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HERALDIC SERVICES & RESOURCES

 

If you have any questions about heraldry, heraldic display, medieval and SCA titles, rank and station, how to get your own coat of arms, public announcements at events and tournament fields ... or anything else that falls under their purview, the Herald is a great first stop.

 

Heraldic Devices and Submittals

The SCA provides the opportunity to register a heraldic device, that identifies the person bearing the device, a name for your persona, and a badge (usually a simpler form of one's registered device) to identify your belongings. Although devices and badges are not required to participate in the SCA, personal registered heraldry contributes to the medieval atmosphere of our events. Similarly, using a medieval name for yourself -- not the name of an actual person from history, but a name that could plausibly have existed, one that you can make your own -- helps lend a more authentic air to your conversations and interactions with others in the SCA.

 

Heraldic Commenting/Consultation

Heraldic commenting and consultation provides the submitter with help in designing a heraldic submission of meaning and interest to them. At this time heraldic consultation is on an as requested basis. If you wish to have help to submit a name, device, or badge, or want to start gathering ideas, or want suggestions for heraldic display, please contact the Herald or see them in person at baronial activities.

 
 

Known World Heraldic & Scribal Symposium (KWHSS)

The Known World Heraldic and Scribal Symposium (KWHSS) is an annual interkingdom SCA event for the purpose of promoting heraldic and scribal education and research in the SCA. See their website for the Proceedings containing articles on diverse subjects related to SCA Heraldic and Scribal Arts.

 

Name Books

  • A Dictionary of British Surnames by P.H. Reaney and R.M. Wilson, 1976

  • An Sloinnteoir Gaeilge agus An tAinmneoir by Muiris O. Droighneain, 1982

  • The Domesday Book: England's Heritage, Then and Now by Thomas Hinde, 1995

  • The Old Norse Name by Geirri Bassi Haraldsson, 1977

  • The Oxford Dictionary of English Christian Names by E.G. Withycombe, 1947

  • The Surnames of Scotland by George Black, 1946

  • Webster's Dictionary of Proper Names by 1970

 

Armory/General Heraldry Books

  • The Art of Heraldry: An Encyclopaedia of Armory by Arthur Charles Fox-Davies, 1976

  • The Complete Book of Heraldry by Stephen Slater, 2002

  • A Complete Guide to Heraldry by Arthur Charles Fox-Davis, 1978

  • Concise Encyclopedia of Heraldry by Guy Cadogan Rothery, 1994

  • Debrett's Guide to Heraldry and Regalla by David Williamson, 1992

  • A Dictionary of Heraldry by Stephen Friar, 1987

  • The Dictionary of Heraldry: Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees by Joseph Foster, 1994

  • Fabulous Heraldry by Alfgar the Sententions, 1976

  • Heraldic Templates for the SCA by Lady Alanna Volchevo Lesa

  • Heraldry, Ancestry, and Titles: Questions and Answers, L.G. Pine, 1965

  • Heraldry of the World by Carl Alexander von Volborth, 1973

  • Heraldry: Sources, Symbols, and Meaning by Ottfried Neubecker, 1976

  • Lady Argent Snail's Armory Insta-Boing Check List

  • A Manual for Beginning Heralds by Alexandre sur la Mer, 1984

  • Middle Kingdom Boke of Ceremonies

  • Middle Kingdom Pursuivant's Handbook by 1994

  • Northshield Boke of Cermonies Northshield Pursuivants Administrative Handbook

  • The Observer's Book of Heraldry by Charles MacKinnon of Dunakin, 1966

  • An Ordinary to Woodward's Treatise on Heraldry by Migel Gneuyle de Normandie, 1985

  • Papworth's Ordinary of British Armorials, 1977

  • A Pictorial Dictionary of Heraldry, as used in SCA by Bruce Draconarius of Mistholme and Akagawa Yoshio, 1988 (aka Pic Dic)

  • Rules of Submissions of the College of Arms of the SCA by 2001