The Society College of Heralds runs on monthly cycles and letters. Each month, the College processes name and armory submissions from all of the Kingdoms. Final decisions on submissions are made at the monthly meetings of the Pelican Queen of Arms (names) and the Wreath Queen of Arms (armory). Pelican and Wreath then write up their decisions in a Letter of Acceptances and Return (LoAR). After review and proofreading, LoARs generally are released two months after the meeting where the decisions are made.
An “acceptance” indicates that the item(s) listed are now registered with the Society. A “return” indicates that the item is returned to the submitter for additional work. Most items are registered without comments. Sometimes, the LoAR will address specific issues about the name or armory or will praise the submitter/herald on putting together a very nice historically accurate item.
The following results are from the June 2016 Wreath and Pelican meetings. Release of the June letter was slightly delayed by the convergence of 50 Year Celebration and Pennsic.
Agnés de la Court. Name and device. Purpure, a chevron embattled between two fleurs-de-lys argent and a raccoon statant gardant argent marked purpure.
Agnés is an attested but unexpected form, more commonly found as Agnes in our period.
There is a step from period practice for the use of a New World raccoon.
Please advise the client to draw the chevron thicker, as befits a primary charge.
Cáemgen Ua Donnchada. Name and device. Vert, in fess two crosses fleury Or, a chief argent.
Cáemgen is the name of an Irish saint.
Please advise the submitter to draw the crosses as wide as they are tall.
Daniel au Loup Rouge. Name and device. Or semy of gunstones, a wolf passant gules and a chief vert.
Eleanor Catlyng. Name change from Eleanor Catlyn.
Both elements are found in Lincoln or Lincolnshire, England, dated to 1566-1567 in the FamilySearch Historical Records, making this an excellent 16th century English name!
The submitter’s previous name, Eleanor Catlyn, is released.
Jeanne Robin. Acceptance of transfer of badge from Christopher Devereux. Argent, two dances gules.
Lorencio Matteo Espinosa. Name.
Nice 16th century Spanish name!
Mael Eoin mac Echuid. Household name La Tavernehous de Mayne Ospitalis.
Mayne Ospitalis (“mayne held by the Knights Hospitaller”) is an attested place name found in Watts s.n. Broadmayne dated to 1244-1332.
La Tavernehous, documented from the 1311 house name la Tavernehous, is somewhat less likely as a designator than either Taverne or Hous. Mayne Ospitalis Inne would also be an authentic form. However, the submitted form is registerable.
Mael Eoin mac Echuid. Device change. Per fess gules and argent, a lion rampant gardant counter-ermine.
The submitter has permission to conflict with the badge of Cosma Drago: (Fieldless) A domestic cat sejant erect counter-ermine.
The submitter’s old device, Gyronny argent and sable, a Maltese cross within an orle gules, is retained as a badge.
Mael Eoin mac Echuid. Badge. (Fieldless) A boot sable.
Maximillian Elgin. Badge (see RETURNS for household name). Or, in fess a cup gules sustained between two sheep combattant sable.
Millicent Rowan. Name.
Muirenn ingen Dúnadaig. Badge. (Fieldless) A coney courant ermine.
Sorcha Dhorcha. Name.
Nice 15th-16th century Irish Gaelic name!
Viviana Silvani. Name.
Ynys y Gwaun, Canton of. Branch name and device. Per fess argent and Or, a tree eradicated proper between three laurel wreaths vert.
In the case of this name, the mutated form Ynys y Waun is more likely, but the submitted form is registerable.
Corcrán mac Diarmata. Device change. Per chevron argent and sable, two ravens volant to sinister chief and a Thor’s hammer counterchanged.
This device is returned for violating SENA A3D2c, Unity of Posture and Orientation, which states “The charges within a charge group should be in either identical postures/orientations or an arrangement that includes posture/orientation” The charges here are not in a unified arrangement, as the birds are bendwise sinister and the Thor’s hammer in its default orientation.
On redesign, please advise the submitter to draw the per chevron line of division slightly lower.
Maximillian Elgin. Household name Black Sheep House.
This household name is returned for conflict with the registered heraldic title Blak Shepe Pursuivant. The substantive elements are identical in sound.
Olivia Baker. Device. Per chevron inverted Or and gules, seven fleurs-de-lys in chevron inverted, alternately erect and inverted, between a rose and two stalks of wheat counterchanged.
Blazoned on the Letter of Intent as per chevron inverted fleury-counterfleury, what we have here is a group of fleurs-de-lys lying across the per chevron inverted line, with alternating upright and inverted fleurs. This creates identifiability issues as well as an arrangement that is not listed in SENA Appendix J, and so may not be registered without documentation that this is a period arrangement of charge groups. A proper fleury-counterfleury field division (as opposed to an ordinary) would have only demi fleurs-de-lys, issuant from the line of division, alternating upright and inverted.
Ysane la Fileresse. Device. Argent, a mascle azure within a mascle vert, all interlaced with a crampon bendwise purpure.
This device is returned for violating SENA A3E1, Arrangement of Charge Groups. This arrangement, of a long charge extending over and interlaced with two concentric voided charges, is not listed in SENA Appendix J, and so may not be registered without documentation that this is a period arrangement of charge groups. On resubmission, the submitter should address whether the mascle within a mascle arrangement violates the sword and dagger rule.