of the College of Arms
Society for Creative Anachronism, Inc.
THE FOLLOWING NAMES AND ARMORIES HAVE BEEN ACCEPTED AND REGISTERED:
Albrecht von Pfeffers. Device. Per chevron azure and purpure, a double-headed eagle between three mullets of eight points argent.
Arthur of Ross-shire. Household name for House Hidden Moat.
This was submitted as House of the Hidden Moat, which stretched the limits of credulity: a moat in the submitter's desired meaning ("water-filled ditch; pond or lake") cannot really be hidden. While we may accept fanciful explanations for household names, we draw the line at nonsensical meanings. Fortunately, by dropping the prepositional phrase, the name can also be justified as a toponymic, based on examples from Ekwall's Concise Oxford Dictionary of English Place Names. (These are based on moat as a variant of mot, "meeting-place".) The name thus keeps the submitter's desired meaning, and adds an alternate meaning that is much more plausible. House Hiddenmot would be even better; you might see if he'd be interested in that spelling.
David of Moffat. Release of badge. Or, a pall gules between three fleurs-de-lis, that in chief within an annulet sable.
David of Moffat. Badge. (fieldless) A cross crosslet quarterly vert and gules quarter-pierced argent.
Deirdre Littlejohn. Name and device. Argent, a sheaf of arrows gules between in fess two trefoils vert, all within a bordure gules.
Draco Fitz Alan. Name and device. Per saltire argent and gules, a mullet of eight points counterchanged within a bordure embattled Or.
The primary charge was submitted as a compass star, but to the naked eye, the points seem to be of equal length. We've therefore reblazoned it as an eight-pointed mullet.
Eric de Dragonslaire. Device. Or, a dragon salient contourny sable breathing flames gules, issuant from base a wall sable.
Please instruct the submitter to draw the bordure wider henceforth.
Fergus Fitzalan. Badge. Gules, on a tower argent a mullet of eight points vert, a bordure argent.
He has received permission to conflict with Manfried von Falkenmond, Gules, perched atop a tower a hooded falcon, within a bordure argent.
Leohtgar von Magdeburg. Name.
Méline de Norwich. Name.
Miura Natsuko. Name.
O'Neill (Japanese Names, p.275) cites the use of Natsu- as a prototheme in given names. Its combination with the feminine suffix -ko is acceptable here.
Richart von Pfeffers. Device. Per pale and per chevron argent and azure, in chief two eagles sable and argent.
This is clear of the arms of Huffam (Australian Personal Arms), Per bend sable and argent, two eagles displayed, wings inverted counterchanged. There's a CD for the field -- and, since Richart's eagles could be in bend sinister, a CD for placement.
Rowenna de Manning. Device change. Per bend sinister rayonny argent ermined azure, and azure.
Her previous device (Azure, a flowering rowan branch in bend sinister proper, issuant from canton a quarter-sun Or) is released.
Saissa de Lorraine. Name.
Sébastien de Caen. Name and device. Per chevron ermine and counter-ermine, a feather fesswise embowed purpure and a fleur-de-lys Or, a bordure embattled purpure.
The given name was spelled Sébastian on the LOI, but Sébastien on the forms. Since that's also the documented form, we've corrected the typo.
Aelfred vom Silberwald. Device. Azure, on a pile Or between two oak leaves argent, a chalice gules.
Alienor la Souris de Royan. Name.
Aric Pfeilschmidt. Name and device. Azure, a wingless demi-hydra dismembered Or, in base an egg inverted argent.
Aric now appears to be acceptable, based on Morlet's citation of Aricus from the 10th Century. (It has nothing to do with Eric, however.) Dismemberment appears to be a period treatment for beasts and monsters: cf. the arms of Maitland or Mateland, Or, a lion couped at all joints gules, armed azure, dating from 1542. (DBA 162)
Elena Elizabeth Theakston. Name.
Gillian de la Luz. Name change (from Gillian of Ered Sul) (see RETURNS for device).
Gwyneth Rhiannon of the Sea. Name change (from Gwyneth of the Sea).
Ingrid Nialsdotter. Name and device. Or, a brown horse statant contourny proper between three gillyflowers azure.
The patronymic was submitted as Neilsdottor, combining the English form of Niall, Njáll with an undocumented spelling of "daughter". We've substituted the Swedish form, as best matching the language of the given name.
Mathurin Edwards of Whiteacre. Name.
The brown horse is a specific coloration of horse, just as chestnut, roan, and bay are (Hayes' Points of the Horse, pp.250, 254). The term is therefore specific enough to be used in a blazon as a proper tincture.
Michael Belanger. Name and device. Per bend sinister argent and purpure, a harp vert and a straight trumpet bendwise sinister Or.
Murdoch MacLennan. Name.
Peregrine Falconer of Greenbriar. Device. Per pale and per saltire Or and vert, a chevron between two sheaves of arrows sable and a falcon passant, wings addorsed gules.
Technically, the sable arrows (like the sable chevron) have sufficient contrast with the field. The submitter has drawn the arrows much more boldly than in his previous submission, removing the main reason for that return; I'm willing to meet him halfway on the problem of general identifiability.
Randall Andrew Thorrold MacBirny. Device. Per pale azure and vert, in pale two axes fesswise and on a chief argent, a stag browsing gules.
The axes were blazoned as Danish axes on the LOI. Danish axes are distinguished by a large notch in the back of the blade (much as a seax is distinguished from a scimitar). The notches on the submitted axes are too small to be seen, much less blazoned. If the submitter insists on Danish axes, we'll need a correct emblazon, with the notches much larger.
Robin Huxley of Land's End. Device. Per pale checky argent and sable, and vert, a crab and in chief two fish naiant contourny Or.
Roger Mighel de Ryes. Name and device. Barry bendy sinister argent and sable, on a cross nowy Or an eagle rising contourny, wings addorsed sable.
The cross nowy is an ordinary, so Rule X.4.j.ii applies to this case. Against the device of Andreas Linkshandser von Rosenfeld (Sable, on a cross nowy Or a sinister gauntlet sable grasping a garden rosebud fesswise gules, slipped and leaved proper), there's a CD for the field and a CD for type of tertiary charge.
Sioned Esyllt Gwalhafed. Name and device. Erminois, two horses' heads erased respectant sable and a pair of wings conjoined gules.
Twin Moons, Barony of. Name change (from Twin Moons, Canton of) and name for l'Ordre de la Lune Bleue (see RETURNS for badge).
As requested by the submitters, we have corrected the submitted form (Order of the Azure d'Lun) to pure, correct French.
Twin Moons, Barony of. Name for the Order of the Crimson Mace (see RETURNS for badge).
Ursa Silvermane. Name and device. Per pale azure and gules, all semy of roses Or, a bear's paw print argent.
Yo-nan Böri Uigurli. Name.
The bynames were submitted as Bori i Uigur. The submitter's own documentation put an umlaut over the O in Bori; and Lady Harpy's research shows the suffix -li was used in Turkish to denote locative origin. We've amended the name accordingly.
Zoe of Anchialos. Name.
The name was submitted as Zoe of Anchialos, called the Alexandrian. The College hasn't permitted bynames of the form called the X since at least 1980. The submitter's forms gave us permission to delete that phrase, which we've done.
Aileen McDonagh. Name and device. Per bend sinister azure and vert, on a bend sinister between two crosses fleury argent, a rose vine vert flowered gules.
Arianwen the Nimble Fingered. Device change. Vert, a unicorn rampant to sinister argent charged on the shoulder with a harp vert, a bordure counter-compony vert and Or.
Her previous device (Per fess indented vert and Or, a unicorn rampant to sinister sable) is released.
Black Kane O'Shannon. Badge. Quarterly wavy sable and argent, a sword and a tower sable.
Technically, the complex line of division prevents this from being considered quartered armory. The depiction of the sword is taken from the submitter's device, registered Dec 89.
Cailean McArdle. Device. Vert, on a pile indented argent a sword inverted gules.
Cuán MacDaige. Badge. Checky azure and Or, a harp argent, a bordure sable.
Derek of Grimwood. Device. Or, on a tree blasted and eradicated between two bows in pile, strings to center sable, an elfbolt argent.
Please instruct the submitter to draw the bows larger -- and to draw them without their modern grips.
Kenelm Rogan. Name.
Lettice Godfree. Name.
Miriam Esther bat Issachar. Device. Per pale vert and Or, a standing balance counterchanged.
A nicely balanced design [as it were].
Ordweald the Gray. Name.
Pagan Fulk. Name.
Taliesin of Carreg Cennen. Device. Argent, a hart at gaze contourny gules, a bordure embattled sable.
Timothy of Sheffield. Name and device. Azure, a Celtic cross and on a chief Or, three Arabic lamps azure, lit proper.
al-Haadi abd-al-Malik Husam ibn Khalid. Name change (from Akagawa Yoshio) and device change. Argent, on a fess cotised between the Arabic script "al-mulk" and "lillah" sable, the Arabic script "abd-al-Malik Husam ibn Khalid" argent.
The name had already been registered as an alternate persona name. It's becoming his primary name, with his previous primary name becoming an alternate persona name; his previous device (Sable, a hexagon voided within another argent) is retained as a badge.
Allaine de Beaumont of Glastonbury. Name change (from Elaine of Glastonbury).
There were two main concerns expressed in the commentary: whether the use of the Arabic script was compatible with period armory, and whether the device could be blazoned (and, once blazoned, reproduced). On the first point, there are examples of period Muslim armory with script: in some cases, consisting solely of script. The script could be combined with ordinaries: A fine example, from 14th Century Alhambra, looks to be Or, on a bend argent fimbriated sable, the Arabic script for "Glory to our Lord and his victory"; it's displayed on an escutcheon, so it's pretty obviously armory. (Leaf & Purcell, Heraldic Symbols: Islamic Insignia and Western Heraldry, p.93) We've registered devices with Arabic script before now (Haroun ibn al-Dhi'b al-Abyadh, Jan 90), so precedent suggests this submission is compatible.
The problems of blazonability and reproducibility are thornier. I agree that, upon seeing the emblazon, one without knowledge of Arabic could not blazon it. The same is true, however, of runes and kanji, both of which we register regularly. As for reproducibility, if one doesn't care exactly which style of Arabic script is used (Husam's submission uses Thufic script), the device could be reproduced from the sounds expressed in the blazon: many collegiate-level dictionaries give alphabet tables, transliterating the Roman alphabet to others (usually Arabic, Hebrew, Greek and Russian). While a different Arabic script might yield a different emblazon, that counts for as little difference as the style of lettering in a Latin inscription. In this case, "words is words": for the purposes of counting conflict, any block of text is considered identical to any other block of text. (Difference might be granted between single Roman letters, but we'll cross that bridge when we come to it.)
In short, the device uses a documented period style, which we've registered before; it is as blazonable as any other design that uses non-Roman script; and it is, in some form or other, reproducible from the blazon. It seems acceptable for SCA use.
Andrew Finch. Name.
Broinnfind Caíreach of Blackmoor. Name and device. Argent, a lion's jamb couped inverted sable between flaunches purpure.
Please instruct the submitter to sever the leg more cleanly, not something halfway between couped and erased.
Caid, Kingdom of. Title for Sable Argent Pursuivant.
Camillo Lombardi. Name and device. Vert, on a chief urdy Or a lion passant sable.
This is clear of the arms of Molle (Woodward 239): Vert, on a chief Or a mole sable. Just as Rule X.2 would apply to lion vs. mole when both are primaries, so does X.4.j.ii apply when they're tertiaries; there's a CD for the type of beast, and a CD for the complex line of the chief.
Carolyn of the Iris. Badge. (fieldless) Three irises in fess argent, slips conjoined and leaved vert.
Conall Gillysaght. Name (see PENDED for device).
The byname was submitted as Guilysaght. Judging from MacLysaght's examples of Mac Giolla X names, the most problable anglicization of Giolla Iasachta would not include the UI dipthong. We have amended the spelling.
Edric Aaron Hartwood. Name and device. Per pale purpure and sable, a pithon erect contourny between three lozenges argent.
The name was submitted as Edric Aaron Hartwood of Cheshire. We have previously ruled that English names with four elements were acceptable only if there were no other anomalies in the name (LoAR of July 92, p.18). This submission has a second anomaly: Edric, in this spelling, is documented in use some five centuries before the rest of the name could have existed. We have deleted the second toponymic, to achieve a registerable name.
Elaine of Elswick. Name and device. Per fess azure and purpure, on a fess flory counter-flory argent a lozenge vert.
The mammalian python is found, in this exact form, as a piece of commercial jewelry, often available from SCA merchants. (Doubtless the submitter owns a copy, which was his model for the emblazon.) If he had tried to register it as a fieldless badge, we would have returned it: that would have been an attempt to reserve an item in the public domain. As one of several elements in his device, however, no infringement can be called -- though it would be a service to inform him on the correct depiction of the heraldic python.
Estevan Corleone Blackrune. Name and device. Per bend sable and Or, a double-bitted axe and a horse's head couped counterchanged.
The byname was submitted as of Blackrune, justified as a toponymic construction. While it's true that the OED defines rune as a watercourse, that appears to be an 18th Century spelling; rhine or rine would be better approximations of the OE ryne. Combined with the Spanish and Sicilian elements of the name, we felt the modern English toponymic was a bit much. More plausible was a straightforward epithet, as used by Michael Gulliver Blackrune and Hagar Stromburg Blackrune; we have therefore deleted the preposition.
Étienne de la Fleur. Name.
We've added the accent to the initial E in Etienne.
Failenn Margaret McBride. Name.
Grim Finch. Name and device. Argent, a bend per bend sable and azure, in chief a finch volant, wings addorsed azure.
Katherine of Anglesey. Name.
Marya Vladimirovna Novgorodskaya. Name.
The surname was submitted as Novgorodsky. Since Russian surnames are inflected for gender, we've changed this to the feminine form.
Peridot Isle, Canton of. Name.
Given the example of Ynis Gutrin, the Glass Isle of Arthurian fame (a period term for modern Glastonbury), this becomes more plausible.
Ragnar of Sandcastle. Device. Quarterly argent and sable, on a roundel azure a castle argent.
Please have the submitter draw the castle much larger.
Rhiannon Alricesdohtor. Name.
The byname was submitted as Alricsdohtor; the use of OE -dohtor requiring the father's name to be in the genitive case, we've corrected the grammar.
Robin Finch. Name.
Roland Wlfraven. Name and device. Azure crusily bottony argent, chapé Or, a wolf rampant guardant argent.
Rosamond of Lancashire. Name (see RETURNS for device).
Sophia ní Fhearadhaigh. Name.
Sophia ní Fhearadhaigh. Alternate persona name for Sophia Sans Peur.
Thorfinn Asleifsson the Solemn. Name (see RETURNS for device).
Ulf of Sjaelland. Badge. Quarterly gules and sable, a sword inverted surmounted by a wolf passant to sinister regardant argent.
Please instruct the submitter to draw the wolf's head separate from the sword hilt.
Wulfric Grimbeald. Device change. Quarterly purpure and ermine, a griffin passant and a bordure Or.
His previous device (Per pale argent and sable, in fess two wolf's heads cabossed within a bordure counterchanged) is retained as a badge.
Ysmay du Parc. Name.
Connor Duncan. Name and device. Azure, a standing balance, in chief a scythe fesswise and another reversed, handles in pale Or.
This is poor style: the placement of the scythes is awkward to blazon, and causes them to resemble a dismembered maunch.
La Grande Tente, Shire of. Name and device. Or, a pavilion purpure between three laurel wreaths vert.
La Grande Tente, Shire of. Badge. (fieldless) A pavilion purpure.
Good badge, both simple and apt.
Michael Ironhelm. Name and device. Per bend sinister Or and sable, a tower sable and a cross potent gules, fimbriated argent.
By our recently promulgated standards on fimbriation and voiding (LoAR cover letter of 15 Jan 93), the cross potent fimbriated is acceptable. Please instruct the submitter to draw the fimbriation more boldly in future, however.
Sean Faelan MacDonald. Name.
Falling Star, Shire of. Release of name.
Four Winds, Shire of. Release of name and device. Azure, issuant in cross from a mullet of four greater and twelve lesser points Or, four clouds argent, overall a laurel wreath Or.
Greenwood Forrest, Shire of. Release of name.
Lion's Keep, Shire of. Release of name.
Midden Moor, Shire of. Release of name.
Mont Coliere, Canton of. Release of name.
Red Marsh, Shire of. Release of name.
Rift, Shire of the. Release of name and device. Argent, a compass star of four greater points sable and four lesser points Or within a laurel wreath gules.
Sandalwood, Shire of. Release of name.
Shadowmere, Shire of. Release of name and device. Argent, on a pile throughout azure, a heron close, dexter leg raised, argent, overall in base a laurel wreath vert.
Wild Mist, Canton of. Release of name.
Aaron de Hameldene. Device. Argent, a hippopotamus statant contourny azure.
Adriana La Dominica. Name.
Dietrich von Andernach. Device. Per chevron vert and azure, a pall inverted argent between in chief two pine trees couped Or.
Please instruct the submitter to center the pall henceforth.
Elayne Gwenlhian de Bellême. Name.
Ellen of the Scholars. Device. Per bend sinister argent and sable, a unicorn rampant counterchanged, a chief gules.
Gairhard zum Dunklen Mond. Name.
The byname seems to be barely acceptable as an inn name, analogous to zem roten Lowen "at the Red Lion" (Socin, Mittelhochdeutches Namenbuch, p.388).
Garnish of Merionyth. Name and device. Vert, a wyvern erect Or, on a chief invected argent three crosses formy vert.
Gunnar Eriksson. Name and device. Sable, a Viking longship reversed, sail furled and oars in action, and on a chief Or three beacons sable enflamed gules.
Against the Shire of Eisenmarche (SCA), Sable mullety Or, a lymphad in full sail reversed Or, charged upon the sail with a laurel wreath vert, and on a chief Or three towers sable, Rule X.4.j.ii doesn't allow us to get a CD for type alone of tertiaries on the chief, since Eisenmarche's arms aren't simple. However, there's a CD for the mullets, and a CD for the laurel wreath; and a comparison of the two emblazons showed no visual conflict.
Inner Sea, Shire of the. Name.
Jared Phelp of Canterbury. Name.
Margarete the Scholar. Name (see RETURNS for device).
Meadhbh ni Bhriain. Device change. Per pall vert, argent, and Or, a crescent argent and two cinquefoils vert.
Her previous device (Tierced in pairle vert, argent, and Or, in chief a decrescent argent, and in base two cinquefoils vert) is released.
Michel Beaudran d'Avignon. Name and device. Azure, a tricorporate lion Or, in chief three crosses crosslet fitchy argent.
Middle Kingdom. Badge for the Royal Chamberlain. Azure, a pale checky gules and argent, overall two keys in saltire, wards to chief Or.
Middle Kingdom. Title for Midlands Herald.
This was on the 1987 list of titles confirmed as protected by Mistress Alisoun. We have no objection to reconfirming its registration, though it's a bit redundant.
Nadirah bint Sayf of the Hashid. Badge. Per pale sable and argent, a crescent within a bordure counterchanged.
Please instruct the submitter to draw both the charges larger.
Nicodemus Felsted Phear. Name.
Oliuir von Iulenstein. Name and device. Vert, semy of owls affronty Or.
The submitter has documented iule as a variant spelling of the German eule "owl" (M. Lexers, Mittelhochdeutsches Taschenwörterbuch, p.100), as well as Oliuir as a variant of Oliver. While we were hesitant to accept the U/V switch in the case of Vnycorne's Hospice, due to the problems of alphabetization (and consequent conflict checking), that objection doesn't arise here.
Rhys Stevynson. Name (see RETURNS for device).
Roberta Rhiannon McMorland. Name (see RETURNS for device).
Sabina Tafler. Name and device. Purpure, on a bend sinister argent between two comets bendwise sinister inverted Or, three fleurs-de-lys palewise purpure.
Thorvald Redhair. Household badge for House Redhair. (fieldless) A pheon inverted purpure.
(The household name was registered Feb 90.) For charges that have a defined orientation, inversion is indeed worth a CD, be the armory fieldless or fielded; this is now clear of the previous conflict with the English royal badge, A broadarrow.
Una Wynifreed Berry. Device change. Argent, a violet purpure slipped and leaved vert between three Bowen knots azure, all within an orle vert.
Please instruct the submitter to draw the knots larger. Her previous device (Or, a natural rainbow proper between three Bowen knots purpure), registered April 92, is released.
Vincent the Calculator. Name and device. Gules, an abacus Or and a chief embattled argent.
[(Pedantic voice) This is clear of the attributed arms of Henry Packard, Lord Hewlett (Gules, an HP-11C Or). There's a CD for the chief; and, since the HP-11C is an electronic device, while the abacus isn't, there's a CD for the removal of the charge.]
Winged Hills, March of the. Badge. (fieldless) On a three-peaked mountain couped vert, a vol Or.
Airyk Eriksson the Sinister. Name change (from Eric of Stormwind) and device change. Per chevron azure and gules, two unicorn's heads couped respectant and a sword argent.
His previous device (Per chevron azure and argent, two unicorn's heads couped respectant with horns crossed in saltire argent and a sword palewise azure, hilted sable, all within a bordure embattled Or) is released.
Aldwin Wolfling. Device. Or goutty azure, a fish naiant to sinister sable and a base indented azure.
Caitlin Ruadh. Name and device. Sable, on a bend sinister engrailed argent, three crescents gules.
Castellum Montanum, Canton of. Name and device. Checky gules and argent, a laurel wreath and a bordure wavy sable.
Catríona nic Theàrlaigh. Name.
We've added the accent to the patronymic. Note that the patronymic is the Scots Gaelic form; if the submitter prefers an Irish Gaelic form, she might consider the period nic Thoirdealbhaigh, or the modern nic Thárlaigh.
Heloise of Sherborne. Name and device. Per bend sinister purpure and argent, a sea-dragon counterchanged.
Isabella de Bordeaux. Device. Per bend Or and sable, a grape leaf bendwise inverted vert and a bunch of grapes Or.
Mathghamhain Mac Diarmada. Name.
Phaedria d'Aurillac. Device change. Vert, a seahorse ermine.
Her previous device (Vert, on a pile inverted bendwise argent a seahorse contourny vert) is retained as a badge. Good, simple armory.
Raoul de Chenonceaux. Device. Argent, on a chevron azure three quatrefoils argent, in base a pegasus salient gules, overall a bordure counterchanged gules and argent.
Roderick of Sutton in the Elms. Name and device. Or, a lion rampant to sinister sable, a bordure invected gules.
The documentation on the placename suggests that in the remains in lower case; we've done so here. Against the arms of Flanders (Or, a lion rampant sable within a bordure engrailed gules), we grant a CD for the beast's posture and a CD for the line of the bordure. See the cover letter for a further discussion of this latter issue.
West, Kingdom of. Title for Rocket Pursuivant.
THE FOLLOWING SUBMISSIONS HAVE BEEN RETURNED:
Anne-Marie d'Ailleurs. Device. Azure, three ducks passant in fess between two bars wavy argent.
The name was returned on the LoAR of Oct 92, and the submitter did not permit us to form a holding name. The device submission must therefore be returned as well.
A check of the emblazon showed the ducks to be the primary charges in this case; the bars are secondaries, having been moved far enough to chief and base to no longer dominate the design. Rule X.2 thus brings this clear of the arms of Brooksbank (Papworth 16), Azure, two bars wavy argent.
Alexandra de la Mer Verte. Device resubmission. Or, on a bend embattled-counterembattled vert between a mortar and pestle and an inkwell with quill pen issuant sable, three escallops inverted palewise argent.
There are several problems with the submission. First, the embattled line of the bend is drawn far too shallow on the full-sized emblazon to be seen from any distance. (There also seems to be a "frequency shift" in the crenellations: the center of the bend would be better blazoned bretessed. It counts for no difference, but it's awkward nonetheless.)
Gillian de la Luz. Device. Sable, a rivenstar argent and a bordure ermine.
Second, this is at the extreme of acceptable complexity, with four tinctures and five types of charge, even counting the mortar & pestle as a single charge. (I don't make that allowance for the pen and inkwell; they are not usually found as a unit in armorial art, as the mortar & pestle are.) Combined with the complex line on the bend, this becomes unacceptable.
Finally, unlike the previous submission, which used a documented period form of inkpot, the current submission uses what appears to be an 18th Century form. We'd like some documentation of its use in period before we register it.
The rivenstar was disallowed as a charge on the LoAR of Aug 92 (except for submissions from the Barony of Rivenstar, due to the Grandfather Clause).
Twin Moons, Barony of. Badge. Azure, a pall inverted embattled argent.
Moreover, this conflicts with Ingleby (Papworth 991): Sable, a mullet of six points argent within a bordure Or. There's a CD for the tincture of the bordure, but none for six-pointed mullet vs. rivenstar. A similar point count brings this into conflict with Alexandra of Elentil (SCA): Sable, a mullet of eight points argent, a bordure gules fimbriated argent.
(This was intended to be the populace badge.) The crenellations on the pall are too small and numerous to be identified from any distance. Period embattled lines were drawn boldly, more like the pall on their device submission. This must be returned for redrawing.
Twin Moons, Barony of. Badge. Azure, a sheaf of arrows inverted Or between in fess two moons in their plenitude argent.
(This was intended to be a badge for the Baronial archers.) This conflicts with the arms of Bout (Rietstap): D'azur à trois flèches émoussée à tête carrée d'or, deux passées en sautoir et la troisième brochant en pal (Azure, three arrows with blunted heads, two in saltire and the third palewise overall Or). The Continental default for arrows is with points to chief, so there's no difference for orientation; the only CD is for the addition of the moons.
Twin Moons, Barony of. Name and badge for the Order of the Silver Moon. Azure, a pall inverted bretessed between three moons in their plenitude argent.
The order name conflicts with the Order of the Moon, registered to the Barony of Carolingia. The addition of the adjective is insufficient, per Rule V.2.
Twin Moons, Barony of. Badge. Azure, on a pall inverted bretessed between in chief two moons in their plenitude argent, another azure.
The crenellations on the pall are too small and numerous to be identified from any distance. Period embattled lines were drawn boldly, more like the pall on their device submission. This must be returned for redrawing.
(This was submitted as a badge for l'Ordre de la Lune Bleue.) The crenellations on the pall are too small and numerous to be identified from any distance. Period embattled lines were drawn boldly, more like the pall on their device submission. This must be returned for redrawing.
Twin Moons, Barony of. Badge. Azure, on a pall inverted bretessed between in chief two moons in their plenitude argent, a spiked mace gules.
(This was submitted as a badge for the Order of the Crimson Mace.) The crenellations on the pall are too small and numerous to be identified from any distance. Period embattled lines were drawn boldly, more like the pall on their device submission. This must be returned for redrawing.
Twin Moons, Barony of. Name and badge for the Order of the Moonflower. Azure, a pall inverted embattled between two moons in their plenitude and a moonflower slipped and leaved argent.
The moonflower does not appear to have been known to period Europeans, at least by that name: the OED's first citation of the word dates only to 1787, and the flower itself is native to North America. We need evidence of the period use of the term before we can register it in an order name, and evidence of period knowledge of the flower before it can be used in a badge.
Additionally, the crenellations on the pall are too small and numerous to be identified from any distance. Period embattled lines were drawn boldly, more like the pall on their device submission. This must be returned for redrawing.
Diego Alfonso de Navarra. Device. Gules, on a bend Or between a castle argent and two roses Or, a chain gules.
This conflicts with the arms of Elliot (Papworth 249): Gules, on a bend Or a pipe (or flute) of the first. There's a CD for the addition of the secondaries; but because Diego's submission uses dissimilar secondary charges, Rule X.4.j.ii doesn't apply here; change of type alone of the tertiary isn't worth the second necessary CD.
Joseph of Silver Oak. Badge. Sable, in pale two trefoils, each within and its stem conjoined to an annulet argent.
When he resubmits, please instruct him to draw his chain with a few more links, so that it may more readily be recognized as a chain.
This conflicts with the arms of Boisset (Rietstap): De sable à deux trèfles d'argent (Sable, two trefoils [in pale] argent). There's a single CD, for the addition of the annulets.
Miriel Gwenddwr Ty Aranell. Badge. Azure, a cross moline voided, a bordure engrailed argent.
Conflicts with the arms of Gailie (Papworth 608): Azure, a cross moline lozenge pierced argent. There's a CD for the bordure. The voiding of Miriel's cross, and the piercing of Gailie's, are considered equivalent to tertiary charges for the purposes of counting difference. Had both armories used a cross throughout -- that is, an heraldic ordinary -- then the change in type of tertiary would be worth a second CD. But a cross variant used as a charge -- e.g. a cross crosslet, cross formy, etc. -- is not an ordinary per se. This allows us to apply Rule X.2, Complete Difference of Charge, between cross variants; but it also means that we cannot apply Rule X.4.j.ii to the surcharges on cross variants. We therefore can grant no difference for the type of tertiary (that is, the exact shape of the piercing/voiding).
Rosamond of Lancashire. Device. Per chevron gules and argent, two garden roses slipped and leaved Or and a maiden statant affronty argent, vested gules, crined sable.
Technicially, the argent human has insufficient contrast with the argent background. It could be argued that so little of the maiden's skin is on the field that it should be considered as we would maintained charges -- that the maiden is overwhelmingly gules. That may well be true, in this rendering. But a design that depends on artistic details (long flowing hair, style of dress) to achieve acceptable contrast is fatally flawed; heraldic designs should have inherently good contrast.
Sionan de Prendergast na Seanachai. Name.
This would be acceptable if the maiden were entirely gules -- indeed, if the skin were proper I'd be willing to meet the submitter halfway -- but I can't permit argent on argent, when only artistic license makes the figure visible. This must be returned.
The occupational byname uses incorrect grammar: the article na is the female genitive form, where it should be the masculine nominative form an. It should also prefix a T to nouns beginning with S + a vowel, so the correct form should be an tSeanachaidhe. However, as the submitter allowed no changes, we cannot fix the grammar; this must therefore be returned.
Thorfinn Asleifsson the Solemn. Device. Per pale sable and Or, an increscent and a decrescent conjoined counterchanged.
As to the question of presumption, I consider the Seanachai to be no more presumptuous than, say, the Bard. So long as the name isn't constructed to suggest a title (e.g. the Seanachaidhe of Kerry), the term should be acceptable for personal names.
Due to the way they're drawn, the "crescents" cojoined are visually indistinguishable from a millrind. This therefore conflicts with Kathrine of Bristol (SCA): Per pale sable and Or, three millrinds counterchanged. There's a single CD, for number of millrinds.
Margarete the Scholar. Device. Gules, in pale a daisy argent seeded Or and a book argent.
This conflicts with the badge of Collawyn Lughaidh O'Cearbhaill (SCA): Gules, two tablets conjoined in fess argent. When Collawyn's badge was registered, it was specifically noted that "the tablets lacked any difference from an open book argent" [LoAR of Jan 90, p.4]. There is thus a single CD, for the flower.
Ram's Haven, Barony of. Name and device. Per fess embattled gules and argent, two demi-rams respectant argent and a laurel wreath vert.
We have received no petition, or other evidence of popular support, either for the name or the device. This is being returned without consideration of the submission's merits.
Rhys Stevynson. Device. Per chevron azure and Or, two compass stars Or and a chess rook sable.
This conflicts with Ingerith of Ryzka (LoAR of Sept 92): Per chevron ployé azure and Or, two compass stars Or and a double-bitted axe gules. There's a CD for the cumulative changes to the basemost of three charges 2&1, but no difference for the ployé line of the field.
Roberta Rhiannon McMorland. Device. Counter-ermine, on a pale argent an orchid sable.
It also conflicts with Elizabeth Idlewine (SCA): Per chevron azure and Or, two suns and a griffin segreant to sinister, all counterchanged. Again, the cumulative changes to the basemost charge is worth a CD. We grant no difference between a sun and a mullet of [many] points; I must agree with Lord Owen that, logically, we should therefore grant no difference between a sun and a compass star.
There are two reasons for this return. First, the orchid is too generic a charge to be registered. In the case of Megan Maria Griffinstar (LoAR of Feb 91), it was ruled: "Orchids come in far too many different shapes for reproducibility of the emblazon from the blazon, or for the blazon to adequately describe the emblazon. (There was also some evidence that the type of orchid drawn here is a post-period variant.)" Both objections hold true here: the orchid is drawn as a Cattleya, the genus grown in hothouses and used in most corsages; but since the Cattleya genus was named after William Cattley, a 19th Century florist, there's no evidence that they were known in period. Without such evidence, they may not be registered.
Thorvald Redhair. Badge resubmission. (fieldless) A pheon inverted gules.
Second, this conflicts with Giovanna Maria Hunyadi di Ghiberti (SCA): Lozengy azure and Or, on a pale argent a purple iris slipped and leaved proper. There's a CD for the field, but neither the type of flower nor its slipping and leaving are worth any heraldic difference; and the change in its tincture alone isn't worth a CD, per Rule X.4.j.
While inverting the pheon has removed the previous conflict, it has introduced another. This conflicts with the arms of Ottikon (Rietstap): D'argent à une phéon de gueules, la pointe en haut (Argent, a pheon, point to chief gules). There's a single CD for the field.
Valentine Christian Warner. Device. Vert, three long caps Or, doubled ermine.
This conflicts with Vaux (Papworth 364): Azure, three Albanian bonnets Or. There's a CD for the field, but nothing for type of caps, and nothing for the tincture of their lining.
William Silverfox. Name appeal.
The previously submitted name, William the Silver Fox, was returned July 91 for conflict with Sir William Fox, a Prime Minister of New Zealand. The submitter has changed the name slightly, but still appeals the return, since it applies to his resubmitted name as well. He argues that protecting Sir William Fox is "a bit of a reach"; and that the addition of the prefixed Silver- is enough to bring it clear of conflict in any case, citing the registered name of William Blackfox as precedent.
On the first point, I concede the difficulty of deciding which historical figures are, or aren't, important enough to protect. One person's "famous character" is another's "obscure non-entity". The College requires some standard more objective than "Laurel's heard of him/her." We therefore accept the judgement of the editors who compile general references: the Encyclopedia Britannica, various general Biographical Dictionaries, etc. A name with its own entry in a general reference -- ideally, in several general references -- is deemed important to protect, per the Administrative Guidelines. Sir William Fox meets that criterion, and must therefore be protected.
On the second point, we have consistently interpreted Rule V.2 to mean that the addition of an adjective is insufficient difference between names. It hasn't mattered whether or not the adjective was attached to the noun it modified. To do otherwise would put us in the position of ruling that William the Silver Fox was a conflict, but William the Silverfox was not -- even though the meanings are identical, and the pronunciation only trivially changed. To avoid that, we've granted nothing for whether the adjective was attached. (As for William Blackfox, we must note that his name was registered back in 1981, when our standards of conflict and of historical importance were different.)
Until Rule V.2 is changed, this must be considered a conflict with Sir William Fox. This must again be returned.
Ashlin d'Ypres. Name.
Ashlin does not appear to be a valid given name. Instead, it's the modern spelling of a period surname (Asshelyn) based on the given name Ascelin. We will permit modern spellings of period names (e.g. Dafydd), but we draw the line at modern spellings of surname derivations of period names, used as given names. The submitter might consider resubmitting as Ascelin.
Caslan a Saint Keverne. Name.
Caslan does not appear to be a valid given name. The LOI derives it from the surname Ó Caisealáin, but not all surnames of that form are patronymics derived from the father's name: e.g. Ó Gabhann (O'Gowan) is derived from the Irish for "smith", not a given name. Moreover, Ó Caisealáin may not be the original form of the surname: Woulfe gives it as a variant of Ó Caiseadáin, which Lord Palimpsest suspects derives ultimately from the given name Caiside; but that wouldn't be anglicized as Caslan, and we have no similar sounding names to substitute.
Seán Graethorne. Name change (from Seán Spíoine Glaise).
The submitter might consider the Cornish given name Caswyn; and, if he desires a truly Cornish toponymic, he might use the Cornish name for Saint Keverne, which is Lanhevran.
The spelling of grae- in the byname cannot be justified from period evidence: the one spelling of "grey" with an AE dipthong is the OE graeg (where the final G is actually a yogh). We might have accepted this as Graithorne, or with some standard spelling of the word, but the submitter forbade any changes to the name.
THE FOLLOWING SUBMISSION HAS BEEN PENDED:
Conall Gillysaght. Device. Per fess gules and argent, a lion passant contourny Or and in pale three lances fesswise azure.
This was blazoned on the LOI as Argent, in pale three lances fesswise azure, on a chief gules a lion passant contourny Or. As drawn, this appears to be a Per-fess division, rather than a chief -- and we suspect that the submission was not checked for conflict under that blazon. This is pended to the July 93 meeting, to allow for commentary under the correct blazon.
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