The Society College of Arms 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 April 2017 Wreath and Pelican meetings. The submissions in this letter are from Herald’s Point at Pennsic 2016.
Áine Dhána. Name and device. Per chevron sable and vert, three triskelions of spirals counterchanged argent and Or.
Submitted as Áine Dhánae, we have corrected the byname to Dhána_ to make the orthography internally consistent for post-1200 Gaelic.
There is a step from period practice for the use of a triskelion of spirals.
Alaxandair Mórda mac Matha. Name and device. Sable, an escutcheon within an orle Or.
Alton Hewes. Badge. Per chevron throughout sable and azure, in base an annulet Or surmounted by a sword proper.
Artist’s note: Please draw the annulet more centered on the sable portion of the field.
Anne Forneau. Name.
Ato no Sumime. Name.
Brian of Stonemarche. Name and device. Argent, a chevron inverted sable between a chabot gules and two chabots azure.
Stonemarche is the registered name of an SCA branch.
The submitter requested authenticity for “English.” Although Stonemarche is an SCA branch name, it can also be constructed as an English place name from attested elements.
Thus, while the name is not “authentic” as the College defines that term, the construction is consistent with 13th-14th century English naming practices.
This is the defining instance of the chabot in SCA heraldry. The chabot is a fresh-water flatfish, a species of bullhead, found in period armory in the canting arms of Cabos or Cabot, c.1400 [Wapenboek Beyeren, folio 25v]. Unlike most fish in heraldry, the chabot is tergiant by default.
Brien MacShane. Name.
Nice 16th century Anglicized Irish name!
Dagobert Gerhardt von Hohensee. Name and device. Or, three seeblätter one and two, a trimount gules.
Dash of Distant Shore. Holding name and device (see PENDS for name). Per pale Or and gules, a chevron embattled and in chief two mullets of eight points counterchanged.
Submitted under the name Dash Altan.
Fernando de Rivera. Name.
Nice late 15th century Spanish name!
Janna von Guggisberg. Name change from Janna von Guggenberg.
The submitter’s prior name, Janna von Guggenberg, is released.
Joscelyn de Villeroi. Device. Per bend purpure and vert, a falcon striking within an orle of escarbuncles argent.
Artist’s note: Please draw fewer and larger escarbuncles to improve their identifiability.
Madlena Malacky. Name and device. Sable, a crescent pendant and on a point pointed argent a crescent sable, a chief wavy argent.
Madlena Malacky. Badge. Sable, a crescent pendant and on a triangle issuant from base argent a crescent sable.
This was originally blazoned as a point pointed. However, on a badge form, a point pointed would look similar to a chief triangular, with the edges of the point issuant from the lower corners. As this charge originates well away from the corners of the form, we have reblazoned it as a triangle.
Máirghréad Huntley. Name and device. Vert, a winged dog couchant and on a chief argent three square weaver’s tablets vert.
This name combines a Gaelic given name and an English byname, an acceptable lingual mix under Appendix C.
The submitter requested a given name that sounds like “Molly.” The given name Máirghréad does not have that sound; it is closer “Moy-red.” However, Molly is a documented English given name, dated to 1596 in the FamilySearch Historical Records.
If she prefers Molly Huntley, she may make a request for consideration.
Michiel Césaire. Name.
Nice French name for circa 1500!
Nergis bint Mustafa. Device. Per chevron purpure and vert, on a chevron argent three bunches of grapes palewise slipped and leaved proper, in base a bird migrant to chief argent.
A bird migrant to chief is a step from period practice.
Pádraig Ó Brádaig. Name and device. Argent, a bear statant and on a chief sable three shamrocks Or.
Nice 16th century Gaelic name!
Pádraig Ó Brádaig. Badge. Argent, on a saltire sable four shamrocks palewise Or.
Artist’s note: Please draw the shamrocks more centered on each arm of the saltire.
Quintus Lucius Fortunatus. Name and device. Gules, in bend two lion’s heads cabossed and a chief argent.
The submitter requested authenticity for “Roman.” Using evidence from the Epigraphic Database from the University of Heidelberg, Alisoun Metron Ariston confirmed that this name is authentic for “at least the Roman provinces (Baetica in particular) in the first century A.D.”
Rowan Auley. Name.
Nice late 16th century English name!
Suke Arslajin. Name.
Taichleach an Chomhraic mac Ualghairg. Name and device. Per chevron inverted vert and argent, a skull and a serpent nowed counterchanged.
Artist’s note: Please draw the skull so that the field doesn’t show through the eyes and nasal cavity.
Therion Sean Storie. Badge. Azure, on a saltire argent, a lemming statant sable, a bordure Or.
Artist’s note: Please draw the lemming centered on the saltire.
Tristan of Northern Outpost. Holding name and device (see RETURNS for name). Or, within a torii gate a fox’s mask gules.
There is a step from period practice for use of a torii gate.
Submitted under the name Kurama Kitsutarou Makoto.
Gunnvor hausakljúfr. Badge for Raina Hausakljufr. (Fieldless) Two axes in saltire gules each blade charged with a plate.
This must be returned for conflict with Uðr bloðøx: Argent, in saltire two axes embrued gules. There is one DC for the field and nothing for the gouttes. Commentary was mixed, but leaned heavily towards the tertiary charges being too small to count for difference.
When resubmitting, we recommend that the submitter draw the axe heads wider, to give more room for the plates. This will help with recognizability.
Kalos Dumas. Badge. Argent, a tree split, blasted and eradicated, in chief a sword inverted gules.
This badge must be returned for conflict with Tala al-Zahra: Argent, an olive tree fructed and eradicated and a bordure gules, with only one DC for changing the type of secondary charge.
The depiction of the tree as being split has not been registered since 1987, and we have not seen evidence of the motif in period heraldry. Upon resubmission, if the submitter wants to retain this motif, they should supply documentation for it.
Kurama Kitsutarou Makoto. Name.
Although Kurama was documented as a place in Japan that existed in period, not all period place names were used as family names in Japanese. No evidence was provided showing that this particular place name or place names like it were used as a family name prior to the 19th century. Therefore, we are forced to return this name for lack of documentation supporting Kurama as a family name.
His device is registered under the holding name Tristan of Northern Outpost.
Dash Altan. Name.
The submitter requested authenticity for mid-13th century Mongol. This request was not summarized on the Letter of Intent. As this issue was not addressed in commentary and we did not receive sufficient information from which to analyze authenticity, we are pending the name for additional commentary on this issue.
His device is registered under the holding name Dash of Distant Shore.
This was item 9 on the East letter of January 31, 2017.