December 21st, 2011

Greetings unto all who read these words from Meister Konrad Mailander, Rouge Scarpe Herald,

This is the Middle Kingdom Letter of Acceptances and Returns for the items on the November 3rd, 2011 (Oct) ILoI.

My thanks to Aryanhwy merch Catmael, Ulrich Rickher, and Colin macRath for their commentary.   I have copied relevant passages from the commentary.  

My decision and comments on them follow the commentary and are prefaced with ROUGE SCARPE: and are in red.  Items that are accepted will be forwarded to Laurel as a Middle LoI posted on OSCAR.  


1) Beatrisia Mercier (F) – New Device - "Argent, a chevron pean between three lozenges azure"

Cleftlands

Escutcheon's Note:
Client's name was registered in March of 2010 via the Middle.

Device Comments:

Aryanhwy:  This is clear of Alverik Wyntervelt (reg. 04/2009 via the East), "Argent, a chevron checky gules and argent between three lozenges sable," with CDs for the tincture of the chevron and the tincture of the lozenges. The submitter should be advised to draw the chevron steeper (aesthetically, it would be lovely if it followed the same angles as the lozenges).

ROUGE SCARPE:  Forwarded to Laurel with the Blazon: Argent, a chevron pean between three lozenges azure.


2) Bran Marius (M) – New Name -

Oakenshield (Incipient)

Bran -
Reaney & Wilson, English Surnames, s.n. Brann, dates it to 1154 and 1275.

Marius -
Dauzat, Dictionnaire Etylomogique des Noms de famille et Prenoms de France s.n. gives it as an "unmarked patronymic byname"

Escutcheon's Note:
Client will not accept major changes, desires a male name, and cares most about an unspecified sound.

Name Coments:

Konrad:  [R&W] s.n. Brann:  Bran 1154-86 Black (Galloway); Philip Bran 1275 RH (Sf); William Bran 1275 SRWo, 1629 Black.  Gael, Ir, Welsh, bran 'raven'.  The surname was also used in Brittany, hence probably, the Suffolk surname.

Bran is also found in 100 Most Popular Men's Names in Early Medieval Ireland by Tangwystl verch Morgant Glasvryn http://www.sca.org/heraldry/laurel/names/irish100.html, appearing 44 times.

[Dauzat] Marius, gentilice romain, illustré surtout par le vainqueur des Teutons et des Cimbres; n. d'un saint obscur et d'un évêque d'Avenches (Helvétie, ve s.).  Exceptionnel au moyen âge, le n. de bapt. fut un peu plus en faveur à la Renaissance et surtout, à une époque plus récente, dans la région de Marseille.  Peu de patronymes (Puy-de-Dôme, Midi).  Forme adaptée mérid.  
What I can make out is that may be of importance was "Exceptional in the Middle Ages" and "was a little more in favor with the Renaissance."

The combination of Gaelic and French is a Step from Period Practice, if Bran can be considered English as well there is no weirdness.

ROUGE SCARPE:  Forwarded to Laurel.


3) Christoph Ricker (M) – Badge Resubmission - "Pale wavy azure and or, a unicorn's head erased purpure "

Cleftlands

Escutcheon's Note: Badge was returned per the LoAR of February 2011

Badge Comments:

Konrad:  Text of the return on the Feb. 2011 LoAR: Christoph Rickher. Badge. Paly wavy Or and azure, a unicorn's head erased purpure. This badge is returned because the tincture of the head on the paper forms is an indeterminate color, pinkish with a blue tinge, which is not uniquely identifiable as a heraldic tincture. This issue has long been sole cause for return.

The device is also returned because the identifying characteristics of the unicorn's head (horn and beard) have poor contrast with the field, since both are nearly entirely on the azure section of the field. This violates section VIII.3 of the Rules for Submissions, which says that "Identifiable elements may be rendered unidentifiable by significant reduction in size, marginal contrast..." Were we to consider the unicorn's head to be purpure, there would be insufficient contrast from the field to identify it.

If the unicorn's head is tinctured gules, this would be in conflict with the badge of Valentine Rafael de Périgueux, (Fieldless) A unicorn's head erased gules armed Or, with a single CD for comparing a fieldless and a fielded design.


The submitter has found a better purpure and changed order of the tinctures on the field so the beard and horn have better contrast. Emblazon from original submission attached.

Aryanhwy:  The full submissions history should be given. His previous submission, "Paly wavy Or and azure, a unicorn's head erased purpure", was returned "because the tincture of the head on the paper forms is an indeterminate color, pinkish with a blue tinge, which is not uniquely identifiable as a heraldic tincture. This issue has long been sole cause for return.

"The device is also returned because the identifying characteristics of the unicorn's head (horn and beard) have poor contrast with the field, since both are nearly entirely on the azure section of the field. This violates section VIII.3 of the Rules for Submissions, which says that "Identifiable elements may be rendered unidentifiable by significant reduction in size, marginal contrast..." Were we to consider the unicorn's head to be purpure, there would be insufficient contrast from the field to identify it."

A previous submission, "Paly wavy Or and azure a unicorn's head erased purpure," was returned by Laurel 08/2007, also for problems of identifiability of the head.

This submission address both problems, with the head being clearly purpure and the beard and horn being on an Or pallet rather than an azure one. No conflicts found.

ROUGE SCARPE:  Forwarded to Laurel with the Blazon:  Pale wavy azure and or, a unicorn's head erased purpure.


4) Edward Foxley (M) – New Name and Device- "Vert, in pale a jester's hat and fox mask argent."

Flaming Gryphon

Edward -
Withycombe 3rd ed. pg. 94 s.n. Edward

Foxley -
R&W Revised Ed. pg. 176 s.n. Foxlee, Foxley

Escutcheon's Note: Client will not accept major changes, desires a male name, and cares most about an unspecified language and/or culture.

Name Comments:

Konrad:  [Withycombe] s.n. Edward, dates the name to 901 and says, "From the accession of Edward I in 1272 there was an Edward on the throne of England for over a century (until 1377). From that time it has been in regular use as a christian name and has shown very little fluctuation of fashion."

[R&W]  s.n. Foxlee, Foxley has the dated spellings: Benet de Foxley 1318, and John Foxleye 1386.

Device Comments:

Aryanhwy:  No conflicts found.

ROUGE SCARPE:  Name forwarded to Laurel.  Device forwarded to Laurel with the Blazon:  Vert, in pale a jester's hat and fox mask argent.


5) Elspeth nicDougall (F) – New Name

Iron Oak

Elseph -
Seven references to Elspeth dated between 1488 and 1596 in the Dictionary of the Scots Language (DSL) and it's component the Dictionary of the Older Scots Tongue (DOST).

nic -
Reference to the patronymic Nic dated 1595 in Papers Relating to the Murder of the Laird of Calder

Dougall -
Two references dated 1558 - 1577 in the DSL and DOST. Two dated 1595 in the Papers mentioned above.

Escutcheon's Note: Client will not accept major changes, desires a female name, and cares most about language/culture (16th Century Scots)

ROUGE SCARPE:  Forwarded to Laurel.


6) Ginevra Boscoli (F) – New Household Name "Nonesuche House"

Nonesuche -
Index of Names in the 1541 subsidy roll of London: Surnames of stranges & aliens by Sara L. Uckelman (Aryanhwy merch Catmael) lists Nonesuche one time, in the ward of Dowgate
http://www.ellipsis.cx/~liana/names/english/alisurlondon1541.html

Escutcheon's Note: Client's personal name was registered in November of 2009 via the Middle.

Household Name Comments:

Colin macRath: Nonesuch Palace was a Palace built by Henry the Eighth. There is a historic conflict.  From the Wikipedia article on the Palace: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nonsuch_Palace

Nonsuch Palace in Surrey was perhaps the grandest of Henry VIII's building projects. It was built on the site of Cuddington, near Ewell, the church and village having been destroyed and compensation paid to create a suitable site. Work started on 22 April 1538, the first day of Henry's thirtieth regnal year, and six months after the birth of his son, later Edward VI. Within two months the name 'Nonsuch' appears in the building accounts, so called because it was claimed there was no such palace elsewhere equal to its magnificence. Construction had been substantially carried out by 1541, but it would take several more years to complete. As the Royal Household took possession of vast tracts of surrounding acreage, several major roads were re-routed or by-passed to circumvent what became Nonsuch Great Park.

There is also currently a building in Nonsuch Great Park called Nonsuch Mansion, this building isn't the Palace, it is a different Mansion built at a latter time, however it does have many of the foundation stones from the original Palace, as well as the cornerstone, with builder info and date struck in it.

ROUGE SCARPE:  Forwarded to Laurel.  The submitter should be aware that the name potentially conflicts with Nonsuch Palace built by Henry VIII in the 16th century.  The decision on whether Nonsuch Palace is significant enough to protect will need to be made at the Laurel level.


7) Nicole Beauguesne (F) – New Name

Oakenshield (Incipient)

Nicole -
French Names from Paris, 1421, 1423, and 1438 by Aryanhwy merch Catmael
(http://www.ellipsis.cx/~liana/names/french/paris1423.html) gives 3 occurrences.

Beauguesne -
D&R, s.n. beachene dates the name to 1494.

Escutcheon's Note: Client will not accept major changes, desires a female name and cares most about an unspecified sound

Name Comments:

Konrad:  I also found the following gray area citations in IGI Parish records:

Name Gender Event Date  Location Father Mother Batch No.
Estienne Beauguesne Male Christening 17 February 1621 Villemareuil, Seine-Et-Marne, France Jehan Beauguesne Jacqueline Jacquine Batch: C823101
Geneviefve Beauguesne Female Christening 8 January 1634 Magny-Le-Hongre, Seine-Et-Marne, France Gyret Beauguesne Claude Potin Batch: C823051
Marguerite Beauguesne Female Christening 24 November 1647 Magny-Le-Hongre, Seine-Et-Marne, France Syret Beauguesne Claude Potin Batch: C823051

ROUGE SCARPE:  Forwarded to Laurel.


8) Onora Suddern (F) – New Name

Onora -
Academy of St. Gabriel report 2613 justifies the name after 1200.

Suddern -
Surnames in Durham and Northumberland, 1521 - 1615 (http://www.s-gabriel.org/names/juetta/parish/surnames_s.html) cites records from Durham St. Oswald Marriages 1538 - 1734, dating Katryne Suddern from a marriage record of 27 January, 1555.

Escutcheon's Note: Client will accept major changes, desires a female name, and cares most about an unspecified spelling and language/culture.

Name Comments:

Aryanhwy: A complete summary of the documentation will include references to the sources cited in the S. Gabriel Report (and it's always also useful to include the URL of the report: http://www.s-gabriel.org/2613). The report says:

<Onóra> is a Gaelic borrowing of the Anglo-Norman name <Honora> or <Annora>, which was common in England between the 12th and 14th centuries. [1]
[1] is OCM s.n. Onóra. 

Gaelic names are registerable with the accents dropped, so the submitted form is fine.

This combines Gaelic and English, which is a SFPP. Mari's "Index of Names in Irish Annals: Feminine Names" (http://medievalscotland.org/kmo/AnnalsIndex/Feminine /) shows examples of the given name in 1383, 1546, 1577, 1579, 1583, 1594, and 1600, so there is no temporal disparity. A wholly English form of the name would be <Honor Suddern> or <Owner Suddern>; these are dated to 1539 and 1595, respectively, in Julian Goodwyn's "English Names from Pre-1600 Brass Inscriptions" (http://www.s-gabriel.org/names/arval/brasses /).

No conflicts found.

ROUGE SCARPE:  Forwarded to Laurel.


9) Ulrich Rickher (M) – Resubmitting house badge for Haus zum Rickher - "Argent, a sea unicorn azure within a bordure wavy purpure mullety argent"

Cleftlands

Escutcheon's Note: Ulrich's name was registered in February of 2003 via the Middle. Haus zum Ricker was co-registered to Ulrich Rickher and Christoph Ricker in February of 2011 via the Middle.

Badge Comments:

Konrad:  Text of the return on the Feb. 2011 LoAR: Ulrich Rickher and Christoph Rickher. Joint badge for Haus zum Rickher. Argent, a sea unicorn azure within a bordure wavy purpure mullety argent. This badge is returned because the tincture of the bordure on the paper forms is much closer to gules than it is to the purpure it is blazoned as on the Letter of Intent. Confusion in colors has long been cause for return.

Aryanhwy:  The tinctures here are definitely improved.

This is clear of Marie du Puy (reg. 05/1994 via Calontir), "Argent, a sea-horse azure within a bordure sable, semy of mullets of four points argent," with CDs for the type and tincture of the bordure.

Ulrich:  While I feel a little odd commenting on my own submission, according to the February 2011 LoAR there seems to also be a CD for a sea unicorn as oppesed to a sea horse. http://oscar.sca.org/index.php?action=100&loi=89 8

ROUGE SCARPE:  Forwarded to Laurel with the Blazon:  Argent, a sea unicorn azure within a bordure wavy purpure mullety argent.


10) Vreile Payensdochter (F) – New Device- "Or, a hen sable atop a mount issuant from base vert within a bordure nebuly sable""

Cleftlands

Escutcheon's Note: Client's name was registered in April of 2007 via the Middle. Client has previously registered the device, "Sable, a hen and on a chief nebuly Or three elderberry sprigs vert." If registered, the client wants the old device released.

Name Comments:

Aryanhwy:  The hen is not "atop" the mount, since the field shows between the hen and the mount. This is "Or, a hen sable and a base vert, all within a bordure nebuly sable". No conflicts found.

ROUGE SCARPE:  Forwarded to Laurel with the Blazon:  Or, a hen sable and a base vert, all within a bordure nebuly sable.


In Service to Crown and College,

Meister Konrad Mailander, OP

Rouge Scarpe:

Konrad Mailander
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