Mistress Aislinn de Valence
Crux Australis Herald
Megan Dansie
P.O. Box 526
Unley SA 5061
Phone: IDD+61 8 8293 6635

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Submissions to Laurel | Returns from Crux | December LoAR | January LoAR

January/ February 1999

Those wonderful people who helped.

Lady Katerina da Brescia , Lord William Forrester de Blacwode and Daffyd Wallraven.
Next meeting
Meetings will usually be on the first Sunday of the month at 2pm. Call first if you are bringing a submission to the meeting.

Important Addresses
Hund Herald: þorfinn Hrolfsson. External commentary franchise and heraldic publications. [Steven Roylance] 1592 Malvern Road, Glen Iris VIC 3146. Ph (03) 9885 6348.

Cannon Pursuivant: Haos Windchaser. Precedence and Gentry list. [Danny Bartel] PO Box 1623 Kersbrook SA 5231. Ph (08) 8389 3404.

Baryl Pursuivant: position vacant

Bombard Pursuivant: þorfinn Hrolfsson. Ceremonies deputy.

Drop Dead Deputy and Sydney Regional Mentor: position vacant

Positions vacant:Field/voice deputy; regional mentors.
C.A.M.(e).L. is available from Crux Australis at $20 per year. Make cheques payable to "SCA Inc. College of Heralds".

Laurel's Letter of Acceptance and Return is available from the SCA College of Arms, C/O Mistress Sionyn Muirgen niDhomnall, Pelican Queen of Arms, Jackie Watson, 3532 Winding Wind Cove, Bartlett, TN 38135-3044, USA for US$25 per year. Make cheques payable to "SCA Inc. - College of Arms".

Please note that everything of relevance to Lochac will be published in the CAMeL.
From Crux
My term is over in September. I am looking for a successor. Please write or e-mail me for a job description. Being Crux can be incredible rewarding, and is definitely an education. If you are strong in book heraldry, administration, diplomacy and computers/desktop publishing, please consider applying for the job. I will consider applications from people with others who can produce the Camel, but you do need to be reliable with paperwork.

I am not doing a second term as Crux. Please call or write to me if you at all interested. You may not think you have the skills or experience, but you may be unrating yourself. All former Cruxes would agree that you learn a lot of this job by doing.

If you know any former experienced heralds who may be interested, please encourage them to reply. In the meantime, I would like to have someone with computer and e-mail skills take over maintaining the roster.

I would like to thank Lord Giles of Leabrook for being my drop dead deputy. I understand that he is going to the UK for a few years. I wish him all the best for the future.

Use the New Forms
You must be using the new forms now for all submissions. I will return submissions on the old forms. All groups should have received copies of the new forms last year. They are also available from my website.

New PE test on the Way
I currently have a draft of the new PE test. I want to have some senior heralds comment on it. If you would like to have some input, please let me know as soon as possible.

Please also let people know that I am working on the test, and that is why I have not sent out any PE tests lately. I also apologise for not putting out a January Camel, but I really enjoyed my holiday, and I had little to report.

Hiring and Firing
Remember that all rostering for Lochac heralds is my responsibility. If you have any questions about the current status on the roster of yourself, or any herald in your group, please check with me.

It is my responsibility to check that the requirements of membership , etc are met. While I don't discourage baronial heralds from checking on the membership status of their canton heralds, please remember that if you have any problems they should be referred to me.

Neither baronial heralds nor the members for any group have the power to remove a herald from their office. If a group has a problem with a herald, I expect them to use the complaints procedure set out in Lochac law and the Organisational Handbook. If the problem cannot be resolved, and the group wants their herald removed, I will of course look into the matter and deal with the problem.

Local heralds can come to me with their problems. I expect them to have used the complaints procedure also. I am the immediate superior of every herald in Lochac, and every herald has the right to come to me for help or advice.
Quarterly reports due by April 30th.
Aquarius has still not found a successor, and will be extending her term in office. I understand that Drakkars Fjord is about to submit a name and device.

Ynys Fawr has been busy. Francis of Hexham has been doing a lot of the court work.
Heraldic Resources
Master (Thorfinn) þorfinn is the person to talk to about heraldic publications. Contact þorfinn directly for the latest prices. I have included a price list in US dollars for Free Trumpet Press. I suggest that you contact them before ordering to check on their overseas shipping charges.

I also recommend that groups acquire some name resources, in particular Reaney, P.H. & Wilson, R.M. A Dictionary of English Surnames and Withycombe ,E.G. The Oxford Dictionary of English Christian Names.

Electronic Resources
The Crux Australis web page at contains useful information for heralds, and links to the SCA Heraldry page, and other general SCA pages. If you have web access, I recommend that you take a look.

Many interesting heraldic links can be found through the SCA Heraldry web page at including the Laurel home page, on-line armorial and ordinary search, and the Academy of St. Gabriel (an heraldic consultation service).

The Free Trumpet Press West web page is or email
Submission Requirements.
Cost: $20 per name, and $20 per device or badge. No cost for resubmissions. Make cheques payable to "SCA Inc College of Heralds". Use new forms only. Copies required for submissions:
I will reject submissions without a black and white copy as I need to scan it to produce the Letter of Intent for Laurel. Please check that submitters have ALL documentation. Remember, they have to present their submission in a way that makes registration easy. Name documentation should be as accurate as possible, and copies supplies unless the reference is standard such as Reaney and Withycombe. Even then, the page and edition should be quoted. I know that some of you have few name resources. There is a lot of help available if you ask for it. I or someone overseas may well be able to help with that tricky name. If you cannot document a name well, you can still submit it, BUT submitters should be made aware that if they check the 'make no changes' box, their name will be returned even if ONE letter is incorrect.
Submissions to Laurel
1. Kassandra Gatto Ammiratore
Mundane name: Elizabeth Clingelffer
Group: Schoental
Consulting herald: Ciaran Faolchara

New Name see returns for device. Kassandra is the Greek spelling of Cassandra. The name was in Greek mythology, and was in use in England (with a "C") in the 13th Century, according to Withycombe p59. Gatto Ammiratore is , we hope, Italian for Cat lover/admirer. We did not have an Italian grammar, but the submitter will allow minor changes.

2. William the Black
Mundane name: Terry Gibbons
Group: Schoental
Consulting herald: Ciran Faolchara

New name see returns for device. William hardly needs documenting, but it is in Withycombe p293. the Black is a descriptive as in Eric the Red.

3. Ulfrikr inn Hrafn
Mundane name: Dirk Scmitt
Group: Vindr Halda?
Consulting herald: none given

Resubmission of name to Crux.

His original name submission of Wulfrich der Hrafn was returned for lack of documentation of the spelling, and because of a mixture of languages in the nickname. Ulfrikr is comprised of two Old Norse name elements, Ulfr (Gordon p410) and rikr , meaning great, powerful, magnificent (Gordon p377).

Ulfrikr has been registered before, most recently in December 1996 as Ulfrikr Bjornssen. inn is an Old Norse definite article(Gordon p359). Hrafn is Old Norse for raven (Gordon 356). This pattern of name has been registered before, as in Torric inn Bjorn. The submittor will allow minor changes.

Please note that submittors do not have to send copies of their previous rejections. I keep copies of all paperwork.
Returns from Crux
1. Kassandra Gatto Ammiatore
New device. Argent a cat statant tail erect sable

The head of the cat was not drawn properly in profile. Statant was the best we could manage for the position. The submittor should check the Pic Dic or another heraldic text on how a cat should be drawn. Perhaps putting in an eye would help.

The device is returned for conflict with William the Silent Or a natural panther passant guardant sable. I count one CV for the field colour only. A natural panther is heraldically the same as a black cat. The change from statant to passant guardant is not a significant posture change under RfS X.4.h. Changes to the position of the head, and changes from passant to guardant are specifically quoted in that rule as changes which are not significant.

We also found a possible conflict with the badge of Todd MacMaghnuis Argent, a sword inverted gules, hilted, its blade surmounted by an ounce statant sable. It is arguable whether the ounce is a charge on a charge, or half of a charge group with the sword. If this had been the only conflict I would have passed it up to let Laurel decide. Pity, as it is a really nice piece of heraldry.

2. William the Black
New device. Sable a fox sejant guardant with tail curled in front of hind legs argent.

This rather nice device conflicts with Lucrezia Ana Callista Caracciola da Venezia Sable a wolf sejant reguardant within a borbure rayonny argent. I count one CV for the bordure. Foxes and wolves are visually dog thingies, and do not have a CV between them.
Gordon, E.V., An Introduction to Old Norse, Second edition, Oxford University Press. Withycombe E.G., The Oxford Dictionary of English Christian Names, Oxford University Press, UK, 1979
From Laurel's December Letter of Acceptances and Returns
André de Montségur. Name and device. Or, a double headed eagle per pale sable and gules, maintaining a goblet gules and a broken sword sable, a bordure per pale sable and gules. Found on the LoI as Andre de Montségur, the accent on the e in André, was inadvertently left off the LoI. We have restored it.

Eleanor de Valence. Name (see RETURNS for device).

Gabrielle of Swimbridge. Name.

Jarek the Trumpeter. Name and device. Per fess gules and Or, three trumpets issuant from base counterchanged.

Madeline de Torlyon. Name and device. Per chevron argent and purpure, two martlets gules and a fleur-de-lys argent.

Marion de Pax Ford. Name change from Marion atte Broken Towre.

Meave of Bydowne. Name (see RETURNS for device).

Michael of Caernarfon. Name (see RETURNS for device).

William of Torlyon. Name and device. Azure, a cogwheel, on a chief Or three martlets azure.

Eleanor de Valence. Device. Per chevron inverted argent and Or, a pall sable and overall a rose gules seeded Or. This is being returned for a redraw. As drawn it is not per chevron inverted. It is closest to per pall argent, Or and Or, which is not acceptable.

Meave of Bydowne. Device. Azure, a pall between a cinquefoil pierced and two goats clymant respectant argent.
This conflicts with Ailith ferch Dafydd Azure, a pall between a Celtic cross and two unicorns combattant argent. There is only one CD, for the change to the type of the secondary charges.

Michael of Caernarfon. Device. Sable, two bendlets embattled between two unicorn heads erased Or. This is being returned for a redraw. The bends are not embattled-counter embattled nor brettessed, but something in between. Furthermore the embattlements need to be drawn larger with more space between them. While not in and of itself grounds for return, please show the submitter how to draw erased properly.
From Laurel's January Letter of Acceptances and Returns
Emma de Lastone. Name.

Lyssandre le T{e'}m{e'}raire. Name and device. Sable crusilly argent, a horned demon's head, in chief three fleurs-de-lys Or, a bordure ermine. Note: he has a letter of permission to conflict with Martin le Mechant, Sable crusilly argent, a horned demon's head, a bordure ermine.

Martin le Mechant. Device change. Sable crusilly argent, a horned demon's head Or, a bordure ermine. Note: he has a letter of permission to conflict with Lyssandre le T{e'}m{e'}raire Sable crusilly argent, a horned demon's head in chief three fleurs-de-lys Or, a bordure ermine. His former device Argent crusilly fitchy sable, a horned demon's head couped gules is hereby released.


Society for Creative Anachronism. Heraldic Title. Brown Mouse Herald.

Society for Creative Anachronism. Transfer of heraldic title to Tangwystyl verch Morgant Glasvryn. Harpy Herald.

Tangwystyl verch Morgant Glasvryn. Acceptance of transfer of heraldic title. Harpy Herald.

Bran Torc Dubh Mac Brude. Name and device. Argent, a boar statant sable.
The name is being returned for incorrect structure. While Brude is found in Black's Surnames of Scotland, there is some doubt about it. However, we would have normally given the submitter the benefit of the doubt, and allowed him to use it. However, even if we permit the use of Brude as a name element, we would have to put it into the genitive. Since he allows no changes, we are forced to return the name. Furthermore, while Torc Dubh does mean Black Boar as the submitter states, no documentation was presented for descriptive names of that sort being used in Gaelic names.
The armory conflicts with Dubhghall macEbhearair Argent, a boar sejant sable armed and langued Or. There is only one CD for the change of posture of the boar.

Foxwood, Canton of. Device. Argent, a fox's mask gules within a laurel wreath vert, a bordure embattled azure.
This is being returned for a redraw. As drawn the fox's mask is only partially within the laurel wreath. It needs to be either entirely within it, or entirely out of it. While not in and of itself grounds for return, please instruct the group on how to properly draw a laurel wreath. To be considered a proper laurel wreath, it should be drawn nearly circular.