Monthly Archives: August 2014

The tale of the Rose, and the Clover

There are times with devices that I can see just by the conversation with the client, on what they are looking for, so the challenge for me becomes, looking for the right line division, if any, add the charges in the locations that they client is looking for, and add the color and case closed.  There are a few devices that are not so cut and dry.  For those I help the client try to see as I do and lead them toward a way that would be a combination of what they are looking for, and what I feel would be met with approval with The College of Heralds.

Both of these individuals I have known for a while and where it was a joy to get their documentation all in order.  At times I need to remember I am learning another language and a set of guidelines that are not too familiar with it.  So it’s not the manner of them not understanding so much on the way I am describing, however it is more so me reminding myself to play translator and see it from their point of view.

Both their names were either a cross of looking up them under any of the various English links in The Academy of St Gabriel.  The other part (usually their surnames) came from one source.  And this is a source that I would use as a stable in constructing a consultation table, or a traveling consultation kit.

Withycombe, E.G. Oxford A Dictionary of English Surnames

I sooo love this book.  For where there are many that would like to have English name, within the period that we play, chances are that this book is where I am going to find it.  As well as with it on the “no need to photocopy “list makes it more so whereas saves time and worry at many events.

There devices were a lot of work. And this is where I will go on about the process.

First of all for Ms. Steele:  She at first was looking for a quarterly (or a shield broken up in four parts) with a color and different charge in each quadrant.  Rule one for this would been the marshalling issue that I have become more and more familiar with as of late.  The issue becomes, each quadrant becomes a bit more complicated when you start looking into the colors and different charges and over all becomes harder and harder to pass.  How do you give what she is looking for and at the same time, make this somewhat a bit easier for the college to accept.

First started with the background; Instead of quarterly, take a page of her lord’s shield.  The both liked the colors red and white, so divide it at an angle top right to bottom left, make it red (gules) and then white (argent).  Now I know what you must be saying “Conall isn’t that going to make a conflict between the two?”

Under normal circumstances yes, if that was the only part of the device. Here is where the charges are going to come into play.

For Mr. Midnight what we did for him was take a tower make it Or (gold) place it on the red (Gules) section, and on the white (Argent) side, then place a four leaf clover.

For Ms. Steele we have the same colors and line divide however in this particular case we take a white (argent) rose and on the white (argent) section make a black (sable) cat.  On top of that fix a black (sable) bordure with a semi of acorns in white (argent) and between the charges, the border, the semi of acorns we get many ways to clear any conflict.

So I give to you

Rose Steele

Per bend sinister gules and argent, a rose slipped and leaved argent and a domestic cat rampant, a bordure sable semi of acorns argent.

rose color 2



Edward Midnight

Per bend sinister gules and argent, a tower Or and a four leaf clover vert

edwarde midnight color

What did I learn from this, what the client originally may not work, and if that is the case do not get discouraged, however act like that tour guide and guide your client into a way that works for them and the college at the same time.

As well as because you are a herald that is learning the rules, remember that you are on the other side of the table before and with that, remember you need to play translator in turning heraldieze into English so that they see things as you do and will never get frustrated in you because they do not understand exactly what you are talking about.

Till next time


Conall an Doire

The tale of the Owl, the Seahorse, and the Oaks

For this entry, I really want to talk about doing a proper conflict check before handing the submission back before the client back to them.  One of the greatest recourses in this I use often is the sca heraldry page, or if I think it can be lesson to others as well as to myself, then I will set it up in the SCA baby heralds page.

Conflict checking even a preliminary one, can avoid having to go back to the client over and over, for resubmissions.  Many of the conflicts that I have seen to this date, can be headed off by checking with other heralds on either one of those two places (for let’s face it, with device, you can miss something, and other eyes help) or going to the search the arms and armorial, and doing the extensive back ground check there and see if there is any conflict at all.

The next two submissions I will talk about follows along this case, whereas when I did the conflict check myself these seemed to be ok at first, then I went to the sight to help with double checking my blazon, and with the process had found a conflict with them that had to be worked out at the same time.

First one was with Ellice de Valles.  Her name had passed back in October of 2010 so all I had to work on was the device she wished.  She has been using for a long time was Azure, with an owl as the primary charge and a heart up in chief for the other part.

A really nice easy device to design until the initial conflict check happened.  This particular device conflicted with two different people a badge and a device in process.  The best way to clear the conflict was to make it counterchanged.  For that gave me two Direct Changes for the background tincture and the charges counterchanged as well.

So final product is

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

Ellice de Valles

The next one I wish to talk about with Adrienne d’Evreus.  Her name was a bit of a tricky one to document, where as she was using a place name for her surname.  The trick of it was with it, that the town that she wished to be from is a modern spelling of a period place.  With this I needed to find a period spelling to make her name registered.

Her device was a lesson for me in not only conflict checking, however the way that Direct Changes worked, in regards with counterchanges.  What I have learned that you can have two almost identical devices, as which we have at this time, however because the colors are different (or in this particular case the same colors just in different order) gives us one DC for the background, and one DC for the reversal of the charge colors.

This is good to know for as where there could be clients that really want a setup of a device, however as long as you can alter the colors in aspect then at that case you then can make two devices both become registered through the college.

The final product for her is

Per fess wavy azure and argent, a seahorse counterchanged

Adrienne 1 color

The final one I wish to talk about in regards of conflict checking. Is The House of the Thirteen Oaks.  I am extremely proud of this one, whereas this is not just my house hold submission, however the pride in this one, is I identified the conflict, tried to ask for a permission to conflict.  Then come up with alternative ways to get the house badge into existence.

First the name was a bit tricky.  We have decided to be an Irish household, however we did not wish to have a patronymic set up, which a lot of households in period Ireland did.  The way we worked around this is to set up the name under an English household naming set up.  Mind you this did bring up many raised eyebrows with the entire house hold.  Once we found a set up that worked for use, then we turned around and though of how it was going to be named.  With 13 of us in the initial set up, and with a lot of us with the “an Doire” surname, which means “of the oaken grove”, we decided “Thirteen Oakes” would be appropriated.

With the name in place we tried to come up with an oaken style badge to signify us.  Originally we looked into Quarterly, with Green and white. With four acorns.  Nice, sweet, and simple.  The problem occurred when I did the conflict check with our badge and found with the exception of the colors, we conflicted with a Duchess in the East.

I found contact information for Her Grace from a local person that knows many of the Royal Peers in the East; I reached out to her in hopes that she would be ok with us conflicting with her device.  Sadly after a period of time and no response in kind, I decided it would be wiser to find another way to approach this.

After many designs that made it either made it confusing between an acorn and a roundel.  Enough separation, or even the lay out just not working, finally deciding to go with a badge that instead of acorns, however oak leaves, and crecents moons in the border.

A couple of conflict checks later looking clear of conflict, we come up with

Argent, five oak leaves in a cross vert within a border a semy of crescents counterchanged.

House of the Thirteen Oaks 3

(Yes we are some happy little trees)

What I have learned with this take your time with conflict checking, it will help the clients in the long run.

At first you do not succeed take a step back, as questions to the client, and try again.

Counterchanges are not an easy way out, however they can make it easy to clear conflict, look into the possibility and if the client likes it go for it.


Till next time


Conall an Doire

The tale of the two Scots and a the Healer an Doire

A friend of mine that I have known for the longest time, finally decided to join the SCA after years of hearing the stories from many mutual friends of ours.  He was looking to submit a Scottish Gaelic name for himself and for his son.  Now I have done Gaelic names before, Irish and Scottish naming structures mixed and match do the trade relations of the time, is nothing common, the trick is to identify a Scottish name from an Irish name.

He did a lot of the leg work for me, as his own history did follow back to Scotland.  He found the surname within the Academy of Saint Gabriel list I sent to him.  He chose the given name of Nicol, (for which we nicknamed him Nickel).   For his son that was easier, for Walter is a very common name. So I just needed to find documentation for the time period that they were looking for.

His surname gave me a bit of trouble.  There was a story he told me what he was looking for was a direct line to his family back in then, the name itself Donnchadh has various different spellings for the documentation we have found.  His original spelling that he was looking for, and the documentation for what I was seeing, didn’t really mesh well at first, and after a bit of communications from “phone a herald” and him as the client where able to give him something that worked well, and at this point has passed Kingdom level and on its way to society so I’ll be excited for him for when it gets through.

His device was I have to admit, a challenge in a small aspect, for the style of line division that he wished I have not worked before, he wished to incorporate a fess urdy, into his device.   What a fess urdy is a complex line division that are not strait and take some sort of decorative pattern (see below for the example of Sable a fess urdy argent.)


Now after setting up the line division, the charge style he originally wished was for a gauntlet holding in its clenched fist a golden apple.  The trick with this is that you would not really see the apple as the hand holding it, would make it hard to distinguish the apple from the gauntlet.  How do you fix this you may ask yourself?  A compromise, by placing two apples in the chief and the gauntlet in base.

Now let me take a moment to explain about color plans, when deciding on your personal device, you may want to look at it from many forms before we get to print, and color.  Whatever do I mean about this?  Well let me explain about our good friend Nicol here.  Originally he wished to have the background gold, and the urdy sable (so gold background and black urdy) before we could even get to the placement of the gauntlet and the apples, I start laughing hard.  Nicol dumbfounded looked at me and asked what was so funny.  So what I did was a simple google image search and showed him this (see below) “oh nothing Charlie Brown”


A bit of modification came to adjust the color scheme, however as you can see, line division, color patterns, and placement can make you see everyday things be heraldry.

So for my good friend Nicol mac Donnachaidh I give you

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

Nicol mac Donnachaidh

As well for Walter mac Donnachaidh I look forward to work on your device when the time comes.


Another family member chooses her name.  A so love working on someone from the household, normally it shows growth from us as well half the documentation is already set.  By what is becoming a growing tradition with many within the family is by taking the “an Doire” surname for themselves.  I will say I love this with all my heart.  Not because I am the local herald and documenting them just became an easy factor, or because the fact I am the head of the house and it gives me a thick ego.  I love this because we are all good friends outside the society, so for them wanting to take my name means I taught them well, and they love how we are together and for that it’s an honor for me to have my “line” continue on.

In this case a later bloomer joined up with us, and we have gone through many different variations of a given name that she would like, she would like something, then think about it for a minute, and change her mind, go back and forth.  I would try something, it would stick and then some time later we would be back at the drawing board again.

Her given name was found when I was looking through the Index of Names in Irish Annals.  I so love this source when dealing with a modern irish Gaelic name, for then the meaning within the name is there as well and usually quite helpful when working with someone not too sure which way to go (besides being Gaelic).

As she is a healer in the medical field in her mundane life, and bouncing around some sights to translate the meaning of some of the names we had, I saw Sláine, with the meaning of “health”.  Well that worked.  She naturally latched on this and embraced it.   So I present to you Sláine an Doire.


Till next time

Conall an Doire

The Tale of the book and the website

When I first started with this office, I had a vision, a vision where anyone in the local group can go and look up the heraldry for anyone in the local group, read the blazon, and keep an official roll of arms.  The idea was planted and now I had to make grow.

This I knew that this would be an undertaking to say the least.  How would I set this up? How would it be presented? How would this look.  How could I do this?

That is never easy questions to answer.  First idea was to start an excel sheet of all the devices and their names attached with them.  I went over the Order of Precedence, and I took down the names, and then went over to the Search Forms for the SCA Armorial. (Located at and using the Name Pattern Search Form.  With that go down each name step by step, and see who has arms passed, and get everyone’s blazon.

Once the list was constructed then it was the task to construct everyone’s emblazoning everyone’s device (or make the pictorial representation of each one).  This task alone was one of the longest parts in the whole thing.   Taking a blank shield from the forms, and then designing every single device that is within the local group.  Using pictures, of those individuals that have their arms displayed, and using that to see how each charge is layed out helped tremendously.  For those that I could not see, whether it’s on their various pages, or any search online, or the forms that I have on file, then it becomes a trial by error.

Let me say on this regard that doing devices that way, is a good lesson on how the blazon and the emblazon can be interesting to work together for the final product.   Seeing the background, to the charges, and any border that anyone could have, is like looking at a wedding cake coming together and each layer being a challenge, but rewarding at the same time.

Ok, so after setting that up, what next? Well that begins on the pros and cons of finding a way to set this up.  First the Province has navigated to a new fancy dandy website, so I saw a great place for it.  Now, what tools can I use for this?  Well, the spreadsheet was not going to work; format was not compatible, word document?  Well that works well, however I brained stormed another idea to go along with this, (thanks to one of our wonderful Laurels).  What was that idea? Well check this out.

One day either at fighter practice, or archery practice.  Mistress Honig, mentioned where I was in close ear shot. “I wish there was something on the website that if you click on something, it takes you to that person’s EK wiki page.”  See how she plants that seed?  Well, I took it loud and clear.  So… scratch the word document, which left one option only.  Set the whole thing up in HTML.


Let me say coding is not my thing, so this was a learning curve to begin with.  I have all the information, now, need to upload the pics to a site, write the HTML, find everyone that has a wiki page, and link them all together.  I love it when plans start coming together.  With HTML not my thing, I used an editor to help start all the code together (and one of the web ministers cleaned up all that code to something much better that I can use as well.)

Now what order did I wish to display this?  OP format? Or another way? Simple Alphabetical order based on given name.  Why? Cause it will be easier to update in the long term.

Ok, once the names, devices, and blazon was all set, then I had to go back down the list one more time, with a search engine in the east kingdom wiki page and check every name and see who had pages created, and who has not.  Once the pages were linked to each device, each name has a device, and the format is all set.  Next thing to do is submit it to the web minister for approval.  After some quick changes that needed to be made the approval went through.  I have to say this has been a wonderful tool, for me, scribes in our group, and the group at large.  Check it out for yourself:



After I got this project done, I was not finished with this alone.  Combining that page and the OP I really wished for a hard copy of something like a rolls of office, to be used at any demo we may have, or at heralds point, or to have handy if lack of internet connection made it difficult to retrieve what someone’s device look like, or what awards and honors an individual may receive.

Ok well both of these have already researched for the previous website, so all I need is to add blank shields for those that did not have approved arms, and add those that whose current names may not have gone through the College of Heralds.

Using the OP as a reference point I started off with the name first, then a spot for the heraldry, and at first set up on the proceeding page the list of all their awards.  Easy Peasy right?  Well in some aspects yes, for the information is right there, just need to line it up, and in this case how do I format this?  Well in this case OP format seemed to me to be the more logical part at this point.  Sweet, got it all prepped and printed and presented a rough draft to the local group, who ate it up.

Now we took the information from them as far a better way to make this look better.  Step one change the font to look more period.  Step two, instead of separate sides of pages arranges the awards and honors to the side so that it can look like rolls.  This I will let you know is no easy task, for those in the High Merit section, or even just the AOA portion of the OP not much room is needed, those on the higher section, that have gone above and beyond so many times, getting all their honors on one page proved to be a daunting task without it being squashed.

Trial and error and patience was key in getting this developed (pictures to come within an update)


Always in most wonderful Service


Conall an Doire

Tale of Norse and the Dragonfly

Norse runs wild up here; I get that, regardless of the decisions that bring most people to that conclusion to that up here, I am in realization that I will be spending a lot of time documenting Norse names.

So let me describe the process a bit more, after all as you have seen from previous posts that it is a bit of column a and a bit from column be, mix in some patronymic and nine times out of ten you have yourself a Norse person in the works.  The trick is time frames, for you see a lot of people would say take one part of the name (regardless if it is given or surname) and mix it for another nationality, for example, like English, or Irish, or Scottish.  The areas where raids are known to have happen.  Here is where the big issue begins, some names that people will find are more modern names that they would like and try to combine it with an older Norse name.  Now with the Standards that heralds use to document names and going over the rules, we have to document name combinations within 300 to 500 years of each other.

So you may be asking yourself “what in the heck can I possibly mean by this?”  Well to put simply put Norse names are usually way early in period time settings so to combine a Norse name (for the example let’s just choose Málfríðr ) cannot and in reality should never be combined with a later period name (say for example an Chogaidh [1200 spelling of an annalized name meaning “of the war”]  So the idea of having a Norse/ Irish name ” Málfríðr an Chogaidh” will never get registered through the college.

Now with that explanation out of the way.  Many use the better method of a total Norse naming system of a given name, and patronymic father’s name.  Now I say father where as it is possible to be named after your mother instead however is a rarity, and more difficult to get registered.

Norse names can be a challenge, and the first place I direct many people to is a great place ( This site is wonderful in describing how Norse were named, How their patronymic set up works and with the hyperlinks for both men and women’s names, literally gives you a column a and b set up to choose from. See the next submission I have had and you will see how this works.

One person wishing for a Norse name came to me and was really sold on having Ulf or Ulfblood, in his name.  After a quick search in the known world arms and armorial database has come up with 1407 names with some variation of Ulf in there, so needless to say this took some whittling down.

First was determining how Ulf would be used.  Usually the easiest is to combine that as part of the father’s name in the Patronymic and go from there.  After some searching and questions to guide in the right direction we found Blakkr (Black in Norse) and locked in the given name.  The surname took a bit however with the name Úlfarr (one part Wolf, and the arr which can be warrior depending on translation, gave us the name of Blakkr Úlfarr.  Ok looking good now just need to put a bow on this.

Norse Patronymic set up takes a name that ends in –rr changes one of the r to an s  so –rs and will make Úlfarr into Úlfars and tack on on (to complete the son of part) making this to become Úlfarson.  Put it all together we get Blakkr Úlfarson.

His device is still in flux so when this comes around to the present I will describe how this all goes in together.


The next name we have at this point was my lesson on using the family search webpage.  (located at  Now this site has very tricky use for those that wish to find a name here, so kids get your heralds permission before browsing cause we will show you the way we like to see this work and document each part or the whole name directly with your or for you.

Elle Pepperell was a complete set up from this site directly, two separate searches, two complete batch files, and where it is a longer lengthy process then with the Norse, I’ll just repeat if thinking about using this site to look for a name, talk to your local herald we will coach your through it.

Elle’s device was fun one to work on and I will describe this each part here:

Let me say this that this is one was one that was very fun to work with.  (Elle if you’re reading this, even with all the decisions, all the facebook exchanges, and all that yes this was fun).  This started with a  chevron, and not just any chevron however a chevron rompu.  This is a type of chevron that has a bit of a twist into it.  (see below)


I find changes in the normal lines of division fun to play with and unique in character.  With this she wanted a dragonfly and roses, at times the order of which changed, and positioning changed a bit.  Once the roses where in place and the dragonfly was in its placed, under normal charge set up a dragon fly is set up to have it look like it is flying upward to the top of the shield, not in this case, to make it all work we invert the dragonfly which is a Step from Period Practice however is manageable.

Now I must defer for a minute to mention Step from Period Practice.  What this means is that we can see documentation of a position of a charge or a setup, which can be shown to be used, however it falls outside the period time that we are going for.  Now in devices you are allowed one SFPP, anymore would result a return for redo.

Unlike most of other devices that I have worked on and some of the ways people like to wish their arms shown, this is one that the shield background itself was the metal silver, and the charges was colored.

Overall a fun device to design and a big giggle that it passed.


Argent, a chevron rompu sable between two roses and a dragonfly inverted gules.


Till next time in service


Conall an Doire

The tale of the Magpie, and the Two Vikings

There are heraldry aspects that are basically in a nutshell that is pick from column A, pick from column B, things mix together and everyone’s happy and there are no conflicts and all goes smooth.  Then there are those that one part or another doesn’t mix well at all, and it’s a manner of hand holding, leading in the right direction, and working toward the mutual goal.

Then there are submissions that take a bit of work on both the submitter, and the herald, and a prayer through the college of heralds, to get through.  Are these difficult or wrong? Not at all.  They are just harder to get through at first.

First and foremost is my deputy, her name of Muireen Ban, is a simple Irish name and easy to document.  The trick is was her device.  At first she wished to have a Pall, with a triskelion with three different colors.  Mind you this has a lesson in learning conflict checking.  See what I never realized and should of known right off the bat is that with a Kingdom called Trimaris I should of foresaw what the primary focus of heraldry that they have,?!?!?! Oh yea you guessed it.

So we went to the drawing board with her device.  During the time frame, I will say she has been one of the most caring, most wonderful, and most helpful people in my house hold.  She has adopted the Magpie within this time frame (or beforehand I honestly cannot remember) so when the Letter of Decision from Kingdom arrived I asked her if she minded that I came up with an idea.  My idea? Well I am glad you asked.  I took the Magpie idea, a charge from our household, and her idea of an element of my own device (which many are starting to develop as part of the family dynamic we are starting) and came up with something that she loved.

“Argent a magpie maintaining an oakleaf proper, on a chief azure three crecents argent”

muirenn ban color

Next was again not a headache by any sorts, however just a bit of finding the right combination with the client’s wish and what I can do as a herald.  Sigrida Arnadottir is a wonderful and easy to put together Norse Name and here is again another example of making the wish of what she is looking for, work so when the college of heralds  sees it, they will look at it, and register it, and if you wish a slight artistic license then feel free to do so.

Now with that said, let me describe what I mean by artistic license.  What artistic license is id doing an alteration on the visual representation of your device that you would like, at the same time does not change anything within your device all together?  For example, with my device, when I originally submitted the device I have an idea of how I wished for my device.  Come to find out there was either some confusion of the tree looking like a bush, and it being a heraldic oak tree to begin with.  So I allowed the college to make a change to help make the device go through, at the same time knowing that change can be done afterwards as artistic license.  (see below, the one on the left was my original idea, the one on the right, is the college.  That is a form of artistic license)

conall first conall an doireC

So with Sigrida, what she has in mind is a green background, a Per Pal in gold, either an eye in blue, or a annulet in silver (this is still a work in progress) and an arrow rune.  Runes in itself has been done, however that style is one of those that the college cannot document, and will have difficult registering.  The work around this, is to make it an arrow and when registered if she wishes to make the arrow in form of a rune, that becomes artistic license.

So we have either

Vert on a pall Or an arrow sable, in chief an eye argent irised azure


Vert on a pall Or an arrow sable, in chief an annulet argent

Sigrida Arnsdottir sara color

This next one is one I really hope goes through without a hitch.  Magnús Surtsson was another easy done up Norse name that I love putting together.  The trick is with his device.  Particularly the two triangles voided of triangles inverted, in his device for one.  The triangles in question have been proven to exist as period heraldry.  That is not the question, you combine this style of design with a green back ground and gold triangles and you get really close to the Legend of Zelda fame.  Granted with the ones I have seen go through before, I find this design nowhere close to the “triforce” if you will. And I am constantly looking at my emails that come in, and seeing where the letters fall to see how this progresses.

Fingers crossed for you Magnus.

Per pale Or and vert two triangles voided of triangles inverted counterchanged.


Till next time, yours in service


Conall an Doire

Updating the Order of Precedence

Remember in a previous tale that I mentioned about putting the Order of Precedence?  Well another trick of this is the updating of the whole thing.  Simple right? Well one part yes, one part no.

Ok step one would be to pull all court reports for the year.  Why do I say year?  Trust me when I say this, when updating the OP save yourself some headaches and the constant work that it can be and pick a date for the year mark and do it then, or you will be (especially during the summer time) be updating this thing.  (for me I use a point after The Great Northeastern War as this is Malagentia’s biggest court event of the year), and I grab last year’s OP, and I grab not only the Pike Staffs for the year (or whatever your kingdom newsletter) and our online OP for our kingdom

Next what I do, is go to the end of my last update of my OP (why the last entry of my last update?  Simple this would be the last court report I left off with.) From there I go court report to court report and look first for those that are currently on my own OP and update their awards on their entries.  As well, I look for someone that I recognize that would need to be added to the OP.  Let me deter on this part for a second and just say, this is where having a census of your local group would be handy, not having any personal information, or anything like that, however the ability to look at a list of current sca names for your local group would be able to say “ok this person received an award of arms and is in my local area” helps to identify everything.

Once all the entries are in there, now you get to play shuffling the deck.  Shuffling the deck means that many of the awards many people can receive, now changes there position on the OP.  For example if one Lady or Lord who has their AOA receives a High Merit (for example in the East Kingdom, an Order of the Silver Crescent, Order of the Maunche, etc.) now has to move to the bottom of the high merit section of the OP.  Here is the trick; it also goes by date, so someone who has received an Order of the Tygers combattant in January will be higher on the OP then a person who receives that same award in April.  Also if someone receives a Court Baroncy, or becomes a peer (Laurel, Knight, Pelican), or heaven forbid Crown Tourney. The order of which can be an all-day task within itself.

The OP is one of those things that may not seem important for those within your local group, however if you do keep track of this can be a very rewarding part of being a herald, as you in a sense are carrying the rolls of your local groups history.

Yours in most wonderful Service to the dream


Conall an Doire


P.S.  Now to go update this year 🙂

The tale of the Bull, the Viking, and the Beauty

I love the fall up here, the leaves change the air cools off, and the submissions come in before the local area tucks them in for a long winters nap.

First one that came to me was so easy to construct (wife of our chronicler well like all families half the work was done) add to that he decided to use his real name, after some research it isn’t quite modern and with the rules of using his real name it’s a matter of connecting the dots for Brenden Crane.  His device I have to admit, was done by himself or his wife, and it’s really well done.  Bull with wings, and two colors and one metal.  Nice sweet and simple.

Brenden Crane it was a pleasure to see this go through

Brenden Crane

Vert, a winged bull courant wings elevated and addorsed argent and a base Or.


Solveig Bjornsdottir, was a classic A plus B Norse name with a Patronymics set up.  I love names like this, where I give them the lists and go “ok which do you like best….. and who do you want your father to be”  put it all together and print.  Love it when a plan all comes together.


Family adds another one.  there was one that was with me for almost all the beginning, saw my rebuild and supported all i did from the 5yrs or so of what I like to call “self impulse exile”.  She came forward to wish to get her name set up, and we toyed with the brother and sister set up for our persona.  So she looked through a series of names that worked well with an Doire surname.  then she came up with Áine.  I looked at it, the goddess of beauty in Ireland, oh that clinched it.

Her device took some time, she wished to have one similar to mine, adding with a Thistle which was to be for her.

Per pale sable and azure, in pale a thistle and a crescent argent

Aine an Doire


It is these memories and the other work that I do, that keep me loving this job and continue to keep at it with all my heart and soul


Till next time


Conall an Doire

Tales of how the family grows, the stag, and the pointy hat

I will defiantly say that the differences a year can make.  For example, experiment number 1 about the Point being close to my encampment, failure do to the fact many feel that they were coming into an encampment in talking with heralds.  So what was the change, stick me inside merchant row.  Oh location, location, location.

With Heralds Point within merchant row, I have found that brings in a lot of people to wishing to speak with heralds, having a place that a lot of traffic is going to happen to begin with is indeed a key.

Among with a lot of the conversations that I had this year’s GNEW my adopted daughter, and her husband decided on getting names registered, after working out their given names it came time as what surname they wish to register.  “Well yours of course” ok shocked, surprised, and misty eyed. (Meanwhile my brain is going “I can document that easy” No devices as of yet however it was a pleasure getting this started for them, and I give you Sorcha an Doire, and Odam an Doire

Another one that I had the pleasure of working with is the husband of a friend of mine I have had the pleasure of knowing for a very long time, like I mean we grew up together went our different paths in the mundane world and then reconnected in the SCA.  Her husband had his name pass however while his device is going through on part of his device failed in a manner of design. Result ended up being instead of a chevron make it per fess.  I must say it’s pretty snazzy once he submits the form in.  I give you Gaius Claudius Valerianus


Per Fess, argent and vert, a stag’s head caboshed sable, and two lightning bolts in saltire Or.

Gaius Claudius Valerianus

Another mutual friend of all of above, (it amazes me how many circles many of us travel in) wished to have a scots name that proved to have a bit of a tricky situation as to which he wished to have a three part name, uncertain on how this could be done I phoned a herald and found out that in Scotland, the concept of using a “middle” name was difficult, so we decided to go with the two names he liked better and add the third as a nick name  know all around.  I give you Ducan Ian Grahm.

A wonderful lady then approached me next and I must say the first thing I noticed was her style of garb, I am always a fan favorite in the pointed hat and vale, there is something about that hits my child hood and when I would look at old pictures I was captivated on how they extinguished a ladies class.  And since then I consider her a good friend and one kick ass warrior, priestess, and wicked smile.  I knew her name was going to take some more to dig up all that I needed to for her name that I did not have access to at the event itself, so after I got back I started right in on this, this was a time consuming to find the right French combination however as soon as it was complete the giggles still have me “I love this job” I so looking forward to seeing Vivien de Valois going through the lists.


On final note for this session, if your herald, or any herald hands you back your paperwork and shows you the instructions to get it submitted, and you hang on to it and not send it in. you have only one person to blame. Get your paperwork in your herald is excited to see that going through as you are.


Till Next time

Conall an Doire

The tail of the two birds and the mouse passant

Since we last spoke, the summer progressed, and getting my name out there, and the dedication of the work that i do started to be known and people started to talk to me.  I like this for that shows and in no offence to those that come before me, the work and the things i work for is for the benefit of those within the local group.  I adore helping the wonderful gentles whether Lords or Ladies, within seeing the first of many goals to come across them and the look on their faces as I announce the Letter of Acceptance and Return that they dreams are being fulfilled and their names are shown with the words Registered.  To me this is also a milestone to help for them along their way.

The first of a few people during this time, has done the initial work on his own.  I like this for an society that encourages research, to take the time and make the effort yourself shows that you are wishing to do allot of the legwork on your own.  However, with that being said.  These type of submissions are not the kind that you can look at and go “ok check done” for as properly stated before, part of the job as local herald not only do you answer to the client, you must make sure any submission coming from your area is documented right and keep the submission herald happy to.  This is a few classes I have taken to show how the documentation is to be laid out, and the format for that.  Anyway, with submission like this, then you go back and cross the T’s and dot the I’s and make sure that all is in order.

The name itself was not an issue for both can be found in one of the many English resources I had, the device he set up and after looking over it, I relied that one of the members within his household could cause a conflict.  Let me take a moment and make a mention of what is conflict in heraldry.  What I mean by that is that conflict is where two or more devices are so close together there is not enough difference to separate the two apart from each other.  This is usually an element needs to be changed, something added, or if both parties agree a permission to conflict.  What this is, is simply a form that states that the two in kind are ok with their devices looking alike.  Sometimes this is relatively simple sometimes this can be a chore.

For the person in question.  John Fowler, a wonderful device, and possible for a couple of points of difference to separate it from possible conflict.  however to make certain and cover all bases we included the permission to conflict with it to be certain.


John Fowler (Gules, a goose reguardant argent and a tierce ermine)

John Fowler color

Next on the deck for this time, was a household.  Now I will admit I have little to non experience in documenting households, for where they can follow the same principles there are subtle changes that when doing a regular name it’s important to capture each part, as well with a household it gets harder for each part of the name has to be also shown to in period.

There name was also easy for the documentation was also right there in the same book as with John Fowler, (any herald that has to have one book to start their library, I would always say start off with The Oxford Dictionary of English Christian Names by E.G. Withycombe)

Their device (or in case for households their badges)was a bit more tricky, as they wished to have a Marlette as their primary charge, the trick with that is unless some clever designing takes place they would conflict with not only just anyone that would have a single Marlette, however a bird is a bird is a bird.  So any single birds that are close in regards to that style would be an conflict from them as well.  Well to time warp a bit, their first attempt did just that where they did conflict with someone that did have a single Marlette on their device, and after many different ideas passed back and forth, for its not just the clients, has the herald I offered some ideas to them.  What we done here is take their thoughts and incase the device in a border, giving them a second point

House Fulton

Sable, a martlet and a bordure argent

Badge colored

Final entry for this time, is a wonderful person that returned to us after some time apart, and her return is a bit of a interesting story, as she was driving down the road, saw a sign for the sca and got excited and grabbed garb and showed up.  her name was real tricky but at the same time, while talking to her and looking into how some Scottish and other areas naming convention, was able to achieve a ways that she would like.  Her device I loved to death, for this gave me an practice on a type of animal charge i have yet to play with yet.  As well in the same time within the same heraldic stances that you may see a Lion, Tiger, ect. it was such a delight to place this together and a bigger delight right before our big event up here seeing her reaction to getting it all registered

Christine Violet

Argent, a mouse Passant proper,within a bordure Purple

Christine Violette

Tell next time,


Conall an Doire