Minutes of the July, 2006 Herald's Meeting

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The meeting was held on Sunday, 9 July 2006, at the home of Eilis O'Boirne in Berkeley. The meeting started at 12:30 pm and ended at 3:30 pm. In attendance at this meeting were: Eilis O'Boirne, Vesper; Frederick of Holland, Acting Banner; Owen ap Morgan, Latimer; Moira O'Conner, Acting Greencloak; Teleri Tawel, Artist; Walraven van Nijmegen, Nebuly and Exchequer to the College; Edith de Laufarge, Sea Wolf; Wilhelm von Homburg, Sable Swan; Vigdís vestfirzka, Snowbound; Felix MacAvady, St. Katherine; Emma FitzWilliam, Acting Silver Gull; Gwenhwyfaer ferch Gwilym and Na'arah bat Avraham, Pursuivants at Large; Hrothgeirr Hroaldsson, Artist; and Kiriana Michaelson, Matins.

The upcoming meetings are: September 10, October 8, November 12 and January 7. Meetings start at noon.

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.

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.


Eilis O'Boirne, Vesper Principal Herald, will be sending out new roster letters to all branch heralds, senior staff and others who are listed on her current roster, to confirm contact information, offices and ranks. If you believe that you are a rostered herald and have not gotten your letter by October Crown, please contact Eilis because she does not have you on her roster.

Owen ap Morgan, Latimer Herald is exploring the idea of taking the Consultation Table to events in the Marches and farther reaches of the Kingdom. If you are interested in helping with this, please let him know.

The next Herald's Collegium will be held in Champclair on November 18. There will be several classes relating to court heraldry and protocol and a recap of the field and duty heraldry this past year. We hope to encourage courtiers and other non-heralds who would be assisted by a greater understanding of courts and protocol to come to this event.

Wilhelm von Homburg, Baldric Herald, will be speaking with A&S about setting up some basic classes to be held at Crowns and Coronations for the general populace to help encourage the heraldic arts and a greater understanding of the basic rules.



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. To join the list, please subscribe at wkheralds-subscribe@yahoogroups.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 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 April 2006 does not contain items for our College as we did not have a December 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.

In Service,

Matins Herald

SUBMISSONS – 9 July XLI (2006)


Adrian Freyser     (Caer Darth)     New Name and Device

Or, a dragon's head couped vert and on a chief azure, a crescent Or.
The submitter desires a male Scottish name and will not accept major changes to his submission. Adrian is dated to 1539 as the header spelling in Withycombe, 3rd edition, on p.5. A Latinized form, Adrianus, dated to 1189-1205 on the same page. Freyser is a Scottish surname dated to 1321 in Black, under the header spelling of Fraser on p. 278.

Aurora Komnene     (Golden Rivers)     Name Resubmission to Kingdom
The submitter will not accept major changes to her name. Aurora is listed as a Christian name in Laurel Precedent (Aurora Gillybary, September, 1992). Komnene is a byname listed as an example of how to feminize family names in Personal Names of the Aristocracy in the Roman Empire During the Later Byzantine Era by Bardas Xiphias at http://www.sca.org/heraldry/laurel/names/byzantine/introduction.html.

Caillech Silvertongue     (Allyshia)     New Name and Device

Argent, a triquetra inverted vert entwined with an annulet azure.
The submitter desires an authentic female Irish name. Caillech is an Irish feminine name dated to 1151-1200 in Index of Names in Irish Annals: Feminine Given Names by Mari Elspeth nic Bryan at http://www.s-gabriel.org/names/mari/AnnalsIndex/Feminine/all.html. Silvertongue is a descriptive byname. While the submitter has requested authenticity, we are unable to translate the byname, and therefore submit it with one weirdness for the combination of an Irish given name and an English byname.

With respect to the device, we note the badge of Bruce Draconarius of Mistholme, (Tinctureless) Two trefoil knots braced and request that Laurel make a visual inspection to assure that the proposed device does not conflict with Bruce's badge.

Chabi Ünegen     (Far West)     New Device

Gules, in fess, a fox sejant to sinister guardant argent and a fox sejant guardant Or.
The submitter's name was registered 1/06.

Éibhleann inghean Éanna     (Windy Meads)     Name and Device Resubmission to Kingdom

Per pale argent and azure, a triquetra inverted and in chief three roundels counterchanged.
The submitter desires a female Irish name. Éibhleann is listed under the header of Énnae in O'Corrain & Maguire on p. 82 dated to post-1200. Éanna is a masculine given name listed under the header of Énnae in O'Corrain & Maguire on p. 86 dated to post-1200. The patronymic is correctly formed and does not need to be leinited, but does need to be put into the genitive form. We request the assistance of the College in doing so since we are uncertain of the correct spelling for that form.

Mærwynn of Croft     (Rivenoak)     Resubmission of Name to Kingdom; See Returns for Device
The submitter's previous submission, Alecia Wodelark, was returned in 6/06. Mærwynn is a female name dated to 903 at http://eagle.cch.kcl.ac.uk:8080/pase/itext.html. Croft is a dated to 1086 as a place name meaning a small enclosed field, listed at http://www.s-gabriel.org/names/gunnvor/LincolnshirePlacenames/Lincolnshire1.htm.

Milisandia Vachan     (Fettburg)     New Name; See Returns for Device
The submitter desires an authentic female Welsh name. Milisandia is listed in Tangwystyl verch Morgant Glasvryn's A Simple Guide to Constructing 13th Century Welsh Names, http://www.s-gabriel.org/names/tangwystyl/welsh13.html as a woman's name. Vachan is given in the same source as a descriptive byname meaning small or junior. The submitter originally requested Bychan, but the documentation indicated that the submitted spelling is the one from the period source, with the originally requested spelling as the English version. We have changed the spelling to conform to the submitter's request for authenticity.

Rhiannon verch Madyn     (Betony Wood)     Change of Holding Name
The holding name, Rhiannon of Betony Wood, was formed for this submitter by Laurel in 3/06. The submitter's previous submission, Rhiannon McLaran was returned for being two steps from period practice. Rhiannon is an SCA compatible Welsh name for which we count one weirdness. Madyn is a man's name dated to the Thirteenth Century in A Simple Guide to Constructing 13th Century Welsh Names from Merioneth by Heather Rose Jones found at http://heatherrosejones.com/names/welsh/simple13thmerioneth.html. The patronymic is correctly formed.

Titus Scipio Germanicus     (Southern Shores)     New Device Change

Per chevron throughout purpure and sable, a chevron throughout Or and in base a wolf's head cabossed affronty argent.
The submitter's name was registered 8/04. This device is supposed to be identical to his previous device except for the position of the wolf's head. If this passes, his previous registration of Per chevron purpure and sable, a chevron throughout Or and in base a wolf's head erased contourny argent, should be released.

Vettoria Giovanna Cristina de Monte     (Golden Rivers)     New Name; See Returns for Device Submission
The submitter desires a female Italian name and will not accept major changes. Vettoria, Giovanna and Cristina are all listed in Arval Benicoeur's Feminine Given Names from the Online Catasto of Florence of 1427, http://www.s-gabriel.org/names/arval/catasto/ as woman's names dated to 1427. The use of three given names is allowed, but counted as a weirdness under Laurel's ruling in 11/02 upon registering Isabella Francesca Niccola di Giovanni. de Monte is a surname dated to 1447 in 35 Plances in the Sangro Valley by N. F. Faraglia found at http://www.abruzzoheritage.com/magazine/2002_06/d.htm.

Victoria of Lynwood      (Wolfscairn)     Device Resubmission to Laurel

Per pale embattled argent and azure, in fess an ash leaf inverted vert and a compass star argent.
The submitter's name was registered in 12/04. The submitter's previous submission Per pale embattled argent and azure, in the dexter side a sprig of European ash pendant, leaved of two leaves, vert and in sinister chief a mullet of four points argent was returned for non-period style due to the use of two intertwined leaves, a ploye star and a lack of symmetry. This resubmission addresses those three concerns. Laurel also commented on the submission lacking a central focus with each half of the device bearing a different charge, but this should no longer be an issue with the correction of the other three concerns since the modernistic feel is substantially reduced.

Walterus Ignotus     (Canale)     Resubmission of Name and Device to Kingdom

Sable, a dragon's head couped enarched contourney and a gore sinister Or.
The submitter desires an authentic 13th to 14th Century masculine Latin or English name. Walterus is listed in Names from Ormskirk Parish, Lancashire: The Poll Tax of 1381, (http://my.stratos.net/~bmscott/Ormskirk_1381.html) by Talan Gwynek, as a Latinized forename. Ignotus is a Latin masculine noun used as a descriptive byname meaning an unknown person or stranger. The OED shows ignote, dated to 1639, as a word derived from the Latin ignotus which must therefore have predated the derived word.

Wolfram von Kreuzberg     (Cloondara)     New Name
The submitter desires a male name and will not accept major changes. Wolfram is a German name dated to 1332 as the header spelling in Bahlow, p. 621. Kreuzberg is a German surname dated to 1312 in Brechenmacher on p. 112.


Cerridwen Coedwig     (Caer Darth)     Return of Name and Device Submissions

Per chevron argent and vert, two oak trees eradicated proper and a cat couchant guardant argent.
The submitter desires a female Welsh name and will not accept major changes. Cerridwen is SCA compatible given name according to Laurel Precedent (07.01 A-Calontir) "Submittd as Ceiridwen Bach, only the spellings Ceridwen and Cerridwen have been ruled SCA compatible in August 1995." This is being returned for the forms having used Old English font, making the characters difficult to read. We request that the submitter resubmit this name with forms that are in a plain font so that there is no confusion over the desired spelling of the name and contact information.

The proposed device conflicts with the device of Phillip of Ghent, Per chevron argent and vert, two fir trees eradicated and a hawk stooping counterchanged.

Mærwynn of Croft     (Rivenoak)     Return of Device Resubmission to Kingdom

Argent, a martlet and a chief azure.
This submission must be returned because the forms shrank when printed and the emblazon is less that five and a half inches tall, assuring rejection by Laurel.

Milisandia Vachan     (Fettburg)     Return of Device Submission

Argent, a gurges and on a chief azure, a demisun issuant from the base argent.
This device must be returned because the demisun and the field are the same color and, with the demisun issuing from the base of the chief, the shape of the charge and the line of division of the chief are obscured past recognition. If the charge did not issue from the base of the chief, or if the charge and the field were not the same color, this confusion would not occur. As drawn, however, the white area is of indeterminate shape and this submission must be returned.

Uuscfrea of Copemantorp     (Rivenoak)     Return of Device Resubmission to Kingdom

Vert, a fess between two woolsacks and an anchor Or.
The submitter's name was sent on the West LOI of 6/06. The original submission violated the Rule of Tincture. This device would be returned because the forms shrank in copying and the emblazon is too small for acceptance by Laurel. However, there is no need for the submitter to send in new forms because the device conflicts with the device of Muirenn ingen Dara, Vert, a fess between three acorns Or. There is one clear visual difference for changing all of the secondary charges, but no other differences.

Vettoria Giovanna Cristina de Monte     (Golden Rivers)     Return of Device Submission

Argent, two roses gules and on a mountain of three peaks issuant from base sable, a crescent argent.
Although we did not find any conflicts for this submission, it must unfortunately be returned for redrawing. As drawn, the mountain looks like an unblazonable line of division of some sort and not like a charge. A scribe drawing this device from the blazon above would not accurately reproduce the submitted picture.

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