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Outlands College of Heralds

From the office of the Rampart Herald Lady Alia Marie de Blois

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 12th day of September, A.S. XXXVIII (2003 CE), does Lady Alia Marie de Blois, Rampart Herald, send greetings and those commendations which are appropriately due. (This was originally typed on a computer with a sticky space bar - I've tried to correct it fully, but I may have missed one or two.)

Anyone who wants to may send me a letter of comment regarding this Letter of Presentation. I prefer them via email.
Please send commentary to: alia 'at' or the address above.
Please have your commentary on this letter to me by mid-October.

Line Emblazon Sheet
Color Emblazon Sheet
October 2003 Letter of Response
October 2003 Letter of Intent
February 2004 LoAR Results
Return to the Rampart home page.

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

(Unless otherwise noted, all submittors will accept all changes, have no authenticity requests, and wish a name with the "common sense" gender, based on the submitted name.)

  1. Adam Stedefast. (al-Barran) Device Resubmission. Per chevron azure and sable, a phoenix Or rising from flames proper issuant from the line of division and a rose argent.
    His name was registered in July of 2000. His previous device submission, with identical blazon, was returned by Laurel in July of 2000 for having the flames along the entire line of division, giving the impression of having the line of division fimbriated of flame. At that time, Laurel also noted that the per chevron line was very low on the field. This submission is redrawn to address those issues. This device is divided approximately at the same level as a number of those on the July Letter of Presentation, for exactly the same reason - two charges in pale with a per chevron division.
  2. Brighid Óg inghean Neill. (al-Barran) Name Resubmission and New Device Submission. Azure, a chevron inverted argent between three Luther roses Or, barbed vert.
    Her previous name submission, Bridget inghean ui Neill, was returned by Rampart on the July Letter of Response, for conflict with Brigit O' Neill. This is a reworking of the name, changing "inghean ui" to "inghean" (from "descendant" to "daughter") and adding the descriptive byname Òg. Brighid is found in Irish Names by O'Corrain & Maguire, on page 36 under the header Brigit. Óg is found in the "Index of Names in Irish Annals" in the section on Descriptive Bynames ( by Mari Elspeth nic Bryan, meaning "young" or "virginal". Neill is in the Surnames of Ireland by MacLysaght on page 234.
    She cares most about the sound, doesn't care about the gender, and has no authenticity requests.
    The Luther roses are found on page 49 of von Volborth's Heraldry: Customs, Rules, and Styles, which says " in 1530 Martin Luther stayed in Coburg and Prince John Frederick had a signet ring made for him engraved with this rose, which Luther called the badge of his theology."
  3. Darius Tigres Jaxarticus. (al-Barran) Change of Registered Name and Change of Registered Device. Per pale sable and argent, a pale counter-compony sable and argent fimbriated in sinister chief a bull's head cabossed gules, dependent from the dexter horn, a coronet sable.
    His current name, Darius of Jaxartes, was registered in March 1993. His currently registered device (identical except for the coronet) was registered in May 1998. Darius is already registered to the submittor. Tigres is Latin for "tiger", to form an animal cognomen, based on which says that some cognomens were based on animals or plants. Jaxarticus is a cognomina/agnomina based on the river Jaxartes (as found at, and formed based on and describing Britannicus (so named for the conquest of Britain) who was born Claudius Tiberius Germanicus. Similar information is also at in the section on Cognomens.
    He cares most about the language/culture (presumably Roman), and has no authenticity requests.
    He is now a count and thus entitled to the coronet. If this device is not acceptable with the coronet so jauntily placed, he is ameniable to having the bull's head more properly crowned (as noted on the emblazon sheets).
  4. Gwenyth Sastre. (al-Barran) New Name Submission and New Device Submission. Argent, three ladybugs gules marked sable within an orle of ivy vert.
    Gwenyth is a proposed variant of Gwineth (as dated to 1577 in Welsh Surnames by Morgan & Morgan). Laurel has previously accepted the variants Gweneth (June 1999 LOAR) and Gwyneth (August 2000 LOAR). The byname Sastre is listed three times in the Catalogo Del Archivo De La Inquisicion De Cuenca as Luis Sastre (1491), Francisco Sastre (1515), and Diego Sastre (1515). Also, (while prior registration is no guarantee of future registrability) Sastre was documented as a word (though not as an occupational byname) for the March 2002 LOAR by Clarion: "Interestingly enough, while the Catalogo does not give Sastre as a byname, but does include it as a word (i.e., "Francisco Martinez, sastre"). Given the use of occupational bynames listed in the LoI (and Diez Melcon has a whole section of them on pp. 258-262), Sastre should be registerable ..." In correspondence, Clarion confirmed that the "Catalogo" referenced is the Catálogo de Pasajeros a Indias Durante los Siglos XVI, XVII, y XVIII (Sevilla: Imprenta de la Gavidia, 1946), vol III, which she used in her article 16th Century Spanish Names (by Elsbeth Ann Roth,
    She cares most about the sound and has no authenticity requests.
  5. Kathryn of Iveragh. (al-Barran) Change of registered device. Per bend sinister wavy sable and gules, on a bend sinister wavy argent between in dexter chief three passion nails inverted bendwise in bend sinister gules enflamed Or and in sinister base as an augmentation an inescutcheon of azure, a demi-sun issuant from base Or within a bordure argent, a ducal coronet bendwise sable.
    Her name was registered at some point (not even the O&A knows). Her current device was registered in May 1982, and the augmentation registered in September 1983 (last reblazoned in January 1985). The particular enflaming of the passion nails is grandparented to her. She is now a duchess and thus entitled to the ducal coronet.
    If anyone can think of a better way to blazon this, especially making it more clear that the ducal coronet is on the bend, I (and future scribes) would love to hear it.
  6. Kathws Rusa. (al-Barran) Device Resubmission. Azure, a scimitar inverted proper issuant from a trimount vert.
    Her name was registered in October 2001. Her previous device submission was returned by Laurel in November 2002 for using a vert trimount on an azure field but not being close enough in style and simplicity to the documented examples. This has significantly simplified the device to resolve the issue. Copies of "Materials in Support of the Case for the Trimount", which is frequently used to document this low-contrast trimount and contains many examples of low-contrast trimounts (including green on blue) and items issuant from such a trimount, were included with this resubmission.

Line Emblazon Sheet
Color Emblazon Sheet
October 2003 Letter of Response
October 2003 Letter of Intent
February 2004 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.
Please have your commentary on this letter to me by mid-September. Please send commentary to: alia 'at'