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Lochac KLoI dated 2023-04-25

Greetings unto the Lochac College of Heralds and to all our fellows across the Known World who see this missive, from Sigrith Rocket, submissions deputy to Annys Crux Australis Principal Herald.

This letter will open for commentary by heralds from outside of Lochac on the 2nd of May. Thank you for your patience.

Our monthly commentary meeting will be held on Thursday 4th of May at 7pm Innilgard Time (5:30pm in Aneala, 7:30pm in River Haven and Stormhold, 9:30pm in Southron Gaard) in the Lochac Discord chat. All are welcome.

We intend to register the following items:

1: Adelindis filia Gotefridi -New Blanket Permission to Conflict

OSCAR finds the name registered exactly as it appears in October of 2004, via Lochac.

Gules, a pile Or

I, (name redacted), known in the SCA as Adelindis filia Gotefridi, waive the full protection of my registered armory "Gules, a pile Or". I grant permission to any future submitter to register armory that is not identical to my registered armory.

I understand that this permission can be withdrawn by written notice to the Laurel Sovereign of Arms, but that conflicting items registered while it is in force will remain registered.


Signature of (name redacted)

2: Argyle de Argenten -New Badge

OSCAR finds the name registered exactly as it appears in June of 2021, via Lochac.

Fieldless, a French-cut gemstone in profile purpure

Consulting Herald Glynyhvar Aquarius.
Submitter is from River Haven.

3: Ariston Hegelochou -Resub Device

OSCAR finds the name registered exactly as it appears in March of 2017, via Lochac.

Purpure, two Greek Sphinxes sejant respectant Or

Consulting Herald Matthijs van der Horst.
Submitter is from Rowany.

We depict a Greek Sphinx without human mammaries, which was part of the grounds for return. There is extensive examples of this in period art, attached.

Sphinxes are widely attested as icons and devices in Classical and Hellenistic Greek culture. There is plentiful archaeological evidence for a consistent and coherent depiction of Sphinges in the form of gemstone carvings (figs. 1 and 2), numismatic sources (figs. 3, 4, and 5), monumental funerary statuary (figs. 6, 7), and dedicatory statuary (fig. 8). Many of these depictions are strongly associated with specific communities - most obviously Cypriot Greek and Phoenician poleis, and Thebes in Greece proper - and constitute iconography that identifies those communities.

In addition, there is specific evidence from published academic work (see fig. 9) of opposed Sphinxes being used as iconography in Hellenistic Seleucid administration, in the form of Bullae: clay or bitumen seals used to notarise papyrus documents used for administration (note 1). Such seals may have been associated with state functions, but have also been frequently found in extensive private archives, indicating their use as representations of specific individuals' personal approval or authority (note 2).

As such, the depiction of a pair of winged Sphinxes - which are not depicted specifically as Gynosphinxes, but remain gendered only in facial features and hairstyle, if at all - constitutes a historically precedented mode of `heraldic' identification and display for individuals as well as communities in Ancient Greek societies (note 3).

(1) See Herbert, Sharon C. "The Hellenistic Archives from Tel Kedesh (Israel) and Seleucia-on-the-Tigris (Iraq)." Bulletin 15 (2003). https://oscar.sca.org/s.php?u=1992 [ quod.lib.umich.edu ] . See also Hameeuw, Hendrik, and Sam Van Overmeire. "The seleucid bullae from Uruk in the Royal Museums of Art and History, Brussels." Mesopotamia 49 (2014): 113-142; Hicks, Jennifer Rose. "Hollow archives: Bullae as a source for understanding administrative structures in the Seleukid empire." PhD diss., UCL (University College London), 2017.

(2) Ibid.

(3) The College of Arms' previous response to a 2017 submission ["This device is returned for violating SENA A2C1 which states that "Elements must be drawn in their period forms". Blazoned on the Letter of Intent as "Greek sphinxes" the creatures lack the identifying leonine tail and, because of their posture, it is impossible to determine whether they have a woman's chest or not. On resubmission, the submitter should also use a proper heraldic posture."] does not reflect appropriate Ancient period iconographic practice, as shown in several of the attached figures in this document, and may also have been based on a naïve understanding of the Greek terminology: androsphinx does not mean `male sphinx' or imply a gendered male/female typology of sphinges, but rather distinguishes human-headed sphinxes from Egyptian part-leonine monsters whose heads were those of rams or hawks; as the figures appended clearly show, depictions of `gynosphinges' did not have distinct breasts. See Falkener, Edward. The Museum of Classical Antiquities: A Quarterly Journal of Architecture and the Sister Branches of Classic Art. Vol. 2. JW Parker and Son, 1853.

The above submission has images. To view them, see the URLs below:
#1 https://oscar.sca.org/showimage.php?I=2411/2023-04-25/05-06-47_Ariston_Hegelochou_Device_Docs1.jpg
#2 https://oscar.sca.org/showimage.php?I=2411/2023-04-25/05-06-47_Ariston_Hegelochou_Device_Docs2.jpg
#3 https://oscar.sca.org/showimage.php?I=2411/2023-04-25/05-06-47_Ariston_Hegelochou_Device_Docs3.jpg
#4 https://oscar.sca.org/showimage.php?I=2411/2023-04-25/05-06-47_Ariston_Hegelochou_Device_Docs4.jpg
#5 https://oscar.sca.org/showimage.php?I=2411/2023-04-25/05-06-47_Ariston_Hegelochou_Device_Docs5.jpg

4: Bartholomew Baskin and Katherine Kerr of the Hermitage -New Household Name

OSCAR finds the name (Bartholomew Baskin) registered exactly as it appears in July of 2004, via Lochac.
OSCAR finds the name (Katherine Kerr of the Hermitage) registered exactly as it appears in September of 2006, via Lochac.

Crescent Isles, Company of the

Consulting Herald Olliver Le Floch.
Submitter is from Southron Gaard.

Crescent is an English surname found in 1562-63, per [Oskar of the Wood. Household name Company of Crescent Keep, 3/2019, A-East], which reads:

"Jeanne Marie Noir Licorne found Crescent as a surname in a collection of London marriage licenses from 1562-63. Crescent Keep, therefore, is a plausible constructed 16th century English place name and this household name follows the attested English pattern naming groups of people after places."

Isle/Isles is a generic toponym per [Lileth of Glass Isle, 3/2019 LoAR, A-Atlantia], which reads "Glass Isle is a constructed English place name based on the pattern of surnames combined with generic toponyms; it refers to an island named by a family with the surname Glass."

Crescent Isles would be islands associated with or belonging to the Crescent Family per the patterns found in "Compound Placenames in English" by Juliana de Luna (http://medievalscotland.org/jes/EnglishCompoundPlacenames/)

Thus, this household name fits the pattern Company of <Placename> exemplified by Cavelieri Lauretani and the Knightly Brotherhood of the Convent of Our Lady at the Sand as found in Medieval Secular Order Names by Juliana de Luna(https://heraldry.sca.org/names/order/new/)

5: Boutart Sanguin -New Name (NP) & New Device

Or, a seme of leeches Sable

Consulting Herald Wahriia of St Christina.
Submitter is from St Christina the Astonishing.

Boutart is a masculine given name found once in 1419 in Names from Paris, 1408-1449

by Aryanhwy merch Catmael (https://www.ellipsis.cx/~liana/names/french/paris1408.html)

Sanguin was a surname from 1423, 1438


[Image 1] Luttrell Psalter, England ca. 1325-1340.British Library Add 42130, fol. 26r

[Image 2] Willem Van Den Bossche'S 'Historia Medica,' Published In 1638

The above submission has images. To view them, see the URLs below:
#1 https://oscar.sca.org/showimage.php?I=2411/2023-04-25/05-16-15_Boutart_Sanguin_Device_Docs1.jpg
#2 https://oscar.sca.org/showimage.php?I=2411/2023-04-25/05-16-15_Boutart_Sanguin_Device_Docs2.jpg

6: Freya hare inn heppni -New Name (NP) & New Device

Ermine, on a pile azure a rabbit's head erased argent

No changes.

Consulting Herald Bjorn Bassason.
Submitter is from Saint Ursula.

<Freya> is a personal name submitted with Legal Name Allowance as per SENA PN1.B2e

<hare> is an Old Danish/Old Swedish descriptive byname meaning "hare, rabbit" attested in Fellows-Jensen, Gillian. Scandinavian Personal Names in Lincolnshire and Yorkshire. Copenhagen. Akademisk Forlag. 1968. (pp. 134-135) : https://slaegtsbibliotek.dk/924786.pdf

<inn heppni> is an Old Norse descriptive byname meaning "lucky, happy", attested in the Landnámabók. See Viking Bynames found in the Landnámabók by by Aryanhwy merch Catmael (Sara L. Uckelman) (https://www.ellipsis.cx/~liana/names/norse/vikbynames.html)

SENA Appendix A allows for the name construction pattern [given+descriptive+descriptive] for Old Norse.

The Old Norse and Old Danish/Old Swedish elements are from the same geographical region, and can thus be combined as long as they are within 500 years of each other according to SENA Appendix C. The landnamabok is dated to the events of the 9th and 10th century, and Old Danish dates to between the 9th and 16th centuries. This is inexact, but the two elements appear to be reasonably combineable.

7: Griffin Blackwood -New Name (NP) & New Device

Sable a griffin sejant maintaining a sprig of rowan berries and on a chief argent four pine trees sable

Consulting Herald Wahriia of St Christina.
Submitter is from St Christina the Astonishing.

Griffin is found in Berkshire in 1583 per Monumental Brass Enscriptions

Griffin is a male given name found nine times between 1581 and 1595 in Late Sixteenth Century English Given Names by Talan Gwynek (


Blackwood - 1538

From `Blakwode' and 'de Blacwode'.

Blackwood is a locative byname found in [Watts] c. 1538 and later, sn. Blackwood Hill.

Can also be found between (1327-1384)

Reany, P. H. & Wilson, R. M. (1995). A Dictionary of English Surnames. Oxford University Press, Oxford. Page 47.

The above submission has images. To view them, see the URLs below:
#1 https://oscar.sca.org/showimage.php?I=2411/2023-04-25/05-22-25_Griffin_Blackwood_Name_Docs1.jpg

8: Ingriðr in eyverska -New Name (NP)

Submitter desires a feminine name.
Language/Culture most important.
Meaning most important.

Consulting Herald ffride wlffsdotter.
Submitter is from Stormhold.


Lind col. 638 sn. Ingriðr

(Editorial note: If you're wondering, it's this book http://hdl.handle.net/2077/61239 )

in eyverska

Lind Personbinamn col. 75 sn. Eyyverska

As this is an adjectival byname, meaning "woman from the (Orkney) islands," it can be used with the definite article "in."

9: Ollivier Le Floch -New Badge

OSCAR finds the name registered exactly as it appears in November of 2017, via Lochac.

Gules, a bezant a chief and a point pointed Or

Consulting Herald Ollivier Le Floch.
Submitter is from Innilgard.

This badge is intended as a test case on the use of two peripheral charges in the same design.

If the chief and point are considered to be in a single peripheral charge group, then this badge presumes upon the badge of the Arch-Steward of the Holy Roman Empire 'Gules, an orb Or'.

If the chief and point are considered to be in two separate charge groups, then this arrangement of a primary charge between two peripheral charge groups may not be a documented arrangement per Appendix J. We ask the college for their aid in finding period examples supporting this arrangement.

10: Stobold Kobel -New Name (NP) & New Device

Azure, in pale a dragon's head conjoined to a rondel argent

Submitter desires a gender-neutral name.
No changes.
Sound (Two-syllable name rhyming with "cobalt/kobold") most important.

Consulting Herald Matthijs van der Horst.
Submitter is from Rowany.

On 17th October 2022, "Deutschland Tote und Beerdigungen, 1582-1958", database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JWB6-RW1 : 27 October 2021), Stobold Molzger, 1637.

-- Estimated Birth Year 1587, Indexing Batch B00168-9

On 17th October 2022, "Deutschland Geburten und Taufen, 1558-1898", database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:N8DV-H72 : 27 October 2021), Anna Kobel, 1596.

-- Indexing Batch C92388-7

11: Vígmárr Vífill -New Name (NP) & New Device

Or, a weevil fesswise to Dexter gules, on a chief sable a weevil fesswise to dexter Or

Consulting Herald Isabella de Bordeaux.
Submitter is from Politarchopolis.

Vígmárr - may occur in Old Danish as Wimar. For the first element Víg is from OW. Norse víg "war, battle".. for the second element - márr - comes from the OW Norse adjective mærr. "famous, glorious, great"

Old Norse Mens Names- http://www.vikinganswerlady.com/ONMensNames.shtml. FJ p350s.n. -marr; CV pp418,443 s.v. -már, mærr; NR s.nn. Vígmarr, Víg-, -marr, Vígi

Vífill - weevil, beetle. Found in Old Danish as Wivil, occurs in OW. Norse as Vífill (found as a byname)


Viking Bynames found in the Landnámabók by Aryanhwy merch Catmael (Sara L Uckelman)

GB p16 s.n. Vífill; NR s.nn. Vífill or Vifill

12: Wahriia of St Christina the Astonishing -New Name (NP) & New Device

Or, four wolves teeth issuant from sinister sable.

Submitter desires a feminine name.
Sound (trying to match sound of cultural (indigenous) name Warrigall(or Warri) as close as possible) most important.

Consulting Herald Wahriia of St Christina the Astonishing.
Submitter is from St Christina the Astonishing.

Wahriia (pronounced Wa-aḫ-ri-ia) is a Hurrian given name found on p.274 of Nuzi Personal Names, by Gelb, Purves, and MacRae, which lists names found in the Nuzi Tablets dating from ~15th C BC? (https://oi.uchicago.edu/research/publications/oip/oip-57-nuzi-personal-names)

Saint Christina the Astonishing is a branch name, registered in November 1990 via the West.

The above submission has images. To view them, see the URLs below:
#1 https://oscar.sca.org/showimage.php?I=2411/2023-04-25/06-23-17_Wahriia_Device_Docs1.jpg
#2 https://oscar.sca.org/showimage.php?I=2411/2023-04-25/06-23-17_Wahriia_Device_Docs2.jpg

13: Yda Plant -New Device

OSCAR finds the name registered exactly as it appears in June of 2017, via Lochac.

Per pale gules and vert, an alder tree eradicated or

Consulting Herald Matthijs van der Horst.
Submitter is from Politarchopolis.

I remain,

Sigrith parði

Rocket Herald

OSCAR counts 7 Names, 1 Household Name, 8 Devices, 2 Badges and 1 Blanket Permission to Conflict. There are a total of 19 items submitted on this letter.