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badge HeraldThe 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.

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 August 2018 Wreath and Pelican meetings.

EAST acceptances

Annora Le Taverner. Name and device. Per bend sinister Or and purpure, a compass rose sable and a coney salient argent. Nice 13th century English name! Artist’s note: Please draw the charges larger to fill the available space.

Aoife Honiburne. Name. Appearing on the Letter of Intent as Aoife Honeybourne, the submitter has since made clear that she desires the period spelling Honiburne. We have made that change for registration. This name combines a Gaelic given name and an English byname, an acceptable lingual mix under Appendix C.

Boris Petrovich. Name. Nice 16th century Russian name!

Bregowine of Horseheath. Name. Horseheath is the lingua Anglica form of an attested English place name found in Eckwall as Horesathe or Horsheth in Middle English.

Brien MacShane. Device. Azure, a bend sinister ermine between a lion rampant contourny and three comets argent.

Clarice d’Allaines-le-Comte. Name and device. Azure, in pall inverted three coneys courant conjoined at the ears, in chief a rapier fesswise Or. The byname d’Allaines-le-Comte is the registered byname of the submitter’s parents.

Cúán an Saigteóir mac Fintain Irruis. Device. Per fess engrailed Or and azure, a wolf courant sable and a sheaf of five arrows Or.

Dirkin MacWard. Name (see RETURNS for device). Dirkin was documented as a 16th century English surname which, based on period practices, can be used as an English given name. Heralds and submitters are reminded that 16th century English surnames used as given names are treated just like any other 16th century English name element. The entire name does not need to be in 16th century English. Thus, Dirkin is compatible with any elements that could be used with 16th century English under Appendix C, including the Manx surname MacWard.

East, Kingdom of the. Badge. Azure, a compass star argent within a bordure embattled argent hurty. This badge was submitted with the designation “Badge for the Tir Mara Populace.” However, branches cannot register badges for other other branches. If the submitter wishes for this badge to be for the populace of Tir Mara, they should transfer the badge to that branch and let Tir Mara request the designation. There is a step from period practice for use of a compass star.

Gibbs Moryss. Name. The submitter requested authenticity for 16th century “Lowland Scots-English.” This name does not meet that request. The spelling Moryss is found in English; in Scots, it can be interpolated as a plausible variant spelling from period examples. However, we have no examples of Gibbs as a Scottish given name. In the Letter of Intent, it was documented as a gray-period English surname used as a given name. Thus, while this name can be registered, it is not authentic for the requested time and place. The submitter may be interested to know that Gib_ Moryss appears to be authentic for circa 1500 in Scotland. If the submitter prefers this form, he may make a request for reconsideration.

Katerina Falconer de Lanark. Device. Per chevron inverted gules and azure, on a chevron inverted Or another sable, in chief a compass star Or. Several commenters asked whether this device should be returned for obtrusive modernity, as it uses similar design features to the uniform of Captain Marvel, the Marvel Comics character. While the image is evocative of the Captain Marvel design, there are enough differences to allow its registration, the most noticeable being the shift of the compass star to chief rather than overlaying the chevrons. There is a step from period practice for use of a compass star.

Lawrence Vaughan. Device. Per pale counter-ermine and ermine, an owl displayed per pale argent and sable, a bordure embattled counterchanged. There is a step from period practice for the use of a bird in a displayed posture other than an eagle.

Mikael McCue. Alternate name Mikael melrakki. Mýrún Leifsdóttir. Name and device. Sable, an owl contourny maintaining an olive sprig bendwise inverted argent fructed Or. Nice 9th-10th century Icelandic name!

Pétr á Vatnahverfi. Device. Per bend vert and azure, a ram statant and three fish haurient embowed argent within a bordure parted bordurewise argent and sable.

Petr Magnusson. Name. Nice late 13th/early 14th century Norwegian name!

Rauðr Flokason. Device. Argent, two bars invected between six crows three, two, and one sable.

Roheis de Fenne. Name change from Eydís Þorgrímsdóttir. Nice 12th century English name! The submitter’s previous name, Eydís Þorgrímsdóttir, is retained as an alternate name.

Rosa Cipolla. Name and device. Purpure, a chalice Or and in chief two Maltese crosses argent. Nice Italian name for 15th-16th century Tuscany!

Rudolf Siege. Name.

EAST returns

Dirkin MacWard. Device. Per pale vert and Or, a ram-headed torc counterchanged argent and sable. This device must be returned for lack of documentation of the depiction of the charge. The torc depicted in the device has Celtic-style knotwork forming the band. While known extant torcs are either solid metal or wire twisted into a tight cable, there are no examples of this kind of openwork weaving for period torcs. This device is also returned for violation of the long-standing ban on the use of Celtic knotwork.