Minutes of the January, 2003 Herald's Meeting

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Plan to attend the Spring Heralds’ Collegium – March 8 in Citrus Heights – see below for details!

MINUTES OF THE MONTHLY MEETING – 5 January xxxvii (2003)

The meeting was held on Sunday, 5 January 2003, at the Modesto Convention Center. The meeting started at 10:45am and ended at noon. In attendance at this meeting were: Gaius M.L. Auklandus, Vesper; Berengaria de Montfort de Carcassone, Sable Swan; Marguerite du Royon, Seawolf; Astrið of Swansvale, Latimer; Frederick of Holland, Brachet; Leticia de Scotia, Acting Baldric; Ghislaine d’Auxerre, Khaalid al-Jaraad, and Siobhan ni Seaghdha, Pursuivants at Large; Wilhelm von Homburg, Africa nic Shiomah nic Gil’onflaidh, Catherine de Gray, and Antonio Giordano da Sicilia, PEs at Large; Annakah of Scammond on Grove, Robert Skallagrimsson, Elsa Saxisdottir, Edith de Laufare and Emma FitzWilliam, Cornets; Catalina Estevez de Teixeira, Danaë FitzRoberts (Hobbit), Moira O’Connor, and Jehannne de Wodeford, visitors; and Eilis O’Boirne, Matins.

COLLEGE OF HERALDS MEETINGS
The upcoming meetings are: February 9, March 9, April 13, May 18, June 1 (changed from the previously announced June 8), July 20, September 7, October 19, and November 16. Meetings are generally held at the home of Eilis O’Boirne, 2322 Russell Street, Berkeley, CA 94705. Call for directions. Meetings start at noon. There is no meeting scheduled for August or December 2003.

Anyone who is bringing a walk-in submission should contact Matins in advance. This is especially important if the submitter has previous submissions, since the files are stored in a remote location. If you are bringing a submission to a meeting, please plan to arrive by 11:00 am to allow the file to be set up.

We are researching some of the name submissions beforehand through an email list, names@synergy.transbay.net. This 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. Since there was no interest expressed in voice instruction at the monthly meetings, it is being discontinued as a regular feature. If interest is expressed in the future, it will probably be offered again.

ANNOUNCEMENTS
HERALDS’ COLLEGIUM: The Spring Heralds' Collegium will be held on Saturday March 8 in the conference room of the Sylvan Oaks Library on Auburn Blvd and Van Maren in Citrus Heights. The Spring Collegium focuses on the Voice Arts (Field and Court Heraldry) in preparation for the coming tourney season. The College of Heralds encourages all who have an interest in either polishing existing skills or have an interest in learning how to work as a voice herald to come join us. There is no site fee for this event. The site will open at 9:30 and close at 5:00. The class schedule is as follows:

10 – 11   Voice Lessons and Duty Heraldry
11 – 12   How lists are run/coordinating with the List Mistress
12 – 1   Lunch
1 – 3   Field class and practice
3 – 5   Court class and Practice

The autocrat is Mistress Anastacia Grindstead. She can be reached at anastacia@lanset.com or call before 9pm 916-728-1066. She will also be coordinating crash space.

Directions to Sylvan Oaks Library: (6700 Auburn Blvd Citrus Heights 95621) Take your best route to Sacramento to get to Interstate 80 (From the West be sure you are on 80 East/Reno) Take the Antelope Rd Exit. Turn East off the freeway and take the first right at the light for Garden Gate/Van Maren. Follow Van Maren to the light at Auburn Blvd and turn left. Look for a driveway on the right. Follow the parking lot around to the Library.

The "After Collegium Revels" on Saturday night will be held at the Palazzo Giordano, (Baron Antonio's home; 1024 42nd Street, Sacramento, between J Street and Folsom Boulevard; (916) 451-3033). Maps will be available at the Collegium. The Revel will begin at 8pm. The March Heralds' Meeting will also be held at Baron Antonio's home on Sunday, March 9th beginning at noon.

The Fall Heralds’ Collegium is scheduled for November 15, the day before the November meeting – it will focus on book heraldry and the mechanics of running a court. It will probably be held in the Mists.

SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS: Until the end of June, submission fees are $8 per name, $8 per device, $8 per badge – and a name and device registered at the same time will cost $15 instead of $16. There is no fee for resubmission of a returned item. 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. The submission forms for the West Kingdom College are now available from Matins or the Kingdom consultation table or by following the http://heralds.westkingdom.org/Register.htm#Forms. Completed forms should be sent to Matins at the College address.

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 Felix MacAvady at ha.raschid@sinewave.com.

ELECTRONIC RESOURCES: Many interesting heraldic links can be found through the SCA Heraldry web page at www.sca.org/heraldry, including the Laurel home page, the on-line Armorial and Ordinary (with search capabilities) and The Academy of St. Gabriel (an onomastic and heraldic consultation service). The West Kingdom Heraldry site and the West Kingdom Awards List can be accessed through the West Kingdom site, www.westkingdom.org. Heraldic queries may also be addressed to Eilis at heralds@westkingdom.org -- answers may take a few days.

BRACHET MEETINGS
These meetings comment on heraldic submissions from other Kingdoms. Please consider attending – you do not have to be able to attend every week. 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.

HERALDIC PUBLICATIONS
West Kingdom College of Heralds Minutes are published on the web. They may be read at or printed from the heralds’ website at http://heralds.westkingdom.org/Minutes.htm. There is a colored version and a printer-friendly black and white version available.

The latest edition of the Armorial and Ordinary, along with updates for the previous editions, 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 by sending $15 to Bruce Miller, 1711 Tenth Street, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266, (310) 379-1321.

EXCERPTS FROM THE LOAR
The LoAR for August & September have been published. The cover letters, acceptances and returns for the past can be found at http://www.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.

The acceptances for the West from the Laurel August meeting were as follows:

Brand McClellan. Name.

Eileen Kathryn of Hareswood. Name change from Eileen Kathryn Brent.

Her previous name, Eileen Kathryn Brent, is released.

Enrique Matias de Rojas. Name and device. Quarterly gules and argent, in bend sinister two crosses fleury sable.

Giuliana di Benedetto Falconieri. Name and device. Per fess argent and paly gules and argent, a fess and in chief an estoile between two fleurs-de-lys gules.

Submitted as Giuliana  Benedetto Falconieri, the submitter requested authenticity for Italian and allowed any changes. As submitted, this name has a feminine given name followed by a masculine given name followed by a family name. The logical interpretation of this structure would be that Giuliana is the daughter of Benedetto Falconieri. An authentic form of this name for late-period Italian would be Giuliana di Benedetto Falconieri. We have made this change to meet the submitter's request for authenticity.

Grímr Einarsson. Name and device. Sable, a saltire gyronny gules and argent.

Please advise the submitter to draw the saltire wider.

Raghnailt Suird Coluimcille. Name and device. Per pale argent and vert, a spired tower between two swords counterchanged.

This name was submitted as Raghnailt as Sord Colmcille. There are a few examples we have of locative bynames in Irish Gaelic that refer to the name of a location of the size of a village or town. These locative bynames use the genitive form of the placename as the locative byname and do not use a preposition. The byname was changed at Kingdom to a documented genitive form of this placename to follow these examples of locative bynames in Gaelic.

Ravenshore, Shire of. Badge. (Fieldless) On an escallop Or, a raven rising wings elevated and addorsed sable.

Rivkah Ströbele. Name and device. Gules, a pomegranate Or seeded gules slipped and leaved vert and a chief Or.

Rónán mac Magnusa. Name and device. Barry and per pale Or and gules, on a chief triangular vert a crescent Or.

Submitted as Rónán mac Maghnuis, the submitter requested authenticity for "Gaelic" and allowed minor changes. As the submitter has expressed an interest in authenticity, he may wish to know that the name Rónán seems to have fallen out of use after the 11th C, while Magnus was adopted into Gaelic and began becoming popular in the late 12th C. The submitted form of the patronymic byname, mac Maghnuis, is a form appropriate for Early Modern Gaelic (c. 1200 to c. 1700) in Scotland, but the form mac Maghnusa seems to have been the typical form in Ireland at that time.) A form appropriate for Middle Irish (c. 900 to c. 1200) would be mac Magnusa. As the given name Rónán dates to the time period when Middle Irish was used, we have changed the byname to this form in order to meet the submitter's request for authenticity.

Rothri de Ross. Name and device. Quarterly Or and sable, a winged sea-lion gules.

Listed on the LoI as Ruadrí de Ross, this name was submitted as Ruairidh of Wester Ross. The submitter requested authenticity for 12th C Scottish. The name was changed at Kingdom to Ruadrí de Ross to use documented 12th C forms of both the given name and the byname. Additionally, Kingdom could find no documentation for Wester being used in a byname, so that element was dropped as the submitter specifically allows. The form Ruadrí de Ross combines a Gaelic given name with a Latin form of a locative byname. Of the 12th C Scottish records that have survived, the vast majority are in Latin. In Latin records, locative bynames are not uncommon. However, in surviving Gaelic records, the only locations mentioned in a man's name are included as part of a chiefly title. As best we can tell, a man in 12th C Scotland who was mentioned in both Latin and Gaelic records could have appeared in the Latin records with a locative byname (like de Ross), but would have appeared in Gaelic records with the byname he normally used in Gaelic, which would have most likely been a patronymic byname based on his father's given name (for example, mac Domnaill, meaning 'son of Donald'). Black (p. 699 s.n. Rory) gives two examples of 12th C Latin forms of Ruadrí name in the examples Rothri comes and Rotheri comes. A man named Ruadrí who was from Ross would, therefore, have been recorded as Rothri de Ross or Rotheri de Ross in a Latin document in 12th C Scotland. In a Gaelic record, he would likely have been recorded as Ruadrí mac [a patronym based on his father's given name]. As the submitter allows any changes, we have changed this name to a Latin form to meet his request for authenticity.

Valeria bi Cranmere. Device. Per chevron azure and vert, on a chevron between two cranes in their vigilance and a griffin sejant erect argent three fleurs-de-lys sable.

Zephaniah ben Ezra. Name.

The submitter requested authenticity for 10th C Hebrew. Ezra is listed in Eleazar ha-Levi, "Jewish Naming Convention in Angevin England" ( http://www.sca.org/heraldry/laurel/names/jewish.html) and is dated to 1150 in the name Abraham ibn Ezra à Dreux in Aryanhwy merch Catmael, "Jewish Given Names Found in Les Noms Des Israélites en France", ( http://www.sit.wisc.edu/~sfriedemann/names/levyintro.htm). Zephaniah is dated to 1586 on p. 57 of J. W. Garrett-Pegge, A Transcript of the First Volume, 1538-1636, of the Parish Register of Chesham, Buckingham County. As the only example that was found of the Biblical name Zephaniah used as a person's given name in period was for a 16th C Christian, we were unable to confirm that this name is an authentic 10th C Hebrew name.

There were no Western returns in August!!!

The acceptances for the West from the Laurel September meeting were as follows:

Angus mac Nicail. Name.

Genevieve de Calais. Name (see RETURNS for device).

Grania Buchanan. Name and device. Sable, on a bend between two suns Or three triquetras inverted palewise gules.

The submitter requested authenticity for Gaelic. Grania is an Anglicized Irish version of the Gaelic Gráinne. While Gráinne is documented to the 14th to 16th C in Ireland, no evidence was found of this name being used in Scotland. Buchanan is Scots (a language closely related to English) and is a byname derived from a location. No evidence has yet been found of locative bynames in Scottish Gaelic, except when used as part of a chiefly title. In the case of Irish Gaelic, in locative bynames formed from the names of areas smaller than provinces (such as towns, villages, and baronies), the locations referred to are all locations in Ireland. None have been found that refer to a similar location outside of Ireland. Lacking an appropriate Gaelic form of this name, we have left it in the submitted form.

Ivar Hakonarson. Device change. Barry azure and argent, two pike haurient gules.

His previous device, Azure, a chevron Or, in base a tower checky Or and gules, and on a chief Or, three apples gules, is released. Wreath and her staff say "hi" to Ivar and we hope he comes and visits back home in An Tir sometime.

Kateryn Arabella of Inverness. Name and device. Purpure, on a fess cotised argent between three church bells Or three Lacy knots azure.

Luzia Violante Bazán. Name and device. Per pale azure and argent, a tau cross within a bordure counterchanged.

The submitter requested authenticity for 14th to 15th C Spanish/Iberian and allowed any changes. Juliana de Luna's article "Spanish Names from the Late 15th Century" ( http://www.s-gabriel.org/names/juliana/isabella/locative.html) lists de Bazan as a locative byname. The unmarked locative bynames listed in this source support Bazan as a variant of the documented de Bazan. Siren notes that "while accents are relatively rare, they occur in many names. Thus, a surname Bazán is not implausible for the fifteenth century."

There was some question about whether double given names are authentic for the submitter's desired period. Siren provided information regarding double given names in Spanish:

I have yet to see a case of a double given name in Castilian in the fourteenth century. There are somewhere between three and five examples of double given names, all men, in the fifteenth century. The first women with double given names that I have seen date from around 1550, but that may reflect the relative scarcity of women's names in the records. So, while the more likely name would be Luzia Bazán, we cannot rule out Luzia Violante Bazán.
From this information, Luzia de Bazan and Luzia Bazán are definitely authentic for the submitter's desired time period. Given the examples of masculine names with double given names in the 15th C, and the small number of women's names compared to men's names in available documents, it is plausible that the submitted form Luzia Violante Bazán is authentic for the 15th C.

Rowan Buchanan. Name and device. Or, a bend sinister bretessed sable between two thistles purpure.

The submitter requested authenticity for Gaelic. Rowan, as a masculine given name, is an Anglicized Irish version of the Gaelic Ruadhán. Buchanan is Scots (a language closely related to English) and is a byname derived from a location. No evidence has yet been found of locative bynames in Scottish Gaelic, except when used as part of a chiefly title. In the case of Irish Gaelic, locative bynames formed from the names of areas smaller than provinces (such as towns, villages, and baronies), the locations referred to are all locations in Ireland. None have been found that refer to a similar location outside of Ireland. Lacking an appropriate Gaelic form of this name, we have left it in the submitted form.

Note: there was some confusion regarding the status of Rowan as an SCA-compatible name. Rowan, used as a feminine given name, is SCA compatible. Rowan, used as a masculine given name, is registerable as an Anglicized Irish masculine given name and so does not need SCA compatible status.

Ulrich von Rothenburg. Name change from Morkar the Ruthless.

His previous name, Morkar the Ruthless, is released.

The returns for the West from the Laurel September meeting were as follows:

Elina of Beckenham. Device. Gules, a griffin segreant queue-forché Or maintaining on its dexter claw a raven displayed sable and maintaining in its sinister claw a rose Or slipped and leaved vert.

Conflict with Nicolette de Coulours, Quarterly purpure and vert, a hippogriff segreant Or. There is one CD for changing the field, but no difference between a griffin and a hippogriff, per the October 2001 LoAR. There is also no difference for adding the small maintained charges.

The device is still in conflict with the armory cited in the previous return, that of Degary Golafre of Pembroke, Quarterly sable and gules, a griffin segreant coward maintaining in its dexter talon a Celtic cross and in its sinister talon a sword inverted Or. There is one CD for the change to the field, but no difference for changing the small maintained charges. The submitter has provided Laurel with emails from Degary's wife, issued from Degary's email account, indicating willingness to provide permission to conflict. However, the administrative handbook requires that "If permission to conflict has been granted, a written statement of permission must be included, signed by the owner of the conflicting item with both Society Name and name used outside the Society." The emails did not include a signature, and therefore are not valid letters of permission to conflict. A scan of a full letter of permission to conflict (including signature along with the text of the letter) would be acceptable, but unsigned text email is not.

The submitter, in her long and unfortunately arduous submissions history, has amassed letters of permission to conflict from Gavin Flandre, Gules, a griffin segreant checky argent and azure, Kiera Loch Beldragon, Gules, a griffin segreant maintaining a harp Or, a chief urdy erminois, Hugh the Undecided, Gules, two griffins segreant addorsed Or, Morgan ap Siral, Gules, a griffin segreant ermine maintaining in its dexter foreclaw a cross of four lozenges Or, and the badge of Merissa Meraud de la Fontaine, Gules, a griffin passant to sinister maintaining in sinister claw a goblet, Or. Each of these letters gives permission to conflict with an earlier incarnation of her armory, differing only from this armory in that it uses a maintained rosebud instead of a maintained heraldic rose. This slight difference in maintained charge is small enough that it seems only reasonable to rule that this change does not invalidate the letters.

Some of these letters of permission to conflict are by no means recent: the one which bears a date is dated November 27, 1995, and some of the others may be older. The College should note that the administrative handbook does not mandate an "expiration date" for letters of permission to conflict, nor does a letter of permission to conflict cease to be valid if a submission is returned at Laurel. Yet permission to conflict may be rescinded by the owner of the conflicting armory at any time before the submission is registered. Any person wishing to rescind permission to conflict for a submission which has not yet been registered must write to Laurel and the submitting kingdom with an explicit letter to rescind any previously written letter of permission to conflict.

We wish the submitter luck in her quest and also advise her that, on resubmission, she should use the latest Laurel-mandated forms.

Genevieve de Calais. Device. Ermine, on a chevron engrailed between three Maltese crosses gules a rose Or.

The rose is "highlighter orange", which is not an acceptable depiction of the heraldic tincture Or. Please advise the submitter to resubmit with an unquestionable shade of yellow or metallic gold.

Mari Alexander. Name change from Mari Greensleaves.

This submission is an appeal of the same name returned in the January 2002 LoAR:
The submitter's legal name is Mari Alexander [surname]. Therefore, this submission contains the submitter's first two names in the same order as in her legal name. A similar submission was recently returned:
The submission consists of the given names, in order, of the submitter. As this is one of the possible common use names, we have to return this submission for conflict against the submitter herself, protected under section III.A.9 of the Administrative Handbook. [Mary Amanda, 09/00, R-Artemisia]
Therefore, just as Mari [surname] would be conflict with her legal name, so the submitted Mari Alexander conflicts with her with her legal name.
There was a typo in this ruling. The final line should have read "use name" rather than "legal name". As the appeal addressed the issue of Mari Alexander as a use name rather than as a legal name, the appeal was unaffected by the typo in the ruling. It is noted here for the sake of completeness.

Kingdom appealed the return, asserting that this ruling was not a proper interpretation of what is meant by a use name in the Administrative Handbook and that this interpretation was new with the current Pelican Sovereign of Arms.

In fact, the Mary Amanda return cited in the previous return of this name appeared in the September 2000 LoAR when Master Pietari Pentipoika was Pelican King of Arms.

Regarding the interpretation of a "use name", section III.A.9 of the Administrative Handbook, "Name Used by the Submitter Outside the Society", states:

No name will be registered to a submitter if it is identical to a name used by the submitter for purposes of identification outside of a Society context. This includes legal names, common use names, trademarks and other items registered with mundane authorities that serve to identify an individual or group. This restriction is intended to help preserve a distinction between a submitter's identity within the Society and his or her identity outside of the Society. A small change in the name is sufficient for registration, such as the addition of a syllable or a spelling change that changes the pronunciation. However, a change to spelling without a change in pronunciation is not sufficient. For example, Alan Miller could not register the name Alan Miller or Allan Miller but he could register the name Alan the Miller.
The key portion of sections III.A.9 as regards this submission is "common use names ... that ... identify an individual" and "This restriction is intended to help preserve a distinction between a submitter's identity within the Society and his or her identity outside of the Society." A use name can take many forms. Often, the common use name of a person is simply their given name. In other cases, it is a nickname. And in some cases, a use name contains more than one element. Use names containing more than one element fall into two basic categories: (1) two given names, and (2) a given name and what appears to be a surname.

Common examples of the first case in today's society are women who are known by both their given names (Jane Ann, Mary Jane, Rose Ann, Jeanne Marie, Mary Louise, etc.). An example of a man whose use name contains two given names is King Juan Carlos of Spain. His full name is Juan Carlos Víctor María de Borbón y Borbón (per http://cervantesvirtual.com/historia/monarquia/juancarlos1.shtml).

In the second case, a person may currently have multiple surnames in their legal name. A prominent example of this is Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. In her will ( http://www.courttv.com/legaldocs/newsmakers/wills/onassis.html), she gave her name as JACQUELINE K. ONASSIS. Being a will, it is certainly a legal document and indicates a legal representation of her name. In addition to her legal name, there are a number of use names that are instantly recognizable as referring to her, including Jacqueline Kennedy, which is a rendering of her legal name with only the final surname removed.

The amount of difference required between a person's SCA name and their mundane name is much smaller than any other type difference required to clear a conflict. The standard of difference set down in III.A.9 is:

A small change in the name is sufficient for registration, such as the addition of a syllable or a spelling change that changes the pronunciation.
This level of difference is neither overly burdensome nor unreasonable. In the case of this submission, the submitted name Mari Alexander contains the first two names of the submitter's legal name. Therefore, it is in conflict with Mari Alexander, a legitimate use name derived from her legal name of Mari Alexander [surname], and must be returned.

Mists, Principality of the. Order name Ordo Saltatoris Nebularum.

No documentation was provided for either the elements of this order name or for the construction of this order name. RfS III.2.b.ii, Names of Orders and Awards, states:
Names of orders and awards must follow the patterns of the names of period orders and awards.

These are often the names of saints; others are similar to sign names (see RfS III.2.a.iii). Some examples are: the Order of Saint Michael, the Order of Saint Maurice and Saint Lazarus, the Brethren of the Sword, the Order of the Garter, La Toison dOr (the Order of the Golden Fleece), the Order of the Golden Rose, the Order of the Star, the Order of the Swan, La Orden de la Jara (the Knights of the Tankard), the Order of Lilies.

Lacking evidence that the elements of this order name are period and that the construction of this order name follows period naming patterns for orders and awards, this name is not registerable.

Mists, Principality of the. Order name Order of the Silver Muse.

No documentation was provided for either the elements of this order name or for the construction of this order name. RfS III.2.b.ii, Names of Orders and Awards, states:
Names of orders and awards must follow the patterns of the names of period orders and awards.

These are often the names of saints; others are similar to sign names (see RfS III.2.a.iii). Some examples are: the Order of Saint Michael, the Order of Saint Maurice and Saint Lazarus, the Brethren of the Sword, the Order of the Garter, La Toison dOr (the Order of the Golden Fleece), the Order of the Golden Rose, the Order of the Star, the Order of the Swan, La Orden de la Jara (the Knights of the Tankard), the Order of Lilies.

RfS III.2.a.ii says that some order names were "similar to sign names". In those cases, both sign names and order names are formed using names of heraldic charges. To follow the pattern of an order name based on a heraldic charge, the charge in question must either be (1) documented as a period heraldic charge, or (2) must have been ruled to be registerable as a charge within the S.C.A. No evidence was presented of a muse as a period heraldic charge and there has not yet been one registered as a heraldic charge within the S.C.A. Therefore, muse is not available for use in an order name whose name references a heraldic charge.

Lacking evidence that the elements of this order name are period and that the construction of this order name follows period naming patterns for orders and awards, this name is not registerable.

In Service,

Eilis
Matins Herald


SUBMISSONS – 5 January xxxvii (2003)

ITEMS SENT TO LAUREL

Catherine de Gray     (Golden Rivers)     Name and Device Submitted 11/02; New Badge Resubmission to Kingdom

(Fieldless) A mermaid affronty argent, tailed, crined and maintaining in each hand a cross crosslet fitchy sable.

Gwyneth Rhiannon of the Sea     (Winters Gate)     Name Registered 4/93 through Atenveldt; New Device

Argent, on a cartouche purpure, a dragonfly argent.

ITEMS RETURNED FOR FURTHER WORK

Aldric Haldane of Griswold     (Ravenshore)     Name and Device Registered 8/94; Device Change Resubmission to Kingdom Returned

Per pale argent and purpure, six goblets in pile, in chief a castle, a bordure(let) embattled counterchanged.
The submission fee was paid in this past month. While his registered device (Per pale argent and purpure, six billets in chevron inverted and a bordure embattled counterchanged) has six charges in a similar arrangement (which was blazoned as “in chevron inverted” although it is visually “in pile”), it does not have the central charge – and the central charge really increases the visual complexity of the device greatly. We do not feel that this arrangement will be allowed, even under the grandfather clause, because of that change. In addition, the bordure is drawn about a third as wide as it should be.

Nikolas McCragg     (Silver Desert)     New Name and Device Returned

Ermine, on a fess sable, three crescents azure.
The submittor wants an authentic Scottish name, but provides no documentation. He gives as an alternate Nichan de Cragg. We cannot find evidence of Nikolas as a Scottish form. The most common 16th century Scots language form and spelling of the name Nicholas appears to have been Nichol. In Sharon Krossa’s "Early 16th Century Scottish Lowland Names" found at http://www.MedievalScotland.org/scotnames/lowland16/ the spellings Nichol and Nicholl are found, as well as one instance of Nicholes. Black shows only one example as a given name – at Nicholas he mentions Nicholaus medicus Willelmi regis 1201-07. We find nothing in Scotland with a Niko- spelling, and find no evidence at all of Nichan

. We do not find anything to support McCragg – which is not surprising since the modern Scottish surname Craig derives from a topographic byname and is not based on a personal name (and so unsurprisingly doesn't seem to have given rise to a patronymic byname -- McCragg is trying to create a byname which would mean "son of a rock/cliff", which doesn't make much sense in a Scottish context where patronymic bynames were originally literal, not figurative).

However, in Black’s Dictionary of Scottish Surnames, at Craig, we find various forms such as del Crag, de Crag, del Crage, del Cragge, of Crag, and Crag dated from 1165 through 1442. Early 16th century examples of the fixed, inherited surname (without “de” or “of”) from Aberdeen include Crag, Crage, Craig, Crak, and Craik – these are taken from Krossa’s "Early 16th Century Scottish Lowland Names".

We will suggest to the submittor that his most likely name would be Nichol de Crag.

The device is not registerable – the fess and crescent combination violate the Rule of Tincture. His first alternate, Ermine, three arches, two and one, gules, on a fess sable is either color-on-color or badly misblazoned. His second alternate, Ermine, on a fess sable, three arches azure, is color-on-color. Also, his emblazon of an arch is not the standard heraldic depiction – it is a half-circle with three “bites” taken out of the lower edge.


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