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"
September 2001 (Anno Societatis XXXVI)

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

In this issue…..

The October submissions meeting| Reports | Roster changes | New PE test distributed for comment

Advancing to the rank of Pursuivant | Important addresses | Subscriptions and Resources

Submission requirements | Meeting schedule | Recent submissions | News ofprevious submissions


The final Coronet Tourney

I intend to be at November Coronet, which could well turn out to haveone of the largest lists seen in years. The argument I’ve heard supporting thisis that Lochac’s finest will be saving themselves for first Crown, thusimproving the chances for an ‘up-and-coming’ to win. It’s just atheory, however, and may be completely wrong.

Regardless of how many enter there will need to be heralds to call the bouts. Ifyou are attending this event please consider donating your time and voice. Ifthere’s enough of us I may even call an impromptu heralds’ meeting, whereyou can ask me heraldry questions and I will attempt to answer them.

Your servant,

Baron Uberto Renaldi,
Crux Australis Herald

The October submissionsmeeting

My submissions meeting in October is now scheduled for Friday 12th at7pm, so as not to clash with the celebrations surrounding the investiture ofInnilgard’s third Baron and Baroness, and to allow those visiting frominterstate to attend.

Tea, coffee, soft drinks and chocolate biscuits will be provided, and ifthere’s a sufficient number of us we can order something more substantial if weneed it.


I have received quarterly reports, which were due on 10th September,from Stormhold, River Haven, Innilgard, Ynys Fawr, Torlyon and Willoughby Vale. Thosegroup heralds who did not report have been reminded of their responsibilities.

The next quarterly reports are due on 10 December 2001.

Roster changes

There are a large number of Shire, College and Canton heralds who have been "acting" in their offices for too long (some for more than 3 years!) Inorder to correct this I have sent the PE test to most of them in the hope that theywill take the opportunity to advance to a permanent rank within the College ofHeralds.

William Forester de Blacwode has, after almost three years of excellentservice, stepped down as Frette Rouge Pursuivant for the Barony of Innilgard. He willremain on the roster as a Pursuivant At Large. His replacement, once he passes the PEtest, will be Gruffydd ap Cynan who will be initially rostered as acting inthe office.

Mungo of the Rock has been removed from the office of Goutte d’EauPursuivant for various reasons. As he never achieved a personal rank within theCollege, he has also been removed from the roster. His deputy, Ute vonTangermunde, will take on the position as soon as I am satisfied that she iscapable of performing the duties of the office.

In the Shire of Mordenvale, Darreios Rossos the Vigilant has scored anamazing 100% on the PE test, and has been added to the roster as a PursuivantExtraordinary At Large.

Finally, Will Dekne (formerly known as Decion ap Dyfrwr Trefriw) hasreturned from a few year’s absence from the SCA and has requested that he beplaced back on the roster as a Pursuivant At Large – a request I am more thanhappy to oblige.

New PE test distributed for comment

The new PE test developed by Mistress Aislinn de Valence has beendistributed to a number of heralds around Lochac for perusal, proofreading andcomment. The new test aims to be more comprehensive than the current one, coveringfield, duty and court heraldry as well as expanding on the book heraldry to includesome onomastics and application of the Rules for Submissions.

However, if you're thinking of applying for PE status, don't hold off because ofthis. The new test will probably require further revising before it will replace thecurrent one, and with the changeover to kingdom looming this will not be high on thepriority list. If you want to be a PE, ask me or your local herald for the currenttest.

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Advancing to the rank of Pursuivant

One of the problems that I and previous Crux Australis Heralds havehad to face is determining whether somebody is ready to advance from PursuivantExtraordinary to full Pursuivant rank within the College.

In the past its been a fairly subjective decision, with no clear guidelines foreither Crux or the PE on the requirements for advancement. William Castille, ActingAquarius Pursuivant, has offered the following ideas on how to get around this, andhas graciously allowed me to reprint them here in order to generate discussion on thetopic. I have had to edit them somewhat, but have tried to keep the concepts (if notthe original wording) intact.

Whilst William’s system as presented here may requiring a bit oftweaking to make practical, I believe he is on the right track in that it a) setsclear and measurable goals, and b) involves those already at Pursuivant level in theprocess.

So, what does everyone else think?


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Subscriptions andResources

"The CAMeL" is available from Crux Australis at $20 peryear. Make cheques payable to "SCA Inc. College of Heralds".

Laurel's Letter of Acceptance and Return is available from the SCA College ofArms. 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 WorldHeraldic 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, inparticular P.H. Reaney & R.M. Wilson’s ‘A Dictionary of EnglishSurnames’ and E.G. Withycombe’s ‘The Oxford Dictionary of EnglishChristian Names’. The latter is out of print, so if you spot it at a second-handbook sale, buy it!

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


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

Copies required:

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

Meeting schedule

Crux Australis submission meetings are held once a month, usually at36 Rosella Street, Payneham SA. Please call beforehand if you intend to bringsubmissions for processing. The next meeting is scheduled for Friday 12th Octoberat 7pm and the one after that is scheduled for Sunday 11th November at2pm.

Recent submissions

Present at the Crux Australis Submissions Meeting held on Sunday 9th September 2001 at 36 Rosella Street, Payneham SA were: Baron Uberto Renaldi, CruxAustralis Herald; Lord William Forester de Blacwode, Frette Rouge Pursuivant; andWakeline de Foxley, herald-in-training.

The following submissions were FORWARDED to the College of Arms forregistration:

  1. Ælfred {th}e Lef
    Group: Saint Malachy
    Consulting heralds: Jan Antheunis van Ghent
  2. New Name

    The submittor desires a male English name and will accept minor changes only.

    Ælfred: Withycombe, under ‘Alfred’ gives the Old EnglishÆlfræd, (compound of ælf ‘elf’ and ræd‘counsel’). Woolf gives nine citations of Ælfred, dating fromca. 750 to ca. 1100, and notes that this name "did not achieve the popularity [inWessex] that might have been expected; it was given to only one individual afterÆlfred the Great, a son of Æthelred the Redeless descended in the fifthdegree from the greatest of West Saxon kings."

    Withycombe remarks that the Middle English Alvery and Avery, derivedfrom the French form of the Latinised form Alvredus, "seem to have supersededthe native form of the name", and that Alfred was not restored to popularityuntil the 18th century.

    {th}e Lef: Reaney & Wilson, under ‘Leaf, Leafe, [etc]’ cite Loue {th}eLef and date it to 1279. It is derived either from Old English leof‘dear, beloved’ or a short form of the personal names Leofric orLeofwine.

    NOTE: {th} used here represents the thorn character, which not all browserscan display.


  3. Artemisia da Quieto d’Arzenta
    Group: Agaricus
    Consulting herald: Jan Antheunis van Ghent
  4. Device rsubmission to Laurel
    Purpure, a bend sinister ermine between two compass stars argent.

    Artemisia’s previous device submission, Per chevron ermine and purpure, inbase a compass star argent was returned by Laurel in April for multipleconflicts.

    This redesign appears free of any conflict. The bend sinister should probably bewider and have more and smaller ermine spots so as to appear less like "on a bendsinister argent...six ermine spots palewise sable"..

The following submissions were RETURNED for further work:


References cited

Reaney, P.H. and Wilson, R.M. ‘A Dictionary of English Surnames’. Revised2nd edition. Routledge London 1979.
Withycombe, E.G. ‘The Oxford Dictionary of English Christian Names’. 3rdedition. Oxford University Press, 1979.
Woolf, Henry B. ‘The Old Germanic Principles of Name-Giving’. The JohnHopkins Press, 1939.

News of previoussubmissions

From Laurel’s June 2001 Letter of Acceptances andReturns:

The distribution of the results from Laurel’s and Pelican’s Augustmeetings have been delayed due to the recent change of Laurel staff following thehandover from Dame Elspeth to Master Francois. They’ll be here next month,promise.

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