Northshield LoI dated 2017-03-31

Greetings unto Andrewe Laurel, Alys Pellicane, Brunissende Wreath, and the various members of the College of Arms, greetings from Merideth NiShionniach, Polaris Herald of Northshield, and her deputy Mira Fastova, Keythong Herald of Northshield.

What follows is March 2017 Letter of Intent for the Kingdom of Northshield.

We would like to thank all of the heralds, from within Kingdom and without, who contributed comments on OSCAR for the Northshield February Internal Letter of Intent.

I am especially grateful to the NE Calontir commenting group, Michael Gerard Curtememoire, Gawain of Miskbridge, Basil Dragonstrike, and the always magnificient ffride wlffsdotter, who provide the backbone of commentary for Northshield's Kingdom letter and without whom I would be lost. I cannot thank you all enough for your help.

This item was on the 06-2017 LoAR

1: Bastien de Mesa - New Name & New Badge

Azure, in pale a cup and a pearled coronet argent

Submitter desires a masculine name.
No major changes.

Bastien - French masculine given name dated to 1601 found in "Masculine Names from Artois, 1601" by Aryanhwy merch Catmael (Sara L. Uckelman) (http://heraldry.sca.org/names/french/1601masc.html)

de Mesa - Spanish locative surname found in "Spanish Names from the Late 15th Century" by Juliana de Luna (Julia Smith) (https://www.s-gabriel.org/names/juliana/isabella/locative.html)

SENA Appendix C permits combining French and Spanish name elements.

Per Mistholme: "As viscomital and baronial coronets of rank date to no earlier than the Stuarts, they are not defined for Society armory per se; however, the pearled coronet is found in 16th Century Scots and French achievements [e.g., Lindsay, 1542], and may be used by Society Viscounties and Court Baronies." (http://mistholme.com/?s=coronet)

Bastien de Mesa was awarded a Court Barony in the Kingdom of Northshield in July 2016, per Northshield OP.


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2: Caitríona inghean Criomthainn - New Device

OSCAR finds the name registered exactly as it appears in September of 2016, via Northshield.

Quarterly erminois and azure, four quatrefoils conjoined in cross slips to center

Kingdom Commentary Notes: There was a good deal of discussion regarding the blazon for this device. Since there was no real consensus on any of the alternative blazons offered, a change has not been made to the blazon from the ILoI. (https://oscar.sca.org/kingdom/kingsingleitem.php?kingdom=19&id=72673)


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3: Elashava bas Riva - Resub Badge

OSCAR finds the name registered exactly as it appears in June of 1983, via the Middle.

(Fieldless) A griffin passant Or gorged of a pearled coronet sable maintaining a pomegranate gules

Per Mistholme: "As viscomital and baronial coronets of rank date to no earlier than the Stuarts, they are not defined for Society armory per se; however, the pearled coronet is found in 16th Century Scots and French achievements [e.g., Lindsay, 1542], and may be used by Society Viscounties and Court Baronies." (http://mistholme.com/?s=coronet)

Elashava bas Riva became a Viscountess in the Kingdom of Middle on 10/5/2002 (per the Northshield OP).

Submission History: This badge, submitted on the August 2016 Northshield LoI, was returned on the November 2016 LOAR for presumption, for using a reserved charge (embattled coronet) that is not appropriate to the rank of the submitter. This resubmission uses a coronet appropriate to a viscountess. (https://oscar.sca.org/index.php?action=145&id=67215)


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4: Elashava bas Riva - Resub Augmentation of Arms

OSCAR finds the name registered exactly as it appears in June of 1983, via the Middle.

Quarterly Or and azure, in saltire a wooden spoon proper and a lute argent and for augmentation on a point pointed sable a compass rose argent

Submission History: This augmentation, submitted on the Northshield August 2016 LoI, was returned in November 2016 for redraw of the compass rose. It was noted that the tincture of the point pointed should show through the openings of the compass rose. (https://oscar.sca.org/index.php?action=145&id=67216)


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5: Galti holtaskalli - New Name

Submitter desires a masculine name.
No major changes.
Language (Norse) most important.
Meaning (boar wood skull) most important.

Galti - masculine given name found in GB, p 10

holtaskalli - nickname found in GB, p 23

Kingdom Commentary Notes: The meaning 'boar' for <Galti> as a given name and <galti> as a byname can be found at (https://www.nordicnames.de/wiki/Galti) undated and at (http://www.ellipsis.cx/~liana/names/norse/vikbynames.html) "Viking Bynames found in the Landnámabók" by Countess Aryanhwy.


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6: Geri of Falcon's Keep - New Name & New Device

Geri of Falcon's Keep

Purpure, on a lozenge throughout argent a winged fox courant sable

No major changes.
Sound (Sounds like 'Grrr-eee') most important.

Geri - masculine given name found on Viking Answer Lady (http://www.vikinganswerlady.com/ONMensNames.shtml#g)

Geiri

Found in Old Danish as Geri, in Old Swedish as Gere, and in OW.Norse as Geiri. This name is a short form of masculine names in Geir- or -geirr, and also occurs as a weak side form of the name Geirr. For the first element Geir- see above. Frequent in Iceland. Occurs rarely in Norway. Found in the Danish and Swedish runic inscriptions. Runic examples include the nominative forms giRi, [kairi], (k)iari, kiRi, [kiRi], kiR... and the accusative forms haiRa, hiRa, kaiR[a], keir(a), kiRa. Anglo-Scandinavian forms include Geri.

GB p. 10 s.n. Geiri; FJ pp. 98, 343 s.nn. Geiri, Geir-; CV p. 196 s.v. geirr; NR s.n. GæiRi, GæiRR, GæiR-

Falcon's Keep - registered name of a group in the SCA. This branch name was registered in August 1992, via the Middle. Usage permitted by Branch Name Allowance.

Blazon Change: Blazon has been changed from 'Purpure, on a lozenge argent a winged fox courant sable' to 'Purpure, on a lozenge throughout argent a winged fox courant sable', based on kingdom commentary. (https://oscar.sca.org/kingdom/kingsingleitem.php?kingdom=19&id=72676)

Kingdom Commentary Note: It was noted that the fox's whiskers are not attached to the fox.


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7: Judith of Northwode - New Name & New Device

Per pale ermine and vert, two pine trees couped counterchanged vert and argent

Submitter desires a feminine name.
No major changes.

Judith is a feminine given name found in Family Search:

Judith Acton, Female, Death 14 Jun 1597, London, England, Batch B04199-8 (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JZZ3-2LQ)

Northwode is a placename found in Eckwall, p 344, s.n. Northwood.

Mx [Northwode 1438 Pat]

SENA Appendix A permits <of> followed by the placename in locatives.

Blazon Change: Blazon has been changed from 'Per pale ermine and vert, two pine trees vert and argent' to 'Per pale ermine and vert, two pine trees couped counterchanged vert and argent', based on kingdom commentary. (https://oscar.sca.org/kingdom/kingsingleitem.php?kingdom=19&id=72733)

Kingdom commentary also produced some discussion regarding the identifiability of the ermine.


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8: Marguerite Coquette du Lyons - New Name & New Device

Azure, two lions combatant Or and in chief a dragonfly argent

No major changes.
Sound most important.
Language (French 16th c) most important.

Marguerite is a French feminine given name found in "French Names from Paris, 1421, 1423, & 1438 by Aryanhwy merch Catmael (Sara L. Uckelman) (http://heraldry.sca.org/names/french/paris1423.html)

Coquette is a descriptive byname, found as a period term in the "Centre National de Ressource Textuelles et Lexicales" (http://www.cnrtl.fr/etymologie/coquette):

Étymol. et Hist. A. Subst. [xves. coquette (Moralité ds Dochez, Nouv. dict. de la lang. fr., 1860)]; 1611 coquette « femme bavarde, commère polissonne » (Cotgr.); 1643 subst. coquet « homme qui cherche à plaire » (P. Scarron, Recueil de quelques vers burlesques, 96 ds Richardson). B. Adj. 1. 1643 « qui ne cherche qu'à plaire » (P. Scarron, op. cit., p. 91, ibid.);

"Etymologic and historical (note): noun (15th c. Coquette (sources); 1611 coquette "chatty woman, naughty gossip" (Cotgr[ave?])."

du Lyon is a French byname found on p. 81 in "Names in the 1292 Census of Paris" by Aryanhwy merch Catmael (Sara L. Uckelman)(http://www.ellipsis.cx/~liana/names/french/1292paris.pdf)

SENA Appendix A permits given + byname + locative for French names.


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9: Sulayman al-Hamadani - New Name & New Device

Pily bendwise Or and sable, a five headed hydra rampant and a chief gules

Submitter desires a masculine name.
Client requests authenticity for 13-14th c Persian.
Sound (wants the name to flow well on the tongue) most important.

Name Change & Kingdom Commentary Notes: Name was changed from <Sulayman al-Din Hamadani> to <Sulayman al-Hamadani>, based on kingdom commentary. It was noted:

Titular names such as `The Sword of the Faith (Sayf al-Din) and `The Sword of the State' (Sayf al-Dawla) were bestowed by the caliph on military and political leaders and were very highly valued. Thus, names consisting of "X + al-Din" (the most famous examples being "Salah al-Din" [Rectitude of the Faith], "Nur al-Din" [Light of the Faith] and "`Ala al-Din" (Aladdin)), "X + al-Dawla" (Nasir al-Dawla [Defender of the State]), "X + al-Mulk" (Nizam al-Mulk [Order of the Kingdom]) and "X + al-Islam (Sayf al-Islam [Sword of Islam]) were generally an indication of status or rank. As a consequence, such titular names are not registrable in the SCA, and they have been left out of the lists of period names.
(https://oscar.sca.org/kingdom/kingsingleitem.php?kingdom=19&id=72736)

Submitter has been notified and has agreed to this change.

Sulayman is a masculine given name found in PERIOD ARABIC NAMES AND NAMING PRACTICES by Da'ud ibn Auda (David B. Appleton) (http://heraldry.sca.org/names/arabic-naming2.htm)

al-Hamadani is the 14th c byname of Muhammad al-Hamadani found in The Encyclopaedia of Islam, Second Edition (see image #1 below)

The above submission has images. To view them, see the URLs below:
#1 https://oscar.sca.org/showimage.php?I=1123/2017-04-01/11-33-52_Sulayman_Name_Doc.jpg


In service to the Society, Northshield & the College of Arms

Honourable Lady Merideth NiShionniach

herald@northshield.org

Mistress Mira Fastova

keythong@northshield.org


OSCAR counts 6 New Names, 5 New Devices and 1 New Badge. These 12 items are chargeable, Laurel should receive $48 for them. OSCAR counts 1 Resub Badge and 1 Resub Augmentation of Arms. These 2 items are not chargeable. There are a total of 14 items submitted on this letter.