with pine trees couped sable.
Tamar Walshman. Name and device. Argent, a cat sejant contourny sable within a bordure per pale azure and gules.
Please instruct the submitter to draw the cat larger.
Tryphena Locke of Wolfswood. Name and device. Or, three closed fetterlocks in bend sable.
Tybalt Seagrim. Name (see PENDED for device).
Victoire Ferdenande d'Avignon. Name.
Vladimir of Wroclaw. Name and device. Argent, three eagles in bend sinister between two scarpes azure.
Balin Ulfstein. Household name and badge for Ulfstein Hall. Or, on a pale bretessed gules, a crescent inverted argent.
Berhtrad Athalbrand von Strassburg. Badge. (fieldless) A lion's gambe bendwise erased argent, sustaining by the blade a sword bendwise sinister sable.
Christina O Ryan. Name and device. Ermine, in bend sinister three hearts azure.
The byname was submitted as O'Riain, which combined an anglicized patronymic particle (using an apostrophe, not a fada) with a purely Gaelic name. We've substituted a completely anglicized form, which also resolves the problem of mixing a masculine patronymic form with a feminine name.
Gillian Starke of Aberdeen. Name.
Gwenhwyfar de Hwytinton. Device. Gules, a griffin passant to sinister argent, a chief checky sable and argent.
Just as I would grant Complete Difference of Charge between a griffin and a pegasus, so is there Complete Difference between a griffin and a winged beagle; the only thing they have in common are the wings. Rule X.2 thus brings this clear of the device of Keith of Bryn Gwlad (SCA), Gules, a winged beagle argent, spotted sable, passant to sinister, wings elevated and addorsed, a chief counter-compony argent and sable.
Juliana Benavides Allende. Name.
The bynames were spelled Benavide de Allende on the LOI. However, the forms and documentation spelled the first byname Benavides; and as Allende is an epithet, not a toponymic, it wouldn't use the preposition de. We've adjusted the name accordingly.
Malachi of East River. Name.
Richard Foxcroft. Name (see RETURNS for device).
Thorgrim the Bald. Device. Per chevron gules and azure, two maces in saltire and in base an escallop argent.
Ulric Axelsson. Name and device. Per pale gules and sable, two arrows in saltire argent, overall an apple Or.
William of Westmarish. Device change. Per fess Or and sable, a griffin segreant counterchanged, a chief counter-compony Or and sable.
This is not a blazon correction, as stated in the LOI: the original forms sent to Laurel match the blazon registered Sept 84 (Per fess sable and Or, a griffin segreant counterchanged and a chief counter-compony Or and sable). However, the original forms were colored by heralds in the Meridean College, and the tinctures were accidentally reversed. This appears to be a hardship case -- the heralds' mistake, not the submitter's -- and deserves special consideration.
Adelicia Katharine MacLeod. Name.
Aiden Elfeadur. Device change. Azure, three mullets of four points one and two argent, a bordure Or.
His previous device (Azure, three mullets of four points, one and two, argent, within a bordure Or, charged with an orle of leaves vert) is released.
Anne Redlocks. Device. Purpure, a phoenix facing sinister Or, rising from flames proper, issuant from two arrows inverted in saltire argent.
Austrechild von Mondsee. Name and device. Azure, on a pale argent between a decrescent and an increscent Or, a vested woman statant contourny sable.
When a human figure's vesting is not part of its definition (e.g. the savage, the Saracen), the vesting or lack of same is normally blazoned.
Bryan Mikhail Woodroffe. Household name and badge for FitzPatrick Abbey. (fieldless) A cross crosslet quarterly azure and gules.
Catherine Elisabeth von Regensburg. Name.
Daibhidh Ruadh MacLachlan. Device change. Gules, a lymphad argent and a chief embattled Or.
He has permission to conflict with Thorgard inn Svarti (Gules, a longship, oars in action argent, a chief embattled counter-ermine).
Ealdgytha of Spalding Abbey. Badge. (fieldless) A teazel slipped and leaved argent.
His previous device (Gules, in saltire a rowan sprig and a thistle slipped and leaved argent and a chief embattled Or) is retained as a badge.
Period heralds seem to have distinguished between a teazel and a thistle, despite the similarity of the nouns. For armory as simple as this, we can see granting a CD for type of flower. This splendid badge is thus clear of such armories as Theresea de Foxton (SCA), Per bend embattled sable and gules, a thistle slipped and leaved argent.
Edith of Wharfedale. Name and device. Potenty argent and sable, a pile inverted throughout azure.
Elen Greenhand. Household name for House Rampant Lamb.
Eliahu ben Itzhak. Device change. Or, on a mullet of six points sable, a griffin segreant contourny Or.
His previous device (Or, on a mullet of six points sable, a griffin sejant to sinister erect, grasping in its dexter talon three arrows inverted and in its sinister talon a paintbrush and palette, all Or) is retained as a badge.
Geneviève Duplessis. Name (see RETURNS for device).
This submission is a textbook example of why the Grandfather Clause applies to problems of conflict, as well as of style. The new device has the same conflicts (e.g. Ashton, Or, a mullet sable) as the previous device; if he could bear the latter, he should be able to bear the former. See the cover letter for a more complete discussion of the Grandfather Clause.
Geoffrey Hunter. Name.
Hallfridr Throndardottir. Device. Azure, on a pile rayonny argent, a sea-lion sable.
Hugh O'Toole. Name.
Iarngard Ragnarson. Household badge; to be held jointly with Arnthora Eyulfsdottir. Per pale azure and Or, an ounce's head erased affronty with two ribbons issuant from its sides counterchanged.
James of Eoforwic. Holding name (see RETURNS) and device. Per pale argent and gules, an annulus of wolves' heads cabossed and a chief indented counterchanged.
This was submitted under the name Raffe Scholemaystre. The device has been registered under a holding name.
Juvence Grauntvalet. Name and device. Per bend sinister azure and gules, a dolphin naiant bendwise and on a chief argent, three fleurs-de-lys gules.
Maximilian Frederick von Augsburg. Name.
Middle Kingdom. Title for Acanthus Pursuivant.
Middle Kingdom. Title for Meadows Herald.
Middle Kingdom. Title for Praerie Pursuivant.
Morna Douglass Montgumery of Renfrewshire. Name.
Narrental, Shire of. Name and device. Gyronny of twelve gules and argent, in pale a fool's cap purpure and a laurel wreath vert.
Pátraic Ó Dochartaigh. Name.
Rhonwen ferch Alun. Name.
The byname was submitted as merch Alun. When used as a patronymic particle, the Welsh merch mutates to ferch. There are some early-period texts where the particle didn't mutate in its written form, but did in its spoken form -- i.e. written "merch" but still pronounced "ferch". We've changed the submitter's spelling, to better match the correct pronunciation; she may resubmit with merch if she wishes, but it seemed best that she do so with full knowledge of its orthoepic niceties.
Rhys ap Bledri. Name.
Rising Waters, Barony of. Name and badge for Rising Waters Honour Guard. Gyronny arrondi gules and argent, a lion salient within a bordure embattled sable.
Rising Waters, Barony of. Name for Award of the Chalice's Crystal.
Robert Leigh vom Hengsthof. Name.
Simon d'Arc the Scholar. Device. Per bend sinister azure and gules, two open scrolls Or.
This was blazoned Per bend on the LOI, but as all the commenters seem to have caught the discrepancy, there's no need to pend the submission.
Wessex Mere, Canton of. Name.
Wilhelmina Brant. Device reblazon (see RETURNS for device change). Or, two pheasants respectant and in chief three garden roses slipped vert.
The pheasants had been previously registered as ring-necked pheasants. Since there's no way to tell the breed of pheasant when solidly tinctured vert, and since the ring-tailed pheasant appears to be a 19th Century import from China, we decided to remove the problem from the blazon. These are simply pheasants, and we'll leave the exact ornithological details to the artist.
Alberic of Seawall. Device. Barry wavy argent and azure, two oars in saltire proper and a bordure sable.
Oars proper are understood to be made of brown wood. Please instruct the submitter to draw the bordure wider henceforth.
Alejandro del Águila. Device. Azure, three goblets and on a chief urdy argent, two annulets conjoined sable.
Please tell the submitter to draw the annulets thicker.
Arven Atwater. Device. Per bend gules and sable, on a bend between a crescent and a natural seahorse bendwise Or, three trefoils vert.
Crescentia Hildegard. Name.
Ealasaid an Dubhghlais. Badge. Checky Or and gules, a triskelion of snail shells within a bordure sable.
The emblazon is nearly identical to the triskelion of spirals registered to Sorcha ar Menez. However, the submitter's device uses snail shells, drawn as in this submission, so the parallel blazonry is not unreasonable.
Ekaterina Adrianovna Sinilnikova. Name and device. Per pale sable and Or, two wolves sejant respectant ululant, between a bar fusilly and a dagger fesswise reversed counterchanged.
Erik the Runt. Device. Gules, in pale a drakkar sailing to sinister and an axe reversed, a chief Or.
Isabeau de Poitiers. Name.
Justin of Kent. Name (see RETURNS for device).
Klaus Wilhelm von Salzburg. Name (see PENDED for device).
Matthew Blackoak. Name and device. Sable, on a chief triangular argent an oak tree blasted and couped sable.
Meriall nic Fhionnghain. Name and device. Or, on a pale gules between two irises azure slipped vert, a poleaxe argent.
The patronymic was submitted as Fhionnghan, which following nic needs to be in the genitive case as well as aspirated. We've amended the grammar.
Morcar Darkfalcon. Name.
Nicole-Julienne Laviolette. Name.
The byname was submitted as laViolette, with no space between the article and the noun. The submitter's documentation would support either la Violette or Laviolette; we've substituted the latter form.
Patricia Philomena de Saint Clément. Name (see RETURNS for device).
The submitter cites hyphenated feminine names from near-period: Anne-Julienne Dumont, b.1646 (Lorraine), and Jeanne-Marie DuBois, who bore a son in 1640 (Angouleme). (Dictionnaire Genealogique des Families Canadiennes) These being within our 50-year "grey area" for documentation, they support this form as a late-period French name.
The byname was submitted as du Sáint Clemont. According to the documentation, the accent had been put on the wrong word; the final noun should be spelled Clément. The preposition should be de "of", not du "of the". We've made the appropriate corrections.
Rhiannon Fitzgerald. Device. Gyronny sable and argent, a dragon rampant gules between three estoiles Or, a bordure gules estoilly Or.
Roibeard mac Sluaghadháin. Name and device. Sable, on a bend sinister between a compass star and a rose argent, a sheaf of three arrows inverted sable.
The patronymic was submitted as Sluaghadhán, which is the nominative case. Following a patronymic particle (mac, Ó, etc.), names must be cast into the genitive case; we've done so here.
Tjorvi Lodinsson. Device (see PENDED for badge). Per pale gules and sable, two wolves combattant argent, on a chief embattled Or a paw print sable.
Please instruct the submitter to draw the secondaries larger henceforth.
THE FOLLOWING SUBMISSIONS HAVE BEEN RETURNED:
Caelina Lærd Reisende. Device resubmission. Or vêtu ployé vert fretty of arrows Or, an open book argent bound sable.
The device suffers from multiple problems, each sufficient for return. First, vêtu fields should not have charges in the "vested" portions of the field -- and although this was blazoned on the LOI as a lozenge concave throughout, the latter two adjectives almost mandate this be considered a vêtu field. Second, the arrows in the fretwork pattern are not throughout, as a true fretty pattern should be, but only as long as the span between intersections. We are aware of no such "fretty" of charges, other than the standard fretty of bendlets and scarpes. Even were the arrows drawn with substantial points and fletching (which these are not), they would be unidentifiable when conjoined in this pattern.
Richard Stewart. Device. Per bend azure and vert, in pale two trident heads, hafts conjoined Or.
Finally, the book is essentially argent on Or, in violation of the Rule of Contrast. The black binding does not remove the problem, as fimbriation might -- for it doesn't completely surround the charge. We suggest a complete redesign.
The charge does not appear to be reproducible from the blazon, nor could we devise a blazon that accurately desribed the symbol (complete with "cross bar clechy").
Thomas Smith. Device. Per fess azure and vert, a crane displayed, wings in annulo argent.
(The submitter's name was returned Oct 92.) This conflicts with the Mon of Mori et.al. (Hawley 48): Dark, a crane displayed, wings in annulo light. Against mundane Mon we grant a CD for fieldlessness (tincturelessness); the second needed CD must come from some change not involving tincture. This submission has no such change; and the birds are in exactly identical postures.
Cynegyth de Hauteville. Device. Argent, on a pale engrailed azure, a feather argent.
The engrailed line is too shallow, and the engrails too small, to be visible from any distance. Please have her resubmit with a bolder engrailed line.
Raven Helmsplitter. Device. Per pale gules and sable, a Mongol helm and on a chief Or, three ravens sable.
Against the badge of the King of Caid (Argent, on a pale azure a crescent argent), there's a CD for the complex line of the pale and, in this case, a CD for type of tertiary charge.
We were given no evidence to support this form of helm as a "Mongol helm", or indeed as any nationality of helm. Such examples of Mongol helms as we could uncover did not show the submitted helm's fur trim or the hanging drapery; our best contemporary example (from an illustrated history of the Mongols by Rashid ad-Din, c.1300) showed a plain pointed cap with "ear muffs" on either side. Since this submission would be the SCA's defining instance of a Mongol helm, it's important that it be documented in this form. This is being returned, pending such documentation.
Wulfstan Egweald. Device. Sable, two wolves combattant, tails nowed, and on a point pointed Or a tower sable.
The wolves are not drawn in a recognizable heraldic manner. In particular, they seem to be drawn with lions' tails, and a suggestion of manes; but the snouts, and the cant, would make them wolves. Such confusion is contrary to the purpose of heraldry. Please have the gentle resubmit with identifiably drawn wolves.
Alicia Kyra Avelin. Household badge for Caer Ariandan. (fieldless) A flame sable voided argent.
This conflicts with the badge of Aonghais Dubh MacTarbh (SCA): Argent, a flame sable voided Or. Voiding can be considered equivalent to adding a tertiary charge; Alicia's submission can be equally well reblazoned On a flame sable another argent, and Aonghais's badge reblazoned On a flame sable another Or. By those blazons, the conflict is clearer: Rule X.4.j does not grant a CD for change of tertiary tincture alone.
Azaleja Imrah Antoniades. Name.
Azaleja is a common noun, Serbo-Croatian for the azalea flower. Its use as a given name is based on Bosanac's Prosvjetin Imenoslov, which is apparently a Serbo-Croatian baby-name book (on a par with most of its American counterparts). We need evidence of the flower's use as a period given name before we can register this.
Hasim Solomon. Name.
The submitter's armory has been registered under the holding name Cathy of Dun Or.
There are two problems with the name. First, there's an aural conflict with Hakim Solomon, registered on this LoAR. Second, Hasim doesn't appear to be documented as a period given name. Hanks & Hodges' First Names is evidently not reliable in this case; we need to see some period examples of the name's use.
Arthur Bromere. Device. Per fess enarched sable and gules, a lion passant guardant Or maintaining a heart, in chief three broad arrows inverted argent.
Two-color fields with complex lines of division should not have charges overlying them, per Rule VIII.3. The enarched line is considered a complex line in SCA armory, though no difference is granted between it and an untreated (straight) line. If this is resubmitted with a simple per fess field, it should be acceptable style.
Aengus Ó Néill. Device. Argent, in pale a hound rampant and a Catherine's wheel gules.
This conflicts with the arms of Jagow (Rietstap): D'argent à une roue de six rayons de gueules (Argent, a wheel of six spokes gules). There's a CD for adding the hound, but none for the changes to the wheel.
Alec Tristan d'Avignon. Name and device. Azure, in saltire a lute and a sword within a bordure argent.
It also conflicts with the arms of Fuchs (Rietstap): D'argent à une reynard rampant de gueules (Argent, a fox rampant gules). There's a CD for adding the wheel, but none for the changes to the canine.
No documentation has been presented to show Alec as a period diminutive of Alexander; indeed, such evidence as exists suggests it to be a purely modern diminutive. Without evidence of period use, we cannot register Alec. The submitter has disallowed any changes to his name.
Aquila Blackmore. Device resubmission. Argent vêtu ployé gules, a mullet sable within a bordure argent.
The lute is characterized by its angled pegbox; the instrument drawn here is not a lute. More important, it's been drawn in trian aspect, which has been grounds for return ere now: v. Tomas Luis Rodrigues de Segovia, LoAR of Oct 91. This must be returned for redrawing, and (if he intends to use this long-necked instrument, instead of a lute) some documentation for the charge.
This conflicts with a badge of the Luftwaffe, quoted from the Combined Ordinary II, p.162: Gules, on a lozenge ploye argent the number 1 headed of an eagle and between two wings gules, within a bordure argent. There's one CD for the change of tertiary charge. We regret this conflict wasn't cited in his previous submission, but Combo II was not yet published then.
Bernworth von der Hüp. Name.
Both the given name and the byname are insufficiently documented. While Bernward is a valid given name, we don't see how Bernworth could be a plausible variant; the final TH would more probably have been simply T. The byname Hüp is on even shakier ground: it's documented only as a protheme in some German placenames (Hüpstedt, Hüpede), with the suggestion that it might be "a water word". Its use as an independent noun, and its exact meaning, remain uncertain. We need further evidence before this name can be registered.
Brighid Charthach. Device. Per chevron vert and argent, in base a fret vert.
This conflicts with Eaton of Dunmoyline (Rietstap): Or, a fret vert. There's a CD for the field, but since the vert fret cannot overlie the vert portion of the field, there's no second CD for moving it to base.
Christopher of York. Badge. (fieldless) A rose argent winged sable.
A similar argument brings this in technical conflict with Dena (Papworth 882): Argent fretty vert. There's again a CD for the field. Per the LoAR cover letter of 10 Nov 92, we count no difference between fretty and a fret. Fretty would not move on the field, but the vert fretwork on the vert portion of the field would be invisible; the visual effect would be as drawn here, without even a possible CD for change of placement.
The use of the white rose of York with the byname of York has been disallowed since the LoAR of 11 Nov 77; it is currently found as one of our prohibited name/charge combinations.
Claudwick von Naerdinckhove. Name.
The name suffers from a lack of documentation. Claudwick was submitted as a variant of Chlodovech, but none of the attested variants of that name (Chludovicus, Lodewicus, Ludwich, etc.) have the initial vowel of Claudwick. Naerdinckhove was intended to be a Dutch construction from Naerdinck (asserted to be an early form of Naarden) and -hove "court, farm"; but while Naarden is a documented place, we have no evidence that it was ever called Naerdinck. Finally, the preposition von is German; for this Dutch name, van would be the correct form. This needs extensive reworking.
Denewulf Ringmaker. Device. Azure, a snake involved and in chief three annulets argent.
The use of almost-but-not-quite identical charges is unacceptable style; it confuses the eye, where the whole purpose of heraldry is visual recognition. This has been grounds for return ere now (v. the LoAR of 21 May 89, pp.18, 25).
Dorian Elwinwood. Name.
Against the arms of Lauzon (Woodward 115), Azure, three serpents with their tails in their mouths argent, we count a CD for number of primaries and a CD for the addition of secondaries. Denewulf's annulets in chief are clearly secondary charges, of a different group than the central serpent.
Dorian was not a name in period, but an adjective: "pertaining to the inhabitants of Doris, in Greece." Its first use as a given name was in Oscar Wilde's Portrait of Dorian Grey. The submitter needs a valid given name.
Drei Eichen, Shire of. Device. Or, on a bend azure three acorns palewise Or, overall a laurel wreath vert.
This conflicts with Wat of Everleie (Papworth 236): Or, on a bend azure three escallops of the first. There's a CD for the addition of the laurel wreath. However, armory with an overall charge doesn't fit the definition of "simple armory" outlined in Rule X.4.j.ii. We therefore cannot give a second CD for change of type only of tertiaries. Putting a laurel wreath on either side of the bend would clear this conflict (assuming it doesn't introduce others).
Eleonora Vittoria Alberti di Calabria. Badge resubmission. Per fess wavy barry wavy sable and argent and gules, in base a tower Or.
Moreover, we have received no petition of popular support for this device. A petition was included, but only for the Shire's name.
This conflicts with the badge of Edward II (Fox-Davies' Heraldic Badges, p.96): (fieldless) A tower Or. There's a CD for fieldlessness, but we cannot grant difference for placement on the field against a fieldless badge.
Eoan na Belich. Name.
The byname doesn't seem to be a period form. The submitter's documentation (Innes of Learney, Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland) simply says: "In some parts of Argyllshire the Macmillans are known as Na Belich -- the Bells." But that doesn't make it necessarily acceptable for an individual Macmillan: Ewen the Bells makes as little sense in Gaelic as in English. None of the commenters suggested a grammatically correct form; pending such a form, or documentation of the submitted form, this must be returned.
Franz Joder von Joderhübel. Badge. (fieldless) On a flame gules a lyre argent.
Conflicts with Reginleif the Unruly (SCA), Sable, on a flame gules fimbriated Or, a rough-legged draft horse forceny argent; and with Grimm the Hele-Bourne (SCA), Sable, upon a flame gules fimbriated Or, a skull argent. A check of the emblazons showed these blazons to be accurate; so there's a single CD, for fieldlessness. Per Rule X.4.j.ii, change of type of tertiary charge doesn't earn another CD in this case.
Jakob Stiufsen. Badge. (fieldless) On an escallop argent, a dance sable.
This conflicts with Sieglinde von Elfinstone (SCA): Papelonny Or and azure, on an escallop argent a pellet. There's a CD for fieldlessness, but not for type of tertiary on a complex charge.
Katharina von der Waldwiese. Device. Per pale Or and azure, a firebird displayed within a bordure engrailed counterchanged.
The primary charge does not appear to be a valid period usage. It is not a Russian firebird; that is essentially a variant of peacock, is found in period art, and has been accepted for SCA use. As drawn here, the bird is composed of flame, which is unattested in either period art or period armory. Since it is so easily confused with either a bird or a flame, I must rule this "firebird" unacceptable, pending solid evidence of its period use.
Marco Palladio di Soncino. Household name for Casa Peregrina.
Moreover, if the charge is considered a stylized bird, this conflicts with Carpenter (Papworth 303): Per pale Or and azure, an eagle displayed counterchanged. There's a single CD, for the bordure.
Conflicts with the Peregrine Pursuivant, registered to the West Kingdom. The change in designator is insufficient difference.
Micheil de Mar. Name.
This conflicts with Michael de la Mare, registered July 88.
Roland Witt. Device. Per pale Or and sable, two sea-goats combatant counterchanged, on a point pointed azure a mullet pierced, the points moline Or.
The "mullet moline" is unorthodox, to put it mildly. Before we can accept this, we need some evidence of its period use -- at the very least, that the moline treatment could be applied to anything other than crosses (and of course millrinds). Pending such evidence, this must be returned.
Sela nic a'Phearsoin of Clan Chattan. Alternate name for Arianrhod ferch Branwen ferch Olwen.
Arianrhod is the name of the Welsh moon goddess, and has not been shown to have been used by humans in period. It has been returned ere now (LoAR of Aug 87, p.13); pending evidence of its period use, it must again be returned.
The client's name was registered May 92 in the form given above. Her paperwork suggests she thinks her name was registered in a different form. You might inform her of the correct form of her name, and invite her to submit a name change if she's dissatisfied with it.
Carlwyn George Ordragoun of Canterbury. Badge. Azure, on a pall argent, three Canterbury crosses gules.
This conflicts with Collet (Woodward 150): Azure, a pall argent. There's a single CD, for the tertiary charges.
Richard Foxcroft. Device. Per pale vairy argent and azure, and vairy azure and argent, on a chief sable a fox courant argent.
Counterchanging a vair field isn't an acceptable practice: there is no heraldic difference between vair and "vair counterchanged", and the result is as visually indistinct as, say, Per pale checky Or and gules, and checky gules and Or. In each case, except for a discontinuity in the center of the shield, from any distance it looks like a single field.
William the Blacksmith. Name.
The device conflicts with Morden: Ermine, on a chief sable a talbot passant argent. (The device, found in Papworth, p.562, is blazoned with an annulet in the honour point for difference gules. Since the annulet is specifically blazoned as a brisure, the original arms of Morden must be as blazoned above.) There's a CD for the field, but no difference for talbot vs. fox -- certainly not when used as tertiary charges.
It also conflicts with Shana Taleh (SCA): Vair en pointe, on a chief sable a demi-sun Or issuant from the line of division beneath an arch of eight mullets argent. There's a CD for the changes to the tertiaries on the chief, but no difference for the variations to the vair field.
This technically conflicts with William Smith, the English geologist (1769-1839). He is listed in several general references (Webster's Biographical Dictionary, p.1377), so he's important enough to protect. The addition of the modifier black is insufficient, per Rule V.2; and the presence or absence of a space between words doesn't seem significant here. If William the Black Smith would conflict, so must William the Blacksmith.
Ceridwen Maelor verch Gruffydd. Device. Argent, a horse rampant and a chief rayonny pean.
The rayonny line of the chief is drawn far too small to be seen at any distance. Medieval armory used boldly drawn lines, the better to be seen and identified. This must be returned for redrawing.
Duncan MacLeod of Edinbane. Name.
By the submitter's own documentation, Edinbane was planned and built in the 19th Century by Kenneth MacLeod; the submitter cannot have come from there in period. We would have deleted the toponymic, but the name would then have conflicted with Duncan MacLeod, hero of the "Highlander" television series. We hated to have to consider the latter conflict, but a random sampling of local SCA folk showed the majority recognized the character.
Finis Terrae, Shire of. Name and device. Vert, in cross a laurel wreath between four horse's heads couped Or.
The name conflicts with Finisterre, or Finistère, the westernmost portion of France, at the very tip of Brittany. Its name derives from finis terrae, "land's end". As it's cited in general references (1911 E.Brit. , vol.X, p.382), Finisterre is important enough to protect.
Fionna Goodburne. Badge resubmission. (fieldless) A thistle slipped and leaved per chevron throughout purpure and vert.
The device appears acceptable, but cannot be registered without a name.
The division of the thistle could not be identified as such by the heralds at Laurel's meeting. On such an irregular shape as a thistle, any division must be exceptionally simple to be recognized. Per pale might have been acceptable; Per chevron, where the line must cross the empty space between the leaves and the blossom, is not.
Fortes Souris, Stronghold des. Name and device. Gules, on a fess wavy between two mice rampant addorsed, tails entwined argent and a laurel wreath Or, a bar wavy azure.
The previous badge submission (A thistle purpure) was returned Feb 92 for conflict with the badge of Clan Stewart (Fox-Davies' Heraldic Badges, p.146): A thistle [proper]. At the time, it was assumed that the Stewart badge was tinctureless. However, in blazoning the Scots plant badges, Fox-Davies did not account for their most common use: as sprigs actually worn on the person. This makes the Scots plant badges' coloration proper in correct usage. The original submission was therefore returned in error; she might consider resubmitting it.
The name is French for "Stronghold of the Strong Mice", which doesn't fit any exemplar for period placenames of which we're aware. At the very least, some evidence of period compatiblilty is required before this can be registered.
Geneviève Duplessis. Device. Ermine, three bunches of grapes purpure slipped and leaved vert.
The device looks acceptable, but it cannot be registered without a branch name. Moreover, while we received a petition of support for the name, we received none for the device.
Conflicts with Brun, Marquis de la Roche (Rietstap): D'or à trois grappes de raisins au naturel (Or, three grape bunches slipped and leaved proper.) There's a lone CD, for the field.
Gwendolynn ferch Elydyr. Device. Ermine, a winged panther segreant guardant sable bezanty, wings sable, incensed proper.
This conflicts with Broughton (Papworth 75): Ermine, a lion rampant sable. There's a CD for the addition of the wings, but the bezants in the emblazon were drawn so small as to be mere artistic details, worth no difference here.
Middle Kingdom. Title for Once Pursuivant.
If the submitter decides to keep this monster when she resubmits, please have her draw the roundels larger; she should also keep the wings separate from the head and tail, so that they all can be identified.
This conflicts with Caer Oncia, registered to Sula von Pferdenthal. The designator is transparent, and counts for no difference.
Raffe Scholemaystre. Name.
Master is a reserved title in the SCA, and may not be registered as part of a Society name. The policy was most recently reaffirmed Oct 92, in the submission of Sara Annchen Baumeister.
Wilhelmina Brant. Device change. Or, two ring-necked pheasants respectant proper, in chief three garden roses slipped and leaved vert.
The device was registered under the holding name James of Eoforwic.
The use of ring-necked pheasants proper and garden roses, when both have honest heraldic equivalents, violates our strictures against excessive naturalism, as outlined in Rule VIII.4.c.
Additionally, the ring-necked pheasant (Phasianus torquatus) appears to be a 19th Century import from China, according to the 1911 E.Brit. , vol.XXI, p.361. This wasn't noticed for her original submission, probably because the birds were heraldically tinctured; they could as easily have been any kind of pheasant, and indeed we've amended her current blazon accordingly. But when tinctured proper, the problem of compatibility can no longer be ignored; we would need evidence that this breed of pheasant was known to period Europeans before we could register it.
Johann Götz Kauffman von Erfurt. Device. Argent, a double-headed eagle gules, on a chief triangular embattled sable a cup Or.
With very rare exceptions (e.g. in combination with enarched lines), the use of two or more complex lines on the same charge is confusing, and unattested in period armory. (Wavy raguly? Embattled rayonny? I think not.) In this case, the chief could be either embattled or triangular -- but not both.
Justin of Kent. Device. Argent, three crosses crosslet sable, on a chief gules a quill pen Or, all within a bordure sable.
This conflicts with the arms of Redy (Papworth 671): Argent, three crosses crosslet sable, on a chief gules a lion passant guardant Or. There's a CD for the addition of the bordure, but the design is not simple enough for Rule X.4.j.ii to be invoked; thus, no difference is granted for the change in type of tertiary on the chief.
Katherine of Thorneholde. Device. Argent, on a pale azure between two garden roses gules, slipped vert, a garden rose Or, slipped vert, on a chief azure an arrow reversed Or.
When a bordure and chief are used together, the chief almost invariably overlies the bordure (Parker 73). The rare exceptions generally don't have tertiaries on the chief; they would be crowded by the bordure, rendering them harder to identify. The handful of SCA registrations with bordures surmounting charged chiefs have subsequently been disallowed as precedent (LoAR of Oct 91, p.17); far more often, such designs have been returned as non-period practice. This must likewise be returned.
This is too complex. It has four types of charge in five tinctures, which exceeds our standard for complexity as outlined in Rule VIII.1.a. While that guideline may be waived for a comely period design, the use of garden roses prevents this from being considered such a design.
Patricia Philomena de Saint Clément. Device. Gules, an anchor Or, on a chief potenty argent three spirals sable.
There are two problems with this submission. First, the potenty line on the chief is drawn much too small; it would not be visible from any distance. Heraldry being a means of identification, its motifs should be drawn large, bold and visible. Second, the spiral does not appear to be an acceptable charge; a previous attempt at registration (under the blazon gurges couped) was returned Oct 90. This must be redesigned.
Southkeep, Shire of. Badge. (fieldless) On a tower azure a crux stellata argent.
Conflicts with Der Dumer (Manesse #101): Argent, a bell tower azure roofed gules containing a bell argent. The bell is essentially a tertiary charge on the tower; as the latter isn't a simple geometric charge, Rule X.4.j.ii doesn't apply here. The change of type of tertiary is not worth a CD; the only countable difference is for fieldlessness.
Taliesynne Nycheymwrh yr Anghyfannedd. Household name and badge for Norrey Acadamie of Armorie. (fieldless) Two straight trumpets in saltire, surmounted by another palewise, the whole ensigned of a fleur-de-lys Nourrie between two lions combattant, all argent.
Possible infringement was cited against the flag of the Eureka Stockade rebellion: Azure, a crux stellata argent. While I sympathize with the concerns of our Lochac colleagues, I don't see that this badge can reasonably be construed as infringement. See the discussion on Southkeep's badge for its Brewers & Vinters Guild (under PENDED) for a complete discussion.
The name and badge had been previously returned in 1984 and 1989: the name for presumption and conflict with the Norroy King of Arms, the badge for complexity and infringement on the badge of the SCA College of Arms, and the combination of the two for appearing (by the use of elements from the English and SCA Colleges, the title and arms of Norroy, and the title of a classic heraldic text) to claim an official status unsuitable for a private household.
Thomas du Lac. Badge resubmission for House of the Open Door. Gyronny argent and azure, a fleur-de-lys within a bordure sable.
The submitter has provided a letter from J.P. Brooke-Little, current Norroy & Ulster King of Arms, granting permission to use the title. The submitter contends that our complexity standards have changed with the new Rules, so that this is no longer over-complex; and that, since the new Rules did not republish the List of Reserved Charges (which included the crossed trumpets of the College of Arms), those charges were no longer prohibited to him.
Stipulating, for the sake of argument, that Mr. Brooke-Little has the authority to grant permission, his letter still doesn't remove the problem of presumption -- which lies solely in the axioms of our historical re-creation, and is unaffected by permission. To borrow Lady Harpy's analogy, even if the Queen of England wrote a letter permitting someone to use Elizabeth of England, we wouldn't permit it, because the name is inconsistent with our rules against claiming unearned honors. (And to extend the analogy, even with such a letter, there'd still be a conflict -- not with the current Elizabeth of England, but with the one in period. Mr. Brooke-Little's permission does not automatically prevent infringement against the previous holders of the title Norroy.)
The List of Reserved Charges is still available, in the Glossary of Terms sold by the Stock Clerk, and is still in force. The use of the crossed trumpets is still reserved to the College of Arms; the only new submissions that may use them are the seals of Principal Heralds. Nor can one argue that the current submission, by using three trumpets instead of two, is clear of the problem. The design uses a reserved motif, and additional charges don't remove the presumption; that would be like saying that the use of one crown is reserved to Royal Peers, but the use of two crowns is not.
The issue of complexity is thornier. Some commenters suggested that, because the charges were conjoined, they formed a single group. That isn't necessarily the case: A mullet within and conjoined to an annulet has an obvious primary charge surrounded by a secondary charge. As drawn here, the lions and fleur-de-lys appear to be a separate group from the trumpets; thus, this does not appear to be a group of three dissimilar types of charge (soi-disant "slot-machine heraldry"). Whether the badge's visual confusion is now at acceptable levels is a separate issue; absent any supporting arguments, this must still be considered unacceptably complex for a fieldless badge. A more standard arrangement of charges would probably solve this.
The appeal did not address the problem of the use of elements from the armory of Norroy and the English College of Arms. In conjunction with the name and the trumpets, those elements highlight the problem of presumption; but they are not, in and of themselves, objectionable. Under a different household name, and in a badge without the crossed trumpets, they would likely be acceptable.
Finally, the LOI alluded to the submitter's heraldic rank and work in heraldic education. These are laudable, but not relevant to the problems of this badge. The appearance of a claim of official status in the SCA College of Arms would remain, whether the submitter were a herald or not; this is, after all, a personal badge for a household, with no official sanction. The infringement on the title of Norroy remains. Complex badges remain complex, despite the submitter's rank.
Three separate Laurel Sovereigns of Arms, over the span of a decade, have deemed this name and badge unacceptable. The submitter is hereby formally enjoined from their further use. If he resubmits with a less exalted household name, and a redesigned badge, he should have no stylistic problems.
While adding the bordure has removed the previous conflict, it has introduced another. This conflicts with John Sydeserf (Lyon Ordinary I, #2665): Argent, a fleur-de-lys within a bordure sable. There's a single CD, for the field.
Trimaris, Kingdom of. Title for Osprey Pursuivant Extraordinary.
Exact conflict with the Osprey Pursuivant, registered to the Kingdom of Atlantia. It also conflicts with the Shire of the Osprey, in Meridies.
THE FOLLOWING SUBMISSIONS HAVE BEEN PENDED:
Joshua of Allendorf. Device. Azure, on a pale between two arrows inverted Or, a lute azure.
The blazon in the LOI accidentally omitted the tincture of the pale and arrows. This is pended until the May 93 meeting to allow for commentary under the correct blazon.
Morganna Blackrose. Device. Argent, two winged cats sejant erect respectant purpure, sustaining between them a rose sable barbed and seeded proper, slipped and leaved vert.
The tincture of the cats was accidentally omitted from the LOI, making them sable by default. This is pended until the May 93 meeting to allow from commentary under the correct blazon.
Tybalt Seagrim. Device. Gules, a pithon erect contourny argent within a bordure barry wavy argent and azure.
The blazon in the LOI accidentally omitted the tincture of the pithon. This is pended until the May 93 meeting to allow for commentary under the correct blazon.
There was also some question in the commentary about the barry wavy bordure; several heralds felt that the wavy line would be lost. I would welcome your opinions on this stylistic question as well.
Klaus Wilhelm von Salzburg. Device. Vert, a chevron rompu Or between two edelweisses argent and a lion rampant Or.
The tincture of the chevron was omitted from the blazon on the LOI. This is pended until the May 93 meeting to allow for commentary under the correct blazon.
Southkeep, Shire of. Badge resubmission for the Southkeep Brewers and Vinters Guild. (fieldless) On an amphora azure, a crux stellata argent.
The blazon was missing from the LOI, making conflict checks impossible. This is pended until the May 93 meeting to allow for commentary under the correct blazon.
Tjorvi Lodinsson. Badge. Per pale gules and sable, two wolves' heads erased respectant argent, on a chief embattled Or a paw print sable.
Lords Hund and Crux Australis had protested this badge when it was previously submitted, and have done so again for the current submission. They feel this infringes on the flag of the Eureka Stockade rebellion of 1854: Azure, a crux stellata argent. The Eureka rebellion was evidently a turning point in Australian history, and our Lochac colleagues opine that the motif itself is uniquely associated with it.
I sympathize with their concerns; but I can neither agree with their arguments of exclusivity nor consider this an infringement on the Eureka flag.
The argument for exclusivity -- that the motif of a white crux stellata on a blue background is uniquely associated with the Eureka Stockade -- is weakened by Crux Australis' citations of its use by modern Australian trade unions and the Australian Republican movement, and by Hund's citation of its use by the Australian Army Pay Corps. With so many Australian institutions using the motif, it can be considered no more exclusive than, say, a black swan naiant on a gold background (the badge of Western Australia).
Arguments for infringement or presumption require us to consider the amphora (or, for the other Southkeep badge submitted on this LOI, the tower) as a medium for heraldic display -- equivalent to an escutcheon, a lozenge, or a ship's sail. No evidence has been presented to support such a radical change in our policy. We didn't consider a hand argent charged with a rose gules, registered to Eglentyne Merryweather last month, to be a display of the arms of the Princes of Lippe (Argent, a rose gules); we didn't consider a crescent per fess gules and sable, charged a fess argent, registered to Yngvar the Dismal in June 92, to be a display of the flag of the Pan-Arab Union of 1917 (Per fess gules and sable, a fess argent).
Many other examples could be found in the A&O of mundane armory "displayed" on some charge: an escallop, an eagle, whatever. Those charges, and the vast majority of charges, are not considered oddly-shaped shields; when bearing tertiary charges, they do not become displays of arms with the tertiaries seen as primaries. To do otherwise is to effectively ban the use of tertiary charges.
If An amphora argent charged with a fleur-de-lys gules doesn't infringe on the arms of the city of Florence, then the current submission cannot infringe on the flag of the Eureka Stockade rebellion. Our policy doesn't disparage this symbol from Australian history; rather, we set it on the same level of protection as any other armory.
Finally, Southkeep's use of the motif is permitted under the Grandfather Clause: their arms, registered Feb 83, are Azure, a tower issuant from a base embattled Or, in canton a crux stellata argent, in base a laurel wreath vert. Even were we to disallow the crux stellata -- either for its association with the Eureka flag, or as a 19th Century invention -- the Grandfather Clause would still allow Southkeep to continue using it, in these colors. There is simply no valid reason to refuse them a motif they've already registered. Absent other conflicts that may be found during this pend, the badge would appear to be acceptable.
The blazon in the LOI omitted the heads' tincture, making them Or by default. This is pended until the May 93 meeting to allow for commentary under the correct blazon.
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