Lady Richenda du Jardin, Lions Blood Herald
524 W. 7th Avenue, #510 Spokane, WA 99204
509-455-5137 or email@example.com
3 June 2005
Unto Christopher Black Lion and the esteemed members of the An Tir College of Heralds to whom this missive comes, Richenda du Jardin, Lions Blood Herald, sends greetings and felicitations.
NEW COMMENTARY DEADLINE: COMMENTARY ON SUBMISSION IS DUE ON THE 10TH DAY OF THE MONTH IN WHICH THEY WILL BE DECIDED. COMMENTARY ON THESE NEW SUBMISSION IS DUE, THEREFORE, ON SEPTEMBER 10.
The July Lions Blood meeting will be held in my home on July 24, 2005.
From the West: Take your best route to I-90. Get off on exit 280 (Lincoln Ave/Maple Ave.). Go through two lights and turn right at the next intersection (Jefferson). Go one block and turn left (Fifth). Turn right at the fourth stop sign (Howard). Follow Howard for two blocks — find whatever parking you can in the second block as parking is rather tight. Walk up to 7th and I am in the brick building on the left (524 W 7th.). Buzz apartment #510 and someone will be down to get you.
From the East: Take your best route to I-90. Get off on exit 280 (Lincoln Ave/Maple Ave.). Turn left at the second light (Second). Turn left at the second light (Fourth). Turn right at the next intersection (Jefferson). Go one block and turn left (Fifth). Turn right at the fourth stop sign (Howard). Follow Howard for two blocks — find whatever parking you can in the second block as parking is rather tight. Walk up to 7th and I am in the brick building on the left (524 W 7th.). Buzz apartment #510 and someone will be down to get you.
Limited crash space will be available.
From Black Lion
An Tir, Christopher Black Lion sends you Greetings!
I am going to reserve my words for next month. Instead I bring you an important announcement from Argent Scroll Herald who is in charge of Heraldic Symposium. This year's symposium was very successful, I would like to see next year's be even more so!
In Service to Kingdom and College,
Christopher Black Lion
From Lions Blood
Greetings unto the College of Heralds of An Tir. It is my honor to be allowed to serve as the new Lions Blood Herald. I want to extend my thanks to Baron David for the wonderful job he did as Lions Blood. I hope I do half as well.
I hope that everyone who has been commenting will continue doing so. Commentary is essential if we are to continue providing high quality submissions to the Laurel Queen of Arms. I wish to encourage anyone with interest to comment. Commenting is an excellent way to learn about heraldry and period heraldic and onomastic practices. I am looking for contact info for the following heralds:
I am still looking for letters of intent for Boar Pursuivant. Boar is responsible for summarizing the information provided by submitters for the internal letter. Baron David has agreed to fill that role in the short term, but I do not want to abuse his generosity.
Finally, I am setting a non-moving deadline for commentary. This will allow me more time to review commentary prior to meetings, hopefully providing for short, sweet meetings while still giving each submission the attention it needs.
Richenda Lions Blood
From Argent Scroll
Greetings from Morel Argent Scroll Herald
It is the time of year to begin planning for An Tir Kingdom Heraldic Symposium 2006. To this end, we are now taking bids from branches interested in hosting the spring session of Symposium.
Hosting an Heraldic Symposium is similar to hosting an Ithra weekend in respect to space and billeting needs. But the hosting branch doesn't have to worry about teachers, class schedules and student registrations - Argent Scroll Herald will take care of that.
The hosting branch will provide the autocrat, the venue, and take care of the Crier event submissions and other "advertising." Basically - the site and evening plans are the hosts responsibilities, while the classes and students are Argent Scroll's responsibilities.
Heraldic Symposium is held in the spring, usually March or April, but never on Easter weekend. If you are interesting in putting in a bid to host ATKHS 2006, please consider the following needs:
Symposium can be held in a school/university, a large church with`classrooms, and has even been held in a recreation center.
The Saturday evening feast is usually an event in itself though sometimes it is a quieter affair with students, teachers, and organizers. Heraldic themed activities are usually incorporated (we can give you ideas!).
Bids should be submitted to Argent Scroll and Black Lion. They can be submitted electronically (in text, postscript, or PDF only, no proprietary formats please) to firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com or by mailing them to both people (addresses are in the Regnum). They are due August 30, 2005 with the decision to be made and announced shortly thereafter so calendar reservations can be made.
If you have any questions, I check my email daily at firstname.lastname@example.org and will be happy to answer. I'm not on the Steps so please write me privately.
Yours in Service
Morel Argent Scroll
The Laurel Letter of Acceptances and Returns for April 2005 has been published. An Tir had no material on that letter, so no information is included here.
The following actions were taken by Lions Blood Herald at the June 2005 Lions Blood Meeting. He thanks the following people for offering commentary on the submissions considered at that meeting: Francesca Testarosa dei Martini, Zenobia Black Stag, Sandor Dosa, Ursula Georges, Gunnvor silfraharr, Cnute, Gwenlian Sinister Gauntlet, Esclarmonde Wyewood.
Forwarded to Laurel Sovereign of Arms on the June 2005 LoI:
The following items were returned by Lions Blood for further work:
[A yale passant argent spotted gules] Conflict with ... An antelope statant argent. By the precedent set in August 1991 LoAR (p. 21, s.n. Jervisa Wainwright), there is not a CD between an antelope and a yale, and by the precedent set in November 1995 (p. 13, s.n. Ciar´n Dubh Ó Tuathail), the spots on a yale can be drawn or left off at the artist's discretion and thus do not generate difference.
Katerin ferch Gwenllian. Badge. Per bend sinister nebuly azure and sable, in bend a Norse sun cross argent and double rose argent and azure.While the complex line in Katerin's badge was nebuly, the complex line in Tymm's was wavy as is the line, the same problem that necessitated Katerin and Tymm's return also require return of Owain's device.
This has an unregisterable low-contrast complex line of division: “… Finally, we no longer allow combining azure and sable with a complex line of division.” (Sep 1997, Returns, Trimaris, Tymm Colbert le Gard) This is one of the combinations that has been held to violate RfS VIII.3, Armorial Identifiability, even without a charge overlying it.
To be ruled on at the August 2005 Lions Blood Meeting.
|1. Alienor Sanz-Argent||Lions Gate||Name & Device — New|
Sable a cross Toulousse Or voided gules, a bordoure gyranny Or and gules
The submitter will not accept major changes to her name. If changes are required, she is more interested in language/culture (Norman). She wants a female name, and is interested in a name authentic for the time period 12th to 14th century and Norman 1250-1325 (both references are included on form). She will permit a holding name.
Alienor is found in Academy of St. Gabriel Report 2857, http://www.s-gabriel.org/2857, and in Report 2697, http://www.s-gabriel.org/2697. The first report suggests this spelling is found in 1281. The second report indicates that this spelling can be dated to 1202 and 1211 (and that Alianor is dated to 1281-another name in the same sentence in the first report). Both of these reports rely on Talan Gwynek, “Feminine Given Names in A Dictionary of English Surnames”, http://www.s-gabriel.org/names/talan/reaney/ (copy not provided).
Sanz-Argent is found in Colm Dubh, “An Index to the Given Names in the 1292 Census of Paris”, http://www.sca.org/heraldry/laurel/names/paris.html, sub Letoys, where it lists “Letoys, fille Aaliz Sanz-Argent.”
|2. An Tir, Kingdom of — Electrum Herald||Transfer of Title - New|
The title was registered in May 1986. It is being transferred to David of Moffat. The letter of transfer was signed by TRM Skeggi and Taisiia, King and Queen of An Tir, and Christopher, Black Lion Principal Herald
|3. An Tir, Kingdom of — Voice of the Lion Herald||Release of Title — New|
This title was registered ***. TRM Skeggi and Taisiia, and Christopher Black Lion signed the letter releasing the “Voice of the Lion Herald” title, while retaining Vox Leonis Herald.
|4. Angharad Banadaspus Drakenhefd||Aquaterra||
Change of Name & Device— New
from Angharad Drakenhefd o Fynydd Blaena
Argent, a horse courant sable between two bars purpure between three roses sable
The submitter will accept no changes to her name. She does not care about the gender of her name, and wants a name authentic for “5th Century Post Roman British/Sarmatian”
Angharad and Drakenhefd are already registered to the submitter. Drakenhefd was registered as a Middle English version of Pendragon/Dragon head.
Banadaspus is the name of the second king of the Marcomani. The source for this name is Dio's Roman History, with an English Translation by Earnest Cary, p. 35, where the editor dates this to AD 175. The history indicates that as a result of the events described there, this tribe was defeated by Emperor Marcus Aurelius, who required the tribe to remove themselves from near the Danube, and some 5500 were sent as recruits to Britain.
If this change of name is registered, her prior name should be released.
If this change of device is registered, her prior device, argent, a natural panther passant sable between two bars purpure between three roses sable, should be made a badge
|5. Angharad Banadaspus Drakenhefd||Aquaterra||Transfer of Badge— New|
Sable, a hart rampant to sinister within a bordure argent
A letter transferring the badge to Arias the Innkeeper's Daughter is enclosed.
|6. Arias the Innkeeper's Daughter||Madrone||Device change — New|
Gules, a boar rampant to sinister argent and on a chief checky sable and argent three acorns gules
The submitter's name was registered in approximately July 1980.
If this change is registered, she desires to release her prior device, Gules, a boar rampant to sinister argent and in chief two suns Or, eclipsed sable.
|7. Arias the Innkeeper's Daughter||Madrone||Badge Release — New|
Azure, a youth dancing to sinister playing a straight trumpet upraised Or, in sinister chief a sun Or eclipsed sable.
A letter from the submitter releasing this badge registered in July 1980 is enclosed.
|8. Arias the Innkeeper's Daughter||Madrone||Badge Release — New|
Purpure, on a sun eclipsed proper a straight trumpet fesswise reversed Or
A letter from the submitter releasing this badge registered in February 1981 is enclosed.
|9. Arias the Innkeeper's Daughter||Madrone||Badge — Acceptance of Transfer — New|
Sable, a hart rampant to sinister within a bordure argent
This submitter's name was registered in July 1980.
This badge is presently registered to Angharad Drakenhefd o Flynydd Blaena (whose name is undergoing a change above).
A letter accepting transfer of the badge is enclosed.
|10. David of Moffat- Electrum Herald||Glymm Mere||Acceptance of Transfer — New|
His name was registered in December 1981. He has provided a letter accepting transfer of the heraldic title Electrum Herald.
|11. Elizabeth Drake||Glyn Dwfn||Device -Resubmission in Kingdom|
Per chevron Vert and Argent in Base a Dragon Rampant Gules in Chief two mullets of 7 points Argent a bordure counterchanged.
The submitter's name was registered in the April 2003 LoAR.
This submitter's prior device, Argent, a dragon passant [contourny] vert (maintaining) a rose azure all within an orle sable, was returned in December 2002 for artistic problems. These problems have been eliminated by this redesign.
|12. ffolan O Banan||Aquaterra||Device -Resubmission in Kingdom|
Per chevron sable and vert, a tree blasted and eradicated within seven mullets of eight points in annulo argent.
The submitter's name submission is on the February 2005 An Tir Letter of Intent.
The submitter's prior submission, Vert, a tree blasted and eradicated between seven mullets of eight points in annulo argent, was returned in kingdom in February 2005 for three reasons: 1) the dark grey used to color the argent charges rendered in effectively sable charges on a vert field, 2) the mullets were sufficiently small as to render them unidentifiable in the dark color used, and 3) the design probably conflicted with the protected armory of Ioseph of Locksley, the Rhymer, Vert, a tree eradicated argent, with one CD for the addition of the secondary mullets, but nothing for the minor differences between a tree and a tree blasted, given the conflicting precedents on whether there is a CD between the two.
|13. Hallbera sneypir Vigbjarnardottir||Shittemwoode||Device — resubmission|
Per chevron azure and Or, two mullets of eight points Or and a bear rampant sable.
This submitter's name was registered in the January 2005 LoAR.
The prior submission of this submitter, with an identical blazon was included in the June 2004 Internal Letter. However, while her name was forwarded to Laurel in the August 2004 An Tir Letter of Intent, her device was neither forwarded, nor was a letter of return issued. Therefore, we are unable to determine if or why this submission was not forwarded to Laurel, and it is being treated as a resubmission.
|14. Joia von Berengereshagen||Dragon's Mist||Name & Device — New|
Vert, on a bend sinister argent three roses gules between two lions sejant argent
The submitter will accept any changes to her name. If changes are required, she is more interested in the sound. She wants a female name. She is interested in a name authentic for 12th century time period. Her documentation summary indicates she is aware of the mixed language issue, but “cares most about first name so is cool with the weirdness.”
Joia is found in “Feminine Given Names in A Dictionary of English Surnames, Part Three: The Names H-Z.” http://www.sca.org/heraldry/laurel/reaneyHZ.html where under Joy, Joia is dated to 1195.
Berengereshagen is found in Bahlow, Dictionary of German Names (translated by Gentry), sn Beringer, where it states “also present in the pl.n. Ro: Bargeshagen: Berengereshagen, 1128.”
Precedents from the compiled names precedents indicate that a name of English and German is a weirdness but registerable.
|15. Katelijne van der Ast||Avacal||Name and Device — New|
Quarterly Gules and Sable A Tree Eradicated Ermine
The submitter will not accept any changes to her name. She makes no indication concerning desired gender of her name, she is not interested in an authentic name, but will accept a holding name.
Katelijne is documented from the online Dictionary of Art, sub Pieter Coeke van Aelst I, http://www.groveart.com (a full citation for this article would be nice — got chopped in the printing), where it indicates that Katelijne was one of Pieter's daughters. Pieter is dated as born 1520 and died 1550 from the Netherlands.
Van der Ast is documented from this same source sub Baltthasar van der Ast, who is dated born 1593-4, died 1657 and described as a Dutch painter.
|16. Katelijne van der Ast||Avacal||Badge — New|
[(fieldless)] A Tree Eradicated Ermine.
The submitter's name is submitted above.
|17. Lions Gate, Barony of — Order of the Keystone of Lions Gate||Order Name — New|
The submitter will not accept major changes to the name. If changes are required, the submitter is more interested in the sound of the name. The submitter does not care about authenticity.
The Branch name was registered in September 1986.
Keystone is documented from the Oxford English Dictionary, sub Keystone, where the word is dated to 1637.
A letter of permission to conflict with the “Order of the Keystone” registered to the Kingdom of Aethelmearc is provided.
|18. Otger die Wilde||Aquaterra||Name and Device - New|
Per bend Or and gules, a horse rampant contourney counterchanged.
The submitter will not accept changes to his name. The desired gender of the name is male. He expresses no interest in an authentic name. But will accept a holding name.
Otger is found in “Given names in the Low Lands 1250-1300”, http://www.keesn.nl/name13/re13en.htm, which is described as “a survey of given names in Flanders, Holland, Brabant and Groningen in the High Middle Ages.” In the site, under list 3 under Od + -ger is found Otger, from Dordrecht, citing as the source for this information, Burgers, et al, eds, De oudste stadsrekeningen van Dordrecht 1283-1287, Verloren, Hilv, 1995. Two examples of this name apparently appear in that source.
The byname comes from Aryanhwy merch Catmael, “15th Century Dutch Names” (no URL provided), containing names from 1422 to 1534, amongst which is found “die Wilde” dated to 1432-1433.
|19. Raven mac Uilliam mhic Fearchar||Lions Gate||Device — Resubmission|
Per chevron sable and argent two drums and a raven close to sinister counterchanged.
The submitter's name is on the January 2005 An Tir Letter of Intent.
His prior submission, Per chevron sable and argent, two drums and a raven counterchanged, was returned in January 2005 for conflict with Marya Tatiana Zvesdina, Per chevron sable and argent, two mullets and a swan naiant counterchanged, and Damian Charles of Evotstarn, Per chevron throughout sable and argent, two pheons inverted and an owl counterchanged, with in each case, one CD allowed for the change of type of primaries, but nothing for the positions of the various charges. This redesign should clear the conflict.
|20. Robin of Thornwood||Madrone||Device — New|
Argent a robin proper between three hawthorn trees blossomed proper eradicated and a bordure vert.
The submitter's name was registered in the June 2001 LoAR.
In this device, the robin proper is black with red on the front half of the face and all the breast. The hawthorn tree proper is black trunk, green foliage and white flowers.
|21. Robin of Thornwood||Madrone||Badge — New|
Fieldless, a robin proper.
The submitter's name was registered in the June 2001 LoAR.
In this badge, the robin proper has black back, wings and back of the head, red front half of head, and upper half of the breast, and white lower half of the breast. There is no black line of demarcation between these three color changes.
|22. Symmonne Deccarrete de Villette||Wealdsmere||Badge — New|
Argent, a fleur de lis per pale sable and azure, a bordure sable.
This submitter's name was registered in January 2003, changed to primary in January 2004, and spelling correction to the primary requested in the May 2005 An Tir Letter of Intent.
|23. Tessa Tazzi||Aquaterra||Name & Device — New|
Per chevron Or and gules two cups and issuant from base a demi-sun counterchanged.
The submitter will accept minor changes to her name, and is interested in sound and language/culture is changes must be made. She nots “no ‘a’ sound on last name, Italian.” She wants a female name, expresses no concern about authenticity, but will accept a holding name.
Both elements are documented from the Herlihy, “Online Catasto of 1427”, http://www.stg.brown.edu/projects/catasto where two persons with the family name Tazzi are found in a search, and fiven persons with the given name Tessa are found in a search.
|24. Uilliam mac Ailene mhic Seaumais||Seagirt||Badge — New|
(Fieldless) a two-headed domestic cat sejant affronty tail wrapped around the legs and heads addorsed sable, orbed and gorged of a pearled coronet Or.
The submitter's name change from William the Mariner is on the January 2005 An Tir Letter of Intent. If the name change and this are registered, he wants to associate this badge with the William the Mariner name.
|25. Uilliam mac Fearchar mhic Gille Aindrias — Clan MacAndrew||Lions Gate||Household name - New|
The submitter will not accept major changes to this name, but if changes are required he is more interested in the “language/culture” “Scottish/English”, does not care about the gender of the name, and is interested in a name authentic for the Scottish/English language or culture.
The submitter's personal name is on the January 2005 An Tir Letter of Intent, where it is submitted as a name change from the presently registered William MacAndrew of Balnagowan, registered November 1991.
For this household name, he relies on St. Gabriel report 1416, http://www.s-gabriel.org/1416 which indicates “Andrew MacGregor” would be a “fine Scots name” towards the end of the 14th century.
In addition, he relies on Krossa, “Medieval Gaelic Clan, Household and Other Group Names”, http://www.medievalscotland.org/scotsnames/households.shtml, where it indicates clan is the English/Scots word derived from the Gaelic Clann, meaning children, used in the middle ages as one of several different terms used for a ruling noble kindred, and which indicates that “the basic pattern for the names of medieval Gaelic clans is: <clan term><epomymous clan ancestor's name(in genitive case & sometimes lenited)>”. The author notes to the reader “do not try to use the above explanations to recreate anything but the Gaelic names of Gaelic clans!”
MacAndrew is the header spelling in Black, Surnames of Scotland, sn MacAndrew, where the form Thomas McAndrew vic William Guy is dated to 1618, and Makallum MacAndro in Murthlac is dated to 1550.
In service to Kingdom and College,
Richenda du Jardin
Uilliam mac Aillén vhic Séamus
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