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Compiled by Mistress Alys Mackyntoich

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 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.badge Herald

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 2018 Wreath and Pelican meetings (with some delay due to Pennsic falling during proof reading time).

EAST acceptances

Agnes de Lyon. Name.

Nice French name from at least the 14th century onwards!

Álfdís Holtadóttir. Name change from Yamada Kiku.

Submitted as Álfdís Holtadottir, diacritical markings must be used consistently throughout Old Norse names. Therefore, we have changed the name to Álfdís Holtadóttir for registration.

The submitter’s previous name, Yamada Kiku, is retained as an alternate name.

Nice 9th-10th century Icelandic name!

Alienor Salton. Badge. (Fieldless) A pig passant purpure.

Audrye Beneyt. Device change. Sable, a fox rampant argent within an orle ermine.

The submitter’s previous device, Per pale sable and argent, a fox and a bear rampant addorsed counterchanged, on a chief vert three arrows inverted argent, is retained as a badge.

Artist’s note: Please draw the orle wider to give more room for the ermine spots.

Audrye Beneyt. Badge. (Fieldless) An ermine spot per chevron sable and argent.

Beatrice de Warynton. Badge. (Fieldless) A greyhound passant regardant sable charged on the haunch with a bee proper.

Cateline la broderesse. Badge. (Fieldless) A corgi statant sable maintaining in his mouth a bunch of grapes slipped and leaved proper.

Specifying the type of breed of a dog beyond that which is normally found in heraldry (e.g. talbot or greyhound) is a step from period practice.

Chana Freidl the Maker. Device. Per bend sinister azure and purpure, a dragon maintaining a sewing needle fracted argent.

Conandil ingen Donngaíle. Badge. Argent, a bend sinister between a musical note and a shoe sole purpure.

This badge conflicts with the device of Clarice Walker, Argent, a bend sinister between two triquetras purpure, with one DC for change to the type of secondary charges. Permission to conflict has been received from Clarice.

Conandil ingen Donngaíle. Badge. Argent, on a bend sinister between two shoe soles purpure, three musical notes palewise argent.

East, Kingdom of the. Order name change from Award of Gilder to Order of Gilder and badge. (Fieldless) A burnisher Or.

The Letter of Intent requested a change in designator from Award to Order, but incorrectly identified the original order name as Award of the Gilder. In fact, it was registered on the June 2015 Letter of Acceptances and Returns as Award of _ Gilder. As the Letter of Intent relied on the Existing Registration Allowance and did not document either Award of the Gilder or Order of the Gilder, we cannot change anything other than the designator. Therefore, we are registering Order of _ Gilder.

The original order name, Award of Gilder, is released.

Edmund Beneyt. Badge. Vert, a hunting horn and on a chief Or a tyger passant azure.

Froði Oddsson. Name change from Akiyama Kintsune.

The submitter’s previous name, Akiyama Kintsune, is retained as an alternate name.

Nice 9th-10th century Icelandic name!

Joan Malet. Name.

Nice name for 16th century English (Cornwall) or Catalonia circa 1600!

Markus der Jäger. Name and device. Argent, a dragon displayed and in base a triquetra inverted sable, a bordure purpure.

Previous precedent on the byname der Jäger stated:

Submitted as Stefan der Jäger von Ansbach, the documented forms of the byname do not use the definite article der. In order to register it, we have changed the name to Stefan_Jäger von Ansbach to match the documentation [Stefan Jäger von Ansbach, 12/2008, A-Atenveldt]

Current research shows numerous examples of German occupational bynames that include the article der. For example, Socin provides the examples of der gartner (“gardener”) and der Phaffe(“priest/cleric). Based on the current evidence, we hereby overturn the 2008 precedent quoted above and expressly permit registration of German occupational bynames marked with the definite article.

There is a step from period practice for the use of a dragon displayed.

Mathghamhain Ua Ruadháin. Badge. (Fieldless) A bear passant gules.

Nice badge!

Mlada of Østgarðr. Badge. (Fieldless) A rabbit’s head erased sable distilling from its mouth a goutte de sang.

Morwenna verch Madoc. Name and device. Per bend sinister azure and vert, a garb Or and a boar rampant argent.

Niclaß Michel. Name and device. Per fess embattled azure and argent, a crow volant bendwise and two swords in saltire counterchanged.

The submitter requested authenticity for a “Swedish/Baltic” name. This name appears to meet that request because both elements are documented from the 16th century in Hiiumaa, Estonia. We thank ffride wlffsdotter for providing evidence of the pattern of given name + unmarked patronymic in Estonian names.

Olalla Tristana. Name and device. Azure, two bends argent each charged with three gouttes de sang palewise.

Quintavia, Shire of. Reblazon of device (see RETURNS for badges). Party of six per fess indented vert and argent, three laurel wreaths vert.

Blazoned when registered in October 1985 as Per fess indented of three points vert and argent, on a pale between in base two laurel wreaths, in chief a laurel wreath, all counterchanged, this field can be more accurately described as Party of six per fess indented.

Quintavia, Shire of. Reblazon of badge for Quintavia Company of Archers. Party of six per fess indented vert and argent, two arrows inverted in saltire gules.

Blazoned when registered in January 1986 as Per fess indented of three points vert and argent, a pale counterchanged overall two arrows inverted in saltire gules, this field can be more accurately described as Party of six per fess indented.

Quintavia, Shire of. Reblazon of badge. Party of six per fess indented vert and argent.

Blazoned when registered in January 1986 as Per fess indented of three points vert and argent, a pale counterchanged, this field can be more accurately described as Party of six per fess indented.

Seónaid inghean mhic Aoidh. Name and device. Per saltire azure and argent, four mullets counterchanged.

Submitted as Seònaid inghean mhic Aoidh, the diacritical marking on the given name was incorrect. We have changed the name to Seónaid inghean mhic Aoidh for registration.

Seónaid inghean mhic Aoidh. Badge. (Fieldless) Four mullets conjoined in cross points outwards azure.

Seónaid inghean mhic Aoidh. Badge. (Fieldless) Four mullets conjoined in cross points outwards, the two in pale azure and the two in fess argent.

Svanr Hrolfsson. Name and device. Argent, on a fess vert a swan displayed argent.

Nice 9th-10th century Icelandic name!

There is a step from period practice for use of a bird other than an eagle in the displayed posture.

Þórfinnr Hróðgeirsson. Badge. (Fieldless) A triskelion of crow’s legs sable.

Tiberius Trebellius Severus. Name.

Nice name for the first or early second century of the Roman Empire!

Wulfsige i Jorvik. Name.

This name combines an Anglo-Saxon given name with an Old Norse byname, an acceptable lingual mix under Appendix C.

EAST returns

Brunissende Dragonette. Badge change for Chrestienne la pescheresse. Azure, in cross four fleurs-de-lys Or.

This badge is returned for presumption with the Kings of France. When this badge was pended in the January 2018 LoAR, the College of Arms was asked to find examples in period of Azure, [four/five] fleurs-de-lys Or being used to presume a relationship with France. The College, in turn, turned up depictions of some of the ancient Peers of France using Azure, semy-de-lys interchangeably with Azure, four fleurs-de-lys in their armory, most notably the Dukes of Langres, Reims, Laon, and the Count of Châlons. These Peers use the motif of the Royal Arms of France to show their ties to the Crown, in the same way that the Counts of Noyon and Toulouse, the Duke of Burgundy, and a strong majority of the French Peerage do. The interchangeability between semy and four fleurs for those ancient Peers who had a cross or saltire as their primary charge indicates that four fleurs is a recognized as a motif worthy of protection from presumption.

Also included in the discussion was an example in Sammelband Mehrer Wappenbucher of the arms for the “Roy de napels,” or King of Naples/Anjou, Azure, five fleurs-de-lys two one and two Or, a label gules. This is a clear variant of the French arms, as the crest of this device and the arms of France (in this Roll of Arms Azure, three fleurs-de-lys Or), are identical. As this is a variant of the French arms that is distinctly and clearly five fleurs-de-lys, five must be included in the number of fleurs-de-lys considered when reviewing armory for presumption.

To recap, the use of three or more fleurs-de-lys on an azure background in armory is considered presumptuous against the arms of France, and will be returned. We will make sure this is updated in the Glossary of Terms.

Monkey Makgee. Device. Sable, a monkey sejant erect contourny argent maintaining a ladle Or and on a chief argent three pomegranates gules.

This device must be returned for violation of SENA A2C1, which requires that charges must be depicted in a period style. In the November 2017 return of the device of Michele dei Medici, it was noted: “The ladle is likewise not drawn in a period form. The ladles we see in period images had the handle parallel to the lip, not at right angles to it. No evidence was provided and none could be found for the depiction of a ladle in the submitted configuration.” This depiction matches that used by Michele, and must likewise be returned.

Quintavia, Shire of. Badge for Keeper of the Chalice. Party of six per fess indented vert and argent, a cup gules.

This badge is returned administratively. The submitter is attempting to register a name and badge for an award, as evidenced both by the statement from the submitting herald as quoted in the LoI, as well as the submitter’s website which lists several awards which appear in this letter. Corpora III.C.6 make it clear that only “baronies possess a Baron and/or Baroness, ceremonial representatives appointed by the Crown, and therefore have the ability to create and administer awards, while provinces do not.” By extension, with no ceremonial representatives appointed by the Crown, shires such as the submitter are not entitled to register awards. The submitter asserts that the association, “Keeper of the Chalice,” is a generic designator; this is inaccurate, as evidenced by the registration of the substantive element, “Chalice,” to the Kingdom of Meridies for their Order of the Chalice. Were the association to be recognized, the phrase would need to be registered. And as “Keeper” is not a known designator, such a theoretical submission would be returned for both conflict and style issues.

This badge is also returned for conflict with the device of Phelim Gervase, Quarterly Or and argent, a cup gules, with a single DC for changes to the field.

The Shire’s registered device and other badges are reblazoned elsewhere in this letter.

Quintavia, Shire of. Badge for Keeper of the Silver Blade. Party of six per fess indented vert and argent, a rapier bendwise sinister gules.

This badge is returned administratively. The submitter is attempting to register a name and badge for an award, as evidenced both by the statement from the submitting herald as quoted in the LoI, as well as the submitter’s website which lists several awards which appear in this letter. Corpora III.C.6 make it clear that only “baronies possess a Baron and/or Baroness, ceremonial representatives appointed by the Crown, and therefore have the ability to create and administer awards, while provinces do not.” By extension, with no ceremonial representatives appointed by the Crown, shires such as the submitter are not entitled to register awards. The submitter asserts that the association, “Keeper of the Silver Blade,” is a generic designator; this is inaccurate, as evidenced by the registration of the substantive element, “Silver Blade,” to the Kingdom of Gleann Abhann and the Barony of Arquelle, for their Orders of the Queens Silver Blade and the Silver Blade of Aarquelle, respectively. Were the association to be recognized, the phrase would need to be registered. And as “Keeper” is not a known designator, such a theoretical submission would be returned for style issues.

This badge is also returned for conflict with the badge of the Barony of Red Spears, (Fieldless) A rapier bendwise sinister gules, for their Order of l’Épée Rouge, with a single DC for changes to the field.

Quintavia, Shire of. Badge for Keeper of the Torse. Party of six per fess indented vert and argent, a torse gules.

This badge is returned administratively. The submitter is attempting to register a name and badge for an award, as evidenced both by the statement from the submitting herald as quoted in the LoI, as well as the submitter’s website which lists several awards which appear in this letter. Corpora III.C.6 make it clear that only “baronies possess a Baron and/or Baroness, ceremonial representatives appointed by the Crown, and therefore have the ability to create and administer awards, while provinces do not.” By extension, with no ceremonial representatives appointed by the Crown, shires such as the submitter are not entitled to register awards. The submitter asserts that the association, “Keeper of the Torse,” is a generic designator; this is inaccurate, as evidenced by the registration of the substantive element, “Torse,” to the Kingdom of Calontir for their Order of the Torse. Were the association to be recognized, the phrase would need to be registered. And as “Keeper” is not a known designator, such a theoretical submission would be returned for both conflict and style issues.

This badge is also returned for conflict with the tinctureless badge of Moira Maureen ua Seamus of the Green Hills, (Tinctureless) A rope looped in annulo, the ends tied in chief in a granny knot, chased. The total changes to tincture — field and charge — are worth one DC when compared against a tinctureless badge.

Quintavia, Shire of.  Badge for Keeper of the Golden Arrow. Party of six per fess indented vert and argent, an arrow bendwise sinister inverted gules.

This badge is returned administratively. The submitter is attempting to register a name and badge for an award, as evidenced both by the statement from the submitting herald as quoted in the LoI, as well as the submitter’s website which lists several awards which appear in this letter. Corpora III.C.6 make it clear that only “baronies possess a Baron and/or Baroness, ceremonial representatives appointed by the Crown, and therefore have the ability to create and administer awards, while provinces do not.” By extension, with no ceremonial representatives appointed by the Crown, shires such as the submitter are not entitled to register awards. The submitter asserts that the association, “Keeper of the Golden Arrow,” is a generic designator; this is inaccurate, as evidenced by the registration of the substantive element, “Golden Arrow,” to the Barony of Lochmere for their Order of the Golden Arrow. Were the association to be recognized, the phrase would need to be registered. And as “Keeper” is not a known designator, such a theoretical submission would be returned for both conflict and style issues.