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Middle ILoI dated 2015-02-17

Greetings unto Edward Dragon, Konrad Rouge Scarpe, and the commenting heralds of the Middle Kingdom.

January submissions are included in this letter. I've pended a few items, waiting on either documentation or payment, so if you have a client whose submission isn't shown here, feel free to contact me for details.

As a note, I make very few changes in the submissions I receive. Some errors may be mine, and I do edit for things like punctuation and brevity. But, for the most part, what you see is what i got. If you're a new commenter, or you're not sure where to get started in helping out, I invite you to check website links, my own or the submitter's spelling and grammar, or in the case of re-submissions, go take a look at what the returning letter said, and compare. These are all great ways to get started!

Comments are due by March 17.


1: Annabelle Rose -New Name & New Device

Per saltire sable and gules, a unicorn passant between in pale two roses argent.

Submitter desires a feminine name.
No major changes.

Annabelle - Family Search Historical Records - Annabelle Buntein was christened at Stirling in Scotland on 20 July 1589 (Batch: C114902 )

Rose - Reaney and Wilson, Dictionary of English Surnames, S.n. Rose

Robert Rose and Peter Rose, 1302

2: Aodhagán mac Cellach -New Device

OSCAR is unable to find the name, either registered or submitted.

Per pall sable, vert, and Or, an eagle argent and two battle axes counterchanged.

3: Ástriðr Arnsdóttir -New Name

Submitter desires a feminine name.
No major changes.
Language (Norse) most important.
Culture (700-850 A.D.) most important.

Ástriðr - Academy of St. Gabriel Report #1810 references Ástriðhr. Client prefers spelling < Ástriðr > if available as a variation.

Arn -

Fellows-Jensen, Gillian. Scandinavian Personal Names in Lincolnshire and Yorkshire. Copenhagen. Akademisk Forlag. 1968.

4: Aturdokht of Dark River -Resub Device

OSCAR finds the name registered exactly as it appears in January of 2013, via the Middle

Argent a wyvern erect vert and a pawprint sable and a base rayonny gules.

Original device returned 1/2013 - Argent, a wyvern erect within the tail in annulo vert a paw print sable and a base rayonny gules.

5: Gaelen Ó Gráda -New Name & New Device

Per bend sinister vert and sable, two sheaves of arrows Or.

Submitter desires a masculine name.
No major changes.
Sound (GAY-len O'Grady) most important.

Gaelen is a masculine given name dated to 1646 on the Family search website. Scotland Batch Number c11586-2.

ÓGráda is a surname found in the St. Gabriel Article "16th and 17th Century Anglicized Irish Surnames from Woulfe by Kathleeen O'Brien

Anglicized O Grada Root Grada P. 544, Header Ó Gráda

6: Margaret MacLeod of Dunvegan -New Name & New Device

Sable, a circle of six mullets of six points Or, and a mullet of six points Or centered in the circle.

Submitter desires a feminine name.
Sound (Prefers to keep sound of Margaret and MacLeod) most important.

The submitter included 15 citations in their packet. Many of them contain the same or similar information, from different sources. In the interest of brevity, I have listed one source for each name element. However, if necessary, I can attach the additional sources.

Margaret - A Genealogical & Heraldic History of the Commoners of Great Britain and Ireland, enjoying territorial possesions or high official rank; but uninvested with heritable honours, Volume III, John Burke Esq., Henry Colburn Publisher, London, England, 1838, page 585

Header - Macleod of Rasay

Lists Roderick, fifth Baron of Lewis, whose wife and daughter were both named Margaret. Roderick's death is listed as 1480.

MacLeod of Dunvegan - Historical Geography of the Clans of Scotland, by T.B. Johnston, F.R.G.S and Colonel James A. Robertson. Roll of the Landislords and Baillies, 1587

Header - M'Cloid of the Harrich

William Macleod of Harris, Dunvegan, and Glenelg, chief of the Siol Tormaid.

I've included scans of the book reference for your review. I can also link to the other sources if there's a question of the reliability of the ones i've cited here.

If changes need to be made, the submitter would prefer the form "Margaret Macleóid á Dún Bhegan.

The above submission has images. To view them, see the URLs below:

7: Red Spears, Barony of -Resub Order Name & New Badge

OSCAR finds the name registered exactly as it appears in October of 1997, via the Middle

Compagnia del la Pórcini Rossi

Or, four boars passant two and two gules.

Language (Italian) most important.
Meaning (Company of the Red Boars) most important.

Compagnia - Italian designators Compagnia, found in Juliana de Luna, "Medieval Secular Order Names"

<Rosso> - "red, ruddy, blushing, tawny red. Also, a red man, and gueles in armory. 1611". Florio's 1611 Italian/English Dictionary:

<Pórco>, meaning " a hog, a boar, a porke, a swine" according to Florio's 1611 Italian/English Dictionary:

Pórci Rossi was the construction suggested in the return on the 03/2014 LoAR via the Middle.

Correction to Order Name (2015-Mar-01 12:03:36): Name submitted is Compagnia del la Pórci Rossi not Compagnia del la Pórcini Rossi

8: Red Spears, Barony of -New Augmentation of Arms

OSCAR finds the name registered exactly as it appears in October of 1997, via the Middle

Or, two boar spears in saltire surmounted by another palewise gules, overall a laurel wreath vert and for augmentation on a chief gules, a bridge of three spans Or.

Original device registered Jan 1987 via Middle, Or, two boar spears in saltire surmounted by another palewise gules, overall a laurel wreath vert.

Augmentation granted 12/13/14

9: Rivenvale, shire of -Resub Device Change

OSCAR thinks the name is registered as Rivenvale, Shire of in October of 2002, via the Middle.

Vert, on a pile azure fimbriated argent, a laurel wreath Or.

Old Item: Vert, on a pile throughout azure fimbriated, an angel statant to sinister maintaining a sword palewise argent and in dexter chief a laurel wreath Or., to be retained as a badge.

Escutcheon Note: On the paper copy of the submission, the field is identifiably green, and the blazon submitted indicates the same. However, this was printed on a color printer, and my scanner's having a hard time with it. As a result it may appear much darker on the scan.

The previous device change was returned via Laurel's September 2014 letter.

* Rivenvale, Shire of. Device change. Vert, on a pile azure fimbriated argent a laurel wreath Or and in chief three mullets of eight points argent.

This submission is returned for having two tertiary groups on the pile. The submitter cited a precedent from the November 2013 Cover Letter:

A submission this month included the motif of an X within a laurel wreath. We regard this as being two separate charge groups, typically a primary charge surrounded by a secondary laurel wreath. By long-standing precedent, two separate charge groups may not be placed as tertiary charges on the same underlying charge. This is repeated in SENA Appendix I, which states that "A single charge group may only have one tertiary charge group on it." Without documentation of this sort of pattern in period, placing this motif on an underlying charge is not ordinarily registerable.

We do, however, recognize the inherent difficulty in design as a laurel wreath is required in all branch arms. A crown or coronet is additionally required for kingdoms, and optionally for principalities. We have long relaxed some of the style rules for augmentations. SENA A3A3 explains, "Because an augmentation adds complexity, augmented devices are often allowed to violate certain style rules, such as allowing charges on tertiary charges or a complexity count of greater than eight, as long as the identifiability of the design is maintained. However, they may not violate the rules on contrast." Because required elements add complexity to an armorial design, we are similarly willing on a case by case basis to allow branch armory with required elements to violate certain style rules, as long as identifiability of the design is maintained.

However, the submission that prompted this precedent was a different situation. The two tertiary charges were both required charges: a laurel wreath and a coronet, for a principality. Here, the mullets are not a required element and this does not fall under the intent of the Cover Letter precedent.

On resubmission, please advise the submitter to draw the fimbriation thicker so as to be more visible.

10: Slany uxor Uilleag -New Name

Submitter desires a feminine name.

Slany - Http://

uxor -

Uilleag -

11: Uilleag Balbhán -New Name

Submitter desires a masculine name.

Uilleag - Http://

Balbhán -

Use of descriptive byname -

OSCAR counts 6 Names, 1 Order Name, 5 Devices, 1 Device Change, 1 Badge and 1 Augmentation of Arms. There are a total of 15 items submitted on this letter.

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