Minutes of the June, 2006 Herald's Meeting

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The meeting was held on Sunday, 11 June 2006, at the home of Eilis O'Boirne in Berkeley. The meeting started at 12:16 pm and ended at 1:55 pm. In attendance at this meeting were: Eilis O'Boirne, Vesper; Frederick of Holland, Acting Banner; Astrid of Swansvale, Brachet, Teleri Tawel, Artist; Walraven van Nijmegen, Nebuly and Exchequer to the College; Vigdís vestfirzka, Snowbound; Maxen ap Morgan, Pursuivant at Large; Emma FitzWilliam, Pursuivant Extraordinary at Large; Constance Lymnour, Artist; and Kiriana Michaelson, Matins.

The upcoming meetings are: July 9, September 10, October 8, and November 12. 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.




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 March 2006 was published in late June 2006, covering our November 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 - March 2006:

Bjólfr Hróðgeirsson. Name and device. Per fess argent and azure, a bear's paw print sable and a compass star elongated to base argent.

Hannah bat Aharon. Name and device. Or, in pale three bears passant gules.

Nice device! Please advise the submitter that bear's generally have shorter snouts than have been depicted in the emblazon.

Juliana of Avon. Name (see RETURNS for device).

Mairsil inghean Aindriasa. Name and device. Per bend Or and vert, in base three acorns bendwise argent.

Submitted as Marsaili inghean Aindrias, the submitter requested authenticity for Scottish Gaelic. While we do not have a documented form of the given name in Gaelic in Scotland, we do have Irish examples. Mari Elspeth nic Brian, "Index of Names from Irish Annals" (http://www.s-gabriel.org/names/mari/AnnalsIndex), lists Mairsil in 1486. In addition, the patronymic is in the nominative case rather than the required genitive case. We have changed this name to Mairsil inghean Aindriasa, an authentic, grammatically correct, 15th C Gaelic name.

Randall of Willowrock. Reblazon of device. Gules, in fess a mullet inverted between two Doric columns argent.

Registered January 1973 with the blazon Gules, between two Doric columns a mullet inverted argent, this has been reblazoned to indicate that the mullet and the columns are co-primary charges.

Rhiannon of Betony Wood. Holding name and device (see RETURNS for name). Or, four lilies in cross bases to center azure, a bordure vert.

Submitted under the name Rhiannon McLaran.

Søren j Alborgh. Name and device. Per chevron throughout potenty vert and argent, a valknut vert.

Nice 15th C Danish name!

Stephan Tot. Device. Argent, a two-headed horse passant sable, a bordure per pale azure and Or.

Ximon Martillo de Cordoba. Name and device. Lozengy argent and gules, on a fess sable a war hammer argent.

Submitted as Ximón Martillo de Cordoba, the documentation showed the given name as Ximon. We have made this change.

WEST - Returns - March 2006:

Juliana of Avon. Device. Lozengy argent and sable, on a bend argent, three crescents azure.

This device is returned for lack of contrast; a bend (or a bend sinister) may not share a tincture with a lozengy field. While, for instance, Chesshyre & Woodcock's Dictionary of British Arms (vol.1) shows examples of a bend sharing a tincture with a barry field (Saynt Owen), a checky field (Bekering) and a paly field (Langforde), they cite no examples of a bend sharing a tincture with a lozengy field. This is due to the fact that barry, checky and paly field lines don't parallel the bend; they can therefore be distinguished, even when sharing a tincture. The same cannot be said for lozengy field lines; the visual effect is of a complex bend, which blurs its identifiability.
Rhiannon McLaran. Name.
This name is two steps from period practice. First, it uses an SCA compatible Welsh name. The name Rhiannon was not used by humans in period; it is only registerable because it was previously declared SCA-compatible. The second step is that name combines Scots and Welsh. Even though the citation for the byname McLaran is from Reaney and Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames, their source for the name, Black, The Surnames of Scotland, ultimately shows it to be a Scots form.

Her device has been registered under the holding name Rhiannon of Betony Wood.

In Service,

Matins Herald

SUBMISSONS – 11 June XLI (2006)


Constance Lymnour     (Teufelberg)     Device Resubmission to Kingdom

Or, a sprig of three lilies gules slipped and leaved vert and a gore sinister azure.
The submitter's name was submitted on the West LOI of May 2006. The previous submission of Gyronny of six azure and argent, a sprig of three lilies Or slipped and leaved vert was returned for conflict with the device of June of Morgans Hall, Azure, a day lily plant with three blossoms Or. This is a complete redesign.

Esja hjaltlendingr     (Wuduholt be Secq)     Device Resubmission to Kingdom

Quarterly Or and purpure, in cross four suns counterchanged.
The submitter's name was submitted on the West LOI of May 2006. Her original submission of Ermine, on a pile purpure, a sun in its splendor Or was returned for conflict with the device of Rhael Anedd, Ermine, on a pile throughout purpure a Pegasus sergeant contourney argent. This is a complete redesign.

Griffin Garret     (Winter's Gate)     Device Resubmission to Laurel

Quarterly gules and sable, in bend two griffins Or.
The submitter's name was registered 12/03. This exact device was returned by Laurel in April 2005 for conflict with Hywela Frech ferch Wyddel, Per bend sinister vert and vair, in bend two griffins segreant Or. The submitter has obtained permission to conflict and copies of the conflict waiver are enclosed.

Jeffery of Jarrow     (Crosston)     Device Resubmission to Laurel

Per chevron gules and azure, a chevron embattled counterembattled Or.
The submitter's name was registered 1/05. The submitter's original submission, Per chevron gules and azure, was returned by Laurel in January 2005 for conflict with Geoffrey FitzDavid, Per chevron gules and chevronelly Or and sable. The addition of the chevron clears this conflict.

Soga Ryoichi Fusamitsu     (Caer Darth)     Name Resubmission to Kingdom; See Returns for Device Resubmission to Kingdom
The submitter desires a Japanese male name and will not accept major changes. He originally submitted Soga Ryoichi, which we returned in April 2006 for lack of a nanori or adult personal name. In the Japanese style, the submitter has put the surname before the given name. Soga is a Japanese family surname dated to pre-1600 at www.sengokudaimyo.com/miscellany/miscellany/miscellany.html. The same web site indicates that a given name, called a zokumyô, constructed of individual elements relating to the qualities and birth order of the name bearer, was often given at a coming of age ceremony. Ryoichi is such a constructed name meaning good first son. The format given in the article calls for a third element, the nanori or adult personal given name. Fusamitsu is a created nanori from the elements Fusa meaning tassel and Mitsu meaning light which are listed in the same article noted above. These two elements are also given as elements used in period for the formation of nanori in Name Construction in Medaeval Japan by Solveig Throndardottir, in her list of historical masculine nanori.

Uuscfrea of Copemantorp     (Rivenoak)     New Name; See Returns for Device Submission
The submitter desires an authentic Tenth to Eleventh Century Anglo-Saxon male name meaning mercer or merchant. Uuscfrea is found at www.s-gabriel.org/names/aelfwyn/bede.html as the original Latin form of Wuscfrea. Copemantorp is listed as a place name in Ekwall on p. 121 dated to 1200 under the header spelling of Copmanthorpe and in the Domesday Book of 1086 at http://freespace.virgin.net/paul.brelsford/History/index.htm.


Alecia Wodelark     (Rivenoak)     Return of Name and Device Submissions

Argent, a martlet and a chief azure.
The submitter desires an authentic Tenth to Eleventh Century Anglo-Saxon female name. Her name submission forms give Alecia as the name desired for registration, while the device submission forms give the spellling as Alesia. Under ordinary circumstances, we would follow the name registration forms if possible and use the alternate spelling if necessary. The alternate spelling is also given in the submitter's acceptable alternates. In this instance, we will ask for clarification because we cannot send the name on to Laurel for other reasons. Although Alesia is dated to 1200 in Withycombe, p. 15, under the header spelling Alice and is shown dated to the Thirteenth Century in Names From 13th Century Northumberland at http://www.ellipsis.cx/~liana/names/english/northumberland.html by Aryahwy merch Catmael, both of these sources show the name as Norman and not Anglo-Saxon. Since the submitter requests authenticity and we cannot make this name authentically Anglo-Saxon, we must return it. Wodelark is from Bynames Found in the 1296 Lay Subsidy Rolls for Rutland, England by Karen Larsdatter on the Laurel web site. The name does not have any conflicts and would have been sent on but for the request for authenticity.

The submitted device must be returned because the martlet is drawn far too small for the submission. This single charge should be large enough to fill the field in a reasonable depiction. This device appears to be free of conflict, but needs to be redrawn with a larger martlet. We also cannot send on the device without a concurrent name submission.

Michael O'Connor     (Betony Wood)     Return of Device Resubmission to Laurel

Sable, on a pile throughout issuant from the corners embattled argent, a dragon couchant in triune aspect, wings elevated gules.
The submitter's name was registered 11/05. His original submission of Per pale gules and sable, on a plate a dragon couchant gules was returned for conflict with the device of Pedrog Sylverberd, Per pale gules and sable, on a plate a griffin sable. This is a complete redesign.

As drawn, it is impossible to distinguish whether the emblazon depicts a pile throughout embattled, which would issue from the top of the device, or whether it depicts the field division, Per chevron throughout embattled, which would issue from the sides of the device. The only line that would issue from the corners, as these lines appear to do, would be the peripheral charge chausse, which cannot be drawn with an embattled edge. If it is supposed to be the Per chevron field, it conflicts with the device of Maythen Gervaise, Per bend sinister sable and Or, a dragon counter-passant regardant, wings addorsed, gules, with one CD for the changes to the field.. If it is a pile, it conflicts with the device of Randall Baldwin, Sable, on a pile dovetailed argent, a double bitted axe gules, with only one CD for the change of type of the tertiary charge. In addition, the dragon is drawn in triune aspect (appearing three dimensionally), which is not a standard heraldic position for a dragon and would also require correction.

Rhyli of Brigid's Well of Ballyteigen     (Caer Darth)     Return of New Name Change
The submitter's current name, Brigid O'Ballyteegan, was registered in 4/91. The submitter will not accept major changes to her name and desires an Irish female name. Rhyli is the submitter's mundane middle name. Because it is a middle name and not a first name, we cannot simply submit it to Laurel under the modern name exception because that exception requires the modern name to be used in the same position in the proposed registration as in the modern name. Here the submitter attempts to use a middle name as a first name and we are unable to document Rhyli as a period given name. The rest of the name appears at first glance to be a double locative, which is not an allowed construction. If we had documentation showing that a well dedicated to St. Brigid was located in Ballyteigen, we could consider the name to be a single locative, but we do not have such documentation. For all these reasons, the submission must be returned.

Soga Ryoichi Fusamitsu     (Caer Darth)     Return of Device Resubmission to Kingdom

Azure, a collection of unblazonable lines within and conjoined to an annulet argent.
The originally submitted device of Azure, two Japanese well-frames interlaced fesswise within an annulet argent, was returned for lack of a name submission and because of conflict with the device of Perigrine Mellyrn of the Last Mountain, Azure, a mascle within an annulet argent. This submission, which is a complete redesign, is impossible to blazon as it does not depict a recognized heraldic charge. The College considered several possible blazons, but could not arrive at one that would be understandable in the heraldic community and reproducible in the scribal community. We must therefore return this submission.

Uuscfrea of Copemantorp     (Rivenoak)     Return of Device

Azure, on a fess vert, a woolsack between two bezants.
The device must be returned for a violation of the Rule of Tincture by attempting to place a colored ordinary on a colored field which lacks contrast and is difficult to identify at any distance. Since the device must be redesigned, we also note that the device has a style problem with the tertiary charges. The submitter has two different, but very similar charges on the fess in the same color. This causes confusion because the first impression is that the charges are all bezants. Only careful examination reveals that there are actually two different round-shaped charges depicted on the fess. The submitter is encouraged to use only one round shaped charge in the same group of charges.

Zephaniah ben Ezra     (Selveirgard)     Return of Device Resubmission to Kingdom

Argent, a standing balance sable and on a chief sable estencilly Or, a closed scroll bendwise sinister argent.
The submitter's name was registered 8/02. The original submission Sable, two mini-bendlets Or between a feather argent issuing from an inkbottle Or and a closed scroll bendwise argent handled of wood proper, was returned in April 2002 for violation of several style rules. This is a complete redesign that must also be returned for violation of the Rules of Submission. In this case, the problem is the placement of two separate groups of tertiary charges on the chief. Estencilly, which is a seme (or sprinkling) of sparks, is one group of charges, while the scroll counts as a separate, second charge group. While it is possible to have two unrelated charges on a tertiary, this is only allowed when the tertiary charges are placed in a standard arrangement, such as a row of three charges where the center item is different from the two outside items. In this instance, a seme, such as estencilly, does not have a large single central charge in the standard arrangement. The submitter is also advised that estencilly is generally drawn one and two, rather than two and one, and Laurel has expressed concern about this non-standard depiction.

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