Black Lion

Black Lion is the Principal Herald of the Kingdom of An Tir, responsible for the administration of the An Tir College of Heralds and the promotion and exercise of heraldic activity throughout the kingdom and its principalities. Black Lion reports to the Laurel Sovereign of Arms, serving at the pleasure of both the Crown of An Tir and the Laurel office.

This is a high-profile leadership position, with direct supervision of over two dozen officers and every local branch pursuivant, as well as general guidance of many heralds-at-large. As such, there may from time to time be more intimate exposure to the private, interpersonal issues of others, where the goal is to help them successfully balance their personal life with their office.

A successful Black Lion will be:


As a Greater Officer of State, general responsibilities and requirements are found in Article III.C of the Laws of the Kingdom of An Tir, including but not limited to specific responsibilities copied below:

As a Principal Herald, further responsibilities are outlined in the Administrative Handbook of the SCA College of Arms, § X. Such responsibilities outlined include:

Additional duties:


Time Requirements:

Knowledge of any specific function, such as book or voice, are not required for success in this office, but general heraldic knowledge and the ability to quickly learn and disseminate knowledge will be useful. Questions from the populace, from officers, and from the Crown are to be expected.

This office has responsibilities as part of the Financial Committee.