MAY 2001

This is the Middle Kingdom Letter of Acceptances and Returns for Escutcheon's March 2001 letter. Comments in braces {} were removed from the Letter of Intent sent to Laurel and the College of Arms. Names, devices, or badges in braces have been returned or pended; general comments or replies to commentary are also placed in braces.

Many thanks to Richard Morgan of Cumberland, Moraig Anne Drummond, Friedrich Eric Helmut von Rheinhausen, Wilhelm Schatzgeyer, Etienne de Claremont, Adeliza de Saviniaco, Mikhail of Lubelska, Æthelreada æt Æthelwealda, Thorvald Redhair, and Percival ap Gwylim Trefynwy for their commentary this month.

1) Anna z Pernstejna - New name and device

Vert, a bull's head caboshed Or, for augmentation a lance fesswise argent in chief bearing a pennant with the Midrealm arms.

The given name and the byname are both documented from Strange, Pernsteiners in America. Page 3 indicates that there was an Anna z Postupic who lived in the early 16th century. The same page indicates that there was a Stepan z Pernstejna who lived 1243-1294. The client wants an authentic 10-13th century German/Bavarian/Czech name. She will NOT allow MAJOR changes and she will NOT allow the creation of a holding name.

The client's augmentation was granted by TRM Finn and Tamara on 15 April, AS XXXIV (2000 AD).

2) Artemas de Grimsby - Name {and device} resubmission

{Checky sable and gules, three lion's heads erased contourny Or.}

The client's original submission, <Artemus of Grimsby>, was returned by Laurel 02/01, for lack of documentation of the given name, at which time Laurel said that <Artemas> would have been registerable, but he allowed no changes. He has resubmitted with a close variant of the given name, which is found in Titus 3:12, "When I send Artemas or Tychicus to you, make ever effort to come to me at Nicopolis, for I have decided to spend the winter there."

<Grimsby> is dated to the 13th century in Gillett, A History of Grimsby, p. 12. According to Foster's Dictionary of Heraldry, p. 101, a <John de Grimsby> is found on Richard II's rolls. The client wants an authentic 9th-14th century Saxon-Norman name. Submitted as <of Grimsby>, we have changed the surname to <de Grimsby>.

{This design is exactly the same as his previous one, which was returned by Rouge Scarpe on 8/00 for poor contrast. To quote RfS VIII.2.b.iv Good Contrast: "Elements divided into multiple parts of two different tinctures must have good contrast between their parts. For example, checky argent and gules is acceptable, but checky azure and gules is not." By parity of reasoning, 'Checky sable and gules' is also poor contrast.}

3) Dyfwn Wen Ysginydd - Change of device

Purpure, a sea unicorn erect argent between three oak leaves fesswise Or

Name reg'd 6/98

If this device is registered, she would like her current device (Purpure, a chevron Or seme of acorns vert between three oak leaves fesswise Or ), reg'd 6/98, to be released.

{This does not conflict with Jocelyn Douglas of Fairfax, "Purpure, a winged sea-unicorn palewise, wings addorsed argent within a bordure Or." There is one CD for changing the number of secondaries (from one to three), and for changing the type of secondary (from a bordure to oak leaves). Generally, a CD is giving for wings, so there should be a third CD for the removal of the wings.}

4) Elisabeth Nedlere - Name and device resubmission

Azure, a needle inverted bendwise sinister argent winged and threaded Or

The client's previous name submission (Ellspeth of the Nadel) was returned by Rouge Scarpe on 5/00 for lack of documentation.

<Elisabeth> is dated to 1483 in Withycombe, p 100. <Nedlere> is found in Reaney & Wilson s.n. Needler and dated to 1235. The client cares most about language/culture and wants a period 12th-16th century Norman-Saxon name.

The client's previous device submission (Azure, a needle argent, enflamed gules fimbriated Or) was returned by Rouge Scarpe for incorrect depiction of flames and for the fimbriation of those flames. The client has redesigned.

5) Éva inghean uí Dochartaigh - New name {and device

Pean, a lion rampant Or, a bordure embattled gules}

The name was submitted as <Ceri O'Dochartaigh>. The client asked for an authentic 'Irish Celtic' name, with language/culture most important, the meaning "'to love,' the descendent of Dochertaigh" of second importance, and sound of third importance. She also gave a list of alternatives that she would accept. For the given name she will take, (in order of preference), <Eva>, <Cera> or <Ceara>, <Eilis>, <Assa>, and <Flann>, and for the surname, <O'Doherty>, <O'Dougherty>, <O'Dogherty>, or <O'Donnell>.

<Ceri> is a modern Welsh given name; no evidence could be found for it either in period or in her desired culture, so we have changed the given name to her second choice. While OCM only list legendary people named <Eva>, s.n. same, the name is found in Scotland in the 12th century as <Éua>, <Éva>, and <Éba>, according to Arval Benicoeur, "Some Scottish Gaelic Feminine Names," (http://www.s-gabriel.org/names/arval/ scotgaelfem/).

<Ó Dochartaigh> is found in MacLysaght s.n. Doherty, p. 84., who says it was the name of "the leading sept of Inishowen. <Doherty> is now one of the most numerous names in Ireland." It is derived from <dochartach>, meaning "hurtful." We have corrected the grammar and made this appropriate for a feminine name.

{The device is being for violating RfS VIII.2 Rules of Contrast. Pean is considered a color, and as such a gules bordure is color on color.}

{*) Robert von Murrhardt - New badge

Argent vetu ploye azure, an oak tree eradicated proper

Submitted as a household badge for White Star Company, this household name was returned on the 04/01 MK ELoI.

This conflicts with the badge of the Barony of Madrone (reg 8/79) "[Fieldless] A madrone tree eradicated proper (as in the arms)." There is on CD for the fieldlessness, but both oak trees and Madrone trees are rounded in shape, so there is not CD for type of tree. In the arms of the Barony, the tree is blazoned as "gules leaved vert," but Laurel precedent from 12/90 gives no difference between trees proper and trees gules leaved vert.}

Done by my hand this 5th day of May,

Aryanhwy merch Catmael, Rouge Scarpe

Sara L. Friedemann
213 N. Paterson
Madison, WI 53703

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