Crux Australis Principal Herald
"The CAL" ... no "M"
May 2003 (Anno Societatis XXXVIII)
Unto the College of Heralds of the Kingdom of Lochac, and all others who may read this missive, from Giles Leabrook, Crux Australis Principal Herald, greetings! It gives me considerable pleasure to produce this letter, inadequate as it is. I do not reach as far as to call it a "monthly" letter again just yet.
I have two roles that I would like some brave volunteers for. Mortar Pursuivant is responsible for heraldic education in Lochac, and in particular for organising a regular Lochac Heraldic Collegia. Baryl is the deputy Crux job. This would vary according to the holder's wishes, whether they would be there in case I step under a bus, or if they are looking to be groomed to take over as Crux, the next time or a little later. I would expect Baryl to be involved in external commentary, either in cooperation with Hund, or forming their own team. These are not tough jobs, and I would welcome any private expressions of interest.
Crux Australis Principal Herald: Giles Leabrook [Braddon Giles] 23 Bush St, Windsor, QLD, 4030. Email email@example.com
Hund Herald (West Kingdom external commentary) and Bombard Pursuivant (Ceremonies deputy): Thorfinn Hrolfsson [Steven Roylance] 1592 Malvern Road, Glen Iris VIC 3146. Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Canon Pursuivant (Precedence and Gentry list): Morag Freyser [Helen Brinsmead] PO Box 455, Woden ACT 2606. Email email@example.com
Mortar Pursuivant (Education and Training): VACANT- PLEASE APPLY
Rocket Pursuivant (New PE test): Aislinn de Valence [Megan Dansie] PO Box 526, Unley SA 5061. Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Baryl Pursuivant (External commentary): VACANT- PLEASE APPLY
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 Letters of Acceptance and Return are 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. Their address is '1613 N. School St., Normal IL 61761-1240, USA'. 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 visit their web site for more details.
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". The latter is currently out of print, so if you spot it at a second-hand book sale, buy it!
Useful or interesting links:
The Blazons mailing list, the email list for Lochac's heralds - www.sca.org.au/mailman/listinfo/blazons.
The SCA Heraldry web page - www.sca.org/heraldry including the Laurel home page and on-line armorial and ordinary search.
The Academy of Saint Gabriel (lots of good articles on medieval names) - www.s-gabriel.org
West Kingdom Heralds' Handbook - heralds.westkingdom.org
Free Trumpet Press West (SCA heraldic publications) - www.sca.org/heraldry/ftpw.
Parker's Glossary of Heraldry - http://www002.upp.so-net.ne.jp/saitou/parker/
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 or money orders payable to "SCA Inc. College of Heralds". Do not send cash through the post!
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.
My next meeting will be starting at 2pm on Sunday 4th May 2003 at 23 Bush St, Windsor QLD. Please call me beforehand if you intend to bring submissions for processing. The following meeting will be on Sunday the 6th July, then all first Sundays in the month.
Recent and not-so-Recent Submissions
Present at the Crux Australis Submissions Meetings held on Sundays 2nd of February and March, and 6th of April 2003 at 23 Bush St, Windsor QLD were: Sabine de Bourbonnais, William Addemere, Harold of Sigtuna, Peter the Uncertain, William Castille and Giles Leabrook. I have a large swathe of submissions here, some that we considered today and many that have been attended to in the previous months. I apologise for not give detailed analysis and mini emblazons of the current submissions, however all simply mentioned like this have been submitted to Laurel. Naturally the more detail the better in the future.
Aelesia in Withycombe under the header 'Alice', from 1219.
Trochdene in Ekwall's Place Names under the header 'Trawden', from 1296.
Aleyd from the Academy of St. Gabriel Medieval German Names from Silesia
Lubeck from Academy of St. Gabriel Report #2174
Aulay from page 37 of Withycombe (3rd ed).
Leod from page 292 of Reaney (3rd ed).
Will accept minor changes. Petitions of support are included. Copies of two French websites were also included which I believe indicate the existance of a French town called Avallon in Burgundy, the addition of sur-Mer (which Avallon is not) should make it clear for our purposes.
The submitter will accept no changes, desiring a name authentic for "Scottish/Gaelic".
There was a swathe of documentation for this name, all of which is fine but does not diminish the
fact that this name is about as Gaelic as my left knee.
Brigid - Withycombe, and from 1575 in Feminine Given Names in Chesham, 1538-1600/1.
Armstrong - Penguin Dictionary of Surnames, Basil Cottle, and a section of the Academy of St. Gabriel Report #2421.
The Lothians are indicated on an included map as being the area immediately to the south of Edinborough.
This appears to be a fine Scots name late in our period influenced by the English import of the Irish Bridget. This fine daughter of a famous Borderer family would have stabbed any Gael out of principle, after she had robbed her neighbours of course.
We have under the Baronness River Haven's instruction changed her name submission to Celia, which appears in Withycombe, undated, under the header 'Cecilia'.
Clarice from Withycombe p 67 in my 3rd ed, dated to 1273 in that spelling.
De la Barre is from the Brass Enscription Index at www.sca.org/heraldry/laurel/names/brasses/lastnames.
She will release her previous device.
Somerled: Withycombe page 272, a Gaelic name from an Old Norse source.
The English placename Redcliff is found in Ekwall's Place names (4th ed.), on page 383.
Name already registered.
This is returned for the appearance of marshalling.