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 King 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 May 2018 Wreath and Pelican meetings.

EAST acceptances

Aurelia Colleoni a’Buccafurno. Device. Gules, two lions combatant and on a chief Or three hearts gules.

Bhakail, Barony of. Order name Order of the Crucible of Bhakail and badge. (Fieldless) On a flame Or a heart gules.

This order name follows the pattern of naming orders after heraldic charges. The Barony provided evidence that a crucible was a medieval artifact (https://medievallondon.ace.fordham.edu/exhibits/show/medieval-london-objects/crucible). Under SENA A2B2, “[t]here is a pattern of creating new charges from European tools and other everyday artifacts. Thus, an item that can be documented as this sort of period artifact is registerable [as a heraldic charge].”

Bróccín MacIvyr. Name change from Brochmail of Anglespur (see RETURNS for badge).

Submitted as Bróccín McUvyr, the name was not registerable in this form because combines Gaelic and Scots elements that are more than 300 years apart, in violation of PN2C2b. In addition, the Scots Mc- is a scribal abbreviation that must be expanded to Mac- for registration. [9/2013 CL] With the submitter’s permission, we have changed the name to Bróccín MacIvyr, using a Scots form of the byname that falls within 300 years of the attested dates for the given name.

The submitter’s previous name, Brochmail of Anglespur, is retained as an alternate name.

Bróccín MacIvyr. Heraldic will.

Upon his death, Bróccín leaves to Aislinn Chiabach all of the names and armory registered to him.

Carlich MacNeis. Name and device. Argent, a sea-serpent ondoyant vert, on a chief wavy sable a lymphad Or.

Chelsey of Gloucester. Device. Quarterly purpure and vert, in bend sinister two escallops inverted Or.

Ciar of Skye. Device. Or, a fox salient proper and issuant from base a demi-sun, a chief triangular sable.

David de La Rochelle. Name and device. Per bend sinister argent and sable, issuant from the line of division a demi-dragon contourny and a demi-dragon inverted counterchanged.

Although David was documented on the Letter of Intent as the submitter’s legal given name, he does not need to rely on the Legal Name Allowance because it is also an attested 16th century French name.

Donato Favro. Name and device. Azure, on a double-horned anvil argent a capital letter ‘D’ azure.

Nice 14th century Italian name from Venice!

Edmund Harper. Name and device. Or, a mullet voided and interlaced and on a chief azure three compasses Or.

Nice English name from the 13th century onwards!

Eldrich Gaiman. Badge. (Fieldless) A camail argent.

Nice badge!

Elisabetta Lucia Portinari. Badge. (Fieldless) On an owl maintaining in its beak a rose fesswise argent slipped and leaved vert an arch sable.

John Teller. Name.

Nice English name for the 13th century onwards!

Josef von Ulm. Name and device. Sable, an eagle and on a chief Or three lozenges ployé gules.

The bynames de Ulm and von Ulme are found in Socin dated to 1280. Socin contains multiple examples of de + [vernacular form of place name]. Therefore, the above examples support the submitted von Ulm.

Stonemarche, Barony of. Order name Order of the White Scroll of Stonemarche and badge. (Fieldless) An open scroll argent.

Submitted as the Order of the Tabula Rasa, the Letter of Intent argued that this order name follows the pattern of naming orders after virtues or positive qualities. While the notion of the human mind as a tabula rasa or “clean slate” is definitely period (and the phrase itself is dated to the 16th century), the quality of having a mind like a clean slate was not a desirable or positive one. Therefore, this name does not fit an attested pattern for order names and cannot be registered.

However, the Barony agreed to change the order name to the Order of the White Scroll of Stonemarche, which follows the attested pattern of naming orders after colors and heraldic charges. A scroll is a heraldic charge found in the Pictorial Dictionary of Heraldry (http://mistholme.com/dictionary/scroll/). The spelling scroll is dated to circa 1475 in the Middle English Dictionary; the spelling white is dated to circa 1425 in the same source. Therefore, with the Barony’s permission, we have registered this name as Order of the White Scroll of Stonemarche.

This badge is clear of the badge of Timothy of Glastinbury (Fieldless) A billet argent, with one DC for fieldlessness and a second DC for difference in the type of charge. Visually, open scrolls and billets are distinct enough to warrant a DC.

William Smitson. Name and device. Vert, three anvils and a bordure argent.

Nice 14th century English name!

Zoya the Orphan. Device. Purpure, in pale two Arabian lamps argent.

There is a step from period practice for the use of an Arabian lamp.


EAST returns

Bróccín MacIvyr. Badge. Per pall pean, vair, and vairy gules and Or, a lymphad Or and a base rayonny sable.

This badge is returned for lack of blazonability. As drawn, the intersection of the three lines would be too low even without a peripheral ordinary. With the base added, the visual center of the field moves up (in the same way it would move down if we’d added a chief), so the intersection is too low for this design to be considered per pall. It is also too low to be considered a chief triangular, and because the lines issue from the corners, it can be considered neither per chevron inverted nor a pile.