Mistress Aislinn de Valence
Crux Australis Herald
P.O. Box 526
Unley SA 5061
Phone: IDD+61 8 8293 6635
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Submissions to Laurel
Those wonderful people who helped.
Lady Katerina da Brescia, Lord Uberto Renaldi, Lord Bartolomeo
Giancristofo Agazzari, Daffyd Wallraven and Master Tovye Woolmongere
Meetings will usually be on the first Sunday of the month at
2pm. Call first if you are bringing a submission to the meeting.
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
Last Chance for Crux
My term is over in September. I am closing written applications for my successor
at the end of July. I have only has three expressions of interest, and one
written application. 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.
Reports received so far this year are:
River Haven Aquarius has still not found a successor, and will be extending
her term in office. She continues to do a splendid job in producing a monthly
newsletter for her canton heralds. Based on her report, there are 19 active
heralds in the barony. Some just do field work. Drakkars Fjord has submitted
a name and device. Bacchus Woods has been upgrading its war tabards and
banners. Castellum Montanum had a Royal Visit which involved court and field
work. Hrolfr Hreggitharson is their new herald, taking over from Melyor
the Elusive. Parvus Portus has a new herald, Wilfrid De Ackelonde.
Ynys Fawr has been busy. Francis of Hexham has been doing a lot of the court
work. The herald of Hunter's Isle has reported, and now has a registered
device. Several other devices have been submitted.
Dismal Fogs: I received a brief report, stating the awards given to members
of the shire, and that nothing else had happened heraldically.
Agaricus: Andfryd of Trondelag passed away in early April and will be sorely
missed. The shire was quite occupied with preparations for May Coronet.
St Malachy has a growing interest in heraldry.
Mordenvale has a new herald, Lord Gilchrist Morgan. He is primarily in book
heraldry, so has a voice deputy, Gabrielle of Oakdale.
Borders Crossing has a new herald, Katrine de Payen. She lives in a small
country town and is suffering from a lack of resources. They have many members
working on device submissions, but suffer from a lack of name documentation.
Innilgard: The new baronial herald has settled in well. He has been encouraging
others to be heraldically active. He has run sessions on heraldry in the
Summer and Winter Collegia. He continues to conduct heraldry at home sessions.
He reports the new herald for Blessed Herman, Annora, shows great promise
in Court heraldry.
Torlyon has become official. They had a May Foundation day feast and Tourney.
The shire herald was due to have a baby at the time, so organised someone
else to do the tourney, and help with her first court.
Aneala, no formal report, but they have been active in submissions, especially
in appealing some baronial award names and badges that were rejected by
Thank you to all the heralds who reported this quarter. I really enjoy finding
out what is happening in your groups.
Groups I have not had reports from this reign: Aneala, Politarchopolis,
St Aldhelm, Rowany, St Augustine, Stormhold, Bryn-a-Mor, Krae Glas, St Bartholomew,
St Monica, All Saints, St Florians*,St Ursula**.
Those groups with a * did not report in the last round of reports either.
Groups with a ** have not reported for well over a year. If I do not receive
a report from those groups this quarter, I will be removing people from
Master (Thorfinn) þorfinn is the person to talk to about
heraldic publications. þorfinn stocks the following items:
Heraldic Pictorial Dictionary for the SCA
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.
The Crux Australis web page at http://www.sca.org.au/herald
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 http://www.sca.org/heraldry 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 http://www.sca.org/heraldry/ftpw or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Cost: $20 per name, and $20 per device or badge. No cost for
resubmissions. Make cheques payable to "SCA Inc College of Heralds".
Copies required for submissions:
- Names: 4 copies of Name form and ALL documentation, including title
page of each book.
- Devices/Badges: 4 COLOUR copies and one BLACK & WHITE outline
copy. The colour copies should be accurately coloured, preferably in felt
tip pen. e.g.. Crayola Classic Colours. Faint colour printers or faint coloured
pencil is not acceptable. The colours must be visible across a crowded Herald's
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. Bartolomeo Giancristoforo Agazzari
Mundane name: Andrew Reid
Consulting herald: William Forrester de Blacwode
New name and device
Sable a pomegranate slipped and leaved Or seeded gules, on a chief Or
three cinquefoils gules.
The submittor wants a male Italian name. He will not accept major changes.
Bartolomeo was fairly common in the 15-16th C eg Bartlomeo Benci (Hay
pp 33 & 54, Origo p 184). Giancristoforo was used as a first
name as in Giancristoforo Romano, a contemporary of Leonardo da Vinci(Hay
p 61). The use of given names as middle names in a three-element Italian
name is supported by Hay p 54, Giorgio Gemisto Pletone. Agazzari
is a family name, eg Fra Filippo degli Agazzari (Origo p 152) and
according to the submittor, the phrase "degli" present in the
documentation is not required here as the former is a religious name.
2. Jan van Ghent
Mundane name: Brendan Lloyd
Consulting herald: Academy of St Gabriel
Change of name from Lyssandre le Temeraire (registered Jan 1999)
The submittor wants a male name meaning Jan from Ghent accurate for mid-15th
C Flanders. He will not accept any changes.
Jan appears in "Flemish Given Names 1400-1550" as the most
frequently appearing given name from 1400-1550. van is assumed to
be Flemish for "of" or "from". Ghent is listed
in the Encyclopedia Brittanica (vol 5, p 237) as originating in the 10thC.
Should be clear of "John of Gaunt" (or John of Ghent) by RFS V.1.i
as Jan (pronouned YAHN) and John are different in both sound and appearance
(especially when said with an Australian accent!) John of Gaunt is the common
and generally only form of the name and should therefore be clear under
3. Rathnait inghean ui Chaireallain
Mundane name: Katjs Carlon
consulting herald: Pedair
Resubmission of device. Name registered March 1999.
Azure, a pair of shears and on a chief Or three bobbins sable.
The submittor's original device was returned in March 1999 by Laurel for
a redraw of the bobbins in a more period style.
4. Saint Malachy, College of
Consulting herald: Jan of Ghent
Resubmisson of device. Name registered August 1998. Argent, within a
laurel wreath vert a tower sable, on a chief wavy vert an open book argent.
The college's previous submission was returned in August 1998 by Laurel
for a redesign due to "slot-machine" heraldry. This has now been
5. Uberto Renaldi
Mundane name: Nigel Castle
Consulting herald: self
Change of name from René du Bon Bois (registered August 1989).
The submittor wants a male Italian name from the 13th C. He will not accept
major changes. Uberto was a given name of one of the early members
of the Visconti family (Cole, p 182) and is also found in "4300 Citizens
of Pisa, 1228", where support for Renaldi as a byname can also
"4300 Citizens of Pisa, 1228", Enrica Salvatori, web site http://library.byu.edu/~rdh/eurodocs/italia/pisani.html
Cole, Alison, Art of the Italian Renaissance Courts, George Weidenfeld and
Nicholson Ltd, 1995
Encyclopedia Brittanica, 15th edition
"Flemish Given Names 1400-1550", web site http://www.us.itd.umich.edu/~ximenez/s.gabriel/docs/bruges
Hay, Denys (ed), The Age of the Renaissance, Guild Publishing London, 1986
Origo, Iris, The Merchant of Prato, Penguin, 1992