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"
March 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…..

The Lochac Heralds' Handbook | From the Herald-in-Charge of Rowany Festival

Reports | Roster changes | Important addresses | Subscriptions and Resources

Submission requirements | Meeting schedule | Recent submissions | News of previous submissions


The usual introductory stuff

I can’t think much to say here this month, so I will simply urge you to read on. For those going to Rowany Festival this year, please volunteer to assist with the heraldry - I am sure you will have Lord Declan’s undying gratitude.

Although my next submissions meeting is before Festival, it is unlikely that I will have the next CAMeL out until after I get back. Therefore, for those attending: safe journey and see you there!

Your servant,

Baron Uberto Renaldi,
Crux Australis Herald

The Lochac Heralds’ Handbook

Below is a very rough outline of how I envisage the Lochac Heralds’ Handbook to be laid out. Following discussions during the heralds’ meeting at Twelfth Night in Politarchopolis, the handbook will comprise of several sections. Rather than having sections based on subject (book, court, field, etc) it was decided to base the sections on intended audience or usage.

The reasoning behind this is that you are not forced to have the whole thing to derive benefit from it - heralds-in-training can be given the first section to pour over at their leisure, whilst section II can be taken to events to be quickly consulted should something unexpected (a Grand March, visiting royalty, etc) arise. Section III will contain opinions and technical details on various aspects heraldry, both SCA and non-SCA, and is intended for competent heralds wishing to increase their understanding of heraldry in general.

Note that the individual articles listed are merely examples that I thought up - I am calling on others to suggest and write the actual articles that will be in the handbook when it is released around this time next year (if not before).

Proposed outline (and examples of articles) for the Lochac Heralds’ Handbook:

So, this is a call to arms! [pun intended] If you have an idea for an article and/or would like to write one, please contact me ASAP with the subject and which section you think it should belong to. Final drafts of all articles need to be completed by the end of November, so as to allow time for proofreading and editing.

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From the Herald-in-Charge of Rowany Festival

[This appeared in last month’s issue, but I felt it worthwhile reprinting this month - Uberto]

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.


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

None this month.

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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 8th April 2001 and the one after that is scheduled for the 13th May. Note that there will not be a submissions meeting at Rowany Festival, although there is bound to be a general heralds’ meeting or two.

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. Konrad Adelwolf

  2. Group: Aneala
    Consulting herald: Muirghein ni Ghrainne

    New Name

    Submitted as ‘Konrad Athalwolf’. The submittor desires a male German name, cares most about the meaning ("wise counsel" and "noble wolf") and will accept minor changes only.

    ‘Konrad’ is a late variant of ‘Conrad’ which according to Withycombe (p. 72) is "a compound of conja ‘bold’ and rad ‘counsel’." Use of the submitted spelling during the late 15th century has been shown by Brian M. Scott in his article on the Saint Gabriel website.

    Although we could not find direct evidence for the byname ‘Adelwolf’, extrapolating from Woolf’s listing of the ninth century Anglo-Saxon given name ‘Æthelwulf’ (pp.73,102) and Withycombe’s assertion that ‘Atahlwolf’ (under ‘Adolphus’, pp.4-5) was an Old German given name, we consider it not unreasonable that the given name ‘Adelwolf’ (if it existed) could have been adopted as a byname. Support for this assumption comes from Brechenmacher, who lists (on p.10) the bynames ‘Adelhart’ (dated 1417), ‘Adelrich’ (dated 1301) and ‘Adelung’ (dated 1370), all derived from similar Old German given names.

  3. Líadan inghean Glaisín

  4. Group: St Florians
    Consulting herald: none listed

    New Device
    Argent, a triquetra and a bordure embattled purpure.

    The submittor’s name was submitted to Laurel in February 2001.



  5. Richenza d’Assisi

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

    Name and Device Resubmission Crux
    Per pale argent and vert, an oak leaf inverted within an orle, all counterchanged.

    This was returned last month as I had not received any payment for it. Payment has now been received so it can be forwarded to Laurel.

    The submittor desires a female name, presumably Italian or Polish, and care most about the meaning. She will accept major changes.

    According to Langston & Buck (p. 182), a Richenza who died in 1063 was the wife of Mieszko II, King of Poland. They had a daughter, also called Richenza, who married Bela I, King of Hungary. No evidence could be found, however, for Richenza as an Italian name.

    According to the International Dictionary of Historic Places (pp. 59-61), Assisi was founded in pre-Roman times and "probably became a diocese in the third century A.D." A saintly chap called Francis was born there around 1182, and after his death and canonisation his relics were translated to its new basilica in 1230.

    The leaf on the device should be much larger. It is also not really an oak leaf, but of the leaf-shapes used in heraldry that is the closest it resembles.

  7. Saint Crispin, College of

  8. Consulting herald: Uberto Renaldi (apparently, though I can't remember it)

    New Branch Device
    Per bend azure and argent, a seahorse naiant argent and an open book gules within a laurel wreath vert.


The following submissions were RETURNED:




Brechenmacher, Josef K. ‘Etymologisches Wöterbuch der Deutschen Familiennamen, A-J’. C. A. Starke Verlages, 1960.
Langston A.L. & Buck J.O. ‘Pedigrees of some of the Emperor Charlemagne’s Descendants, Volume II’. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 1988.
Ring, Trudy [ed.] ‘International Dictionary of Historic Places, Volume 3 – Southern Europe’. Fitzroy Dearborn Publishers, 1995.
Scott, Brian M. ‘Late Period Masculine Given Names’.
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.

News of previous submissions

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

    The following items from Lochac were ACCEPTED by Laurel for registration:

      Amalia van Bergen op Zoom. Name.
      Anne Isabella de Bebington. Name.
      Arrowreach, Canton of. Branch name (see PENDED for device).
      Beatrice of Hamtunscir. Device. Purpure, an increscent argent within an annulet, a bordure Or.
      Please instruct the submitter to draw the bordure larger.
      Gwyneth ferch Aeddan. Name change from holding name Gwyneth of Aneala.
      The holding name was originally formed in June, 2000, because through no fault of the submitter or the submissions herald, the device reached Laurel before the name.
      Humphrey de la Pole. Name.
      Kiara de Fae. Name.
      Leofric Willoughby de Broke. Name and device. Gules, a chevron inverted ermine, in chief a covered cup Or.
      Madeleine Dulac d’Agenais. Name and device. Purpure, a fess ermine between two estoiles and a leopard’s head jessant-de-lys Or.
      Submitted as Madeleine du Lac d’Agenais, no justification was submitted for the name construction "of Lake ". As <Surname> de <Province> is justifiable we have changed du Lac to the period surname Dulac.
      Please instruct the submitter to draw fewer, larger ermine spots on the fess. Also, please instruct the submitter to draw a lower jaw on the leopard’s head.
      Morgan of Harlech. Name.
      Salaberge de Granson. Name.
      Tomasia Mariano. Name and device. Purpure, on a cross vert fimbriated a goutte argent.
      Wilfred de Ackelonde. Device. Per pale vert and argent, a dragon contourny gules.
      This was registered in May, 2000. This registration was in error; it was based on a letter of intent that reached Laurel but not the rest of the College of Arms and this omission was missed for this item. This is unfortunate because the device is in conflict with the badge Graidhne ni Ruaidh, A dragon rampant to sinister gules maintaining a straight trumpet Or; however, by the Grandfather clause we cannot retroactively unregister the device.
      William Addemere. Name change from holding name William of Lochac.
      Submitted as William the Admirer , no evidence was given as to why the byname "is an SCA acceptable epithet." As the submitter is mostly interested in the sound of the name, we have changed the byname to a similar-sounding period one found in Reaney and Wilson’s Dictionary of English Surnames.
      The holding name was originally formed in June, 2000, because through no fault of the submitter or the submissions herald, the device reached Laurel before the name.
      William the Black. Device. Sable, a fox sejant guardant, in chief four fleurs-de-lys argent.
      Yves de Lyle. Name.

    The following item from Lochac was PENDED by Laurel until her June 2001 meeting:

      Arrowreach, Canton of. Device. Per fess indented of three points azure and argent, in pale a laurel wreath Or and two arrows crossed in saltire inverted gules.
      The field tinctures were missing from the original blazon.
      [A correction to the blazon has been placed in my March Letter of Intent, allowing this to be considered at Laurel’s meeting in June - Uberto]

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