Crux Australis Herald
Baron Uberto Renaldi [mka Nigel Castle]
GPO Box 2719, Adelaide SA 5001, Australia
phone: (08) 8336 6791 or intl +618 8336 6791

"The CAMeL"
December 2000 (Anno Societatis XXXV)

Unto the College of Heralds of the Principality of Lochac, and all others who may read this missive, from Baron Uberto Renaldi, Crux Australis Herald, greetings!

In this issue…..

More submissions delayed | Kingdom device poll | Proposed Policy Change | Reports

Roster changes | Important addresses | Subscriptions and Resources | Submission requirements

Meeting schedule | Recent submissions | News of previous submissions


Belated season’s greetings

Happy new millenium! Unless, of course, you use a calender other than the Gregorian one. Either way, I hope the next thousand years bring you joy and prosperity.

Your servant,

Baron Uberto Renaldi,

Crux Australis Herald

More submissions delayed

The submissions forwarded to the College of Arms in September and November will be considered by Laurel Queen of Arms at the same time as those forwarded this month (ie 3 months and 1 month later, respectively, than they should be).

The cause is again problems with the redistribution of our Letters of Intent. As you may already know, these letters must be distributed to around 60 people for comment, most of whom live in the USA. It therefore makes more financial sense for us to pay someone in the USA to copy and send them from there.

Unfortunately, the person who until recently was providing this service has had several ‘attacks of life’ in the last few months with the result that the September and November letters were, for various reasons, not sent out.

The job has now been handed over to someone else so hopefully these problems will not recur in the near future. Meanwhile, I shall write to all those whose submissions were affected to explain the situation to them.

Kingdom device poll

By know you should have seen the poll in Pegasus and/or your local newsletter. This is an official poll, so please encourage everyone in your group to complete one. If there are insufficient responses it may put Lochac’s transition to Kingdom in jeopardy.

Proposed Policy Change

In October I asked for comments on the following proposed change to Lochac Heraldic Policy:

Resubmissions are free for a period of ten (10) years from the date of the most recent return, after which the submission is considered withdrawn.

Apart from the comments published last month, the only other feedback I have received has been from Alycie Sterling, who supports the change. I will be making a final decision on this at my January meeting, so if you have an opinion on this matter you will need to let me know by then.


I received end-of-reign reports from Innilgard, River Haven, Rowany, Ynys Fawr, Borders Crossing, Dismal Fogs, Mordenvale and Saint Florian-de-la-Riviere. Thank you.

Although Stormhold and Politarchopolis last reported in late October, I still expected an end-of-reign report from both of these Baronies.

The following have not reported in over six months: Aneala, Torlyon, Lyos and all of my deputies except Baryl Pursuivant (whose Letters of Comment prove he is doing his job).

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Roster changes

The office of herald has recently changed hands in two Baronies.

In Rowany, the office of Cinquefoil Pursuivant has been handed on to Karl Faustus von Aachen who, having recently completed the requirements for PE status, has been rostered as "Acting" in that position.

In Aneala, the office of Black Wing Pursuivant has been taken up by Claire Marie Aldterton who also has a personal rank of PE and is therefore also rostered as "Acting" in the office.

I welcome both Karl and Claire to their new positions in the College of Heralds, and thank Sir Robert Gordon of Ravensbrook and Sir Kane Greymane for their efforts as previous Cinquefoil and Black Wing Pursuivants.

On a sadder note, Michaelin of the Artes Gentill has had to step down as herald of the incipient Shire of Foresters Reach due to other commitments, leaving that group without a rostered herald.

Important addresses

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Subscriptions and Resources

"The CAMeL" 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. Send a cheque for $US25 made out to "SCA Inc. — College of Arms" to Bruce R. Nevins, 2527 E. 3rd Street, Tucson AZ, 85716-4114, USA. As usual, everything of relevance to Lochac will be published in "The CAMeL".

Master Thorfinn is the person to talk to about heraldic publications. Possibly the most useful item that he stocks is the ‘Heraldic Pictorial Dictionary for the SCA’ (affectionately known as the PicDic), which will cost you $A8.50 for the first edition or $A12.50 for the second edition. Alternatively, order it directly from the USA via Free Trumpet Press for $US15 (details of their web site are below — and they now take credit cards).

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

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 Parker’s Glossary can be found at

Submission Requirements

Cost: $20 per new submission (name, device or badge). No cost for resubmissions or branch submissions. Make cheques payable to "SCA Inc College of Heralds".

Copies required:

  • Names: two (2) copies of both the form and ALL documentation, including title page of each book.
  • Devices and Badges: four (4) colour copies and one (1) black & white OUTLINE copy. The colour copies should be accurately coloured, preferably in felt tip pen (eg Crayola Classic Colours). Faint colour printers or faint coloured pencil is not acceptable. The colours must be visible across a crowded Herald's meeting.

Please include ALL necessary documentation to support each submission. It is the responsibility of the submittor to present their submission in a way that makes registration easy. Name documentation should be as accurate as possible: remember to include photocopies of the title page as well as the relevent page(s) of any source used.

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Meeting schedule

Crux Australis meetings are held once a month, usually at 36 Rosella Street, Payneham SA, starting at 2pm. Please call beforehand if you intend to bring submissions for processing. The next meeting is scheduled for the 21st January 2001 and the one after that will probably be on the 18th February 2001.

Recent submissions

Present at the Crux Australis meeting held on Sunday 17th December 2000 were Baron Uberto Renaldi, Crux Australis Herald; Lord William Forestor de Blackwode, Frette Rounge Pursuivant; herald-in-training Gruffydd ap Cynan; and visitor Clovis aus Tirol.

The following submissions were FORWARDED to the College of Arms for registration:

  1. Karl Faustus von Aachen

  2. Group: Rowany
    Consulting herald: the submittor

    New Name and Device

    Bendy azure and Or, three reremice gules.

    The submittor desires a male German name, and will accept any changes.

    ‘Karl’ is listed in Withycombe under ‘Charles’ (p.62) as an early German form (8th-9th centuries) of the name. ‘Faustus’ is the name of a 3rd century Roman martyr and is also listed in Withycombe (p.116) as both a given name and a surname in Germany.

    ‘Aachen’ is the town whose palace Charlemane made his empire’s capital in the late 700’s. Although ‘Karl von Aachen’ would be obviously presumptuous, we felt that the addition of a second given name makes this name acceptable.

    The device could be also blazoned ‘Azure, three bendlets Or, overall three reremice gules’, but we figured a medieval herald would have considered this the same as ‘bendy’. Our only concern was the possible lack of contrast between the bats and the field - the submittor will be asked to divide the field into 8 or 10 sections to minimise this problem.

  3. Michael of Galicia

  4. Group: Agaricus
    Consulting herald: Jan Antheunis van Ghent

    Device Resubmission to Crux Australis

    Paly vert and argent, on a chief argent three trefoils vert.

    This gentle’s previous device submission was returned by me last month. This revised design appears free of problems.


  5. Patry de Buck

  6. Group: Vindr Heradh
    Consulting herald: none listed

    Device Resubmission to Crux Australis

    Sable, a stag’s head erased argent and two flaunches argent masoned sable.

    This gentle’s previous device submission was returned by me last month. This revised design appears free of problems.


  7. Toirdhaelbhach Corráin

  8. Group: Innilgard
    Consulting herald: none listed

    New Name and Device

    Quarterly azure and gules, a griffin segreant Or.

    The submittor desires a 15th-16th century Gaelic (presumably Irish) male name and will accept major changes.

    ‘Toirdhaelbhach’ is listed by Corráin and Maguire on p.169 as a variant of ‘Tairdelbach’. According to them, this name was "extremely common in the later middle ages", being the name of several kings in the 11th and 12th centuries. Of note is the fact that it is probably pronounced something like ‘tar-lark’, not ‘tor-del-bark’ as you might expect from the spelling - isn’t Gaelic a wonderful language?

    ‘ Corráin’ is given by MacLysaght on p.71 under ‘(O) Curran’ and is dated to the 16th century, the older Irish form being ‘ Curráin’.

    The device may conflict with ‘Quarterly sable and gules, a griffin sgreant coward bearing in her dexter talon a Celtic cross and in her sinister talon a sword inverted Or.’ [reg’d. to Degary Golafre of Pembroke, 11/95] There is one CD for the field, but can another be counted for removal of the held charges? As we do not know how large they were drawn on Degary’s device this is being forwarded to Laurel for a decision.


The following submission was PENDED until my January meeting:

  1. Darby de Askote
  2. New Name

    No copies of the sources cited were provided.

    It stated on the submission form that ‘de Askote’ is found in the 3rd edition of P.H. Reaney’s ‘A Dictionary of English Surnames’ but unfortunately the Crux Australis library has only the 2nd edition of this work, which we at the meeting (after an thorough search) discovered does not list this name. Nor could we find it with in any other book in the Crux library, although we did find ‘Ascote’ as a placename.

    Although the submittor had allowed minor changes to be made, we felt it better to pend the submission to allow the submittor to provide copies of the documentation confirming their desired spelling rather than submit ‘Darby de Ascote’ which they may have objected to.



MacLysaght, Edward. ‘The Surnames of Ireland’. 3rd edition. Irish Academic Press, 1978
Corrain, Donnchadh and Maguire, Fidelma. ‘Gaelic Personal Names’. The Academy Press, 1981
Withycombe, E.G. ‘The Oxford Dictionary of English Christian Names’, 2nd ed. Oxford University Press, 1959.

News of previous submissions

No Lochac submissions were considered at Laurel’s August meeting, and the results of any meetings since then have not yet been published.

STOP PRESS! The results of Laurel's September 2000 meeting have been published. Details concerning Lochac submissions will be included in next month's Camel, but if you cannot wait then go to Laurel's archive of Letters of Acceptance and Return.

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