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 October 2016 Wreath and Pelican meetings.


EAST acceptances

Adrienne d’Evreus. Device. Azure, a fleur-de-lys argent and a bordure gules.

This design was well documented as an Individually Attested Pattern in French armory. The submitter provided more than sufficient evidence of azure fields with a low contrast gules bordure and a high contrast primary charge. She also provided evidence of the use of fleurs-de-lys in French armory.

Nice device!

Alexandre Saint Pierre. Badge. (Fieldless) In saltire a key Or and a quill pen argent.

Cailleach Dhé ingen Chiaráin. Name and device. Per pale argent and sable, two domestic cats sejant respectant counterchanged and on a chief azure three triquetras argent.

Ceinwen ferch Llewelyn ab Owain. Device. Azure, in pale three fleurs-de-lys argent.

Nice device!

Ciar of Skye. Name (see RETURNS for device).

This name is registerable either as the combination of an Old Irish Gaelic given name and the lingua Anglica form of an 8th century place name, or as the combination of a Gaelic saint’s name with a documented English spelling of a place name.

Elaria Grenway. Device. Gules, a mortar and pestle and on a chief embattled argent three sprigs of holly leaves vert fructed gules.

Elizabet Marshall. Badge. (Fieldless) On an acorn Or a capital letter E azure.

Hermina de Pagan. Device. Gules, a sheaf of three roses slipped and leaved and overall a skeletal hand fesswise reversed argent.

There is a step from period practice for the use of garden roses.

Jenna Childersley. Badge. Per pale vert and purpure, a cherub between eight arrows in annulo points to center argent.

There is a step from period practice for having charges in annulo not in their default orientation.

Ketilfastr Thorkilson. Name and device. Per bend sinister vert and argent, a griffin counterchanged.

Lillia de Vaux. Household name Bleu Crampette Inne.

Although the designator was spelled Inn in the Letter of Intent, that spelling was a typo. We have restored the designator to the submitted and documented Inne.

Magdalena von Kirschberg. Device. Per pale azure and gules, on a chevron Or three sprigs of cherries palewise gules slipped and leaved vert.

Please let the submitter know that the sprigs should not touch the edges of the chevron.

Millicent Rowan. Device. Argent, five gouttes de sang three and two and a trimount vert.

Sanceline de Bassan. Name and device. Per saltire azure and argent, a saltire indented between two moths Or and two trees azure.

The submitter requested authenticity for “French 14th century.” This request did not appear on the Letter of Intent. Fortunately, commenters provided sufficient information concerning authenticity. Lillia Pelican Emerita found the given name Sanceline in a mid-14th century list of names in Un scrutin au XIVe siècle, notice et documents lus à la séance du 19 juin 1852 by M. Félix Bourquelot (http://gallica.bnf.fr/ark:/12148/bpt6k5467759t/f34.image). However, the byname de Bassan could not be found in French before the early 17th century. Thus, although this name is registerable, it is not authentic for the requested time period.

Þorin Úlfsson. Name and device. Azure, a dragon and a horse combattant argent.

Submitted as Þórin Úlfsson, we have dropped the accent from the given name to match the documentation. Thorin was documented as the Latinized form of an Old Norse name. As we have evidence of the use of a thorn (Þ) in Latinized Old English names such as Þurstanus (c. 1044) and Þeodredus (10th c.), we will give the submitter the benefit of the doubt that the spelling Þorin is plausible for a Latinized Old Norse name. If the submitter prefers the spelling Thorin, he may submit a request for reconsideration.

The submitter has permission to conflict with the device of Alvar Dax: Azure, a dragon and a coney combattant argent.

Þorin Úlfsson. Alternate name Lucas Merrick (see RETURNS for badge).

Nice 16th century English name!

Úlfeiðr Artudóttir. Name (see RETURNS for device).

The submitter requested authenticity for an unspecified time, place or language. Both name elements are in Old West Norse from the 11th-12th centuries. However, as we have not found evidence for both elements in a single place, we cannot say whether the name is authentic, but it is registerable.

Vika Grigina z Prahy. Badge. (Fieldless) An estoile per pale azure and Or.

Nice badge!

Vika Grigina z Prahy. Badge. (Fieldless) On an estoile azure a bee Or.


EAST returns

Ciar of Skye. Device. Or, a fox salient proper and a gore sable.

This device is returned for conflict with the device of James the Fox: Or, a fox rampant guardant gules. There is one DC for the addition of the gore, but no DC for the difference between rampant and salient or the direction of the head. A fox proper is considered equivalent to a fox gules.

On redesign, please let the submitter know that the point of a gore should be at the center point of the shield.

There is a step from period practice for the use of a gore with another charge.

Þorin Úlfsson. Badge. Argent, on a pile sable, a Maltese cross argent, a bordure sable and overall a label gules.

This badge is returned for conflict with the device of Aaron of the Black Mountains: Argent, on a pile sable a Maltese cross argent, a bordure counterchanged. There is only one DC for adding the label. Only a small part of the bordure in Aaron’s device is not sable, so it is considered sable for conflict purposes.

The Letter of Intent reported that a Letter of Permission to Conflict was forthcoming, but it was not received by the Laurel office.

Úlfeiðr Artudóttir. Device. Sable, two ravens respectant and in base a wolf couchant argent.

This device is returned for conflict with the device of Kaðall Viðarsson: Sable, two ravens respectant and a bordure embattled argent. There is only one DC for changing the type of secondary charge.