Crux Australis Principal Herald
Lord Giles Leabrook [Braddon Giles]
23 Bush St, Windsor, QLD, 4030, Australia
phone: (07) 33576012 or intl +61 7 33576012

"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.

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 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 -
The SCA Heraldry web page - including the Laurel home page and on-line armorial and ordinary search.
The Academy of Saint Gabriel (lots of good articles on medieval names) -
West Kingdom Heralds' Handbook -
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 or money orders payable to "SCA Inc. College of Heralds". Do not send cash through the post!

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.

Meeting schedule

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.

  1. Acacia D'Navarre. Name and Device, new submission. Argent, a phoenix purpure rising from flames proper and on a chief gules three bottony crosses argent.

  3. Aine Maguire of Kilarney. Name and Device, new submission. Per bend sinister rayonny gules and purpure, between three trefoil knots Or a swan naiant argent.

  5. Amelie von Prague. Name and Device, new submission. Argent, a deer's attires and on a chief purpure a cloud argent.

  7. Branwen verch Lewis ap Thomas. Name and Device, new submission. Gules ermined, three roses within a bordure dovetailed Or.

  9. Bordescros, Shire of. Device, resubmission to Laurel. Per chevron purpure fretty Or and Or, in base a laurel wreath vert.

  11. Contarina la Biancha. Device, new submission. Bendy sinister Or and azure, an escarbuncle and a chief embattled argent.

  13. Elisabetha von Regensberg. Name and Device, new submission. Per pale and per fess indented azure and ermine, two seablatts in bend Or.

  15. Elizabeth de Foxle. Name and Device, new submission. Azure, on a cross nowy Or a cinquefoil gules.

  17. Estrid Fairhair. Name and Device, new submission. Per saltire purpure and azure, a drakkar argent, it's sail charged with a fountain proper.

  19. Gabriel Kalothetos. Device, new submission. Argent, a chevron between three roses and a bordure sable.

  21. Gilbert Valker. Name and Device, new submission. Per chevron sable and Or, three fleur-de-lis in chevron Or and a single bick anvil and a smith's hammer sable.

  23. Griffin Reid. Device resubmission. Per fess sable and gules, a male griffin's head erased within an orle argent.

  25. Katerina da Napoli. Device, new submission. Argent, an escallop gules within a bordure gyronny azure and gules.

  27. Konrad von Strassburg. Name and Device, new submission. Per bend argent and sable, in canton an eagle displayed sable and a bordure counterchanged.

  29. Lochac, Kingdom of. Alefounder Pursuivant. Name - Heraldic title, new submission.

  31. Lochac, Kingdom of. Badge, resubmission. Quarterly azure and argent, on a cross gules four mullets of six points argent.

  33. Lowry ferch Gwenwynwyn ap Llewelyn. Name

  35. Marie de Lyon. Name and device, new submission. Or seme of suns azure.

  37. Maximus Furs. Name, new submission.

  39. Mordenvale, Shire of. Change of registered device. Per chevron inverted vert and gules, a chevron inverted between a lymphad, sails furled, and a laurel wreath Or.

  41. Nathaniel Mendoza de la Guadalajara. Name and device, new submission. Ermine, on a cross gules a seraph proper.

  43. Seth Raven. Name, new submission.

  45. Seán le Bastard. Device, resubmission. Vert, in pale a boar statant and a crescent argent. Again apologies as armory forms were not sent for this submission on the first occasion.

  47. Sebastian of Ventbarre. Badge, new submission. Quarterly gules and Or, an eagle's wing terminating in a hand grasping a sword in sinister canton, sable.

  49. Siban an Fheadha. Name, new submission.

  51. Steavean die Glaubingen. Name and device, new submission. Quarterly azure and Or, a griffin passant sable between three crosses fleury counterchanged.

  53. Valeria de Borgia. Name and device, new submission. Argent, a cross moline sable between four lily blossoms in saltire gules and bordure sable.

  55. Victoria de Vexaincourt. Name, new submission.

  57. Villiame Bryson of Argyle. Name, new submission.

Recent submissions:

  1. Aelesia de Trochdene
    Name and Device
    Azure, a horse rampant and on a chief embattled Or three roses gules slipped and leaved vert.

    Aelesia in Withycombe under the header 'Alice', from 1219.
    Trochdene in Ekwall's Place Names under the header 'Trawden', from 1296.


  2. Aleyd Lubeck

  3. Name and Device
    Sable, a fess cotised and in chief a lion dormant Or.

    Aleyd from the Academy of St. Gabriel Medieval German Names from Silesia at
    Lubeck from Academy of St. Gabriel Report #2174


  4. Aulay Leod

  5. Name

    Aulay from page 37 of Withycombe (3rd ed).
    Leod from page 292 of Reaney (3rd ed).


  6. Avallon-sur-Mer, Canton of

  7. Name and Device, new submission
    Per chevron embattled purpure and argent, three apple blossoms in chief argent seeded and a laurel wreath sable.

    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.


  8. Brigid Armstrong of Lothian

  9. Name

    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.


  10. Celia the Fair

  11. Name and Device, new submission
    Ermine, on a chief dancetty of three purpure three estoiles Or.

    We have under the Baronness River Haven's instruction changed her name submission to Celia, which appears in Withycombe, undated, under the header 'Cecilia'.


  12. Clarice de la Barre

  13. Name

    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


  14. Eoghann MacAindreis

  15. Device
    Per chevron sable and vert, two crescents and a wolf rampant argent.


  16. Healfdene Dræfendson

  17. Name resubmission


  18. Morwynna Branwynt

  19. Change of Device
    Quarterly azure and sable, a raven wings displayed and inverted within an orle argent.

    She will release her previous device.


  20. Siban an Fheadha

  21. Device
    Argent semy of leaves vert, chape vert a weaver's knot argent.


  22. Somerled of Redcliff

  23. Name and Device, new submission
    Or, a leg couped purpure and a ford.

    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.


  24. Sybille la Chatte

  25. Device
    Lozengy sable and ermine.

    Name already registered.



  1. Niall de Marseilles
    Device, name already submitted
    Per pale sable and Or, a goblet Or and a Maltese cross gules.

    This is returned for the appearance of marshalling.