Minutes of the June, 2005 Herald's Meeting

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The meeting was held on Sunday, 12 June 2005, at the home of Eilis O’Boirne in Berkeley. The meeting started at 12:08 pm and ended at 2:04 pm. In attendance at this meeting were: Berengaria de Montfort de Carcassonne, Vesper; Frederick of Holland, Brachet; Astrið of Swansvale, Latimer; Eilis O’Boirne, Banner; Wilhelm von Homburg, Seawolf Herald; Teleri Tawel, Artist & Exchequer to the College; Walraven van Nijmegen, Nebuly Pursuivant; Felix MacAvady, Pursuivant for Saint Katherine; Vigdís vestfirzka, Acting Snowbound; Edith de Laufare, Acting Pursuivant for Cloondara and deputy to Seawolf; Ghislaine d’Auxerre, Maxen ap Morgan, and Owen ap Morgan, Pursuivants at Large; Emma FitzWilliam, PE; and Kiriana Michaelson, Matins.

The upcoming meetings are: July 17, September 11, October 16, November 20 and January 8. There will be no meetings in August and December. PLEASE NOTE that several of these dates have been changed due to date conflicts.

In general, meetings will be held at Eilis’ house (2322 Russell Street, Berkeley CA 94705; 510-486-0633 -- call for directions). “Road show” meetings will be announced well in advance.

Anyone who is bringing a walk-in submission should contact Matins in advance, no later than the Thursday before the meeting. This is especially important if the submitter has previous submissions, since the files are stored in a remote location. If you are bringing the paperwork for a submission to a meeting, please plan to arrive by 11:00 am to allow the file to be set up. Please no walk in submissions for the March meeting as that one is a road show.

We are researching some of the name submissions beforehand through an email list, wknames@yahoogroups.com. This list is open by request to heralds in the West Kingdom who are interested in onomastic (name) research. To join the list, please subscribe at wknames-subscribe@yahoogroups.com.

The Fall Collegium will be on November 19. Since the last few Collegia held in the Mists were in the Northern part of the Principality, we are looking for a new location in the Southern Mists -- although we can use the bank training center if no more desirable site is available.


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. 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. The previous heralds list has been eliminated from the server it was on, so everyone will have to rejoin the list. To join the list, please see: Mailing Lists.

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 are held on the second and fourth Mondays of each month at 7:00 pm 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, 728 Erica Place, Oxnard, CA 93030, (805) 278-0135.

The LoAR for February 2005 was published in late May 2005, covering our October 2004 meeting. The LoAR for March 2005 was published in early June, but did not include any Western submissions as we had no letter in November 2004. 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.

WEST - Acceptances - February 2005:

Bella Brandi. Name.

Fearghus mac Airt. Name and device. Argent, a brown bear rampant to sinister proper maintaining an axe sable, on a chief vert three triquetras argent.

Gillian Trenowyth. Name and device. Argent, a natural dolphin haurient azure and on a chief gules three hearts argent.

Johanna von Hasenmühle. Name change from Máire inghean Chaitríona and device change. Vert, a chevron embattled argent between three hearts Or.

Her old name, Máire inghean Chaitríona, is released.

Her former device, Purpure, a chevron embattled argent between three hearts Or, is released.

Quentyn Siobhán Ó Riordáin. Device. Purpure, a sinister arm embowed aversant argent sustaining an annulet Or, a chief embattled argent.

WEST - Returns - February 2005 - NONE!

In Service,

Matins Herald

SUBMISSONS – 12 June xl (2005)


Art mac Ceallaigh     (Cloondara)     Name Submitted to Laurel 5/05; Device Resubmission to Kingdom

Azure, a bend between an owl displayed guardant argent and a rowan tree eradicated Or.
This is a resubmission from May 2005. The submitter has redrawn the owl to place it in a more standard heraldic position as requested.

Hrafnafjorðr, Shire of     (Hrafnafjorðr)     Name and Device Resubmission to Kingdom

Per fess embattled Or and sable, a raven volant and a laurel wreath counterchanged.
The name was submitted as Ravensfjord in 2/04, and was not registerable because it mixed languages in a single word; the device was returned for lack of a registerable name and needed to be redrawn. This was resubmitted in 4/05 and returned because the name as submitted did not match on the form, the petition, and the device submission. In addition, it was incorrectly formed. The submitter has now made the requested corrections to bring the name into conformity with the documentation.

Jørn Sandnes and Ola Stemshaug's Norsk Stadnamnleksikon, 4th ed. (Oslo: Det Norske Samlaget, Oslo). s.n. <Ramfjorden> has the Norwegian place-name <Raffne fiord> 1567, which would be from ON <(H)rafnafio,rðr> "fjord of the ravens". Chapter 35 of Landnámabók mentions a place in Greenland named Hrafnsfiôrðr, which could mean fjord of the raven or fjord of the man named Hrafn.

We feel that this is not in conflict with the Barony of Raven’s Fort in Ansteorra -- there are differences in spelling, language, and pronunciation.

Jadwiga de Zawada     (Eternal Winds)     New Name; see Returns for Device
Slownik Staropolskich Nazw Osobowych (Old Polish Names) by Witold Taszycki, Vol.2 p.374 dates Jadwiga in this spelling to 1379. The same book, vol.6, p.276 gives Zawada as a locative and cites Stanislaus de Zawada to 1473. The submitter requested an authentic Polish name.

Khevron Oktavii Thikhikovich Vorotnikov     (Winters Gate)     Name Registered 11/96; Badge Resubmission to Kingdom

Azure, semy of cinquefoils Or.
This badge was considered in 10/02 and returned for similarity to the device of Micheline Elphinstone: Azure, six roses two, two and two, Or. A letter of permission to conflict is enclosed. This badge was again considered in 4/05 and returned for similarity to the badge of Colin Tyndall de ffrayser: Quarterly sable and gules, all semy of fraises Or. The submitter has obtained a letter of permission to conflict with this badge as well, which is also enclosed.

Þorfinna Ketilsdóttir     (Fettburg)     New Name
Þorfinna appears in Bassi on p. 16. Ketill appears in Bassi on p. 12. The patronymic appears to have been formed correctly -- this is one of the examples on p.17. The submitter will not accept major changes.


Dane of Lindisfarne: Haus Volpertinger     (Fettburg)     Name Registered 3/91; New Household Name and Badge Returned

(Fieldless) A bat-winged, deer-antlered opossum sergeant argent, winged sable.
Dane of Lindisfarne (registered 3/91) and Catalina Estevez de Teixeira desire to jointly register this name as a household name with joint registration of the badge for the household.

The submitters state that wolpertinger (or wolperdinger) is a German chimera, but do not provide any evidence to support that assertion other than by saying that Wolper as a given name and a surname is found in Bahlow on p.562 and Dinger appears in Bahlow on p. 69. Bahlow mentions (at Wolpers) the name Wolperding, but this is derived from the given name with a patronymic suffix in Westphalia. The submitter does not give any evidence to support the “w/v” shift or to support the “conjoined” name. We did not find the word wolpertinger (in any of the spellings) in our German dictionary -- a very complete one published in 1883.

It is not the custom in the West to register household names although it is not forbidden to do so.

The submitters claim that a picture of an opossum dated to 1516 can be found on p. 93 of Heraldry by Bedingfeld & Wynne-Jones, however, they do not provide a copy of the illustration so we cannot verify this assertion. The opposum is a New World beast, so we really need the illustration to prove that it was known in Europe in period. (The “wolperdinger-like” creature cited by the submitter from p.69 of Von Volborth is actually a standard heraldic griffin; in addition, the drawing is modern.) Even with the documentation, the fact that the oppossum is New World is considered one “weirdness”; adding both horns and wings may be considered to put this submission “over the edge”.

Jadwiga de Zawada     (Eternal Winds)     New Name Submitted to Laurel; Device Returned

Gules, on a fess between two escallops argent, an annulet gules.
The device form submitted is undersized. The device is too similar to the device registered to Michael the Dane: Gules, in a fess argent, a cartouche fesswise gules voided argent. The cartouche voided is not substantially different from an annulet.

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