Outlands College of Heralds
From the office of the Rampart Herald
Lady Alia Marie de Blois (Lillith Lesanges)
1223 Fruit St. NW, Albuquerque, NM 87102
alia@swcp.com - (505) 244-9525

UNTO the members of the College of Heralds of the Kingdom of the Outlands, and all others who generously give of their time and talents in commentary on this Letter of Presentation, upon this 28th day of January, A.S. XXXVII (2003 CE),

DOES Lady Alia Marie de Blois, Rampart Herald, send greetings and those commendations which are appropriately due.

Anyone who wants to may send me a letter of comment by e-mail regarding this Letter of Presentation.
As this Letter is later than those previously, please have your commentary on this letter to me by March 7th.

Please send commentary to: alia 'at' swcp.com

On behalf of Mistress Tatiana Pavlovna Sokolova, White Stag Principal Herald,
I present the following items for your consideration:

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March 2003 Letter of Response
March 2003 Letter of Intent
July 2003 LoAR Results
Return to the Rampart home page.

  1. Áine Dhorcha ingen Rónáin. (Aarquelle) New Name.
    Áine - found in O'Corrain & Maguire, page 19, although there are no dates, and all references seem to be to mythological figures. Found also in Withycombe (3rd ed) page 7, under header Aine, Aithne. "Old Irish Aodhnait, f. diminutive of Aodh, -fire", modern Irish Eithne, was a favorite name in Ireland for centuries. A better source for this name is found as part of: Index of Names in Irish Annals by Mari Elspeth nic Bryan (Kathleen M. O'Brien) at http://www.s-gabriel.org/names/mari/AnnalsIndex/Feminine/Aine.shtml This source lists 10 occurrances of this name, dating from 1169 through 1468.
    Dhorcha - intended as a descriptive byname meaning "the dark". Client found it by searching an Irish Gaelic dictionary at http://www.ceantar.org/Dicts/search.html Search for the word "dark" resulted in "dorcha", which she attempted to put into a lenited form as "dhorcha" Client prefers a word meaning "dark" to the more commonly found "Dhubh" (black) if that is possible. Descriptive bynames, while rare, did occur in feminine names in period, as documented in Index of Names in Irish Annals: Descriptive Bynames found in Feminine Names by Mari Elspeth nic Bryan (Kathleen M. O'Brien) at http://www.s-gabriel.org/names/mari/AnnalsIndex/Feminine/DescriptiveBynames.html
    ingen - daughter of - documented through Quick and Easy Gaelic Names 3rd Edition by Sharon L. Krossa at http://www.medievalscotland.org/scotnames/quickgaelicbynames This site lists "ingen" as the correct spelling for dates prior to c. 1200 AD.
    Rónáin - Genitive case of Rónán, found in "100 Most Popular Men's Names in Early Medieval Ireland" compiled by Heather Rose Jones http://www.s-gabriel.org/names/tangwystyl/irish100
  2. Alia Marie de Blois. (al-Barran) New Badge.(Fieldless) A mullet of eight points gyrrony purpure and argent.
    Her name was registered on the November 2001 LOAR.
  3. Cecelia Corr Mhaire. (Hawk's Hollow) New Badge. (Fieldless) A Bowen knot crosswise per saltire vert and azure.
    Her name was registered on the April 1994 LOAR.
  4. Cecelia Corr Mhaire. (Hawk's Hollow) New Badge. Per pale vert and azure, a Bowen knot crosswise argent.
    Her name was registered on the April 1994 LOAR.
  5. Cian an Mhachaire. (Dragonsspine) New Name and Device. Sable, on a sun argent an increscent gules.
    Cian - Several Academy of Saint Gabriel reports provide documentation for the use of this name in Ireland in period. Report 263 states: "'Cian' is an old Irish name - Cian mac Mael Muad, the son-in-law of Brian Boru, was killed in 1014." Report 1164 includes "Cian" on a list of Scottish Gaelic male names beginning with "C". Report 1642 includes "Cian" on a list of names appropriate for a 10th century Irishman. Cian is also found in O'Corrain & Maguire, page 51 and is dated to 1014.
    an Mhachaire - found in the article: Index of Names in Irish Annals by Mari Elspeth nic Bryan (Kathleen M. O'Brien) at http://www.s-gabriel.org/names/mari/AnnalsIndex/DescriptiveBynames/anMhachaire.shtml The name is listed as being in genitive form, spelled "an Mhachaire", and the meaning of this name is listed as "of the plain".
  6. Gwillim Glamorgan. (Duthaich Beinne Aird) Device Resubmission (kingdom). Quarterly gules and azure, a cross argent surmounted by two axes in saltire Or.
    His name was registered on the July 2000 LOAR. His previous device submission, Per bend gules and azure, a sun in his splendor and in base a sword and recorder in saltire Or, was returned in March 2000 for being slot-machine heraldry. This redesign addresses that issue.
  7. Juan Balthazar Tigero. (al-Barran) New Name and Device. Or, a cross and saltire of chain, a bordure gules.
    Juan is documented from "16th Century Spanish Names" by Elsbeth Ann Roth, found at: http://www-2.cs.cmu.edu/~kvs/heraldry/spanish16/. The 'Masculine Given Names sorted by Frequency' listing lists Juan as the most popular given name, with various dates throughout the 1500s.
    Balthazar is documented from "Flemish Names from Bruges" by Luana de Grood, found at: http://www.s-gabriel.org/docs/bruges/. The Given Names alphabetical list has a Balthazar, dated 1594.
    Tigero is documented from Repertorio de Blasones de la Comunidad Hispanica, second edition 1987, by Vicente de Cadenas y Vicent. In the volume covering letters S-Z, Tigero is given with the blazon "En plata, una columna, de oro, sobre ondas de azure y plata." The introduction was also provided; however, with my basically nonexistent Spanish I can't be sure what it says, and it doesn't seem to have any dates. If anyone has a lead on a better source for documenting this name (or the spelling he's been using for years, Tigrerro, or a Spanish cite for this spelling of Balthazar), there might be some homemade cookies in it for you.

Line Emblazon Sheet
Color Emblazon Sheet

March 2003 Letter of Response

March 2003 Letter of Intent
July 2003 LoAR Results
Return to the Rampart home page.

Anyone who wants to may send me a letter of comment by e-mail regarding this Letter of Presentation.
As this Letter is later than those previously, please have your commentary on this letter to me by March 7th.

Please send commentary to: alia 'at' swcp.com