November 8, 2012
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 October 1st ILoI.
My thanks to Aryanhwy merch Catmael, Magnus von Lübeck, Ásfríðr Úlfvíðardóttir, Eldrich Gaiman, Tanczos Istvan, Juetta Copin, Gunnvor silfraharr, Alys Mackyntoich, Duncan Cameron, and Hiordis Ragnarsdottir for their commentary.
Since the letters are now being posted on OSCAR with documentation and commentary open for all to see I will no longer be copying the documentation or commentary to this letter. If you would like to see the documentation or commentary for this letter please go to http://oscar.sca.org/kingdom/kingloi.php?kingdom=4&loi=1581
SENA refers to The Standards for Evaluation of Names and Armory. These are the new rules for submissions.
My decision and comments 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.
Argent, within an orle azure a chestnut roan horse proper passant to sinister.
ROUGE SCARPE: Name Forwarded to Laurel. This is a change of holding name and not a resubmission. Device forwarded to Laurel with the Blazon: Argent, within an orle azure a chestnut roan horse proper passant to sinister. There was a lot of commentary as to whether the CoA would register the specific chestnut roan vs. brown horse. That decision is one for Wreath Queen of Arms, so we are sending it on to get that decision.
2: Ayreton, Barony of - New Order Name
Pleiades of Ayreton, Award of the
ROUGE SCARPE: Forwarded to Laurel.
3: Bertholmeu MacMolan - New Device
Or, a triquetra vert and a chief potent.
ROUGE SCARPE: Forwarded to Laurel with the Blazon: Or, a triquetra vert and a chief potent. The chief is drawn very low on the field, nearly down to the fess line. This may cause it to be returned at Laurel but we hope an artist note will surfice.
4: Bran Marius - Resub Badge
OSCAR finds the name on the Middle LoI of December 21, 2011 as submitted.
Sable, in fess and escutcheon between two wolf's heads couped addorsed argent.
ROUGE SCARPE: Forwarded to Laurel with the Blazon: Sable, in fess an escutcheon between two wolf's heads couped addorsed argent.
5: Broinnfind inghean Maghnusa - Resub Name
ROUGE SCARPE: Returned. This name had a couple of problems. First was that the byname needed to be lenited, to <inghean Mhaghnusa>, per Effrick's "The Spelling of Lenited Consonants in Gaelic" (http://medievalscotland.org/scotlang/lenition.shtml). The submitter did not allow changes but was contacted and permission to make this change was given. Since the name had to be returned anyway the submitter should be aware that they also have the option of the Middle Irish form <ingen Magnusa> which would have been a better linguistic match with the Middle Irish given name.
Unfortunately Broinnfind is a Middle Irish spelling of Broinninn. The name has been ruled to not have been used by humans in period and not registerable. This is the reason for return. The submitter would have to provide evidence that this name was used by humans in period or chose another given Name Forwarded to Laurel.
[April 2008 LoAR, R-Gleann Abhann]
Broinninn inghean Andreas. Name.
This name has two returnable problems. First, it uses the name Broinninn, which has been declared unregisterable:
The given name Broinninn was documented from Ó Corraín & Maguire (p. 38 s.n. Broinnfind), which gives this as the name of the sister of one saint and the mother of another. No other evidence was found that this name was used by humans in period. As such, it falls afoul of the precedent:
Ó Corraín & Maguire (p. 46 s.n. Cassair) gives this as the name of a holy virgin included in the legend of Saint Kevin. No evidence has been found that this name was used by humans in period. Names of saints are registerable, regardless of whether they are apocryphal or not. This policy is due to the practice in many cultures (though not in Gaelic) of naming children for saints. (For more details, see the Cover Letter for the September 2001 LoAR.) As Cassair was not herself a saint and the name has not been documented as having been otherwise used in period, it falls into the category of a legendary name and is not registerable. [Cassair Warwick, 02/02, R-Atlantia]
Lacking evidence that Broinninn was used by humans in period, or that it was the name of a saint (and so would be registerable under the guidelines for registerability of saints' names), this name is not registerable. [Broinninn nic an Ghabhann, June 2003]
Second, the byname mixes an Irish patronymic particle with a Latin given name. While we have Irish names that mix Latin patronymic particles with Irish names, we do not have examples of the type used in this submission.
We have found no Irish women's names similar in sound and appearance to Broinninn, so the best we can suggest here is to find an Irish Gaelic name used by humans in period that the submitter likes. For the byname, it should be registerable in either a fully Latin or a fully Early Modern Irish form. For a fully Early Modern Irish form, we suggest inghean Aindriasa; the Annals of the Four Masters entry M1292.3 shows a Tadhg mac Aindriasa Ui Concobhair. If the submitter is interested in a fully Latin form, we suggest filia Andree.
6: Robert the Bear - New Name & New Badge
Argent, on a lozenge throughout azure between four Latin crosses bottony gules a bear rampant guardant argent
ROUGE SCARPE: Name Forwarded to Laurel. The name may conflict with <Robert de Bere> (reg. 10/2000 via Atenveldt). A comment made a case for <Bear> and <Bere> potentially being pronounced differently and so we are sending it up for Pelican to make that decision. Badge forwarded to Laurel with the Blazon: Argent, on a lozenge throughout azure between four Latin crosses bottony gules a bear rampant guardant argent.
7: Uilleam le Syngur - New Name & New Device
A dragon's head couped within a wreath of thorns above a massoned wall embattled Or.
ROUGE SCARPE: Name Forwarded to Laurel as <Ulliam le Syngur>. When Escutcheon checked with the submitter about the spelling of the given name he indicated that <Ulliam> was what he wanted and <Ulleam> was a misspelling. Device forwarded to Laurel with the Blazon: Gules, a dragon's head couped within a wreath of thorns Or, a base embattled Or masoned sable.
In Service to Crown and College,
Meister Konrad Mailander, OP
110 Dodge St.
Swanton, OH 43558