Minutes of the February, 2004 Herald's Meeting

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Heralds’ Collegium is next month – please publicize it at your local meetings! Be sure to make it clear that this Heralds’ Collegium is open to anyone who is interested in learning about voice heraldry, and that you do not have to commit to working as a herald ahead of time. Branch heralds are strongly encouraged to attend, especially heralds who may be requested to run baronial courts and/or local tournaments – we will be concentrating our classes on voice heraldry at local events.

MINUTES OF THE MONTHLY MEETING – 8 February xxxviii (2004)

The meeting was held on Sunday, 8 February 2004, at the home of Eilis O’Boirne. The meeting started at noon and ended at 3 pm. In attendance at this meeting were: Gaius M.L. Auklandus, Vesper; Frederick of Holland, Brachet; Astriđ of Swansvale, Latimer; Marguerite de Royon, Greencloak; Berengaria de Montfort of Carcassone, Banner; Tangwystl verch Morgant Glasvryn, Harpy; Wilhelm von Homberg, Seawolf; Antonio Giordano da Sicilia, Sable Swan; Teleri Tawel, Pursuivant for Crosston and Exchequer for the College; Felix MacAvady, Pursuivant for Saint Katherine’s; Maxen Dawel ap Morgan, Kiriana Michaelson, and Harold von Rhinefelden, Pursuivants at Large; Geoffrey le Dragon and Neassa mhic Cathasaigh, PEs at Large; Emma FitzWilliam, Anneke Grove, and Catherine de Gray, cornets; and Eilis O’Boirne, Matins.

The upcoming meetings are: March 7, April 11, May 9, June 6, July 25, September 12, October 17, and November 21. There will be no August or December meetings. The March meeting will be held in Sacramento, at the Rancho Cordova Library – see directions below. 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 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, wknames@mailsrv.dis.org. 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.


HERALDS’ COLLEGIUM: The Spring Heralds' Collegium will be held on Saturday March 6 in the conference room of the Colonial Heights Library at 4799 Stockton Blvd in Sacramento. 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:

Time     Class     Instructor(s)
10 -- 11 Voice Lessons and Duty Heraldry Wilhelm von Homburg    
11 -- 12 How lists are run/coordinating with the List Mistress Emma Fitzwilliam
& Harold von Rheinfelden
12 -- 1 Lunch  
1 -- 3 Field class and practice Marguerite du Royon
3 -- 5 Court class and Practice Eilis O'Boirne

There will be a pot-luck luncheon for those who wish to participate – a kitchen and refrigerator are available. Those who wish to have dinner together will adjourn to a restaurant. The revel site will be announced at the event, and directions will be available.

Directions to the Colonial Heights Library:

From points north, east, and west of the I-80/CA-99/US-50 interchange in Sacramento:
Take your best route to the I-80/CA-99/US-50 interchange on the east side of downtown Sacramento. Take CA-99 south, toward Fresno. Take the Fruitridge Road exit, heading east (over the freeway). Go approximately 1.3 miles to Stockton Blvd. Turn left onto Stockton. Go 0.5 miles, the site will be on your right.

From points south on CA-99:
Take your best route to the Fruitridge Road exit on CA-99. Turn right onto Fruitridge Road. Go approximately 1.3 miles to Stockton Blvd. Turn left onto Stockton. Go 0.5 miles, the site will be on your right.

The Heralds’ Meeting on Sunday March 7 will be in the conference room at the Rancho Cordova Library at 9845 Folsom Blvd in Rancho Cordova. The meeting will begin at 10:30 sharp. If you are bringing in submissions, please call in advance so the file can be brought. No walk-in submissions will be processed unless we have been informed that they are coming.

Directions to the Rancho Cordova Library:

Take your best route to the intersection of Highway 50 and Bradshaw Road on Rancho Cordova (east side of Sacramento). Exit at Bradshaw and turn north (left if you were eastbound on 50, right if you were westbound). Go to Folsom Blvd. and turn right. At the first stoplight – Horn Road - turn left. The library will be on your right, on the corner. Park, and go around to the Folsom Blvd. side of the building, to the back entrance (look for signs).

There are several fast-food places nearby, plus an English-style pub (Rascal’s) across the street. There is also a Starbuck’s on Bradshaw Road south of the freeway at Old Placerville Road (about 2 miles from the freeway), behind the IHOP.

The site autocrat for both days is Alison Gray of Owlwood (916-366-6562, ladyofowlwood@comcast.net). The autocrat is Gaius M.L. Auklandus – see Vesper in the Regnum for contact details.

The Fall Heralds’ Collegium is scheduled for November 20, with the meeting on November 21.


SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS: 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 http://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, http://www.westkingdom.org. Heraldic queries may also be addressed to Eilis at heralds@westkingdom.org -- answers may take a few days.

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.

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.

The LoAR for October (commenting on our May and June submissions, which were combined in a June LoI) was published in late January. 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.

October LoAR: These were the Western acceptances (from our May and June meetings):

Aeschine Colquhoun. Name and device. Argent, a wolf rampant to sinister sable and a chief raguly purpure.

Bjarni Eđvarđarson í Jórvík. Name and device. Azure, on a chief Or two ravens sable.

Listed on the LoI as Bjarni Eđvarđarson af Jorvik, this name was submitted as Bjarni Edwardsson af Jorvik. The patronymic byname was changed at Kingdom to meet the submitter's request for authenticity for 10th C Norse. There was some discussion regarding the proper construction of the locative byname af Jorvik, meaning 'of York'. Lindorm Eriksson's article "The Bynames of the Viking Age Runic Inscriptions" (http://www.s-gabriel.org/names/lindorm/runicbynames/places.htm) lists a number of personal names that include locative bynames. The majority of these use í 'in, within' as the particle. Gunnvör silfrahárr found that "Fljótsdćla saga (Netútgáfan website. http://www.snerpa.is/net/isl/fljotsd.htm) ch. 7 has <Ţorvaldur í Jórvík>, showing í Jórvík as a locative byname. We have changed the locative byname to í Jórvík to meet the submitter's request for authenticity.

Nice device! These are well-drawn ravens, even though they aren't drawn as "hairy" ravens: see the Cover Letter for more discussion on this matter.

Bridget of St. Katherine. Name and device. Gules, a dance between three hawk's bells Or.

Submitted as Bridget of Saint Katherine's, Bridget is her legal given name.

Branch names are only automatically registerable in locative bynames in the form in which the branch name was registered. In this case, the branch name was registered as College of St. Katherine in November of 1981. We have changed her byname to use the registered form of this branch name in order to register this name.

Nice device!

Deirdre of Saint Brendan. Name and device. Argent, a bend sinister dancetty sable and overall a heart azure.

Submitted as Deirdre of Saint Brendan's, Deirdre is SCA compatible.

Branch names are only automatically registerable in locative bynames in the form in which the branch name was registered. In this case, the branch name was registered as College of Saint Brendan in August of 1988. We have changed her byname to use the registered form of this branch name in order to register this name.

Please advise the submitter to draw the overall heart a bit smaller so that the bend sinister dancetty can be seen more clearly.

Fergus Mac Thomais. Device. Argent, a fess embattled-counterembattled azure between two ravens sable and a thistle proper.

These are well-drawn ravens even though they are not drawn as "hairy" ravens. See the Cover Letter for more discussion on this matter.

Lisa van Roosebeke. Name and device. Argent, a sun gules and on a chief sable three crescents argent.

Note: Lisa is her legal given name.

Sarkanyi Gero. Device reblazon. Azure, a three-headed wyvern Or wings displayed gules.

The previous blazon, Azure, a three-headed wivern Or, armed and langued, wings doubled gules, did not correctly specify the posture of the wyvern, as the wings would be addorsed by default. The wings are not so much "doubled" gules as they are gules with small Or details. We have also omitted the arming and languing of the wyvern, as these are insignificant artistic details.

Thomas of Selviergard. Device. Argent, two brown bears combattant proper and on a chief indented vert three mullets of eight points Or.

This was pended from the March 2003 LoAR due to an incorrect tincture.

William Blood the Merchant. Name.

There were no Western returns!!!

In Service,

Eilis O'Boirne

SUBMISSONS – 8 February xxxviii (2004)


Anne Glading     (Betony Woods)     New Name and Device

Gules, a horse statant lozengy within a bordure countercompony Or and azure.
Anne is dated to 1327 in this spelling in Talan Gwynek’s Feminine Given Names in A Dictionary of English Surnames (http://www.s-gabriel.org/names/talan/reaney/reaney.cgi?Ann). Glading is dated in this spelling to 1674 on p.146 of Reaney’s Dictionary of British Surnames at Gladden, but this is one of the header spellings and should be acceptable.

Astriđr Kjartansdottir     (Caer Darth)     New Name; see Returns for Device
Astriđr is on p.8 of Bassi; Kjartan is on p.12. The patronymic is formed according to the rules on p.17. The submittor wishes a name authentic for 11th-13th century Norse.

Bjorn Jorsalfar of Bearhaven     (Rivenoak)     Name Registered 10/97; New Device Change

Vert, a bear passant reguardant within a orle of chain Or.
Bjorn was knighted at Twelfth Night, so he is entitled to bear the circle of chain restricted in armory to those who are members of the KSCA. He submitted the chain as “a bordure of chain”, but allowed an orle of chain as his desired alternate design. Charges lying “in bordure” have not been allowed for several years.

His current device, Vert, a bear passant reguardant within a bordure embattled Or, which was registered 09/89, is to be retained as a badge.

Elizabeth de Beaucaire     (Westermark)     New Name; see Returns for Device
Elizabeth is cited on p.99-100 of Withycombe to 1205. Beaucaire is found on p.61 of Dauzat’s Noms des Lieux as the header spelling. It is referred to as Castrum Bellicadri in 1096 and in an equivalent Latin form in 1347. She wishes a name authentic for 12th-14th century French and will not accept major changes.

Genevieve de Calais     (Darkwood)     Name Registered 10/02; Device Resubmission to Laurel

Ermine, on a chevron engrailed between three Maltese crosses gules, a rose Or.
This device was most recently returned by Laurel in June 2003 for redrawing, and because Laurel felt that there was a discrepancy between the full-size and mini-emblazon.

Jaida al-Rakhshandra     (Golden Rivers)     New Name and Device

Or, on a pale argent fimbriated vert, a peacock feather proper.
Jaida is given as a feminine name in Period Arabic Names and Naming Practices by Da’ud ibn Auda (http://www.sca.org/heraldry/laurel/names/arabic-naming2.htm). Rakhshandra is from Qazi, What’s in a Muslim Name, p.41, as a feminine name meaning “shining, brilliant”. The structure of the name is documented from Da’ud’s article as ism plus laqab. She wishes an authentic Arabic name and will not accept major changes.


Astriđr Kjartansdottir     (Caer Darth)     Name Submitted to Laurel 2/04; New Device Returned

Per chevron inverted sable and vairy in pale argent and sable, in chief a stag’s attire Or.
The submittor thought that the fur was ermine and that the attire was a massacre, but a massacre would include an obvious bit of scalp. The device is too similar to the device registered to Richard Foulweather: Quarterly vert and sable, a stag’s massacre Or.

Bragi Knutson     (St. Brendan)     Name Submitted to Laurel 8/03; Device Resubmission to Kingdom Returned

Purpure, on a pile argent, a crow migrant to chief sable.
His previous submission, in July ’03, was returned for use of an irregular pentagon as the main charge.

The submission is too similar to the device registered to Julian of the Purple Must: Purpure, on a pile argent, two sprigs of laurel proper. It is also too similar to the badge registered to Rosamund of the Misty Meadows: Barry wavy argent and azure, on a pile argent, a raven rising, wings displayed, holding a crossbow bolt sable.

Cynagua, Principality of     (West)     Name Registered 10/79; New Device for Consort Returned

Quarterly argent and Or, a swan rousant, wings elevated and addorsed, sable, maintaining in its sinister foot a laurel wreath vert, on a chief sable, three roses Or barbed vert.
This adds a charged chief to the Cynaguan device. Unfortunately, the current Rules limit the registration of devices with laurel wreaths to branches only. (A consort is NOT a branch. The sovereign bears the arms of the branch; the consort bears the arms of the consort…)

Elizabeth de Beaucaire     (Westermark)     Name Submitted to Laurel 2/04; New Device Returned

Per chevron sable and azure, a chevron between three butterflies argent.
The device is too similar to that registered to Cian Gillebhrath: Per chevron sable and azure, a chevron between two feather and a falcon passant argent.

Jeffery of Jarrow     (Crosston)     New Name and Device Returned

Per bend sinister gules and azure, a compass star Or.
We were not able to find documentation for the name Jeffery. Jeffrey is on p.174 of Withycombe. The entry refers back to the entry for Geoffrey on p.128, but there are no references to any spelling ending -ery. Jeffrey is in Reaney and Wilson, p.253, under Jeffray, dated to1327 for Joan Jeffrey. Jarrow is on p.190 of Mills’ A Dictionary of English Place Names as a header spelling. Since this spelling seems to be his modern name, we will ask that he send a copy of his driver’s license.

The device is too similar to the device registered to Paul of Sunriver: Azure, a compass star Or. His first alternate, reversing the field colors, does not change the problem. His second alternate, using two stars, does not specify the arrangement.

Ravensfjord, Shire of     (Oertha)     New Name and Device Returned

Per fess embattled Or and sable, a raven volant, wings elevated and addorsed, sable and a laurel wreath Or.
This is the Shire forming on the Kenai Peninsula in Oertha.

The documentation submitted for the name is “I understand that “Ravensfjord” is a common period name form (from consulting with various heralds).” The sound is most important; they will accept as alternates (in order) Ravenshire, Raven’s Heath, and Raven’s Down; except for these, they do not allow major changes. The first use of the word “fjord” in English is 1674, so the name is not constructable in English. The first alternate, Ravenshire, is too similar to the registered Ravenshore. The other alternates, Raven’s Heath and Raven’s Down, would be more likely as single words. There is a registered Raven’s Fort in Ansteorra, but there is no date given for the registration. We feel that these names are likely to be returned by Laurel if submitted, so we will consult with the branch on a possible Norse form.

The device is not properly drawn as “per fess”, or as “a base embattled”, so we will return it for redrawing.

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