Alys Mackyntoich

7 June 2014

Unto the East Kingdom College of Heralds, upon the Feast of Saint Willibald, greetings and every good thing! Here is the Letter of Decisions for the Internal Letter of Intent issued on April 27, 2014. I am experimenting with a different form of Letter of Decision, omitting the original documentation from my write-up in an effort to streamline the decision-making process. Please let me know your thoughts on this format as opposed to the traditional format.

The following commenters who provided assistance this month: Abdullah ibn Harun al-Qurtubi, Arwyn of Leicester, Aryanhwy merch Catmael (Schwarzdrachen), Brenna Lowri o Ruthin, Brunissende Dragonette (Wreath-elect), Caoimhin McKee (Sanglier Rouge), Charitye Dale (Diademe), Donovan Shinnock, Dorcas Whitecap (Gold Falcon Emeritus), Eleazar ha-Levi, ffride wlffsdotter (Goutte d'Eau), Francesco Gaetano Greco d'Edessa (Seahorse), Gawain of Miskbridge (Green Anchor), Grímólfr Skúlason, Gunnvor silfraharr (Orle), Kolosvari Arpadne Julia, Maridonna Benvenuti, Marie de Blois (Palimpsest), Michel von Schiltach, Modar Neznanich (Volk), Rohese de Dinan (Shadowdale Pursuivant, Ryan McWhyte (Brigantia), Simeon ben Iucef de Alcacar, Tanczos Istvan (Non Scripta), Togashi Kih{o-}, Vettorio Antonello and Yehuda ben Moshe (Elmet). Thank you all. Your commentary makes my job so much easier.

Always your servant,
Alys Mackyntoich
Blue Tyger Herald

1: Adelina fýri - New Name Forwarded and New Device Forwarded

Or, on a dance purpure between three flames gules, a square-linked chain throughout argent

Some commenters questioned whether the chain in the emblazon was identifiable. On the whole, I feel that it is identifiable and within the acceptable range of artistic license. However, I have also tweaked the blazon to specify that it is a square-linked chain throughout, as depicted in the emblazon.

2: Attila Soldus - New Device Forwarded

Per bend sinister vert and argent, a domestic cat sejant regardant contourney and a cross crosslet fitchy counterchanged

At the suggestion of commenters, I have noted that the cat is a domestic cat, rather than a catamount.

3: Bernhard Brakelmann - New Name Forwarded and New Device Forwarded

Or, a cross between in sinister chief three lozenges in fess and in sinister base an annulet gules

As support for the byname, the submitter cited to Bahlow s.n. Brackel(mann), which dates the spelling Brackelman to 1376. Brackelmann seems a reasonable variant. In fact, the -nn spelling appears in the Family Search Historical Records in the gray period:

Catharina Brackelmann; Female; Marriage; 03 Nov 1650; Sankt Marien Evangelisch, Dortmund, Westfalen, Prussia; Batch: M97363-1
This device presents a thorny problem. The unusual arrangement of the charges is not documented and does not resemble any period arrangement of which commenters were aware. The arrangement of the charges is not one of the period arrangements found in Appendix J. However, only four people commented on this device during Kingdom commentary. In fairness to the submitter, I am forwarding this device in the hope that the wide community of Society-level commenters may find something to support this design.

4: Black Rose, March of the - New Badge Forwarded

(Fieldless) On a rose per pale sable and argent, two feathers conjoined in pile counterchanged

This submission is to be associated with Shire newsletter, The Thorn

As the Calontiri commenting group correctly pointed out, although blazoned as quill pens, the charges on the rose are actually feathers. Quill pens have the vanes stripped off well up the quill. Here, the vanes come down nearly to the end of the feather. This badge should be clear of Jonas Aquilian (9/1991, Caid): (Fieldless) A rose per pale sable and argent barbed and seeded proper, with one DC for fieldlessness and a second DC for adding two tertiary charges (the feathers).

The March has asked that this badge be associated with its Shire newsletter. Question was raised whether associating badge with a newsletter effectively circumvents the policy against allowing local officers to register their own officer badges. This is a question best addressed by Wreath and Laurel.

5: Brigit inghean ui Dhomhnaill - New Household Name Returned

House Hammerfall

Absolutely no documentation was provided for this household name. Commenters were unable to provide any supporting documentation. Therefore, lacking documentation, this household name must be returned. If the submitter wishes to resubmit, I note that the pattern House + [name element] will need to be documented, as it has not yet been.

6: Brigit inghean ui Dhomhnaill - New Badge Forwarded

Sable, a Thor's hammer argent charged on the head with a triquetra sable

This badge appears to be clear of Hrørekr i Haukhaufdh (June 1994, Drachenwald)): Sable, a Thor's hammer argent within a bordure argent pellety and Calontir, Kingdom of (October 1996, Calontir): Sable, a smith's hammer a bordure argent. In both cases there is a DC for removing the secondary and adding the tertiary triquetra. For the same reasons, it also appears to be clear of Eric the Bald (October 2000, Atenveldt): Sable, a sledge hammer argent within a bordure rayonny Or.

7: Brunissende Dragonette - New Badge Forwarded

(Fieldless) A domed oven gules vented argent

8: Carillion, Barony of - New Badge Returned

(Fieldless) A man rampant conjoined in pale with a bell sable

This badge suffers from two fatal flaws. First, precedent states that humans rampant are not registerable. [Rosalind O'Maughan, 9/97 LoAR p. 22]. Second, commenters universally were unable to identify the bell and rampant humanoid from the artwork. Given the age of the precedent, if the charges were identifiable, I would have considered seeking further commentary based on new evidence. However, the emblazon as draw is unidentifiable and therefore must be returned.

9: Diana Spencer of Barmore - New Name Forwarded and New Device Returned

Purpure, a bend sinister between a key palewise wards to base sinister and an escallop argent

Barmore is not a place associated with Diana Spencer, the deceased Princess of Wales.

Unfortunately, this device must be returned for conflict with Fiona Julienne nic Lowry (02/1991, Caid): Purpure, a bend sinister between two garden rosebuds slipped and leaved bendwise sinister argent. There is only a single DC for the type of secondary charges.

10: East, Kingdom of the - New Heraldic Title Forwarded

Blue Alaunt Herald

10: East, Kingdom of the - New Heraldic Title Forwarded

Jongleur Herald

10: Ellice de Valles - New Device Forwarded

Per pale azure and argent, an owl and in chief a heart counterchanged

13: Eydís Þorgrímsdóttir - New Name Forwarded

14: Grímólfr Skúlason - Resub Badge Forwarded

Gules, three drinking horns fretted and on a chief argent a valknut between two ravens respectant sable

This submission is to be associated with Spak-Hrafn hús

The use of a valknut is a Step from Period Practice. The motif of three crescent-shaped things interlaced is one found in period heraldry and should be registerable.

15: Gunnmarr Úlfsson - Resub Device Forwarded

Argent, a wolf rampant between three valknuts sable

The use of a valknut is a Step from Period Practice.

16: Jack de Haldane - New Name Forwarded and New Device Forwarded

Argent, a warhammer headed vert and hafted sable, a bordure vert

17: John Fowler - New Name Forwarded and New Device Forwarded

Gules, a goose regardant argent and a tierce ermine

Both name elements can be dated to the same year, as John is found s.n. John dated to 1540 in "English Given Names from 16th and Early 17th C Marriage Records" by Aryanhwy merch Catmael (http://heraldry.sca.org/names/english/parishes/john.html).

This device appears clear of the device of Chistiana Crane (Apr. 2013, East): Azure, a crane in its vigilance argent and a tierce ermine, as there is a substantial difference in type between a crane and a goose, as well as a DC for the field. As of the April 2014 Cover Letter, tierces used with other charges continue to be a Step from Period Practice.

18: Kashiwadebe no Hikojiro - New Blanket Permission to Conflict Forwarded

Azure, a sea-mew volant argent, on a chief wavy Or three oak leaves sable

19: Kashiwadebe no Hikojiro - New Blanket Permission to Conflict Forwarded

Sable, on a bezant a lozenge ployé throughout sable

20: Kashiwadebe no Hikojiro - New Exchange of Device and Badge Forwarded

Azure, a sea-mew volant argent, on a chief wavy Or three oak leaves sable

Sable, on a bezant a lozenge ployé throughout sable

21: Kendrick Harper of Forrest Moor - New Name Forwarded and New Device Withdrawn by Submitter

Per bend sinister argent and sable, a spider counterchanged charged with an hourglass on abdomen gules

The submitted opted to withdraw his device at the close of commentary and is working on a new one, which will be treated as a resubmission.

22: Maria Elena Reynosa - New Device Forwarded

Azure, on a chevron between three open books argent three mullets of six points gules and on a chief argent two wolves passant gules

23: Murdoch Macrae - New Device Forwarded

Argent, a falcon striking maintaining two arrows within an orle azure

The letter of permission to conflict with the armory of Thorvin blóðøx incorrectly described Thorvin's armory. A corrected letter is being obtained. In the mean time, I am forwarding this device.

24: Nadezhda Voronova - Resub Name Forwarded and Resub Device Forwarded

Per pale sable and gules, an orle of mice argent

This submitter's name Nadezhda Voronova was returned on the January 2012 Eastern LoD for conflict with the registered Nadezhda Toranova (Mar. 2001, An Tir). As that decision was rendered prior to the implementation of SENA, the submitter wished to revisit the conflict question.

Under SENA PN.3.C.1, it appears that this name may be clear as there are changes to two syllables: the change from the initial T- to a V-, and the change of vowel in the second syllable from a to o. I am forwarding this name unchanged for further consideration at the Society level.

25: Nicol mac Donnachaidh - New Name Forwarded and New Device Forwarded

Gules, a fess urdy between two apples Or and a clenched gauntlet issuant from base argent

The name appears to be clear of Míchél mac Donnchaid (May 2000, Ansteorra) under PN.3.C.1 Changes to Two Syllables. The initial change from Mí- to Ni- and the change from -él to -ol seem to fit this rule.

The gauntlet is properly described as clenched and I have changed the blazon accordingly.

26: Sara of Salaparuta - New Name Forwarded and New Device Forwarded

Per pale sable and vert, a dog sejant cotourny Or collared gules maintaining on an upraised paw a roundel Or

While evidence was provided that Salaparuta is the modern name of a place known in period, it is not entirely clear that the place was also called Salaparuta in period. Therefore, I have changed the byname from the Italian di Salaparuta to the Lingua Anglica of Salaparuta to reflect the current documentation. I am hopeful we will be able to improve the documentation and give her back the submitted form.

The armory appears clear of Fáelán mac Áedgein (May 2012, Caid): Vert semy of lilies argent, a wolf sejant ululant contourny Or. There is one DC change of tincture of one half of the field, and a second DC for the strewn secondary charges in Fáelán's device.

27: Saruca bint Lazari - New Device Forwarded

Per chevron vert and Or, three crescents Or and a cock purpure

28: Sewolt Belßner - New Device Forwarded

Or, a coney salient sable and on a chief gules three annulets Or

29: Sorcha Dhocair inghean Uí Ruairc - Resub Device Withdrawn

Per fess Or and vert, three frets conjoined in fess vert and a heart Or voided vert

Commenters questioned the identifiablity of the three conjoined frets. During commentary, the submitter advised that she wished to withdraw this device and resubmit a new design.

30: Thyra Eriksdotter - New Name Change Forwarded

31: Velikail of Deltuva - New Name Forwarded and New Device Forwarded

Argent, a crampon azure

Commenters were incredibly helpful in finding evidence that Deltuva existed in period. The submitter has opted to retain the Lingua Anglica of Deltuva spelling.

32: Vivian de Dunbar - New Name Forwarded and New Device Forwarded

Purpure, a decrescent and on a chief argent three springs of heather palewise purpure

Some commenters quibbled with whether the sprigs of heather were sufficiently palewise. They are definitely more palewise than anything else, albeit with a naturalistic bend typical of plants. I am forwarding the device unchanged.

33: Walter MacDonnoghie - New Name Forwarded

34: William Graham of Edinburgh - New Badge Forwarded

Purpure, a key cross between four covered cups and on a bordure argent the phrase "Illuminatio Per Fermentum Faciendum" sable in a Gothic quadrata hand

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