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

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.

Contents of this issue

Meeting Schedule

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.


Canon news

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 She has discovered several hundred unpublished awards from our history. Those who read the Laws for enjoyment would know that unpublished means the person didn't actually receive the award.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.


New Pursuivant Test

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)


Roster Changes

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.


Useful or interesting links
Blazons list (the email list for Lochac's heralds)
SCA Heraldry page (includes on-line armorial and ordinary search)
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

Subscriptions and Resources

Available from Crux Australis at $20 per year, make cheques payable to "SCA Inc. College of Heralds".
Laurel's Letters of Acceptance and Return
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

As usual, everything of relevance to Lochac will be published in The CAMeL.
The Armorial and Ordinary (as well as updates)
SCA Inc. - Free Trumpet Press West. 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 visit their web site for more details.

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!


Submission Requirements


$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!

Copies required:

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.


Submissions Passed onto Laurel Sovereign Of Arms

  1. Alys de Wilton

    Per fess ermine and sable.

    Resubmission of device to Laurel, name registered February 2003 via Caid.

  2. Amalia van Bergen op Zoom

    Azure, an hourglass between three escarbuncles argent.

    Device resubmission to Kingdom, name registered November 2000.

  3. Bella Lucia da Verona

    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…"

  4. Cairistiona inghen Raonuill.

    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)

  5. Edward Dymoke

    Per bend sinister gules and sable a lion rampant within an orle of lozenges argent.

    New submission, new name and device.

  6. Elaine Wentworth

    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.

  7. Eleanor of Orkney

    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.

  8. Eleanor of Orkney

    Paly vert and argent, on a bend sinister purpure a compass star argent.

    Device resubmission to Kingdom, name registered August, 2002.

  9. Henri de Montferrat

    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 - names/arval/crusades/crusadeslieax.html

  10. Katherne von Risna

    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 - 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.

  11. Kingdom of Lochac - Canton of Cluain

    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 – 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.

  12. Kingdom of Lochac - College of St Basil the Great

    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.

  13. Kingdom of Lochac - College of St Crispin

    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.

  14. Robin of Twyford

    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.

  15. Rosalind Ryne

    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


Important addresses

Crux Australis Principal Herald:
Giles Leabrook (Braddon Giles)
23 Bush St
QLD, 4030
Hund Herald (Lochac external commentary)
Thorfinn Hrolfsson (Steven Roylance)
1592 Malvern Road,
Glen Iris, VIC,
Email: roylance at corplink dot com dot au
Bombard Pursuivant (Ceremonies deputy):
See Hund Herald above
Canon Herald (Precedence and Gentry list):
Morag Freyser (Helen Brinsmead) PO Box 455
Woden, ACT
Mortar Pursuivant (Education and Training):
Rocket Pursuivant (CAMeL Production):
Gabriel Kalothetos (Andrew Donaldson)
11 Warsaw Crescent
Wodonga, VIC
Email: Thanatos at myaccess dot com dot au
Baryl Herald (External commentary and Deputy Crux):
Giles de Roet (Mark Calderwood)
(details to come)
Astrolabe Herald (to be):
Alys de Wilton (Jennifer Geard)
Email: geard at verso dot org

Thanks to you all for heraldic work, especially Thanatos, and I remain your servant,

Giles Leabrook,
Crux Australis Principal Herald.

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