Minutes of the June, 2002 Herald's Meeting

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At June Crown, Gaius M.L. Auklandus will assume the office of Compline Herald, the successor to Vesper. It is planned that he will take the office of Vesper Principal Herald at Purgatorio. Since shortly after he returned to the West (a bit over a year ago), Gaius has been serving as Greencloak Herald. He has extensive heraldic experience prior to that, both in the West and in several other Kingdoms. The Greencloak position will be filled by Magnus Zwerver, currently Seawolf Herald for the Mists.


The meeting was held on Sunday, 9 June 2002, at Eilis' house in Berkeley. The meeting started at 12:20pm and ended at 1:30pm. In attendance at this meeting were: Mary Elizabeth Fairweather, Vesper; Frederick of Holland, Brachet; Gaius M.L. Auklandus, Greencloak; Tangwystl verch Morgant Glasfryn, Harpy; Walraven von Nijmegen, Nebuly; Teleri Tawel, Pursuivant for Crosston; Felix MacAvady, Pursuivant for Sainte Katherine; Maxen Dawel ap Morgan, PaL; Edward of Guildford, Wilhelm von Homburg, and Anahita bint 'abd al-Karim al-Fassi, PEs at Large; Catherine de Gray; Antonio Giordano da Sicilia; Tófi Kerþjalfadsson (a visitor from Æthelmearc) and Eilis O'Boirne, Matins.


The upcoming meetings are: July 21, September 8, October 20, and November 24. Meetings are generally held at the home of Eilis O'Boirne, 2322 Russell Street, Berkeley, CA 94705. Call for directions. Meetings start at noon.

ANYONE WITH WALK-IN SUBMISSIONS SHOULD CONTACT MATINS IN ADVANCE. This is especially important if the submitter has previous submissions, since the files are stored in a remote location (which is the fancy way of saying that we haven't moved them yet…).

We are researching some of the name submissions beforehand through an e-mail list, names@synergy.transbay.net. The Names list is open by request to heralds in the West Kingdom who are interested in onomastic (name) research. To join the list, please contact Felix MacAvady at ha.raschid@sinewave.com.

Please send all correspondence (submissions, queries, etc.) to the address at the top of this letter! Please do NOT send submissions to Vesper or to any other member of the College.

The meetings now include instruction for voice heralds. If there is anyone present who wants to work on voice heraldry, the voice classes, conducted by Gaius Auklandus, the Greencloak Herald, will start as soon as the announcements portion of the meeting is concluded. Pass the word to anyone interested in learning field and duty heraldry - the meetings aren't just for book heralds any more!


HERALDS' COLLEGIUM: The next Heralds' Collegium is scheduled for November 23, in Hercules. The meeting on the following day will be in Berkeley. This session will focus on the structure of the College and the submission process, book heraldry and conflict research, and court heraldry.

SUBMISSION FORMS: The submission forms for the West Kingdom College are now available from Matins or the Kingdom consultation table or by following the appropriate links at http://heralds.westkingdom.org/Register.htm#Forms. Completed forms should be sent to Matins at the above address. Current submission fees are $10 per name, $10 per device, $10 per badge. There is no fee for resubmission. Submissions require 3 copies of the name form and documentation, 4 colored copies of the device form, and 3 colored copies of the badge form, as applicable.

MAILING LIST: The West Kingdom College of Heralds has a mailing list for internal communication. Any herald is welcome to join by request. To join the list, please contact Matins at baroness_eilis@juno.com.

ELECTRONIC RESOURCES: Many interesting heraldic links can be found through the SCA Heraldry web page at http://www.sca.org/heraldry, including West Kingdom submission forms, the Laurel home page, the on-line armorial and ordinary search and The Academy of St. Gabriel (a heraldic consultation service). Heraldic queries may also be addressed to Eilis at baroness_eilis@juno.com -- answers may take a few days.


These meetings comment on heraldic submissions from other Kingdoms. Please consider attending. They are a fast way to learn how the Rules of Submission work and how to research armory. The Brachet meetings are in Berkeley on Wednesday nights. If you are interested, contact the Brachet Herald, Frederick of Holland (Fred Hollander) at 510-653-3652.


West Kingdom College of Heralds Minutes are now being published on the web, and are no longer available by subscription. They may be read at or printed from the heralds' website at http://heralds.westkingdom.org/Minutes.htm. There are now both a colored version and a printer-friendly black and white version available.

Updates to the Armorial and Ordinary are available from Free Trumpet Press West along with other useful heraldic publications. Write for a free price list. The address is Free Trumpet Press West, 1613 N. School St. Normal, IL 61761-1240.

A Pictorial Dictionary of Heraldry as Used in the Society for Creative Anachronism (by Bruce Draconarius of Mistholme and Akagawa Yoshio) is available in the United States by sending $15 to Bruce Miller, 1711 Tenth Street, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266, (310) 379-1321.


The LoAR for March 2002 has been published. The cover letters, acceptances and returns for the past can be found at http://sca.org/heraldry/loar/. If you are interested in responding to some of the calls for commentary put out by Lord Laurel, please be sure to visit the site.

At his March meeting, the Laurel King of Arms reblazoned some previously-accepted Western armory to make the blazons clearer. These are included with the acceptances. The acceptances for the West from the Laurel March meeting were as follows:

Aaron the Mighty. Device reblazon. Gules, in pale a woolly mammoth statant proper atop a hurt fimbriated argent.

We have added in pale to the blazon to indicate that the two charges are co-primary. We also removed the Linnaean species name from the blazon as it seemed unnecessary. The Laurel files did not contain a colored emblazon for this very old submission, and so we were unable to clarify the tincture of the mammoth in the blazon.

Arthur Lacey. Release of badge. Argent, a goutte inverted vert.

Arthur Lacey. Release of badge. Per fess azure and vert, on a fess invected argent, four roundels sable.

Eowyn nic Wie of Kincora. Device reblazon. Gules, a bowed psaltery Or between two flaunches ermine and in chief a psaltery bow Or.

Her previous blazon, Gules, a psaltery Or between two flaunches ermine and in chief a psaltery bow Or, did not specify the type of psaltery.

Geneviéve de la Mer Bleue. Device change. Or, a cross of Toulouse gules.

The submitter's previous device, Per fess engrailed argent and azure, two bottle-nosed dolphins hauriant and urinant proper within a bordure per fess azure and argent, charged with in chief three mullets and in base three escallops counterchanged, is released.

Havoc atte Ree. Device. Azure, two hawks respectant and a double-bitted axe inverted within a bordure dovetailed argent.

Hermineite la Cochonne. Device. Purpure, a winged boar segreant argent between three mullets Or.

Jamie MacLaren. Name.

Julian of the Purple Must. Device reblazon. Purpure, on a pile argent two sprigs of laurel in fess proper.

The previous blazon, Purpure, on a pile argent two sprigs of laurel proper, did not adequately specify the arrangement of the charges on the pile.

Oliver Tarney. Name and device. Azure, a winged shoe Or, on a chief invected argent an arrow reversed azure.

Richard Talbot of Blackmere. Name and device. Argent, a bend sinister engrailed between two towers vert.

Submitted as Richard Talbot, this name conflicted with Richard Talbot, Earl of Tyrconnell, Viscount Baltinglass, Baron of Talbotstown (1630-1691), who has his own entry in the Encyclopedia Britannica. The submitter listed three alternate forms of his name, the first of which was Richard Talbot of Blackmere. However, no documentation was provided for any elements except Richard and Talbot. Lacking such documentation, none of the alternates were registerable. As a courtesy to the submitter, several of the attendees during the Gulf Wars decision meeting documented Blackmere as being dated to 1249 in this spelling in Ekwall (p. 48 s.n. Blackmere). Therefore, we are able to register this name.

Lack of documentation has been and will continue to be a reason for return. Therefore, all elements of a name, including alternate elements, need to be included in the documentation provided in LoIs.

The miniemblazon had too small and too many engrailings on the bend sinister, but the full-sized emblazon is drawn well with six engrailings on each side of the bend sinister.

Robin of Silverwood. Name and device. Sable a winged cat segreant argent and a bordure embattled Or.

Listed on the LoI as Robin of Siverwood, both the forms and the documentation used the spelling Silverwood.

Rose McQuharrie. Name.

Submitted as Rose MacQuarrie, the submitter requested authenticity for Gaelic/Scottish language/culture. The submitted name is Scots, a language closely related to English, rather than Scottish Gaelic. No documentation was found that MacQuarrie is a period form. We have changed the byname to the spelling McQuharrie dated to 1573 in Black (p. 558 s.n. MacQuarrie) to make this name authentic for Scots in period.

Stephen de la Bere. Name and device. Vert, a bear passant and on a point pointed argent two roundels in fess azure.

Good name!

The point pointed is drawn somewhat high on the field, approaching a per chevron field division. Please advise the submitter to draw it a bit smaller.

There was only one return:

Sabina le Sewester. Device. Per pale and per saltire gules and argent, on a roundel counterchanged a spider inverted and a bordure sable.

The identifiability of the tincture of the roundel is obscured by the addition of the complex tertiary charge on it. This is a reason for return.

No evidence was presented, and none was found, for counterchanging a central roundel over this field, or the similar gyronny field, in period armory. Such a design will not be acceptable without documentation: "In general, we would like to see documentation for any charge counterchanged over a multiply divided field, such as barry or gyronny" (LoAR 8/01).

In Service,

Matins Herald

SUBMISSIONS - 9 June xxxvii (2002)


Brendan McNeill O'Neill     (Fettburg)      Name and Device Resubmission to Kingdom

     Vert, three escutcheons Or.

His original name submission, Brendan McNeill, was returned in February for conflict with Brendan ap Niall. His device submission was returned in March because the name submission had been returned. Brendan is given on p.34 of O'Corrain and Maguire as an anglicized form of Breanain. McNeill is given on p.164 of MacLysaght as an anglicized form of MacNéill. O'Neill is given on p.164 of MacLysaght as an anglicized form of Ó Neill.

Bubba Ianson of the Caves of Smoo     (Southern Shores)      New Name and Device

     Argent scaly and a bordure sable.

Bubba is found in Redin, Uncompounded Personal Names in Old English, p.87 - one of the examples given is dated to 779 and another to the Domesday Book. Ian is his father's registered Society name (Ian the Fariner of Dunkeld) and the patronymic is formed normally. The Caves of Smoo are on the north coast of Scotland. In Johnson's Place Names of Scotland, under Smoo, he states that the name comes from an Icelandic root (the same root as smuggler).

Elyas of Wulfereslowe     (Vinhold)      Name and Device Resubmission to Kingdom

     Per chevron azure and Or, three wolves statant counterchanged.

His name and device were submitted in May under the name Elyas of Wolfe Crossen. Elyas in Withycombe p.98 dated to 1303 at Elijah. Wulfereslowe is on p. of Ekwall, dated to 1242, at Wolferlow.

Gisela de Calais     (Southern Shores)      New Name and Device

     Per bend sinister vert and pean, a bend sinister and in chief a fleur-de-lys Or.

Gisela is given on p.134-135 of Withycombe, and is stated to be the name of a daughter of Charles the Simple, who married Rollo, the first Duke of Normandy. Calais is a city on the north coast of France.

Katira al-Maghrebiyya     (Calderium)      New Name Change; Name Registered 2/86, Device Registered 7/90

Her registered name, Kay the Innocent of Bel Anjou, will be released if this name is registered. Arabic Names and Naming Practices by Da'ud ibn Auda in the 1993 Symposium Proceedings (Volume II, Page 28) gives Katir as a male name. Katira would be the feminine form. Da'ud wrote to the submittor and told her that al-Maghrebiyya was the correct form for "woman from the West" with the Maghreb being "the further west". He also told her to cite him as the documentation.

West, Kingdom of     (West Kingdom)      Transfer of Heraldic Titles

The West Kingdom wishes to transfer these heraldic titles (which had been registered for the use of the branches and Principality of Lochac) to Lochac upon their accession to the rank of a Kingdom of the Society:

Aquarius Pursuivant
Baryl Pursuivant
Black Wing Pursuivant
Canon Pursuivant
Cinquefoil Pursuivant
Crux Australia Herald
Dromond Pursuivant
Frette Rouge Pursuivant
Goutte d'Eau Pursuivant
Hund Herald
Mortar Pursuivant
Rocket Pursuivant


Cassandra of Crosston     (Crosston)      Name Registered 2/02: Device Resubmission to Kingdom

     Argent, a dragon dormant in annulo azure, a bordure sable.

This device will be returned - the drawing is computer-generated and not clear. We will send her several acceptable drawings of a dragon within a bordure so that she can select one that is heraldically correct.

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