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

Important Addresses | Subscriptions | From Crux | Reports
Heraldic Resources | Submission Requirements
Submissions to Laurel | May LoAR

June 1999

Those wonderful people who helped.

Lady Katerina da Brescia, Lord Uberto di Fierenze, Daffyd Wallraven and Master Tovye Woolmongere
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: Jessica St Clair. Precedence and Gentry list. [Kate McIver] 30 William Street, Ringwood VIC 3134. Ph (03) 9879 4412

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
New Cannon Pursuivant
Viscount Haos Windchaser has been Cannon Pursuivant for many years. He has done a great job at keeping the Order of Precedence. He has decided to retire. His successor is Jessica St Clair. Her details are in the address list above.
Please send all Court Report forms to Jessica, as well as to Pegasus and Thorfinn.

Job still vacant
My term is over in September. I am looking for a successor. I have only has three expressions of interest, and no written applications as yet. 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.

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.

Quarterly reports due by 20th June. If You haven't reported this quarter by the time you read this, report RIGHT NOW!

Heraldic Resources
Master (Thorfinn) þorfinn is the person to talk to about heraldic publications. þorfinn stocks the following items:
Heraldic Pictorial Dictionary for the SCA
first ed. $A8.50
second ed. $A12.50
original from Free Trumpet Press $US15
You can order directly from the USA via Free Trumpet Press. Details of their web site are below (they now take credit cards).

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 the 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. Do not give me a Black and White photocopy of a coloured device. The only black parts should be the outline, and the sable parts (if any). The LoI I send to Laurel must contain a mini-emblazon. This is used in commentary meetings in other kingdoms, and is often coloured in to assist the meeting. That is why the B&W version must be in outline.

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. Katya Ivanova
Mundane name: Rebekah Hoeppermans
Group: River Haven
Consulting herald: Kyrii Windstrider

New device. Name submitted in March 1999.
Per pale purpure and vert a spider displayed argent, a chief ermine.

2. Michael of Caernarfon
Mundane name: Gene Pears
Group: Politarchopolis
Consulting herald: Sigmund Spelmann

Device resubmission.

Sable two bendlets embattled-counter embattled between two unicorn heads erased Or.

His device was returned by Laurel in December 1998 for a redraw. The previous submission had the bendlets blazoned as embattled, but drawn as something not quite embattled -counter embattled.

From Laurel's May Letter of Acceptances and Returns
No Lochac items this month.

[Protected Armories]

Alabama, State of. Arms. Quarterly: 1, France modern; 2, Quarterly Leon and Castile; 3, the Union flag; 4, Gules on a saltire azure thirteen mullets argent; on an inescutcheon paly argent and gules, a chief azure.
Evidence was presented that these were arms, versus a seal for the state.

Carmichael of that Ilk. Arms. Argent, a fess wreathed azure and gules.,
Based on other Scottish arms that we protect, we have decided that these are important enough to protect.

Connecticut, State of. Arms. Argent, three grapevines leaved and fructed entwined about poles palewise proper.
Evidence was presented that these were arms, versus a seal for the state.

Estonia, Republic of. Arms. Or, three lions passant guardant in pale azure.
Laurel has recently been in Estonia and is personally aware that these are used there.

Great Britain. Augmentation for Baronets. Argent, a sinister hand appaumy gules.
The majority of the college who commented felt that this was important enough to protect.

Hawaii, Kingdom and Republic of. Flag. Barry of eight argent, gules and azure, in canton the Union Jack.

Hawaii, State of. Arms. Quarterly barry of eight argent, gules and azure, and Or, on an inescutcheon vert between two staves palewise in bend sinister sable each capped by a roundel pierced argent, a mullet Or.
Evidence was presented that these were arms, versus a seal for the state.

Latvia, Republic of. Arms. Per fess azure and per pale argent and gules, a demi-sun issuant from the line of division and a lion and a griffin combattant counterchanged.

Lithuania, Republic of. Blazon change. Gules, a knight armed cap-a-pie mounted on a horse salient argent, brandishing a sword proper and maintaining a shield azure charged with a patriarchal cross Or mounted on a horse salient argent.
This blazon more accurately reflects their arms.

Maryland, State of. Arms. Quarterly: 1 and 4 paly of six Or and sable, a bend counterchanged; 2 and 3 quarterly argent and gules, a cross bottony counterchanged.
Evidence was presented that these were arms, versus a seal for the state.

Massachusetts, Commonwealth of. Arms. Azure, an Indian statant affronty, maintaining a bow to dexter and an arrow to sinister Or, in canton a mullet argent.
Evidence was presented that these were arms, versus a seal for the state.

Michigan, State of. Arms. Per fess azure and barry wavy argent and azure, in fess a hunter statant affronty maintaining a gunstock brown, atop a peninsula vert issuant from dexter, and a demi-sun issuant to chief from the line of division Or.
Evidence was presented that these were arms, versus a seal for the state.

Missouri, State of. Arms. Per pale: dexter, gules, a bear passant to sinister guardant argent, on a chief invected azure a crescent argent; sinister, argent, the arms of the United States.
Evidence was presented that these were arms, versus a seal for the state.

New Jersey, State of. Arms. Azure, in pale three plows argent.
Evidence was presented that these were arms, versus a seal for the state.

New York, State of. Arms. Per fess: azure, a sun Or, and a landscape consisting of mountains vert, through which flows a river azure, on the river a lymphad and a sloop in full sail proper.
Evidence was presented that these were arms, versus a seal for the state.

Ohio, State of. Arms. Per fes azure and Or, a river running at the foot of mountains between in chief a
demi-sun and in base a sheaf of arrows inverted and a garb, all proper.
Evidence was presented that these were arms, versus a seal for the state.

Rhode Island and Providence Plantation, State of. Arms. Azure, an anchor Or.
Evidence was presented that these were arms, versus a seal for the state.

Silesia. Arms. Or, on an eagle displayed sable a kleestengl, with a cross issuant to chief argent.

Slovak Republic, the. Arms. Gules, a patriarchal cross argent issuant from a trimount azure.

Slovenia, Republic of. Arms. Azure, on a mountain of three peaks argent two bars wavy azure in chief three mullets of six points Or.

Vermont, State of. Arms. Per fess Or and vert, a mountain range issuant from the line of division azure, overall a pine tree proper between in base three garbs in bend Or and a cow statant gules.
Evidence was presented that these were arms, versus a seal for the state.

Washington. Arms. Argent, two bars, in chief three mullets gules.
While these are already protected, they are protected under George, not under Washington. This is to allow it to be indexed under Washington as well.

William and Mary in Virginia, College of. Arms. Vert, a college argent, issuant from chief a demi-sun Or.

Wisconsin, State of. Arms. Or, on a plate between a plow, a crossed shovel and pick, a cubit arm maintaining a hammer, and an anchor, all proper, the arms of the United States within the words "E PLURIBUS UNUM" in orle sable.
Evidence was presented that these were arms, versus a seal for the state.

There appears to be some difference of opinion in the college about the correct spelling of contourny. While that is the standard SCA spelling, heraldry texts which mention the term at all consistantly give it the spelling contourn‚. Nonetheless the situation is not so simple.

English blazonry routinely uses terms of French origin, whether continued from Medieval usage or as later borrowings. The herald writing the blazon has the decision of whether to retain the French spelling or to Anglicize it. Taking semy as an example, Woodward spells it sem‚ even in his glossary of English terms. Parker lists both spellings, with the French being the header spelling. Brooke-Little also gives both, but with the English version being primary. The choice is is a matter of personal preference, with the one limitation that one should be consistantly apply either French or English spellings throughout the blazon.

Turning to contourny, the term seems not to be actually used in mundane English blazonry. Fox-Davies consider it a theoretical superfluity, with to the sinister the phrase actually used. Parker labels it as a French term. Woodward lists it both in his English and his French glossaries, but gives no example of its use in an English blazon. Based on Woodward even in French usage it seems to apply primarily to the decrescent (croissant contourn‚). The SCA s use, then, appears to be an innovative, albeit reasonable use of a theoretical or foreign term in actual blazonry. This provides the answer to why English heraldic texts routinely retain the French spelling: as a theoretical or foreign term there has been no need to adjust the spelling to English blazon.

How then should we spell it? The answer is provided by looking at our general usage. Modern SCA blazonry almost always uses Anglicized spellings. The principle of consistancy therefore demands that we similarly Anglicize this word. Otherwise we would end up with such barbarisms as Argent, semy of lions contourn‚ sable.