Crux Australis Principal
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!
Welcome to the Crux Australis Monthly Letter, otherwise known as the CAMeL. It has been a long time since it was monthly or even published at all, which is a bad thing. To ensure that this newsletter thrives I have charged Gabriel Kalothetos, otherwise known as Thanatos, from Bordescros with it's production. As there has been a lapse in production there is much for me to tell you all.
My next meeting will be starting at 2pm on Sunday the 7th December 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, 4th of January, then all first Sundays in the month.[Contents]
Morag Freyser is the Canon Herald, and her job relates to the upkeep of the Order of Precedence. She has discovered several hundred unpublished awards from our history. Those who read the Laws for enjoyment would know that unpublished means the person didn't actually receive the award. To do justice to the awardees the Crown and I have embarked on a reproclamation spree, with Morag's assistance. I am extremely pleased with the work Canon has done on this.
Why did this all happen? Because heralds did not fill out the Court Herald Award Forms, get them signed and send them to the right people indicated on the forms. I suggest that this is an easy task, and I require all heralds involved in courts to pay a little attention to this please.[Contents]
I have placed the new Pursuivant test on the Lochac Heralds web page. Anyone wishing to complete the test may do so. A pass will see you rostered in the Lochac College of Arms. It is an open book and web test, however I still ask for your honour to complete the exam by your self. Any comments or feedback on the exam privately to me would be welcomed. (see ‘Crux Australis' in the contact details section)[Contents]
Alys de Wilton is currently Pursuivant Without Portfolio, and we are in negotiation with Their Caidan Majesties to take over the vacant Astrolabe Herald title. You will notice the administrative acceptance from Caid in this month's submissions. Alys is responsible for the New Zealand activities of the Lochac College of Heralds.
Giles de Roet, the current Provost of Scribes, will take on the role of Baryl Herald. As Baryl he will be my drop-dead deputy, and I have a stack of dirty work for him to undertake. Woohoo!
As mentioned above, Thanatos will be producing this newsletter, and I should give him a title to go with it. Therefore he will become Rocket Pursuivant, and the previous Rocket Aislinn de Valence will take a well earned rest.
While not a rostered or named role as yet I should let you know that Alasdair Muckart has taken over the responsibility of looking after the Crux web page.[Contents]
I also recommend that groups acquire some name resources, in particular:
The latter is currently out of print, so if you spot it at a second-hand book sale, buy it![Contents]
$20 per new submission (name, device or badge). No cost for resubmissions or branch submissions. Note: a new name and device costs a total of $40. Make cheques or money orders payable to "SCA Inc. College of Heralds". Do not send cash through the post!
Names: two (2) copies of both the form and ALL documentation, including title page of each book.
Devices and Badges: four (4) colour copies and one (1) black & white OUTLINE copy.
The colour copies should be accurately coloured, preferably in felt tip pen (eg Crayola Classic Colours). Faint colour printers or faint coloured pencil is not acceptable. The colours must be visible across a crowded Herald's meeting.
Please include ALL necessary documentation to support each submission. It is the responsibility of the submitter 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 relevant page(s) of any source used.[Contents]
Per fess ermine and sable.
Resubmission of device to Laurel, name registered February 2003 via Caid.
Azure, an hourglass between three escarbuncles argent.
Device resubmission to Kingdom, name registered November 2000.
Gules, lion couchant within an orle indented on the inner edge Or.
New submission, new name and device. No changes. Bella offers Academy of St.Gabriel Report #2159, from which I quote in part "<Bella Lucia da Verona> is a fine 16th century Venetian name…"
Gules, a unicorn rampant, armed, and on a bordure Or an orle sable.
New submission, new name and device. The submitter will not accept major changes, but desires a scots gaelic female name. Cairistiona – Withycombe p. 65 Raonuill – Black p. 561 (header MacRanald)
Per bend sinister gules and sable a lion rampant within an orle of lozenges argent.
New submission, new name and device.
New submission, New name. The submitter desires a 15-16th C English name, and will accept changes. She notes Elaine in Withycombe under Helen, and Wentworth in Reaney and Wilson under Wentworth.
Or, in annulo six hurts, the one in chief replaced by a roundel gules charged with a portcullis Or.
New submission, new badge. Name registered August, 2002.
Paly vert and argent, on a bend sinister purpure a compass star argent.
Device resubmission to Kingdom, name registered August, 2002.
Per chevron azure and gules, a lion rampant Or between three fleur-de-lis argent.
New submission, new name and device. The submitter wants a 13-14th Century French name and will accept changes. While the submitter has offered Withycombe as evidence for Henri (pg149 – Henry) I think it is much more convenient that both Henri and De Montferrat are found in French Names from two 13th Century Chronicles at - www.s-gabriel.org/ names/arval/crusades/crusadeslieax.html
Quarterly azure and gules, a dragon winged wolf rampant langued gules and a base embattled argent.
New submission, new name and device. The submitter wants a female name, and cares mostly about the sound. She will accept changes. Katherne is in Withycombe under Katherine, in the third edition on page 186. Risna is a Lithuanian town from at leat the 13th century, from - http://www.ai-press.com/Solclgeog.html The submitter even offers documentation for the use of the German prefix ‘von'. Unfortunately she has not shown why an English given name, a German preposition and a Lithuanian locative surname would be suitable in conjunction.
New submission – new name. Major changes are not acceptable; the meaning "the meadows" in Irish Gaelic is most important. Documentation from several sources assert that ‘cluain' means meadow in Irish Gaelic. One example is at – http://www.ceantar.org/cgi-bin/grmqsearch.cgi/Irish?cluain A copy of a petition of support is included. That support is for the device, however the device has issues resulting in it's not yet passing the office of Crux Australis. Still, the signatories seem very happy that they will be named the canton of Cluain, so worthy of inclusion.
Per pale sable and argent, a tower broken counterchanged and on a base Or a laurel wreath vert.
New submission, new name and device. St Basil the Great (c.330-379) is noted in several sources provided, including /the Penguin Dictionary of Saints, D. Attwater, UK, 1965, on page 59. A copy of the document of support is included.
Azure, a seahorse erect within a laurel wreath and on a chief invected argent a lymphad gules.
New submission, new device. Name registered in December 1999.
Vert, on a lozenge between three crosses crosslet fitchy Or, an oak leaf vert.
New submission, new name and device. The submitter wants an English name from the 13-14th Century and will accept changes. Robin is found in Withycombe under Robert (p255), and Twyford in Reaney and Wilson under Twyford – Ralph Twyford, 1381.
Change of registered name. Her previous name was Rosalind of Ildhafn, registerd February 03. She desires to change the last element to Ryne, found in Flemish Names from Bruges, 1550-1600 at http://www.s-gabriel.org/docs/bruges/byname-late.html
Thanks to you all for heraldic work, especially Thanatos, and I remain your servant,
Crux Australis Principal Herald.