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 February 2016 Wreath and Pelican meetings; these items were submitted to the East Kingdom at Pennsic 2015.
Áine ingen Fháeláin. Name change from Sadb ingen Fháeláin and device. Per fess embattled vert and argent, two wolves rampant counterchanged. The byname ingen Fháeláin is grandfathered to the submitter.
This name does not conflict with the registered name Eithne ingen Fháeláin. The initial syllable has been substantially changed in both sound and appearance, so this name is clear under PN3C2 of SENA.
The submitters previous name, Sadb ingen Fháeláin, is released.
Alexandra Jacobsdochter. Device. Gules, on an escallop argent a tulip gules.
Alexandra Jacobsdochter. Badge. (Fieldless) On an escallop argent a tulip gules.
Alton Hewes. Name (see RETURNS for device). Alton is the submitters legal middle name. It is also an attested English surname dated to 1508, so the submitter need not rely on the legal name allowance. Nice 16th century English name!
Anna Vitalis. Name and device. Per chevron argent and Or, two axes gules and a tree vert. The submitter requested authenticity for Italian – for any time in our period.This name is authentic for 16th century Italy, and is probably authentic for the 14th century as well. Please advise the submitter to draw the per chevron line higher so that it separates the field in two more equal portions.
Aodhan of Coldwood. Name and device. Argent, an anvil between three feathers bendwise sinister and two hammers in saltire, a bordure embattled sable. Coldwood is the registered name of an SCA branch.
Ástriðr Læknir. Device. Per pale wavy purpure and argent, a falcon belled and jessed and a rose slipped and leaved counterchanged.
Bernhardt Kröuwel. Name and device. Or, a chevron between a bear's head cabossed sable and a fleur-de- lys purpure. The submitter requested authenticity for a German name. Both elements are German and the given name was documented to the late 15th century. The byname, however, was documented to the 12th-13th century. Therefore the name is not authentic for a specific time, but it is registerable. The submitter may wish to know that an authentic 12th century form of this name is Bernhart
Kröuwel. Bernhart is found in Socin, citing the Rotulus Sanpetrinus. If the submitter prefers this form, he can submit a request for reconsideration.
Bjorn av Åttsidenfjord. Reblazon of device. Gyronny gules and sable, a bears head couped argent, a bordure argent crusily formy fitchy sable. Blazoned when registered in August 1984 as Gyronny gules and sable, a bears head couped within a bordure argent charged with eight crosses patty fitchy sable, we no longer use the term patty, as it is ambiguous.
Bótfríðr í eplagarði. Name and device. Or, a phoenix gules rising from flames azure and in canton a heart sable.
Bran Finn mac Aeda. Name. Nice 6th century Irish Gaelic name!
Caitríona bean mhic Cailín. Name.
Carolingia, Barony of. Guild name Carolingian Company of Calivers and badge. Azure, a pall wavy and in chief an eagle Or. The pattern of using Carolingian as part of the designator is grandfathered to the barony. A caliver is a type of musket or harquebus, and is a plausible heraldic charge. Please advise the submitter to draw visible feet on the eagle.
Chiba Touta Yoshitake. Name and device. Argent, three hexagons one and two within an octagon voided sable. There is a step from period practice for the use of hexagons.
Christoph of Marwick. Name. Marwick is the registered name of an SCA branch.
Clovia Drusa. Name (see RETURNS for device). Nice Roman name!
Conrad von Altmark. Reblazon of device. Per bend gules and sable, an eagle and on a chief Or three crosses formy sable.Blazoned when registered in July 1984 as Per bend gules and sable, an eagle displayed, wings inverted, and on a chief Or, three crosses patty sable, we no longer use the ambiguous term patty.
Daffydd ap Owen de Caledon. Badge. Or, a pall inverted purpure between two maunches addorsed gules and a Bowen knot azure.
East, Kingdom of the. Reblazon of badge for Cooks Guild. Sable, on a chalice argent a cross formy gules. Blazoned when registered in January 1974 as Sable, on a chalice argent a cross patty gules, we no longer use the ambiguous term patty.
East, Kingdom of the. Badge for Order of the Golden Lance of the East. Per fess azure and Or, a tilting lance fesswise and a tyger courant counterchanged.
Fearghus mac Cailín. Name.
Giuliana Malipiero. Name and device. Vert, a flamingo maintaining in its foot a sword Or, abase engrailed argent.
Hala bint Hasanah. Name and device. Erminois, an elephant statant purpure and in dexter a rose gules slipped and leaved vert.
Heinreich Wächter. Badge. Sable, two dunghill cocks rousant respectant and in chief a mullet of eight points argent.
Innes Barclay. Device change. Argent, three tortoises in pall tails to center vert. The submitters old device, Argent, three tortoises in pall tails to center vert within a bordure azure, is released.
Isabel del Okes. Name and device. Vert, two compass stars and an oak leaf Or. Both the given name and byname are found in England in 1379, making this an excellent 14th century English name! There is a step from period practice for the use of compass stars.
Katherine Morgan of Woolpit. Name and device. Vert, a lute bendwise sinister, a bordure argent.
Woolpit is a lingua Anglica form of the period English Uulfpet (c.1095) and Wulpet (1610).
Ketilríðr Brúnadóttir. Name change from Caitríona MacLeod of Kilchoan and device change. Argent, three domestic cats couchant vert. The submitters previous name, Caitríona MacLeod of Kilchoan, is released. The submitters old device, Per chevron vert semy of bees proper and argent, in base a wooden spoon proper, is released.
Kolfinna Johansdottir. Name and device. Gules, a pegasus segreant and on a chief Or three mullets azure.
Lucius Plotius Primus. Name and device. Or, in pale a lotus flower affronty purpure and a mountain issuant from base sable.
Mór Cille Caindigh. Name and device. Gules, a bend counterermine fimbriated between an owl and a wolf rampant argent.
Submitted as Mór of Kilkenny, the name was changed in kingdom to Mór Cill Caindigh because the submitter requested a wholly Gaelic locative byname instead of the Anglicized Irish of Kilkenny. The byname must be in the genitive (possessive) form. We have changed the byname to Cille Caindigh in order to register this name. We note that lenition of such bynames is inconsistent in the Irish Annals, so we have not lenited the byname.
Nathaniel Wyatt. Device. Per fess azure and Or, a fess indented lozengy Or and azure between two rapiers inverted in saltire Or and a griffon azure.
Pipa Blackwood. Device. Per pale Or and argent, a fox statant azure charged on the shoulder with a mullet of six points argent.
Raoul le Menestrel. Name. Nice late 13th century French name!
Skúli Ingvarsson. Name and device. Erminois, in pale a monkey gules riding a pig statant sable, a chief vert.
Thyephaine de Lyon. Name (see RETURNS for device).
Alton Hewes. Device. Per pale azure and sable, a cockatrice erect argent.
This lovely device is returned for conflict with the device of Genevieve de Lyonesse: Per saltire azure and sable, a cockatrice statant argent. There is a DC for the field, but no DC for posture between this cockatrice and Genevieves cockatrice.
Clovia Drusa. Device. Per bend sinister azure and purpure, a human breast distilling milk argent and a maiden statant affronty proper crined sable vested Or charged with and maintaining a nude infant fesswise proper.
In the defining registration of the human breast, it was ruled: A human breast is an allowed charge that has one clear difference (CD) from a roundel. It must have gouttes, and the gouttes must be visible. This means that they need some contrast with the breast but need not have good contrast. [Tetchubah of Greenlake, LoAR of Jan 2008] This submission does not meet those requirements as the gouttes are not visible: they have zero contrast with the breast, and the charge is now indistinguishable from a roundel argent. Additionally, the infant is effectively a tertiary charge on the woman and as such it has insufficient contrast against the Or dress.
Thyephaine de Lyon. Device. Argent chaussé checky purpure and argent, a dragonfly purpure. This device is returned for conflict with the badge of the College of Windreach: (Fieldless) A dragonfly purpure. There is only one DC for fieldless versus fielded design.