Minutes of the October, 2004 Herald's Meeting

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The meeting was held on Sunday, 3 October 2004, at Eilis’ house in Berkeley. The meeting started at 12:05 p.m. and ended at 1:45 p.m. In attendance at this meeting were: Berengaria de Montfort of Carcassonne, Vesper and Banner; Frederick of Holland, Brachet; Wilhelm von Homberg, Seawolf; Tangwystyl verch Morgant Glasvryn, Harpy Herald; Teleri Tawel, Artist and Exchequer for the College; Walraven van Nijmegen, Nebuly Pursuivant, Felix MacAvady, Pursuivant for Sainte Katherine’s; Vigdís vestfirszka, Acting Snowbound Pursuivant; Edith de Laufare, Acting Pusuivant for Cloondara; Kiriana Michaelson, Maxen ap Morgan, and Alail Horsefriend, Pursuivants at Large; Effric Neyn Ken3ocht Mcherrald, Faelan ua hEogain, Aelia Apollina, and Emma FitzWilliam, cornets; and Eilis O’Boirne, Matins.

The upcoming meetings are: November 21, January 9, February 13, March 13, April 10, May 8, and June 5. There will be no December meeting. 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.

HERALDS’ COLLEGIUM: The Fall Heralds’ Collegium is scheduled for November 20, with the meeting on November 21. Thanks to the good offices of Duchess Letitia, former Baldric Pursuivant, it will be held at the Mechanics Bank Operations Center, 725 Alfred Nobel Drive in Hercules (near Pinole and Vallejo) – the same site as last year. The meeting on the following day will be at Eilis’ in Berkeley.

The site will open at 9am and close at 4 pm. Contrary to the information in the October Page, there is NO site fee. Classes scheduled are:
  • 9:00
  •    Opening remarks
  • 9:30-11:30
  •    Almost-Period Heraldry (Dame Teleri Tawel)
  • 11:30-12:30
  •    Basic Blazon (Master Frederick of Holland)
  • 12:30-1:30
  •    Potluck Lunch
  • 1:30-2:30
  •    Consultation Practicum (Lord Wilhem von Homburg)
  • 2:30-4:00
  •    Court Roundtable (The Usual Suspects)

    Next Spring’s Collegium will take place on March 12 in Cynagua. Please contact Celestine delaFontaine (formerly known as Alison Grey of Owlwood), Acting Baldric Pursuivant, if you have any ideas about possible locations or classes – either classes that you will teach or classes that you want to see taught.



    SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS: Submission fees are $8 per name, $8 per device, $8 per badge – and a name and device registered at the same time 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 any documentation or petitions, and 3 colored copies of the badge form, as applicable. Required documentation includes printouts of any web pages cited – including reports from the Academy of Saint Gabriel – as well as copies of the title page and cited pages from any books that are not standard heraldic references. 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.

    A training and commenting meeting is being held in Cynagua to promote and encourage interest in book heraldry and raise the level of general heraldic knowledge along the eastern side of the kingdom. The meetings will be held on the second and fourth Mondays of each month at 7:00 pm. The meetings will be held at the home of Harold von Rheinfelden (Kevin Ellingson), 5390 Jacinto Avenue, Sacramento, CA 95823 – directions are in the May 2004 Minutes. Gwenhwyfaer ferch Gwilym will run the meetings. You can reach her via phone: (916) 323-4268 or email: ginni.morgan@doj.ca.gov.

    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.

    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 April, which would have covered our December 2003 meeting if we had had one, was mailed to the College of Arms on September 21. The LoAR for May, which will include our January meeting, has not been published yet. 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 Laurel, please be sure to visit the site.

    In Service,

    Eilis O'Boirne

    SUBMISSONS – 3 October xxxix (2004)


    Bella Brandi     (Southern Shores)     New Name; For New Device, See RETURNS
    Bella is listed in Feminine Given Names from Thirteenth Century Perugia by Arval Benicoeur at http://www.s-gabriel.org/names/arval/perugia/perugiaFernAlpha.html, and is listed as a name from the Fourteenth or Fifteenth Century in Italian Renaissance Women’s Names by Rhian Lyth of Blackmoor Vale at http://www.s-gabriel.org/names/rhian/Italian.html. Brandi is dated to 1427 in Family Names Appearing in the Castato of 1427 at http://www.s-gabriel.org/names/ferrante/castato/family_names.html.

    The submitter wished for the additional byname della Rane meaning “of the frogs”, but we were not able to document that form as possible. Her first alternate included the additional byname la Strega, “the witch”, which we were also unable to document. This is her third choice. We will ask the College of Arms if anyone can support either of her desired second surnames.

    Fearghus mac Airt     (Golden Rivers)     New Name and Device

    Argent, a brown bear rampant to sinister proper maintaining an ax reversed sable, on a chief vert, three triquetras argent.
    Fearghus is found as an Irish given name in the O’Corrain & Maguire, p. 97 under the heading Fergus: Fearghus. Fearghus is a spelling used post-1200. The surname, mac Airt, is cited in O’Corrain & Maguire, p. 24, under the heading Art and is shown in this form in the example Cormac mac Airt. Art was used in early Irish and retained its popularity down to modern times.

    Gillian Trenowyth     (Southern Shores)     New Name and Device

    Argent, a natural dolphin haurient azure and on a chief gules, three hearts argent.
    Gillian is dated to 1273 under the heading Juliana in Feminine Given Names in A Dictionary of English Surnames by Talan Gwynek at http://www.s-gabriel.org/names/talan/reaney/reaney.cgi?Juliana. Trenowyth is dated to 1497 in the Brass Inscription Index by Julian Goodwyn at http://www.sca.org/heraldry/laurel/names/brasses/.

    The submitter will be asked to draw the chief larger in the future.

    Johanna von Hasenmühle     (Caer Darth)     Name and Device Registered10/98; New Change of Name and Device

    Vert, a chevron embattled argent between three hearts Or.
    Her registered name is Maire inghean Chatriona; her registered device is identical with a purpure field.

    Johanna is given in Mittelhochdeutsches Namenbuch on p. 90 dated to 1185 and 1192. The submitted name had an umlaut over the “o” in von and an “r” on the end of the surname. Both Bahlow and Brechenmacher (both under Hasenmüller) note that the surname derives from the place name Hasenmühle (hare’s mill). Brechenmacher has the dated citation for Leonhard Hasenmuller from 1572. The agentive form (ending in “-er”) is not appropriate with the preposition “von”, so to retain as form as close as possible to the submitted one, we have changed it to the place name form von Hasenmühle.

    Upon registration of this name and device, the submitter’s previous name and device will be released.

    Quentyn Siobhán O’Riordáin     (Southern Shores)     Name Registered 1/92; New Device

    Purpure, a sinister arm embowed argent maintaining an annulet Or, a chief embattled argent.


    Bella Brandi     (Southern Shores)     New Device Returned

    Sable, in base two frogs (in an indescribable position and posture) argent, in canton between the horns of a crescent (tipped?), a mullet (tipped?) Or.
    Neither the position and posture of the frogs nor the positions and orientations of the crescent and the mullet can be blazoned in a heraldic or reproducible manner. This device must therefore be returned, but the submitter will be sent a correctly-drawn version.

    Bragi Knutson     (Allyshia)      Name Registered 12/03; Device Resubmission to Kingdom Returned

    Per pale purpure and argent, on a pile counterchanged a bird migrant per pale sable and argent.
    This device is being returned because the pile is drawn from the corners of the shield, rendering it neither a pile nor a chief triangular. The submitter will be requested to redraw this device with the pile issuing from the top of the shield instead of from the corner, and will be sent a corrected drawing.

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