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ATENVELDT COLLEGE OF HERALDS 10 July 2015, A.S. L
LETTER OF PRESENTATION Kingdom of Atenveldt

ATENVELDT COLLEGE OF HERALDS 10 July 2015, A.S. L


Unto Their Royal Majesties Morgan and Elizabeth; Baron Tymothy Smythson, Aten Principal Herald; Heralds in the Atenveldt College of Heralds; and to All Whom These Presents Come,

Greetings of the New Year from Marta as tu Mika-Mysliwy, Brickbat Herald and Parhelium Herald for the Kingdom of Atenveldt!


This is the July 2015 Atenveldt Letter of Presentation; it precedes the Letter of Intent with submissions considered for the next Letter of Intent. There are no submissions at this time for the July 2015 LoI.


Heraldry Hut: The April Heraldry Hut will be held Friday, 17 July beginning at 7:30 PM. Please contact me for location.


Please consider the following submissions for the August 2015 Letter of Intent:


Aislinn Flur MacAlister (Burning Sands): NEW NAME and DEVICE

Purpure, a lion rampant and on a chief Or, five sprigs of heather purpure, stemmed and leaved vert.

Aislinn is an SCA-compatible Gaelic name (as of August 2000). I think it has continued to be registered, but after 15 years, I may be wrong.

I find no example of the name Flur, but the meaning of the name is said to be “dream + flower,” so it's likely that it might be Fleur. Fleur is the name of a 14th-C. French saint.

MacAlister is a Scots surname, from the Scots Gaelic family name MacAlasdair (undated in Black, pp. 449-450, s.n. Macalaster). IGI records help, although the full form MacAlister does not appear until after 1650. However, the scribal abbreviation McAlister does appear in christening records earlier: Dow Mcalister was christened on 28 September, 1606, at Inverness (Batch: C110987); Mcrobie Mcalister was christened on 29 March, 1608, at Inverness (Batch: C110987) (it should be noted that her father's name was William Mcrobie Mcalister so this may be an example of surname-form middle name as given name from Scotland); William Moir Mcalister Mcwilliam was christened on 6 May, 1610, at Inverness (Batch: C110987); and Thomas Mcalister Reoche was christened on 12 October, 1609, at Inverness (Batch: C110987). The CoA allowed the registration of MacAlister.

So I've come up with a Gaelic given name + French given name + Scots surname. I can't see how to justify this.

The client desires a female name and is most interested in the meaning, “dream + flower”.

The primary charge is blazoned as a lioness. While it looks more like a lion to me, I don't have a problem blazoning it to please the client (a feline is a feline is a feline).


Attalus of Carthage (Tir Ysgithr): NEW NAME and DEVICE

Argent, a man affronty gules in a short tunic Or kneeling upon one knee and sustaining upon his shoulders a demi-roundel issuant from chief azure.

Attalus is a Classical Greek male given name. Attalus I Soter, “Attalus the Preserver”, 269-197 BCE, was a protector of the Greek cities of Anatolia[4] and viewed himself as the champion of Greeks against barbarians, particularly the Galatians (later known as the Gauls by the Romans) in Anatolia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Attalus_I , http://www.britannica.com/biograhy/Attalus-I-Soter,). The ancient city of Carthage in modern Tunisia was founded by the Phoenicians and eventually fell at the end of the third Punic War in 146 BCE

(https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_Carthage).

The client desires a male name and is most interested in the sound of the name.

I'm not sure that as submitted, the charge in chief can be construed as a demi-rounel, which I would think is a half roundel. Can anyone blazon the submitted charge more accurately.


Lachlan MacAlister (Burning Sands): NEW NAME and DEVICE

Sable, a wyvern erect gules and a bordure argent charged with six crosses crosslet gules.

Spelled as Lachlan on the name submission form, but as Lachland on the device submission form, a decision needs to be made here. Lachlann is found in Black as a given name, with the Gaelic Lachlann Makfingane in 1409, s.n. Mackinnon, and Lachlann M'Fynwyn de Myschenys in 1467. Lachlann is also dated to 1436 in Black p. 410 s.n. Lachlan.

MacAlister is a Scots surname, from the Scots Gaelic family name MacAlasdair (undated in Black, pp. 449-450, s.n. Macalaster). IGI records help, although the full form MacAlister does not appear until after 1650. However, the scribal abbreviation McAlister does appear in christening records earlier: Dow Mcalister was christened on 28 September, 1606, at Inverness (Batch: C110987); Mcrobie Mcalister was christened on 29 March, 1608, at Inverness (Batch: C110987) (it should be noted that her father's name was William Mcrobie Mcalister so this may be an example of surname-form middle name as given name from Scotland); William Moir Mcalister Mcwilliam was christened on 6 May, 1610, at Inverness (Batch: C110987); and Thomas Mcalister Reoche was christened on 12 October, 1609, at Inverness (Batch: C110987). The CoA allowed the registration of MacAlister.

The client desires a male name.


Nai Metzli Quetzaxochitl (Ered Sul): NEW NAME and DEVICE
Gules, a natural seahorse Or and a bordure argent.

The name is said to be Mayan, and no documentation was provided for the name. As found in SENA GP.2.B. The Burden of Proof: “The College of Arms and the kingdom colleges of heralds should work to provide suitable documentation to register a submission. However, it is ultimately the submitter's responsibility (italics mine) to demonstrate that a submission meets the standards set forth in these rules; a complete lack of documentation can be cause for return. It is not the responsibility of the Laurel office to demonstrate that a submission does not meet these standards...”

The client desires a female name, is most interested in the sound of the name, and would like it authentic for 5th-7th C. Mayan. (A very quick scan before posting the Letter of Presentation show Metzli and Quetzalxochitl as Nahuatl/Aztec names.)


Neot the Pict (Ered Sul): NEW NAME and DEVICE

Azure, in pale a winged fish naiant wings elevated and addorsed Or and a fishing hook argent.

No documentation was provided for the name. As found in SENA GP.2.B. The Burden of Proof: “The College of Arms and the kingdom colleges of heralds should work to provide suitable documentation to register a submission. However, it is ultimately the submitter's responsibility (italics mine) to demonstrate that a submission meets the standards set forth in these rules; a complete lack of documentation can be cause for return. It is not the responsibility of the Laurel office to demonstrate that a submission does not meet these standards...”

Fortunately, there is an individual who registered the given name (through Atenveldt, no less), Neot Fisk. St. Neot is found in the Oxford Dictionary of Saints, p. 351, dated to 877. He was a hermit and a relative of King Alfred the Great, who would visit him for his counsel; he was ordained before he departed to become a hermit in Cornwall (Catholic Online: Saints and Angels, http://www.catholic.org/saints/saint.php?saint_id=4817 ). When the name and device were registered, Laurel commented: “The given name Neot was documented as a modern form of the name of a saint who died in 870. The medieval form Niot is recorded in Asser's Vita Alfredi, written in 893. The saint gave rise to the name of a town in Cambridgeshire, whose name was spelled S' Neod in 1132 and S. Neoti in 1203, according to Ekwall, The Concise Oxford Dictionary of English Place-names, s.n. St. Neot. These spellings together support Neot as an extrapolated Middle English form of the saint's name. Furthermore, the existence of the place name shows that Saint Neot continued to be known and venerated throughout the Middle English period. Thus, Neot is registerable as a Middle English form of the saint's name via the saint's name allowance.”

The most recent registration of Pict was for Erc Mortagh the Pict, February 1992. “Consideration of Pictish Names,” Tangwystyl verch Morgant Glasvryn (http://www.s-gabriel.org/names/tangwystyl/pictnames/) deals with early, classical medieval uses of the term “Pict”and linguistic definitions, among a few other topics.
The client desires a male name and is most interested in the sound of the name. He would like the name to be authentic for an 380-400 AD Pict (language/culture and time period).
And as an addendum (stop the presses!), this is the same individual as Neot Fisk. As submission fees were included with this paperwork, is this a name and device change? If so, what should happen to the registered items if the new name and device are registered? He has the right to release or maintain the old registered name as an alternate, and to release or maintain the old device ( Azure, a horse courant and in canton a crescent argent.) as a badge.
The blazon is based on the arms of Arian Rowan of Featherfin, Azure, a winged trout naiant to sinister, wings elevated and addorsed argent, on a chief Or three frets throughout vert.


The following appear in the July 2015 Atenveldt Letter of Intent:


Dalbach mac Olcán (Granite Mountain): NEW NAME

Originally submitted as Dalbabhach Olcán, no documentation was found for the given name, and the patronymic particle was missing. Upon further consultation with the client, he is happy to accept the documented Old Irish Gaelic name Dalbach and adding the particle.

Dalbach is an Old Irish male given name dated to 800, in “Index of Names in Irish Annals: Dalbach, Dalbhach,”Mari Elspeth nic Bryan

(http://medievalscotland.org/kmo/AnnalsIndex/Masculine/Dalbach.shtml)
Olcán is the name of an early Irish saint whose feast day is February 20 (http://omniumsanctorumhiberniae.blogspot.com/2013/02/olcan-of-armoy-february-20.html)
The particle mad denotes the patronymic relationship between Dalbach and his father Olcán.
The client desires a male name and is most interested in the meaning and sound of the name. He will not accept Major Changes to the name.


Gráinne an Einigh inghean Uí Mháille (Barony of Atenveldt): DEVICE RESUBMISSION from Laurel, April 2015: Per pale argent and vert, an olive tree counterchanged fructed sable and a base rayonny Or.

The name is pended at Laurel for further commentary, until September 2015.

The original device, Per pale vert and argent, an olive tree counterchanged fructed sable and a base rayonny Or., was returned for conflict with the device of Aleyn More: Per pale vert and argent, a weeping willow counterchanged. “Both olive trees and weeping willow trees are round-shaped trees so there is no DC for type of charge. Thus, there is only one DC for adding the base.” The field tinctures and that of the tree were “flipped,” thus clearing the conflict (and hopefully avoiding the introduction of any new conflict).


Gwyneth O Callaghan (BoA): DEVICE RESUBMISSION from Laurel, May 2015: Argent, an ash tree eradicated proper and on a chief azure a sun Or between an increscent and a decrescent argent.

The name was registered May 2014.

The previous submission, as listed above, was returned “administratively. The form uploaded was hand-colored while the emblazon in OSCAR was computer-colorized, which has long been a cause for return.” The problem has been corrected.


Sayyid ibn Tariq al-Muhibb (Twin Moons): NEW DEVICE: Vert, a pile bendwise issuant from sinister base, in sinister chief the miniscule Greek letter pi argent.

The name was registered June 2014.

Various forms of Greek letters appear in https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Greek_alphabet under the section “Letter Shapes”. The accompanying text says “in the 9th and 10th century, uncial book hands were replaced with a new, more compact writing style, with letter forms partly adapted from the earlier cursive. This minuscule style remained the dominant form of handwritten Greek into the modern era."


Yehoshua ben Abraam (BoA): DEVICE RESUBMISSION from Laurel, February 2015: Or, two pea-vines fructed and entwined, on a chief vert three stars of David Or.

The name was registered July 2009.

The previous submission, Or, two pea-vines fructed and entwined about a stake, on a chief vert three stars of David Or.,” was returned for redraw, for violating SENA A2C2: "Elements must be drawn to be identifiable. Many commenters were unable to identify the stake as an element independent from the plant.” The stake has been removed.

Pea-plants/ pea-vines figure prominently into the civic arms of Gorokhovets (Vladimir oblast), http://www.civicheraldry.com/page/2964, a river port first mentioned in 1239, when it was sacked by the Mongols, and in 1539, when it a avoided destruction by the Tatars. The name of the city comes from the Russian, gorokh, “peas” (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gorokhovets,_Vladimir_Oblast).


The following appear in the June 2015 Atenveldt Letter of Intent:

I was assisted in the preparation of this Letter of Intent by Alys Mackyntoich, Andreas Lucernensis, Christian Jorgensen af Hilsonger, Christopher Devereux, ffride wlffsdotter, Gawain of Miskbridge, Jeanne Marie Lacroix (Noir Licorne).

This Letter of Intent is dated 30 June 2015.


Adheliza Stjarna: NEW DEVICE: Argent, a Viking ship and in dexter chief a mullet of eight points azure.

Several commenters noted that the mullet was not a “simple” one of eight points, but rather a mullet of four greater and four lesser points (it's a SFPP, but the only one in the design). There was also some issue with the display on the sails, and how the ship should be blazoned; as she has a Norse persona, I think she's prefer that it's blazoned as a drakkar.


Bartholomew of Wolfetwain (BoA): NEW DEVICE CHANGE

Gules, a saltire Or, overall in base two grey wolf's heads erased addorsed conjoined at the necks proper. [Canis lupus]

The name was registered February 1981.

Way back when, the client's device was registered as Gules, a saltire Or, overall in base two grey wolf's heads erased addorsed conjoined at the necks proper. [Canis lupus], with the wolf's heads somehow migrating downward and being registered in base. He's never been happy with this conclusion, and lo, after these many years, would like to change his device so the heads can be returned to where he's always wanted them to be. If registered, he wishes to release his old device.


Brian Winterbourne: NEW NAME CHANGE from Brian the Pious, AND NEW DEVICE: Azure, a sun argent charged with six pheons in annulo points to center azure and in chief a coronet embattled argent.

His Excellency just stepped down as King of Atenveldt on 2 May 2015 (http://www.atenveldt.org/Heraldry/OrderofPrecedence/memid/2097). Brian's county was awarded on 2 May 2015.


Duncan Redfern: NEW NAME and DEVICE: Per fess Or and argent, a griffin passant contourny sable and two fern fronds crossed in saltire gules.

This is an English and Scot name element combination, which is permitted.


Elizabeth Redfern: NEW NAME


Emelyn Fraser (BoA): NEW HOUSEHOLD NAME, Stonegard Keep, and BADGE: (fieldless) A bat-winged sphinx sejant erect sable, face argent.


Granite Mountain, Barony of (Granite Mountain): BADGE RESUBMISSION for the Order of Beauty of Granite Mountain from Laurel, April 2015: Per fess indented vert and sable, a pen bendwise sinister issuant from an inkwell Or.

The Order name was registered April 2015.

The badge submission was returned administratively, as the hand-colored form uploaded did not match the computer-generated mini emblazon apparent in OSCAR. Corrections have been made.


Gunnarr Berserkr: NAME RESUBMISSION from Laurel, March 2015


Gunnvarðr Egilsson (Mons Tonitrus): NEW NAME


Haukr Bjarnarson: NEW NAME CHANGE from William of Lochridge


Isabeau della Farfalla (BoA): NEW BADGE: Sable, a crescent argent charged with a butterfly azure.


Ismeralda Franceska Rusciolelli da Vale (Granite Mountain): NEW BADGE: (fieldless) A human breast proper distilling three gouts Or.


Lia Winterbourne (Granite Mountain): NEW NAME CHANGE

Michaelis Aurelius (Twin Moons): NEW BADGE: Per bend azure and purpure, on a bend engouled of two lions' heads Or, three gunstones.


Michaelis Aurelius (Twin Moons): NEW BADGE: (Fieldless) On a bend engouled of two lions' heads Or three gunstones, overall a rapier bendwise sinister inverted Or.


The following submissions were registered by the SCA College of Arms, April 2015:


Granite Mountain, Barony of. Order name Order of Finesse of Granite Mountain and badge. Per fess indented vert and sable, a rapier Or and a bordure erminois.

This order name follows the pattern of naming orders after desirable traits or abstract virtue. In commentary, Lions Heart documented Finesse as a word meaning "Delicacy or subtlety of manipulation or discrimation; refinement, refined grace" and "Artfulness, cunning, subtle strategy", dated to the 16th century (Oxford English Dictioanry).
Granite Mountain, Barony of. Order name Order of Beauty of Granite Mountain.
Submitted as Order of the Beauty of Granite Mountain, we have removed the definite article the to follow the pattern of orders named after abstract qualities.
Granite Mountain, Barony of. Order name Order of Fury of Granite Mountain and badge. Per fess indented vert and sable, a Thor's hammer Or and a bordure erminois.
Submitted as Order of the Fury of Granite Mountain, Fury is a late period English surname that can be used as a given name. Therefore, this order name follows the pattern of an order named after an individual. We have removed the article the to follow the attested pattern.
Granite Mountain, Barony of. Order name Order of the Golden Heart of Granite Mountain and badge. Per fess indented vert and sable, a heart and an ermine spot Or, a bordure erminois.
Granite Mountain, Barony of. Order name Order of the Leaf of Granite Mountain and badge. Per fess indented vert and sable, an oak leaf bendwise sinister inverted Or, a bordure erminois.
Granite Mountain, Barony of. Order name Order of Peregrine of Granite Mountain.
Submitted as Order of the Peregrine of Granite Mountain, the Letter of Intent argued that this order is named for a person, as a peregrine is a pilgrim or traveller in a foreign land. The examples of orders named after people or groups of people are the Order of the Grail-Templars of Saint George and the Order of the Fool. A fool is known by distinctive dress, so is a plausible heraldic charge. In June 2014, we ruled:
'Submitted as Award of the Hero of the Middle Marches, the cited examples support the patterns of a type of person as a heraldic charge (known by a distinctive manner of dress, as a fool or a monk), and of a legendary group of people like the Grail-Templars (most likely the Arthurian knights). A hero does not follow either of these patterns. It is a generic term that is not associated with a particular depiction that would be known by people in period.'
Similarly, a pilgrim is a generic term, not associated with a particular heraldic depiction. However, Peregrine can be documented as a given name. Therefore, we have changed it to Order of Peregrine of Granite Mountain in order to register the name. This follows the period pattern of an order named for an individual.
Granite Mountain, Barony of. Order name Order of the Roots of Granite Mountain and badge. Per fess indented vert and sable, a tree eradicated Or and a bordure erminois.
Recently, we ruled the following: 'Parker, s.n. tree notes that parts of trees, such as the trunk, branches, stumps, and stock, are used as heraldic charges. In Heraldic Badges (https://books.google.com/books?id=x8ETAAAAYAAJ, p. 78), Fox-Davies blazons the badge of John of Lancaster, Duke of Bedford (a son of Henry IV) as "the root of a tree couped and eradicated or". As documented by the submitter, this badge was referenced in a 15th century poem concerning the death of the Duke, which stated, "The Rote is dead", and both roots and eradicated stumps appear prominently in the page depicting the Duke in the Bedford Hours from the same century (British Library Add. MS 18850, f.256v; http://www.bl.uk/manuscripts/Viewer.aspx?ref=add_ms_18850_f256v). In addition, Fox-Davies (ibid., p. 104) also includes the canting badge of Thomas of Woodstock, Duke of Gloucester (a son of Edward III), found on a seal: "the stock or root of a tree".
'Root is the lingua Anglica form of the Middle English Rote or Roote. The Middle English Dictionary defines the term both as "a root of a tree or other plant" and "the base of a tree trunk", so it appears as though this term was used in period to refer to both the eradicated stump/stock and the roots themselves. In addition, modern sources consistently refer to the Duke of Bedford's badge as a root or tree-root. Therefore, we are able to give the Barony the benefit of the doubt that root is a plausible blazonry term for a period heraldic charge, and can register this order name as submitted. [Atenveldt, Barony of. Order name Order of the Root of the Barony of Atenveldt, December 2014, A-Atenveldt]'
Therefore, we are able to register this order name.
Granite Mountain, Barony of. Badge. Per fess indented vert and sable, a vol Or and a bordure erminois.
Helena Harra Arial. Name and device. Per bend sinister azure and gules, a moth Or and a scorpion argent.
Jaku'an Kakujo. Badge. Sable, a hemp leaf within an annulet argent.
This is the defining instance of an hemp leaf. The submitter has documented both the knowledge and use of the plant in period Europe as well as the use of the plant in heraldry in 1461/2.
Please advise the submitter to draw the leaf entirely vertically so there is no ambiguity about its orientation.
Muirenn ben Duibh Dara. Name and device. Vert, a mermaid head facing to sinister argent drawing a bow with an arrow nocked sable and on a chief argent two sprigs vert fructed proper.
In commentary, Brían dorcha ua Conaill noted that Duibh Dara is a plausible 12th century form, although Duib Dara is the expected form. Therefore, we are able to give the submitted form the benefit of the doubt.
Unna Hjalmarsdottir. Name change from Francesca Valentina d'Ivrea and device change. Or, on a bend sinister wavy azure between a helm affronty and a drakkar sable, a scarpe wavy argent.
Hjalmarsdottir is a patronym constructed from the attested name Hiálmarr/Hjálmarr. The submitter's previous name, Francesca Valentina d'Ivrea, is retained as an alternate name.
The submitter's old device, Argent, a violet purpure slipped and leaved vert, a chief embattled gules, is retained as a badge.

The following submissions were returned by the Atenveldt CoH for further work, April 2015:


Gráinne an Einigh inghean Uí Mháille. Device (see PENDS for name). Per pale vert and argent, an olive tree counterchanged fructed sable and a base rayonny Or.
This device is returned for conflict with the device of Aleyn More: Per pale vert and argent, a weeping willow counterchanged. Both olive trees and weeping willow trees are round-shaped trees so there is no DC for type of charge. Thus, there is only one DC for adding the base.

Granite Mountain, Barony of. Badge for Order of Beauty of Granite Mountain. Per fess indented vert and sable, a pen bendwise sinister issuant from an inkwell Or.

This device submission is returned administratively: the hand-colored form uploaded does not match the computer-generated mini emblazon apparent in OSCAR. In particular, the bordure erminois on the submission form, although blazoned, is absent from the emblazon on the Letter of Intent. Computer-colorizing the OSCAR emblazons is in itself cause for return, as commenters need to be able to see the tinctures as they appear on the form.

Granite Mountain, Barony of. Badge for Order of Peregrine of Granite Mountain. Per fess indented vert and sable, a falcon rising Or and a bordure erminois.

This badge is returned for conflict with the device of Wilhelm von Adlersheim: Per bend sinister sable and gules, an eagle rising, wings elevated and inverted Or, a bordure erminois. There is only one DC for changing the field.

Sibyll Hunter. Device. Erminois, three wolf's teeth issuant from dexter and three wolf's teeth issuant from sinister sable and in chief a fox salient gules marked sable.

This device is returned for redraw, for violating SENA A2C2 which states "Elements must be drawn to be identifiable." Most commenters couldn't identify the fox. Blazoned on the Letter of Intent as co-primary fox and wolf's teeth, this arrangement would need to be documented.

On redesign, let the submitter know that the wolf's teeth should be nearly touching at the center - there should not be enough space for the ermine spot there.


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