Meridies LoI dated 2023-11-09
Unto Emma, Laurel; Elisabetta, Pelican; Iago, Wreath; and all the College of Arms does Soo Yun, Pennon, on behalf of Baronesa Sara, Beacon, and the illustrious Meridian College of Heralds, send greetings! It is the intent of the Meridian College of Heralds that the following submissions be registered.
Submitter desires a feminine name.
First Name - Catrin
Catrin- sister of Ilywelyn ap Gruffudd, prince of Wales
Stephenson, David. Medieval Wales C. 1050-1332: Centuries of Ambiguity. Cardiff: University of Wales Press, 2019. Page 141.
Catrin, Daughter of Owain Prince of Wales and husband of Mortimer.
Fisher, Deborah C. Princesses of Wales. Cardiff: University of Wales, 2005. Page 28
Catrin also is found in the IGI
IGI - Catrin Gothray Sex F Event Type Marriage Event Date 14 Aug 1586 Event Place Dunfermline, Fife, Scotland, United Kingdom Event Place (Original) Dunfermline, Fife, Scotland; Indexing Batch M11424-2
Last Name - Thomas
Thomas - 16th Century Gloucestershire Names by Aryanhwy merch Catmael http://heraldry.sca.org/names/english/late16.html
Erroneously submitted as a new release of alternative name at the kingdom level; however, submitters commented on Catrin Thomas. No conflicts found at the kingdom level.
Purpure, a winged unicorn segreant argent charged on its shoulder with a decrescent azure.
Submitter desires a feminine name.
Chiara - Italian feminine given name. Found 3 times with this spelling in the article "Feminine Given Names from the Online Catasto of Florence of 1427" by Arvan Benicoeur (Josh Mittelman).
Querini - Italian surname, found in the article "Late Period Italian Women's Names: Venice" by Juliana de Luna (Julia Smith). All names within this article are attested to be dated to the 15th and 16th centuries. <https://medievalscotland.org/jes/Nuns/Venice.shtml#FamilyNames>
The documents were checked at the kingdom level and no conflicts were found for this name at the kingdom level.
At the kingdom level, the submitted emblazon with this device (see image 1 below) appeared to have an azure field instead of purpure. When contacted, the submitter clarified that it was supposed to be purpure and approved of the redraw with a more purpure field.
No conflicts for this device were found at the kingdom level.
Gyronny of six arrondi sable and argent, three sharks naiant azure.
Submitter desires a masculine name.
Submitted document consisted of a print-out of http://heraldry.sca.org/names/germmasc.html with only "Dominik" highlighted.
Dominik is dated to 1501-1550 as a masculine Christian Name from 16th Century Plauen in Late Period German Masculine Given Names by Talan Gwynek (Brian M. Scott) at heraldry.sca.org/names/germmasc.html
Jager von Bonn:
See kingdom letter for more documentation; however, Jager von Bonn is the byname of the submitter's father byname - Tristram Jager von Bonn: https://oanda.sca.org//oanda_name.cgi?p=Tristram%20Jager%20von%20Bonn
A statement of relationship has been included in the packet and ERA (PN12Bg) could be used for the byname
At the kingdom level, a redraw was suggested to increase visibility but ultimately decided against since the field is technically neutral and left this decision to society. No conflicts were found at the kingdom level for this device.
OSCAR finds the name registered exactly as it appears in August of 1984, via the Middle.
Quarterly sable and gules, a sun Or, on a bordure parted bordurewise sable and argent an orle of chain Or
Emrys is entitled to the use of an Orle of Chain as he was elevated to Knight on May 28, 1988 per the Midrealm OP: https://oscar.sca.org/s.php?u=1301 [ services.midrealm.org ] [ services.midrealm.org ]
This device was originally submitted and returned by Kingdom in 07/2020 as 'Quarterly sable and gules, a sun throughout and a bordure Or'. It was returned for inability to identify the primary charge as a sun or star and for potential conflicts.
This device was then resubmitted in 05/2023 as 'Azure, on a lozenge quarterly sable and gules a sun, edged by a chain Or.' This was also returned for issues of contrast.
Image 1 below is the first submission
Image 2 below is the second submission
No conflicts found at the kingdom level
Argent, in pale two dandelion slips proper
Sound (Starting. with a) most important.
Genovefa is a Frankish female given name found in "Academy of Saint Gabriel Report 1106" by Josh Mittleman (http://www.panix.com/~gabriel/public-bin/showfinal.cgi?1106+0)s.n.
Genovefa dated to the early 9th and early 12th centuries. Also according to St. Gabriel Report 1106, An earlier form, <Genovefa>, was recorded in the early 9th century and the early 12th century at Paris and Chartres, respectively.
Hareflot is a Norman place name appearing in Acount of a Tour of Normandy, Vol. 1 by Dawson Turner, under Letter V, as well as appearing in An Unpublished Privilege of Innocent Ill in Favor of Montivilliers: New Documentation for a Great Norman Nunnery by Eswin Hall and James Ross Sweeney, pg. 624 (
https://www.jstor.org/stable/2852032) s.n. de Hareflot, with this spelling dated to 1202.
snippet provided below - full article provided in packet. No conflicts found at the kingdom level for this name.
A dandelion with leaves Vert and blossom Or on a field Argent has been passed previously:
The commentary in the LoAR argues that the leaves are the dominant part of the charge, and thus provide sufficient recognizability:
At the kingdom level, it was determined that the emblazon of the dandelions were abstract. Upon warning the submitter, the submitter asked us to go ahead and change it resulting in the new emblazon which they approved. see image below for previous emblazon.
No conflicts found at the kingdom level for this device.
OSCAR finds the name registered exactly as it appears in August of 1979, via Meridies.
Ordo Lux Meridies
Argent, on a pale sable, a lily irradiated Or and a bordure sable.
The following changes are allowed: changes for grammar
The order name follows the pattern Abstract Quality + Order Name + of Kingdom per Juliana de Luna's article here: https://heraldry.sca.org/names/order/new/ListingOfStandardForms.html and SENA NPN3 allows for the addition of the branch name in order to clear conflict.
There is some debate as to the use of "Lux" or "Light" as an abstract quality. Charlton T. Lewis, Charles Short, A Latin Dictionary shows "lux" being used as an abstract and figurative quality particularly in a religious sense (the light of the world for instance), see specifically definitions C and E below:
"A. The sight of all men, the public view, the public, the world: "nec vero ille in luce modo, atque in oculis civium magnus sed intus domique praestantior," Cic. Sen. 4, 12: Isocrates forensi luce caruit, id. Brut. 8, 32: "familiam abjectam et obscu ram e tenebris in lucem vocare," id. Deiot. 11, 30: "res occultas aperire in lucemque proferre," id. Ac. 2, 19, 62.--
B. Light, encouragement, help, succor: "lux quaedam videbatur oblata, non modo regno, sed etiam regni timore sublato," Cic. Phil. 1, 2, 40: "civibus lucem ingenii et consilii porrigere," id. de Or. 1, 40, 184; cf.: "lucem adferre rei publicae," id. Manil. 12, 33.--
C. A light, an ornament: "hanc urbem, lucem orbis terrarum," Cic. Cat. 4, 6, 11: "genus sine luce," undistinguished, obscure, Sil. 8, 248.--
D. Light, illustration, elucidation: "historia testis temporum, lux veritatis," Cic. de Or. 2, 9, 36.--
E. That which enlightens, the source of illumination: ratio quasi quaedam lux lumenque vitae. Cic. Ac. 2, 8, 26; cf.: "ego sum lux mundi," Vulg. John, 8, 12; id. ib. 12, 26."
I.10.a. c1425- A person who is eminent in a particular sphere, or notable for virtue, intellect, or another admirable quality; a luminary. Now esp. in leading light n. 2.
Cf. shining light n. and also lesser light n.
c1425 O Troye..Þi liȝt is lost. J. Lydgate, Troyyes Book (Augustus MS. A.iv) iii. l. 5489 (Middle English Dictionary) Citation details for J. Lydgate, Troyyes Book
1599 Some that were great lights of old, And in their hands the lampe of God did beare. J. Davies, Nosce Teipsum 27Citation details for J. Davies, Nosce Teipsum
1623 Those Sunnes of Glory, those two Lights of Men. W. Shakespeare & J. Fletcher, Henry VIII i. i. 6Citation details for W. Shakespeare & J. Fletcher, Henry VIII
https://oscar.sca.org/s.php?u=1302 [ www.perseus.tufts.edu ]
There is at least one instance of a recorded Italian order using abstract qualities other than "love" or "hope":
Knot or Holy Spirit of Right Desire (Italy) - This order was founded in 1352 by Loysi di Taranto, king of mainland Sicily (or, as it was often known, the kingdom of Naples), according to Boulton. It did not last after his death.
Chevaliers de la Compagnie du Saint Esperit au Droit Desir 'Knights of the Company of the Holy Spirit of Right Desire' 14th c
Cavalieri del santo spedito 'knights of the Holy Spirit' 14th c. Italian (Tuscan)
Thus, we would argue that given the usage of "light" as a figurative quality in period literature, and the use of "Holy Spirit" and "Spirit of Right Desire" in period as a substantive element for an order name, that the "Order of the Light of Meridies" follows documentable patterns for order names.
At the kingdom level, submitters also provided documentation if using saint's name of place as the pattern. As this is already quite long, please see the kingdom letter for the specifics of this documentation.
No conflict found at the kingdom level.
No conflicts found at the kingdom level for this badge. However, it was noted that the irradiation was not drawn properly. Kingdom approved of the new emblazon featuring proper irradiation. Please see picture below for previous emblazon.
OSCAR finds the name on the Meridies LoI of May 10, 2023 as submitted.
Argent, a rose azure, in chief five bees azure and a base vert
This device was originally submitted to kingdom in April 2023 as: Argent a rose azure slipped and leaved vert, in chief five roses azure and a base vert.
This was redrawn at the kingdom level so that the roses had the same art. However, at society level, it was pointed out that according to SENA A3D1a:
Having identical types of charges in multiple charge groups on the field blurs the distinction between charge groups. Thus, it is not allowed, except for cotises and endorses around an ordinary.
Image below is the redraw provided to society in the first submission.
no conflicts found for this device at the kingdom level.
OSCAR is unable to find the name, either registered or submitted.
(Fieldless) A boar's head cabossed per pale azure and vert.
Original badge was "(Fieldless) A boar's head cabossed per pale purpure and vert." however, when the submitter was contacted about changing the tincture of the emblazon's color to proper heraldic tinctures (see image 1 for original submission emblazon), the submitter requested this be changes to "(Fieldless) A boar's head cabossed per pale azure and vert."
no conflicts at the kingdom level for either versions.