Crux Australis Herald
Baron Uberto Renaldi [mka Nigel Castle]
GPO Box 2719, Adelaide SA 5001, Australia
phone: (08) 8336 6791 or intl +61 8 8336 6791

"The CAMeL"
February 2001 (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…..

Reports | Roster changes | From the Herald-in-Charge of Rowany Festival

Important addresses | Subscriptions and Resources | Submission requirements

Meeting schedule | Recent submissions | News of previous submissions | A cry for help from the wilderness


And the winner is...

The result of the kingdom device poll was that 82% of the 334 members who responded opted to add a crown to our current arms (option 2 on the form). That’s not quite 50% of all the members in Lochac, but it is a majority of the active members, which is what the College of Arms require. Therefore, this design has been submitted to the CoA for registration (see Recent Submissions below).

If this wasn’t the design you wanted, it’s too late to complain now. I personally would have preferred something else, but the most important thing is that we have a device submitted that meets the requirements for being the arms of a kingdom.

Of course, if you really, intensely dislike it, you are quite welcome to apply to be Crux Australis one day and attempt to get it changed. I wish you the best of luck!

Your servant,

Baron Uberto Renaldi,

Crux Australis Herald


The deadline for the next quarterly reports is 22 April 2001 (the Sunday after Rowany Festival).

Please do not bring you report to Festival and hand to me there as there is a good chance it will get misplaced or forgotten on my return. Posting it is a much more reliable method of getting it to me.

Roster changes

There were no roster changes this month.

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From the Herald-in-Charge of Rowany Festival

Unto the heralds of Lochac does Declan of Drogheda send greetings.

Rowany Festival is soon to be upon us. The stewards of the festival have asked me to be in charge of the heralds for this year. I ask that all heralds attending festival help out with the associated heraldic duties.

There is the possibility of three tournaments being held this year instead of the usual two. The reason is that we have the West Kingdom Master of Fence visiting our shores for the purpose of assessing our fencing standards and there is usually an associated tournament in addition to the Baronesses' rapier tournament.

This year I will be holding a collegium on the first day of festival. This will cover basic field and tournament heraldry as is usually carried out at festival. All are welcome to attend whether an inexperienced newcomer or someone wishing to expand their knowledge.

I trust that I will meet many of you at festival and I wish all a safe journey there.

Yours in service,

Declan of Drogheda.

Important addresses

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".

The Armorial and Ordinary, as well as updates to them, are available from ‘SCA Inc. - Free Trumpet Press West’ in the USA. Their address is ‘1613 N. School St., Normal IL 61761-1240’. They also sell the ‘Heraldic Pictorial Dictionary for the SCA’, proceedings of Known World Heraldic Symposia and Compilations of Precedents by past Laurel Sovereigns of Arms. Contact me or see details of their web site below.

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’. Any decent bookstore should be able to order them for you.

Useful or interesting links:
The SCA Heraldry web page - including the Laurel home page and on-line armorial and ordinary search.
The Academy of St. Gabriel (an heraldic consultation service) -
Free Trumpet Press West (SCA heraldic publications) -
Parker’s Glossary of Heraldry -

Submission Requirements

Cost: $20 per new submission (name, device or badge). Note: a new name and device costs a total of $40. No cost for resubmissions or branch submissions. Make cheques payable to "SCA Inc. College of Heralds".

Copies required:

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 18th March 2001 and the one after that is scheduled for the 8th April. Note that there will not be a submissions meeting at Rowany Festival, although there is bound to be a general heralds’ meeting.

Recent submissions

Present at the Crux Australis submissions meeting held on Sunday 18th February 2001 were Baron Uberto Renaldi, Crux Australis Herald and Lord William Forester de Blacwode, Frette Rouge Pursuivant.

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

  1. Alice de Durham

  2. Group: St Florians
    Consulting herald: Uberto Renaldi

    New Name and Device
    Per bend sinister embattled argent and azure, two crosses of four lozenges counterchanged.

    The submittor desires a female 13-14th century English name, cares most about the sound and will accept major changes.

    ‘Alice’ is listed by Withycombe on pp15-16, with this spelling dated to 1273. The cathedral city of Durham was originally called ‘Dunholme’ (Ekwall, p154) but Reaney lists a ‘William de Durham’ from 1236-37 on page 110. Originally submitted as ‘Alice of Durham’, we have changed the ‘of’ to ‘de’ to make the name more authentic.

    The device should be clear of ‘Per pale azure and argent, two crosses crosslet fitchy counterchanged’ (John w Orzeldom, June 1980), ‘Per bend embattled argent and azure, two crosses potent counterchanged’ (Roderick MacTavish, Feb 1985) and ‘Per bend sinister argent and azure, two crosses formy counterchanged’ (John Anborn the Blue, Jan 1987). All have 1 CD for changes to the field, and (hopefully) a 2nd CD for changing the type of cross.

  3. Brúsi of Dragonvale

  4. Currently registered name: Little Brúsi of Dragonvale
    Group: Stomhold
    Consulting herald: Uberto Renaldi

    Change of Registered Device

    It is West Kingdom policy that the recipient of a Patent of Arms is entitled to a free name change within 12 months of their elevation.

    Taking advantage of this, the submittor wishes to drop the descriptive element ‘little’ from their name.

  5. Constanzia Moralez y de Zamora

  6. Group: St Florians
    Consulting herald: Sabine de Bourbonnais

    Device Resubmission to Laurel
    Gules, a cross of Santiago, on a chief argent three crescents sable.

    The submittor’s name was registered in September 2000. Her original device and name submissions were returned by Laurel in October 1997. She resubmitted both in April 2000, but I was forced to return the device (Gules, a cross clechy, on a chief argent three crescents sable) for a redraw.

  7. Cynethryth Dall

  8. Group: St Ursula
    Consulting herald: Declan of Drogheda

    New Name and Device
    Argent, semy of roundels, a bordure sable.

    The submittor desires a female Welsh name that means ‘Cynethryth the blind’ (which she is). She will accept major changes.

    Offa, King of Mercia (d.794), had a wife called Cynethryth (York, pp115-116), and Woolf (p281) cites five other women of that name from pre-conquest England. ‘Dall’ (according to the Collins Gem Welsh Dictionary) is Welsh for the adjective ‘blind’.

    Although ‘Cynethryth’ is Anglo-Saxon and the byname Welsh, we believe this combination to be compatible with Society naming practice.

  9. Gabriel de Beaumont

  10. Group: St Florians
    Consulting herald: none listed

    Device Resubmission to Crux
    Per pale sable and azure, a dexter wing and a sinister wing argent.

    The submittor’s name was registered in September 2000. His previous submission was returned by me for redrawing as the wings did not resemble any used in medieval heraldry.

  11. Líadan inghean Glaisín

  12. Group: St Florians
    Consulting herald: none listed

    Name Resubmission to Crux

    The submittor desires an authentic feminine Irish Gaelic name and will accept minor changes only.

    Last month I returned the submittor's previous name, ‘Liadan na Glaisin’, for insufficient documentation of ‘Glaisin’ as a placename and the use of locatives in medieval Irish names. On the advice of myself and her consulting herald she has opted for a patronymic byname instead.

    Corrain & Maguire list three women who were called ‘Líadan’ (p.122) and, although there are no dates listed, they all look like pre-1600 references, one being ‘the mother of St. Ciarán of Seir’. MacLysaght lists ‘ Glaisín’ under ‘(O) Glasheen’ and ‘Mac Glaisín’ under ‘(Mac) Glashan’ (p.128), presumably all derived from ‘glas’ which means gren or grey-green. In Irish women’s names, ‘inghean’ replaces ‘Mac’.

    Originally submitted as ‘Liadan inghean Glaisin’, the submittor allows minor changes so we have added accents where shown by the sources.


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  13. Lochac, Principality of
  14. Change of Branch Device
    Quarterly azure and argent, on a cross gules a crown between four mullets of six points, in canton a laurel wreath argent

    These are the principality’s current arms with a crown added to make them acceptable as kingdom arms. The current arms will be retained as ‘Ancient Arms’ (and will, in fact, continue to be used as the Prince’s arms until the coronation of Lochac’s first king mid-2002). Evidence of support for the change has been provided to Laurel.

  15. Phillipe du Lac Bleu

  16. Group: St Florians
    Consulting herald: Nicholas Bawcock of Petersfield

    New Name and Device
    Gules, two swords in saltire argent, on a chief ermine two roses gules

    The submittor desires a male 15th century French name, cares most about the meaning and will accept major changes. He will not accept the formation of a holding name by Laurel.

    The name means ‘Phillipe of the Blue Lake’. ‘Phillipe’ hardly needs documenting, it being borne by six kings of France, although the usual spelling appears to have been ‘Philippe’.

    The submittor cites the literary name ‘Lancelot du Lac’ for the use of the locative ‘du Lac Bleu’, but gives no evidence of such locatives being used for real peoples’ names. However, it seems to conform to the rules for ‘invented’ names.


The following submissions were RETURNED:

  1. Richenza d’Assisi
  2. New Name and Device
    Per pale argent and vert, an oak leaf inverted within an orle, all counterchanged.

    There is nothing heraldically wrong with either name or device, but they must be returned as I did not receive any payment for them.

    [Stop press: I have since reveived payment, so these submissions will be forwarded to the College of Arms in March]



Eckwall, E. ‘The Concise Oxford Dictionary of English Place Names’. 4th edition., Oxford University Press, 1991.
MacLysaght, Edward. ‘The Surnames of Ireland’. 3rd edition. Irish Academic Press, 1978
Corrain, Donnchadh and Maguire, Fidelma. ‘Gaelic Personal Names’. The Academy Press, 1981
Reaney, P.H. and Wilson, R.M. ‘A Dictionary of English Surnames’. Revised 3rd edition. Routledge London 1997.
Withycombe, E.G. ‘The Oxford Dictionary of English Christian Names’, 3rd edition. Oxford University Press, 1979.
Woolf, Henry B. ‘The Old Germanic Principles of Name-Giving’. The John Hopkins Press, 1939.
Yorke, Barbara. ‘Kings and Kingdoms of early Anglo-Saxon England’. Routledge, 1997.

News of previous submissions

From Laurel’s Letter of Acceptances and Returns for October 2000 (posted January 2001):

    The following item from Lochac was ACCEPTED by Laurel for registration:
      Artemisia da Quieto d’Arzenta. Name.

Plenty of space here for articles

Perhaps you have some heraldic experiences or knowledge you wish to share, or perhaps you’d just like to start a discussion on some heraldry-related topic. Well, this is the place to do it!

Are we a single College, committed to mutually sharing our interest in heraldry and improving the knowledge and use of heraldry throughout Lochac? Or are we just a bunch of individuals, each struggling in isolation to provide a decent heraldic service to the populace? Let us pool our resources and prove that the whole is indeed greater than the sum of its parts!

So write something today, because I am going to continue with this sort of harassment and crappy, clichéd prose until I get results!

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