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An Tir LoI dated 2017-01-31

Greetings unto the Sovereigns and College of Arms from Rhieinwylydd Lions Blood. It is the request of the An Tir College of Heralds that the following items be considered for registration. Items processed by the Tir Righ College are indicated as such.

This item was on the 04-2017 LoAR

1: Angelica al-Madiniyah - New Device

OSCAR finds the name on the An Tir LoI of October 31, 2016 as submitted.

Or, in pale three greyhounds courant sable

We believe this is clear of Or, two estoiles and a unicornate wolf passant reguardant sable. [Arianna Ravenstar of Wolfwood: 1988-08 via East] and Paly gules and argent, three greyhounds statant sable collared argent. [Titus Marius Caninus, April 2012 via the Middle] under SENA A5.E.4 (Change of Arrangement of Primary Charge Group). Neither the submitted armory nor the two devices mentioned have their arrangement forced by the field.

This item was on the 04-2017 LoAR

2: Elia Drake - New Device

OSCAR finds the name registered exactly as it appears in June of 2016, via An Tir.

Gules, a gurges argent and overall a duck naiant to sinister Or.

The previous submission "Gules, a gurges sable and overall a duck contourny Or" appeared on the An Tir KLOI dated 2016-02-24 and was returned by kingdom for having a colored charge (the gurges) on a colored field. This submission changed the tincture of the gurges to provide the required contrast.

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3: Emma Griffin - New Name & New Device

Vert, on a bend between two griffons contourny Or three cauldrons palewise sable.

No changes.

Emma is found as a feminine given name dated to 1471, with two occurrences, in "English Names found in Brass Enscriptions" by Julian Goodwyn at

Griffin is dated as a byname to 1597 in Aryanhwy merch Catmael "Names found in Frocester, Gloucestershire Marriage Registers 1559-1600" at

Kingdom commentary centered on the size of the cauldrons, wondering if they approached 'barely overall.' Given that they are clearly on the bend, although touching the edges, I don't think it appropriate to call them 'overall' but I would agree they might benefit from being smaller - although I see this as no more than an AN level problem if that.

This item was on the 04-2017 LoAR

4: Lucrezia Maddalena Moranducci - New Name Change

OSCAR NOTE: the old name was registered in December of 2014, via An Tir.

Old Item: Ælin Pedersdotter, to be released.
No major changes.

Both personal names from "Late Period Italian Women's Names: Venice" by Juliana de Luna at - specifically the 'Feminine Given Names from the 15th and 16th Centuries' subheader.

Surname from "Italian Family Names from the Online Tratte of Office Holders 1282-1532" by Aryanhwy merch Catmael at - four occurrences between 1310 and 1341.

SENA App A allows for double given names in Italian.

This item was on the 04-2017 LoAR

5: Randvér Gauksson - New Name & New Device

Per chevron azure and Or, a rhinoceros sable and two lightning bolts palewise Or.

Submitter desires a masculine name.

Randvér - GB p. 14 s.n. Randver, comprised of the elements "Rand-" and "-ver"

Gauksson - patronymic formed from Gaukr - GB p. 10

SFPP for use of lightning bolts without a thunderbolt.

SENA consider the three charges together a primary charge group. From, 4th paragraph:

[If] each of the charges is entirely in a single section of the field ... the charges are collectively the primary charge group. This is true even when the bottom charge is drawn larger than the others, as this is common in period depictions. This is true even when one of the divisions contains semy of charges. This is true even if you use blazon terms like "in chief" or the line of division is blazoned as "enhanced".

Given comment above about the bottom charge being drawn larger, I don't see an issue with the disparity in size between the thunderbolts and the rhino.

Kingdom conflict checked this both as per chevron and a pile inverted.

Per the Glossary of Terms, a lightning bolt has no default and thus the orientation must always be specified. Given this, the lightning bolts' specific positioning will always have to be blazoned independently; I don't think its reasonable to call this a violation of UoP/O rules when this necessity is an artifact of SCA heraldic precedent.

This item was on the 04-2017 LoAR

6: Rhiannon Kjartansdottir - New Name

Submitter desires a feminine name.
No changes.

Submitter's legal name is Rhiannon; she has included a copy of her Washington DL as proof.

Patronymic formed from <Kjartan>, which appears on p. 12 of Geirr Bassi, and the expected genitive form is <Kjartans>.

This item was on the 04-2017 LoAR

7: Sūn Jiāng - New Name

Submitter desires a masculine name.
No major changes.
Client requests authenticity for 220 CE Han Chinese.
Language (220 CE Han Chinese) most important.
Culture (220 CE Han Chinese) most important.
Meaning most important.

Submitter's initial name submission, Sun Jiang Xi, can be seen here and was returned for insufficient documentation.

It's my understanding that the diacritical marks over the letters can't be registered, and this would have to be <Sun Jiang> if registered.

<Sun> is from "Introduction to Pre-16th Century Chinese Onomastics" by Ii Katsumori (, where it is found as a family name.

<Jiang> is intended as a given name. While the submitter's documentation did not offer definitive proof, Ii Katsumori added the following in kingdom commentary:

On Song Jiang, I can find him referenced in Shi Naian's "The Water Margin: Outlaws of the Marsh" (written in 1589). Copies in various translations are available on Google Books.

According to Paul Schlessinger in "Encylopedia of the Novel" (also available on Google Books): "According to the brief record contained in the history of the Song Dynasty, Song Jiang and his band of 36 outlaws initially triumphed over government troops but later opted for honorable surrender and even successfully fought against other rebels on the side of the government."

You can also find more in the paper "Competing Discourses: The Metamorphosis of Song Jiang's Image in China" by Dongming Zhang of Furman University, published in (SERAS) Southeast Review of Asian Studies Volume 35 (2013): 127-140 (

Specifically: "Records on Song Jiang's uprising in officially recorded history are both scant and inconsistent. The Song shi 宋史 (Song History) biographies of Hou Meng 侯蒙 (1054-1121) and Zhang Shuye張叔夜 (1065-1127) give identical and yet brief sketches of this uprising: "Song Jiang swept across the Qi and Wei (present-day Shandong and Henan provinces) with thirty-six people and yet an official army of tens of thousands did not dare to confront them" 江以三十六人横行齊魏,官軍數萬無敢抗者 (Tuo-tuo 1977, 16:1114)."

Ever in Service,


OSCAR counts 4 New Names, 1 New Name Change and 4 New Devices. These 9 items are chargeable, Laurel should receive $36 for them. There are a total of 9 items submitted on this letter.

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