Minutes of the February, 2006 Herald's Meeting

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The meeting was held on Sunday, 5 February 2006, at the home of Mistress Eilis O'Boirne in Berkeley. The meeting started at 12:25 pm and ended at 3:00 pm. In attendance at this meeting were: Frederick of Holland, Brachet; Eilis O'Boirne, Banner; Wilhelm von Homburg, Baldric and Sable Swan; Edith de Laufare, Seawolf; Astrid of Swansvale, Latimer Herald, Teleri Tawel, Pursuivant-at-Large and Artist to the College; Walraven van Nijmegen, Nebuly Pursuivant and Exchequer to the College; Maxen ap Morgan, Pursuivant at Large; and Kiriana Michaelson, Matins.

The upcoming meetings are: March 12, April 9, May 14, June 11, July 9, September 10, October 8, and November 12. Meetings start at noon.

The Spring Heralds' Collegium will be held on March 11 in Sacramento. Collegium will be at the Del Paso Heights Library, 920 Grand Avenue in Sacramento. Directions are on the Heralds' web page. The site opens at 9; classes start at 9:30. Coffee and breakfast-thingies will be provided; lunch will be at local restaurants. The March 12 meeting will be at the home of Danäe FitzRoberts, 2943 Logansport Way, Sacramento. Directions will be available at Collegium. The meeting will begin at 11:00 am.

The Fall Heralds' Collegium will be held on November 18. We understand that this is a different weekend than the November heralds' meeting -- the meeting is being held the day after Mists Investiture because Matins will not be available on November 19.

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.




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.

Do not send submissions to Matins in a manner that requires a signature. If you want to track your submission, use certified mail without return receipt, express or overnight mail, or Federal Express with no signature. Matins is seldom, if ever, able to go to the post office when it is open and is never home when the mail is delivered, so if you require a signature, it will not reach her.

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 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 4317 Alderwood Way, Sacramento, CA 95864. Call Gwenhwyfaer ferch Gwilym for more information, (916) 323-4268 or email her, 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 October 2005 was published in January 2006, covering our June 2005 meeting. 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 - October 2005:

Art mac Ceallaigh. Device. Azure, a bend between an owl displayed argent and a tree eradicated Or.

Please instruct the submitter to draw the owl properly displayed. As drawn, it has no feet, which a displayed bird would show sticking out to either side.

Hrafnafj{o,}rđr, Shire of. Branch name and device. Per fess embattled Or and sable, a raven volant, wings addorsed, and a laurel wreath counterchanged.

Submitted as Hrafnafjorđr, Shire of, the documentation for the Old Norse deuterotheme showed fj{o,}rđr. In Old Norse, the character o and {o,} (o-ogonek) are not interchangable. Therefore, we have changed this to Hrafnafj{o,}rđr, Shire of in order to match the documentation.

Jadwiga Zawadzka. Name.

Submitted as Jadwiga de Zawada, the submitter requested an name authentic for Polish language/culture. As submitted, this name is a Latin form of a Polish name; it is a fine documentary form, but it is not in Polish. The Polish form of this name is Jadwiga_Zawadzka; we have made this change to fulfill her request for authenticity.

Khevron Oktavii Tikhikovich Vorotnikov. Badge. Azure semy of cinquefoils Or.

The submitter has permission to conflict with Micheline Elphinstone, Azure, six roses two, two and two, Or, and with Colin Tyndall de ffrayser, Quarterly sable and gules, all semy of fraises Or.

This conflicts with Mattea di Luna, Azure, in cross a moon in her plenitude argent and three cinquefoils Or, which appears in the Ćthelmearc section of this LoAR. There is a single CD for the number of charges.

Both Khevron and Mattea are paid SCA members. The submissions appeared on June 22nd LoIs from their respective kingdoms. Khevron's badge was submitted to the West College of Heralds a day before Mattea's device was submitted to the Ćthelmearc College of Heralds. Khevron's badge thus has precedence and may be registered. On being informed of this situation, Khevron was kind enough to provide permission to conflict so that Mattea's device could also be registered.

Khevron Oktavii Tikhikovich Vorotnikov. Blanket permission to conflict with badge. Azure semy of cinquefoils Or.

The submitter grants permission to conflict for anything that is "one countable step different" (a CD) from his badge.

Ţorfinna Ketilsdóttir. Name.

WEST - Returns - October 2005:


In Service,

Matins Herald

SUBMISSONS – 5 February XL (2006)


Áine inghean Chathail     (Teufelberg)     New Name; see Returns for New Device
The name was submitted as Áine inghean Cathail. Áine is a feminine given name used from 1150-1500, (Index of Names in Irish Annals, K.M. O'Brien). Cathail is the genitive form of Cathal, a masculine name used from 600 to 1600, (O'Brien, op cit); the lenited form of the name would be Chathail and the lenition is needed. The connective inghean, daughter of, is used in this period as well, (Quick and Easy Gaelic Names, Sharon Krossa). All this documentation is found in the Medieval Names Archive (www.panix.com/~mittel/names/irish.shtml). She will not accept major changes to her name.

Bella Catarina Malatesta     (Golden Rivers)     New Name Change; see Returns for New Badge
The submitter is changing from her name from Catherine de Gray (registered 03/03) in conjunction with her receipt of a peerage. The submitter desires an Italian female name. Bella and Catarina are both found in Feminine Given Names from the Online Catasto of Florence of 1427, by Arval Benicoeur (http://www.s-gabriel.org/names/rhian/italian.html). The use of double Italian names was documented in the Academy of St. Gabriel Report #3061, http://www.sgabriel.org/3061. Malatesta is an Italian family name dated from 1304 to 1482 from the family that ruled Rimini and nearby cities at that time (http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/09566a.htm).

Elaine Fairchild of Bishopsgate     (Prov. Mists)     Name and Device Resubmission to Kingdom

Argent, a lion rampant barry Or and vert, orbed and langued gules, a bordure vert.
The submitter desired Elaine Fairchild at the 1/06 meeting, but it was returned for conflict with Eleanor Fairchild, registered in Ansterrora 12/01. The submitter has now added an element to clear the conflict. The submitter desires an English, feminine name. Elaine is found in Malory's Morte d'Arthur according to Withycombe on page 96. Fairchild is dated to 1250 in Reaney, p. 160. Bishopsgate is an area of London dated to 1392 documented in Ecclesiastical Property in the City of London, 1392 (http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.asp?compid=36029).

Elena Edgar     (Crosston)     New Name Change
The submitter desires to change her name from Elena verch Gwilim (registered 03/00). The submitter desires a feminine name, is interested in an authentic Sixteenth Century English name and will not accept major changes. Elena is an English given name of the correct period according to Late 16th Century English Given Names by Talan Gwynek (http://www.sca.org/heraldry/laurel/names/eng16/eng16alpha.html). Edgar is a Sixteenth Century surname as found in Surnames in Durham and Northumberland, 1521-1615, by Julie Kahan (http://www.s-gabriel.org/names/juetta/parish/surmanes_ef.html), dated to 1571.

Jeene Johnston     (Vakkerfjell)     New Name and Device

Vert, a vol within an orle of mullets of eight points Or.
The submitter stated that she desires an authentic 12th to 14th c. Scottish name in the English language but provided the documentation cited here for the submitted name in the above spelling. The submitter will not accept major changes. Jeene is dated to 1539 in the listing of Scottish feminine names found at http://www.sca.org/heraldry/laurel/names/scottishfem.html. Johnston is found in Black on page 385, dated in this spelling to 1463.

Kolfinna Káradottir     (Wolfscairn)     New Name; see Returns for New Device
The submitter desires a female name. Kolfinna is found as a name in Iceland dated to the Eleventh Century and in Norway in the Fifteenth Century (http://www.s-gabriel/3051). Kári is a masculine name listed in Viking Names Found in the Landnámabók, by Aryanhwy merch Catmael (http://www.ellipsis.cx/~liana/names/norse/landnamabok.html). The patronymic is correctly formed by changing the i to an a, according to Geirr Bassi.

Muirenn ingen Bhrain     (Rivenoak)     New Name
The submission was for Muirenn ingen Bran. The submitter desires a female Irish/Gaelic name. Muirenn is found in O'Corrain & Maguire as a header spelling on p. 141 and is stated as being a very popular name in the early period. Bran is found in O'Corrain & Maguire as a header spelling on p. 33 as one of the most popular names in early Ireland. The byname has been lenited and put into the genitive form.

Niall Mór     (St. Katherine)     New Name
The submitter desires a male name. Niall is found in O'Corrain & Maguire on page 145 and in Black under the header spelling Niallgus, on page 628. Mór is found in O'Corrain & Maguire on page 162, in Scandlán Mór mac Cind Faelad and on page 131 in Máel Sechnaill Mór macDomnaill.


Áine inghean Chathail     (Teufelberg)     New Name Submitted; New Device Returned

Argent, a heart gules inflamed proper, on a chief azure, three decrescents argent.
Her device submission is too similar to the arms of Douglas (non-SCA arms): Argent, a heart gules and on a chief azure three mullets argent. There is no difference given for the heart being enflamed. There are also substantial problems with her depiction of a heart enflamed -- what was submitted was a stylized heart on a flame with flames issuing only to chief rather than a standard heart with small flames issuing around it. It appears to be a heart fimbriated of flames, which is not allowed for a registration. As depicted, the Or of the flames is on the argent field as well, causing a potential problem with the Rule of Tincture. She has submitted an alternate with the chief sable. However, this conflicts with the device registered to Wilham of Caer Galen: Argent, in base a heart gules and on a chief sable a pair of armored arms embowed respectant, each maintaining a dagger Or. There is no difference given for the heart being enflamed or for the move to base.

Since we must send this device back for conflict we will ask the submitter to redraw it to a correct depiction of an enflamed heart if she includes this charge in her next submission.

Bella Catarina Malatesta     (Golden Rivers)     Name Registered 03/03; New Name Change Submitted; New Badge Returned

(Fieldless) A pomegranate quarterly gules and purpure, slipped and leaved vert.
The badge is too similar to the arms of Grenada (important non-SCA arms): Argent, a pomegranate seeded gules slipped and leaved vert. Since the slipping appears to be one-third to one-half of the area of the charge and since the proposed badge changes only half of the remaining portion, not enough of the color has changed to create a clear visual difference. Her alternates, changing the pomegranate to per saltire gules and purpure and changing the field to Or, will not clear this conflict. In either case, there is still only one CD for the field.

Kolfinna Káradottir     (Wolfscairn)     New Name Submitted; New Device Returned

Per bend sinister purpure and gules, on a bend sinister argent, a comet sable.
The device submission conflicts with the device of Alexandrina Quenell Wyndrych, Per bend sinister purpure and gules, on a bend sinister argent a spider sable. Her first alternate is to change the line of the bend sinister to embattled, which would clear the conflict. Unfortunately, the comet is not drawn in any period depiction of a comet known to us. A comet is usually depicted with an estoile for the head and not a gunstone. The comet must therefore be redrawn to conform to the heraldic comet or the submitter must provide us with documentation for the use of this depiction.

Titus Rabirius Pallidus     (Crosston)     New Name and Device Returned

Argent, a lightning bolt gules debruised by a snake glissant fesswise reversed sable.
The submitter desires an authentic Roman male name and will not accept major changes. The submitter cites A Latin-English Dictionary: A Dictionary of Proper Names by William Smith, but does not include copies of this documentation and we do not possess a copy of the book in question. We must therefore return this name and ask the submitter to provide copies of this documentation. While the device appears free of conflict, we cannot send it on without a concurrent name submission.

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