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Crux Australis Principal Herald

Wakeline de Foxley
PO Box 91 Sandy Bay, Tasmania 7006
phone: +61 3 6225 4334
herald at sca dot org dot au

Warmest greetings unto the College of Heralds of the Kingdom of Lochac, and unto any others who may read this missive from Wakeline de Foxley, Crux Australis Principal Herald

From Crux Australis

Ban on colour printers
The office of Crux will no longer be accepting submissions using colour printers. The dye used in inkjets is notoriously unstable and tends to fade significantly over time and can run in the post. As the SCA protects the emblazon not the blazon this has significant consequences. As I have received no objections to the proposed ban, I will no longer be accepting any printed emblazons as of January 2005.

Posting Stuff to Crux
Some of you are being quite creative in addressing mail to me. In the words of Master Thorfinn when he was Crux "Australia Post is not part of the SCA". I don't think anything has gone missing, but it would be best to address things to C.Hollitt at the address given above. With luck I will stop getting strange looks at the post office!

Again, my profound thanks go to Massaria Baryl for her assistance with the preparation of this letter.

Important Addresses

Crux Australis Principal Herald:

Wakeline de Foxley
PO Box 91, Sandy Bay TAS, 7006
(03) 6225 4334

Email: herald at sca dot org dot au

Baryl Herald:

Massaria da Cortona
PO Box 91, Sandy Bay TAS, 7006
(03) 6225 4334

Email: massaria at hotmail dot com

Bombard Herald (Ceremonies and Protocol):

Uberto Renaldi

Email: bombard at sca dot org dot au

Canon Herald (OP and Gentry list):

Karl Faustus von Aachen (Paul Sleigh )
PO Box 1269, Belconnen ACT 2616
(02) 6271-1534 0407-468-244.

Email: canon at sca do org do au

Astrolabe Herald (New Zealand Regional Deputy):

Alys de Wilton (Jennifer Geard)

Email: geard at verso dot org

Rocket Pursuivant (Special Projects):

Giles de Roet (Mark Calderwood)
PO Box 247
Jesmond NSW 2299

Hund Herald (External Commentary):

Thorfinn Hrolfsson (Steven Roylance)
1592 Malvern Road, Glen Iris, VIC 3146.

Email: roylance at corplink dot com dot au

Mortar Pursuivant


Submission Requirements

Cost: $20 per new submission (name, device or badge). No cost for resubmissions (within the permitted time limit) 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 NB: The title page is not the same as the book cover! Essays about a submitter's persona may be entertaining, but do NOT constitute documentation. When citing web sites as documentation, you must include a printout of the pages used. Please don't staple your forms, paperclips are fine and loose is ok too.

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. Colour printers or faint coloured pencil is not acceptable. The colours must be visible across a crowded Herald's meeting. Laurel has requested that gold pen NOT be used, as it deteriorates in files and turns to glue. Please don't staple your forms, assuming that all goes well at kingdom level they are separated and go to four different homes. Paperclips are fine and loose is ok too. 

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. Failure to provide sufficient documentation is a cause for return of your submission. If you are having trouble with your documentation then speak to your local herald. If they can't answer your specific question, consider writing to Blazons, or contacting me. If I don't know the answer but I will at least be able to point you in the direction of someone who will.

Meeting Schedule

The November meeting was held on Tuesday 11th November 2004. The next meeting will be on Tuesday, 7th of December.
Present at the meeting were Wakeline de Foxley, Crux Australis Herald; Massaria da Cortona, Baryl Herald; Francis of Hexham, Dromond Herald, rostered Heralds Declan ap Drogheda and Hrolf Hrolfsson and Rhodri ap Tewdwr Awenydd, herald in training. Thank you all for your time and efforts.

Submissions Forwarded to Laurel

1. Arnfinnr Ákason

Name and device resubmission to Crux

Quarterly gules and azure, a doe's head erased argent .

This is a resubmission to Crux for both name and device.
The submittor desires a 10th century male Danish name and cares most about language and culture.

The original submitted name Arnfinn Akisson Alfsjabani was returned by Crux in August '04 for lack of documentation of the element Alfsjabani. This element has been removed from the resubmission, making the new resubmission Arnfinn Akisson.

Arnfinnr may be found as a masculine given name in Geirr-Bassi Haraldsson's "The Old Norse Name". Geirr-Bassi also cites the masculine given name Áki. According to the rules provided in the same document, the name would become Áka in the genitive and then form the patronymic Ákason. As the submitter allowed minor changes the name was amended to the documented forms.

The original device "Quarterly gules and azure a doe's head cabossed argent" was also returned by Crux in August '04 for lack of identifability of the primary charge. This version of a doe's head is an acceptable form.

Arnfinnr's device

2. Ásfriđr Úlfviđardóttir

New name (See Returns for device)

The submitter seeks a 9th to 10th century feminine Norse name. She wishes it to be temporally, culturally and linguistically authentic and will allow only minor changes. She cares most about the sound of the name.

Ásfríđr occurs in Elof Hellquist's "Svensk Etymologisk Ordbok" under the header spelling Astrid. The name would appear to be a pre-medieval form of the name."Danmarks Runeindskrifter" by Lis Jacobsen and Erik Moltke also states that asfríđr appears on a runestone (14-2). Úlfvíđr appears as a header form in Lind's "Norsk-Isländska Dopmamn". According to the rules given in Geirr-Bassi the genitive form of the name would be Úlfvíđar, whence we arrive at the submitted patronymic by the addition of -dóttir.

3. Fineamhain an Einigh Ui Concobair

Quarterly gules and azure on a fess Or three bees displayed sable

New name and device

The submitter seeks an authentic feminine Irish name of unspecified time. She will allow any changes and in the event of changes cares about language and the meaning. The desired meaning is of the name element Einigh, which the submitter believes to mean "hospitable".

Fineamhain is discussed in Mari Elspeth nic Bryan's "Index of Names in Irish Annals: Finneamhain" []. The article states that the name is the Early Modern Irish Gaelic form of a name recorded in 1387 (Finemain), 1419 (Finemhain) and 1446 (Finemhain).

The descriptive byname an Einigh is documented as meaning "the hospitable" in Mari Elspeth nic Bryan's "Index of Names in Irish Annals: Descriptive Bynames found in Feminine Names". The name is recorded in 1471.

The same article provides shows use of the name element Ui Concobair in the section on Mhór. This name was found in 1395.

Fineamhain's device

4. Henri Guiscard

New name and device submission

Quarterly gules and sable two chevronnels Or

The submitter seeks a masculine name authentic for France in the 1560's but has ticked only the culture/language checkbox. He will allow minor changes and in the event of such changes cares most about sound. Sixteen instances of Henri are listed in Arval Benicoeur's "French names from Two Thirteenth Century Chronicles: Masculine Given Names" [ crusades/crusadesHommes.html].

Instances of Henri from 1469, 1510, 1513 and 1516 may be found in Tangwystl's "Given Names from Brittany, 1384-1600" [].

Guiscard may be found in Reaney and Wilson under the header spelling Wishart, where Guisc(h)ard and Guiscart are both given as Old French versions of the name.

Henri's device

Submissions Returned by Crux

1. Ásfriđr Úlfviđardóttir

New Device

Gules three furisons and a bordure Or

This device is being returned for a redraw as the submitted emblazon was not gules and Or but rather fuchsia pink and orange. While some latitude is allowed in heraldic tinctures, the orange used in this submission pushes the boundary a bit far.

The device appears free of conflict at this time.

Asfithr's device

2. Drusticc Monaidh gel

New name and device

Sable a crescent bendwise sinister argent

The submitter wants a 7th century feminine Pictish name. She wishes it to be temporally, culturally and linguistically authentic and will allow only minor changes. She cares most about the meaning of the name, which she believes to be Drusticc of the White mountain.

Sadly there appears to be little known about Pictish naming practices, particularly those of women. Most documentation for Pictish names comes from documents written in either Latin or a Celtic languages. It should be noted that Pictish is not currently thought to be a Celtic language, but rather an indigenous which was eventually displaced by Celtic tongues. Consequently most of the primary Pictish sources for names (runestones marked with Ogham) are not translatable today. This makes constructing a Pictish name difficult and achieving authenticity harder still.

J.M.P.Calise's "Pictish Sourcebook" cites several female Picts said to be named Drusticc. Drusticc is documented as being the daughter of "Drust rex Bretan" "Drust king of the Britains". Drust is the second most common male documentable Pictish masculine name (after Brude, which is possibly a title).

The submitter has docuented Monaidh and gel from Celtic (Breton and Old Irish respectively). This combination of p and q branch Celtic languages is somewhat odd; the submitter has been advised to stick to one Celtic language in a resubmission.

We could find no evidence for Pictish names involving a locative element, such as "of the white mountain". Pictish names seem most often to employ patronymic or matronymic constructions (at least this is the case where they appear in Latin or a Celtic language). The submitter has been advised to use such a construction to best approach authenticity.

The submitted device is being returned for conflict with "Sable an increscent argent" [Sean Macaraith of Sandyhume, Jan 1973]; there is only one CD for the change in position of the crescent.

Drusticc's device

Submissions Pended by Crux

None this month.

News from Laurel LoARs

No news this month.

Crux Seal Wakeline's Signature

Wakeline de Foxley,
Crux Australis Principal Herald