Frequency of Branch Designators

As the herald of the Crown Province of Østgarðr, I am well aware that it is the only branch in the Society to bear that particular designator — a result of its curious history as the home territory of the earliest royalty of the East Kingdom — and became curious as to what other unusual branch designators were to be found in the catacombs of the Society’s armorial database.

A bit of data extraction produced the following table:

584 Shire (or Schire, Scir)
297 Canton (or Kanton)
187 Barony (or Baronnie)
93 College (or Collegium, Université)
20 Kingdom
20 March (or Marche)
19 Stronghold (or Fortaleza)
11 Province
9 Principality
8 Riding
2 Hamlet
2 Bailiwick
2 Borough
2 Port
1 Barony-Marche
1 Dominion
1 Crown Province

I’ve grouped spelling variations and translations into different languages together.

The most common cases are the standard organizational units of the Society:

  • Kingdoms are the highest level of the hierarchy, with all other branches contained within a kingdom.
  • Principalities are large regions of a kingdom with their own royalty.
  • Shires are independent groups, and the most common type of branch in the Society.
  • Baronies are regions with landed nobility.
  • Cantons are subgroups within a barony.
  • Provinces are equivalent to baronies but do not have landed nobility.
  • Ridings are subgroups within a province.
  • Colleges are groups associated with a university or other educational institution.
  • Strongholds are groups associated with a military base.

The term March seems to be used by groups that are organizationally equivalent to shires or cantons.

Although listed in the Armorial as a Principality, Tir Mara is considered a “Crown Principality,” which is an organizational structure for a group that is on a path towards becoming a Principality, as described in the Cunnan wiki.

I dug a little deeper into the least-common designators to see when they were issued:

  • Crown Province: Østgarðr (1973, but shown as 1984 in the O&A)
  • Barony-Marche: Debatable Lands (1975)
  • Dominion: Myrkfaelinn (1975)
  • Bailiwicks: Ivyeinrust (1981), Broken Bridges (1984)
  • Boroughs: Southe Banke (1981), Duncorlach (1988)
  • Ports: Crickstow-on-Sea (1998), Curragh Mor (1995)
  • Hamlets: Gildenwick (2018), Wildmoor (2018)

Most of these unusual designators are associated with submissions from the East Kingdom, although the Debatable Lands and Myrkfaelinn are now part of Æthelmearc.

The first three date from the era of Alfgar the Sententious’s role as Brigantia Herald (1970–77). All three are still active. Østgarðr and Debatable Lands function as baronies, while Myrkfaelinn is organizationally equivalent to a shire but has a unique schtick.

Both Bailiwicks were organized as cantons, one within the Debatable Lands and the other within Bhakhail. Broken Bridges dissolved within a few years, but Ivyeinrust remains active in and around the University of Pennsylvania.

Boroughs appear to have been initially thought of as an incipient  form for college groups. Neither of these groups is still active. The concept of Boroughs seem to have been an invention of Carolingia.  Subsequent attempts to register the Borough of Haven’s End and the Borough of Felding as branches were returned, although they were allowed to register as households.

Ports are branches associated with ships or naval bases; for example, Curragh Mor was a branch aboard the aircraft carrier USS NimitzCurragh Mor dissolved years ago, and the last visible activity in Crickstow-on-Sea was around 2007.

The only one of these uncommon designators that is in active use for new registrations is “Hamlet,” a term used in Lochac and Drachenwald, first registered in April 2018.

Provincial Awards Missing From the Kingdom Order of Precedence

The East Kingdom Order of Precedence site, generally referred to as “the EK OP”, records tens of thousands of kingdom and baronial awards issued over the East’s fifty-year history.

It’s an impressive feat of data collection, given the all-volunteer nature of our Society, but it is not flawless. The reporting process involves repeated transcription of unfamiliar names, and I am given to understand that the web interface used to enter and update data in the system is not particularly easy to use, so a number of errors and omissions have accumulated over time and it can take a while to correct them.

Back in 2017, I worked to identify a number of people who had been issued awards by the Crown Province of Østgarðr that were missing from the OP, and got those omissions corrected.

However since then another backlog has accumulated, as none of our recent court reports have been incorporated into the OP.

To facilitate ongoing recommendations, I am posting my notes on awards that are not listed in the OP. Hopefully they will be added to the main repository eventually…

Order of the Seahorse
• Aurora ffolkes, 10/21/2017 (Goat’s Tavern)
• Arnora Ketilsdottir, 1/13/2018 (Deck the Halls of Valhalla)
• Arnbiorg Helga Niálsdóttir, 2/10/2018 (King’s and Queen’s A&S and Bardic Championships)

Order of the Sea Dog of Østgarðr
• Oliver de Bainbridge, 10/21/2017 (Goat’s Tavern)
• Jenna Childslayer, 10/21/2017 (Goat’s Tavern)
• Phillip the First, 10/21/2017 (Goat’s Tavern)
• Mathghamhain Ua Ruadháin, 10/21/2017 (Goat’s Tavern)
• Brandr Aronsson, 1/13/2018 (Deck the Halls of Valhalla)
• Godiva de la Mer, 1/13/2018 (Deck the Halls of Valhalla)
• Francesco Gaetano Greco d’Edessa, 4/21/2018 (Lions Awaken)

Order Of The Silver Sea-Lion
• Mongu Chinua, 9/8/2018 (The Feast of John Barleycorn)

Order of the Silver Lantern
• Þórfinnr Hróðgeirsson, 4/14/2018 (Brew U)
• Anneke Walmarsdotter, 4/21/2018 (Lions Awaken)

Order of the Sea-Urchin of Østgarðr (New)
• Benjamin of Northpass, 9/8/2018 (The Feast of John Barleycorn)
• Alaxandair Morda mac Matha, 9/8/2018 (The Feast of John Barleycorn)

An Early Roll of Arms of the Canton of Whyt Whey

In the period of 2003-2005, an armorial roll was assembled for members of the Canton of Whyt Whey by Doña Sancha de Flores.

The pages were preserved at archive.org (1, 2) and I thought they might be interesting as a snapshot of local participants from that time.

Attached below is Doña Sancha’s roll as of 2005; sadly, several of the emblazons were not preserved by the archive.


Name: Alexandre Lerot d’Avignon
Blazon: Per pale wavy purpure and argent, a serpent, glissant palewise and sinister facing, argent and a wolf rampant sable
Registered: March 1987 via the Outlands
Badge: Per pale wavy purpure and argent, a serpent, glissant palewise argent and a wolf rampant sable

Name: Aethelstan St. Maur
Blazon: Argent, a trefoil slipped azure between in chief two crosses swallowtailed gules.
Registered: January of 1987 via the West

Name: Cael Hen Godebog
Blazon: Or, a triple branched candlestick sable, on a chief azure a mullet of eight points Or.
Registered: Unknown

Name: Dearbhforgaill an Chomhaidh
Blazon: Vert, on a bend argent between two plates three lions rampant palewise vert.
Registered: November 2003

Name: Edward Zifran of Gendy
Blazon: Lozengy sable and ermine, a baton sinister gules.
Registered: January of 1974 (via the West)

Name: Ervald La Coudre the Optimistic
Blazon: Azure, chape argent, three legs flexed and conjoined in pall at the hip Or, a base argent.
Registered: January 1990

Name: Jibril al-Dhakhil
Blazon: Argent, a falcon rising sable and on a chief rulgey vert a decrescent and a sun argent
Registered: No

Name: Jan van Antwerpen
Blazon: Quarterly argent and azure, in bend two lymphads azure
Registered: Name registered April 2003.

Name: Judith the Uncertain
Blazon: Per pale and per chevron argent and azure, two trefoils and a crescent counterchanged
Registered: February 1987

Name: Medb ingen Muiredaich
Blazon: Vert, three garbs argent
Registered: In process

Name: Pamela Gattarelli
Blazon: Sable, a bend engrailed to base Or between two pineapples
Registered: Name registered April 2003.

Name: Sancha de Flores
Blazon: Gules, a columbine argent
Registered: Name registered November 2002. Arms registered October 2003.

Name: Seán Ó Súilleabháin Beirre
Blazon: Gules, on a pile argent a turtle purpure
Registered: Name & Arms, January 2003

Name: Tauna Ælswith (Tona the Black)
Blazon: Azure, a crescent inverted between two piles inverted argent, each charged with a crescent inverted azure.
Registered: April 1990

Name: Umbar in Harchiral Dandachi
Blazon: Argent, chaussé polyé cotised and in chief a kindjal dagger palwise inverted sable surmounted by a madu shield fesswise gules
Registered: July 1981

Name: Wolfgang Rotkopf
Blazon: Or, an abacus sable, a chief rayonny gules.
Registered: July of 1990 via the West
Badge: (Fieldless) An abacus sable.

Book Heraldry Symposium in Lion’s End

On December 1, I was pleased to meet with a group of aspiring and intermediate heralds from Østgarðr and its neighboring Barony of An Dubhaigeainn to offer over five hours of classes in the practice of onomastics and armorial design and registration in the Society for Creative Anachronism.

My thanks to Lilie Dubh inghean ui Mordha for her capable teaching assistance, especially on the names side, and to Sláine báen Ronán for writing up a description of the event for publication in the East Kingdom Gazette, reproduced below with her kind permission.


The fighting season has ended – Eastern minds and hands turn to indoor pursuits; Repair and Replace armor bits, sew new garb, or embellish something you already own, take a class…

Students hard at work at the Book Heraldry Symposium.
Photo courtesy of Baroné Francesco Gaetano Gréco d’Edessa

In Østgarðr’s Canton of Lion’s End Seahorses and neighboring Ducks of an Dubhaigeainn gathered together for a Heraldry Symposium.  The agenda was set to teach and learn about Heraldry and Heralding. Lady Lilie Dubh inghean ui Mordha, Pantheon Herald in the EK Submissions Office, and Lord Mathghamhain Ua Ruadháin, Seahorse Pursuivant of the Crown Province of Østgarđr and the Elmet Herald of the East Kingdom, taught a 5 hour session on the intricacies and idiosyncrasies of being a Working Book Herald, walking the class through the process of how a Device, Badge, and Name go from an Idea to Registration; what are the rules of construction for a name? How do you fill out those registration forms? Lilie and Mathghamhain accessed and projected onto a big screen the websites actually used, performed actual searches for names, and showed off the latest tips and tricks available to smooth the pathway of Conflict Checking and Documentation for both Names and Armory.

The Symposium was cozily attended by members from  Østgarđr and An Dubhaigeainn. Good questions and informative discussion were all around.  It was deemed to be a successful first meeting, with a hope for a Heraldry 102 class. That could happen in the near future, either Live or Virtually, with a tentative Focus on the use of OSCAR (Online System for Commentary and Response), what to say and how to say it.

Respectfully submitted
Sláine báen Ronán
Drake Pursuivant

Barleycorn Court Report

On the eighth day of September, in year fifty three of our society, their Excellencies Østgarðr, Suuder Il Kha’an and Lada Il-Khatun, returning home from their recent victories in the summer’s war, did progress to their canton of Northpass for the Feast of John Barleycorn, and therein did hold court.

Their Excellencies began by inviting all newcomers, who had attended no more than three events, to present themselves, and they expressed their pleasure to see the great number of gentles who stepped forward. Each of the newcomers was given a seahorse candle as a token of the province’s welcome and was invited to return again soon, and the populace cheered for their continuing participation.

Next their Excellencies requested to speak with a representative of the Barony of An Dubhaigeainn, and Lady Fiona the Volatile did make herself known, being Seneschal of that Barony’s Canton of Hawkes Reache. Their Excellencies described a request that had reached them from their noble neighbors to the east, who wished to hunt the wild rock doves which are found in the parklands of Østgarðr, in order that they might nurture their populace at the upcoming Feast of Saint Andrews. Being filled with love for their cousins, their Excellencies did grant this boon, delivering unto said Lady Fiona a decree allowing Prefect Titus and his representative Vetra trys Kaukoles to capture said poultry within their borders.

(Scroll by Onora inghean Ui Ruairc.)

Their Excellencies next wished to hear the results of the day’s fencing tourney, and called for their champion Brendan Firebow, who had organized that trial. Lord Brendan spoke of the many fencers who had taken the field that day, recognizing Aesa Sturludottir as the winner of the day’s duels. There had also been a tournament to select Lord Brendan’s successor, and Alexander MacLachlan was named as the victor and new Provincial Fencing Champion. Their Excellencies bade Lord Alec join their entourage, and gave Brendan a necklace of green stones as thanks for his service over the previous year.

For a report on the archery contest, their Excellencies called for Conor Ó Ceallaigh, but that gentle demurred, stating that that the day’s challenge had been run by Arnbiorg Niálsdóttir, called Helga, and that lady did stand forth. She asked two archers to present themselves for acknowledgment, beginning with Lady Elizabeth Hawkwood, whose excellence had impressed all on the range that day, and their Excellencies presented her with a tassel to use in cleaning her arrows. Then Helga did announce Catelin Straquhin as the winner of the Provincial Archery Championship. Their Excellencies thanked Lord Conor for his service as their previous champion, and he delivered the regalia of that position to Lady Catelin, and their Excellencies invited her to join their company.

(Scroll by Lada Monguligin.)

Next their Excellencies called for the results of the day’s youth armored combat, and heard from Eikaterine tin Elliniki, the East Kingdom’s Deputy Earl Marshal for Youth Combat. She told of the number of children who had fought that day, including several newcomers who donned armor for the first time. Following a closely-fought series of bouts, Alaxandair Morda, called the Mountain, had won the Province’s Championship for a second year, and her Excellency Lada asked him to hold her great hammer in court and stand ready should it be needed.

Then Sir Edward Zifran of Gendy was invited into court. He presented the Viceregals with a gift of sweets from the far-off lands of Ealdormere, which all assembled agreed would make a nice light snack. He did then call up two combatants who had braved the challenge he set before the fighters that day, Lord Robert and Lord Ronan FitzRobert. He praised the knowledge, chivalry, and fighting skills of both, presenting them with Ealdormerean treats, and naming Lord Ronan the day’s victor.

Richard the Poor of Ely then presented the results of the brewing challenge that had been held that day. He summoned two gentles before the court, naming as winners Fiona the Volatile for the quality of her historical documentation, and Oliver de Bainbrig for the variety and excellence of his brews.

Their Excellencies next recognized the event stewards who had labored diligently to make the day possible, being Wilhelm Larsson, as well as Archubeas Grimoire, speaking highly of their efforts. Their Excellencies proceeded to read a roll of many names, enumerating those gentles who had assisted with various facets of the weekend’s activities, and recognizing them each with the Award of the Sea Star, at which the populace did give cheer.

The Il-Khanate did then speak about of their desire to recognize the work of younger members of the province who had contributed much to the vibrancy of the Province, and did announce a new award, the Order of the Sea-Urchin of Østgarðr.

To initiate the ranks of the new order, their Excellencies did first call forth young Benjamin of Northpass, praising his tutelage of the populace in period gaming, as well as his participation in dance and many other aspects of local events. He was presented with an embroidered hood as the regalia of the order, and an illuminated manuscript to mark the occasion.

(Scroll by Lada Monguligin)

Next their Excellencies called for Lord Alaxandair Morda, and inducted him into the same order, acknowledging his prowess in battle, his labors lugging heavy burdens at events, and his service in their court, presenting him likewise with a hood and warrant.

(Words and illumination by Lada Monguligin; calligraphy by Suuder Saran.)

Then the Viceregals asked Mongu Chinua to step forward, and spoke of his great skill with a bow, and his leadership and years of teaching within the Province’s archery community. They felt this excellence deserved to be recognized, and so they called forth their Order of the Silver Sea-Lion and made him a member, and he was greeted by his counterparts in the order, receiving a tippet from the last member so inducted, and cheered by the populace.

Lastly, their Excellencies recognized Lord Conor, who had begged their indulgence for a presentation to the province. Said gentle did proceed to unveil a stained glass panel decorated with the sea-horse insignia of the province, made by his hand and enclosed in a wood frame by Mongu Chinua. Lord Conor explained that he knew the province was moving towards commissioning viceregal coronets and offered the stained glass panel to be auctioned off at a future date with the proceeds being used to fund that commission. Their Excellencies thanked him for his gift, and all assembled did admire his handiwork.

Their being no other business before them, their Excellencies did thereupon close their court and retire in anticipation of the evening feast.

These were the events of the day as recorded by their Excellencies’ Herald, Mathghamhain Ua Ruadháin.

A Proposed Design for Viceregal Coronets

The regalia committee of the Crown Province of Østgarðr has solicited design proposals for a pair of field coronets for the Viceregents.

I’ve never designed anything of this sort before, but it seemed intriguing and I wanted to try my hand at it. The results are attached in PDF format.

I expect that the province has received other submissions with more artistic merit, and don’t expect this design to be selected, but this was a good learning exercise, and I figured it’d be good for the other entries to have a little competition.

Court Report, Blood and Axes

On the seventh day of July, Anno Societatis LIII, their Excellencies of Østgarðr did progress to the canton of Northpass to attend the martial exhibition called Blood and Axes, and at the conclusion of the day’s activities they held court in the the shade of the wooden pavilion to address the crowd therein assembled.

As their first order of business, their excellencies asked any newcomers, being those for whom this was their first, second, or third event, to step forward, and presented them each with a pair of seahorse candles in the colors of the province, and all assembled did cheer the newcomers and their future participation in the society.

Then their excellencies asked for everyone to stand who had helped with the running of the event, during site setup or any of the day’s activities, and his excellency Suuder did make the rounds of the hall, presenting them each with the award of the Sea Star.

Next they did call for the event steward, Lord Wilhelm, to come forward, and thanked him for organizing a successful event, and invited him to address the crowd, which he did most graciously, and the populace did cheer for his efforts.

Finally their excellencies requested that the gentles who had supervised each of the day’s martial activities stand forth and report on the days’ results.

Lord Ervald the Optimistic told of the rattan tourney, describing at length how the three fighters had been evenly matched, with the score tied after the initial round of fighting, and then tied again after a tie-breaker round, and then nearly tied again until at the end Lord Gawain won the day, and their excellencies presented said victor with a forged cloak pin.

Lord Alec MacLachlan then described the rapier tourney, which was well fought, and called forward the winner, who was Lord Buenaventura, and did present him with a fine short sword in recognition of his accomplishment.

Next Lord Ruan Shi Tian came forward to report on the archery tourney, featuring a variety of novelty targets, and congratulated Lord Omelan for having scored the highest of all of the competitors.

Lord Leon the Navigator spoke of the thrown weapons tourney, which was well attended with many throwers, and recognized as its winner the same Lord Omelan, who received a gift from their excellencies.

Boaire Mathghamhain Ua Ruadháin told of the youth armored combat, which had seen a handful of first-time fighters take the field. Given the many newcomers who were training for the first time, a tourney was not held, but Mathghamhain praised all of the new fighters and asked them to return to the field in future events, and did recognize one new fighter, Gabriel, as being particularly enthusiastic, and his excellency Suuder did present said Gabriel with an arm band and words of encouragement to mark the day.

There being no other business before their excellencies, court was therefore closed with good wishes to all assembled.

These are the events of the day as recalled by their herald, Mathghamhain Ua Ruadháin.

Lord Gawain Receives a Gift From Her Excellency Lada

Court Report, Deck The Halls of Valhalla

On the thirteenth day of January, Anno Societatis 52, their excellencies Suuder Saran and Lada Monguligin, Il-Kha’an and Il-Khatun of the Il-Khanate of Østgarđr, did progress to Deck The Halls of Valhalla, held in the Old Stone House in their canton of Brokenbridge, and therein did they hold court.

Firstly his excellency Suuder addressed the populace and thanked them for their attendance in that hall.

Then the newcomers were called into court, being those for whom this was their first, second, or third event, and their excellencies did gift them each with candles in the form of the province’s badge, and bid them return again soon.

Their excellencies next did hear from the stewards of the event, Brandr Aronsson and Arnora Ketilsdottir, who thanked those who had taught classes, granting them tokens of the canton’s leporine emblem, and did give two bottles of mead to Cedar the Barefoot in appreciation of their entertainment on that day.

Lady Arnora was then seated but their excellencies did demand Lord Brandr return to their presence, speaking highly of all he had done there in Brokenbridge, teaching at his forge, laboring in the kitchens, and assisting all those who needed aid. In recognition of this work, they did summon the members of their Order of the Sea-Dog and bid they welcome Brandr into their ranks. A scroll was read and presented which did attest to his skills and generosity, written and illuminated with signs of meat and metal by Lady Beatrice della Rocca, who served the court that day as her Excellency’s retainer.

Their excellencies opined that the order was not yet complete and did call before them Lady Godiva de la Mer, thanking her for her service as Minister of Arts and Sciences in their canton of Whyt Whey, and bid her also join the Order there assembled. The flowery scroll which documented her success in arranging monthly classes in the canton had been prepared by Hlæfdige Alienor Salton, lately the Seneschal of said canton and well acquainted with those efforts.

The populace did then give cheer for Lord Brandr and Lady Godiva as they were welcomed by the members of the order they had joined.

Mistress Sofya Gianetta di Trieste then addressed the populace, asking for their assistance with preparations for the kingdom’s upcoming bardic and arts championships, and for the kingdom’s fiftieth anniversary celebrations.

Next Cedar the bard approached, bare of foot and fleet of tongue, and did graciously swear fealty to their excellencies, remembering days past spent together in Østgarđr’s feast halls, and bravely binding themself to stand ready at all times to taste for poison in their mead-cups. Lada and Suuder accepted their oath, promising that in Østgarđr they would always find a roof over their head and plenty of drink in need of testing.

Finally, their excellencies invited Lady Arnora Ketilsdottir to return to their court, which she did though burdened by her cherubic offspring. Suuder spoke of her years of service to Østgarđr, including her recent service as webminister of the province, and her willingness to increment their populace by the most miraculous of means, and for all of these reasons did induct her into the Order of the Seahorse. The order was called forth and Lord Brandr did present Lady Arnora with a medalion of of storied lineage. A beautiful scroll was presented with illumination and words by Anneke Walmarsdottir featuring calligraphy by Brian Smiley, and the populace did cheer thrice for Lady Arnora.

As the hour grew late, their Excellencies did thereupon declare their court to be closed, and passed thence with the approbation of all.

These were the events of the day as recorded by their servant,

— Mathghamhain Ua Ruadháin
Seahorse Pursuivant

Declaration of fealty by Cedar the Barefoot.
Sea Dog scroll for Lord Brandr Aronsson. Words, calligraphy, and illumination by Lady Beatrice della Rocca.
Sea Dog scroll for Lady Godiva de la Mer. Words, calligraphy, and illumination by Hlæfdige Alienor Salton.
Seahorse scroll for Lady Arnora Ketilsdottir. Words and illumination by Lady Anneke Walmarsdottir; calligraphy by Brian Smiley.

Appointment as Seahorse Pursuivant

Sixteen months after being made the Herald of the Canton of Whyt Whey, I have been appointed the Herald of the Crown Province of Østgarđr, whose title is Seahorse Pursuivant. My report from the meeting of the Provincial Officers Council follows.


To the populace of the Crown Province of Østgarðr, on behalf of their Viceroy and Vicereine, does Mathghamhain Ua Ruadháin send his greetings.

Following this evening’s Commons meeting, the Provincial Officers Council gathered to review the candidates for those offices whose terms expire this month.

Herein are recorded the result of that session as I recall them.

Baronè Francesco Gaetano Grèco d’Edessa has stepped down as Seneschal. Please join me in thanking him for his service.

Hlæfdige Alienor Salton, called Piglet, has been selected as the new Provincial Seneschal by a vote of the Officers Council.

Alienor has also been appointed to be the province’s Webminister. The former occupant of that office, Lady Arnora Ketilsdottir, stepped down earlier this year to care for her newborn — our thanks and congratulations to her and her family.

Alienor is stepping down from her positions in the Canton of Whyt Whey, ceding those offices to her deputies; Lady Vika Grigina z Prahy will serve as the Seneschal of Whyt Whey, and Lady Anneke Valmarsdotter will become the Whyt Whey webminister.

Lord Mongu Chinua has stepped down as Herald. He has the province’s appreciation for his efforts in this office in recent years.

Your humble correspondent, Mathghamhain Ua Ruadháin, has been appointed to be the new provincial Herald. I have asked Chinua to stay on and assist me as deputy herald, for I shall have need of his knowledge.

I am stepping down from my position as Herald of Whyt Whey, and passing that office to my deputy, Lord Erich Guter Muth, who served in that position before me.

Lady Marion of York has stepped down as provincial Fencing Marshal. She has ably led the rapier corps, and we look forward to seeing her on the field again in the coming year.

Alexander MacLachlan has been appointed to serve as the Fencing Marshal. In recent months he has been actively working to energize the fencing program and we eagerly anticipate his continued success. Alienor has also asked him to assist her as deputy Seneschal, where his experience will be much appreciated.

Magistra Rufina Cambrensis has been re-appointed to her position as provincial Chronicler. Her reliable publication of our monthly newsletter, the E-Horse, is a valuable service to all members of the populace.

For the outgoing and incoming officers of the province — Hooray! Hooray! Hooray!

By my hand at Straus Park on the feast day of St. Florentius, I remain yours in service,

— Mathghamhain Ua Ruadháin
Seahorse Pursuivant

The Arms of The Viceroys and Vicereines of Østgarđr

As we approach the 50th anniversary of Østgarđr, and indeed of the East Kingdom — because in the beginning, Østgarđr was the East — we’ve been looking back over our history, and in keeping with that project I thought I would catalog the armorial devices of the viceroys and vicereines of Østgarđr since the earliest days.


A.S. LI — Present

Suuder Saran is the sixth viceroy of Østgarđr.

He bears Per chevron inverted sable and purpure, a crescent argent and a flame Or.

Registered March 2013 under a holding name. (Image as submitted.)

Lada Monguligin is the fourth vicereine of Østgarđr.

She bears Gules, a sans-serif letter “M” inverted surmounted by a pallet couped argent issuant from a trimount vert.

This design is evocative of traditional Eastern European coats of arms. Polish armory is known for most often using red fields bearing gold or silver charges. Polish armory is also notable for many charges based on geometric shapes, which are derived from tamgas, a system of brands and badges used to mark property by medieval Mongols and related Eurasian nomadic cultures. Hungarian armory frequently feature gold or silver charges emergent from a green mountain on a red field. The central charge here is reminiscent of the trident featured in the arms of Ukraine. The society does not have a lot of Eastern-European armory, so this submission provoked some interesting commentary at the kingdom and society level, and in the LoAR.

Registered March 2013 under a holding name. (Image as submitted.)


A.S. XLVI — LI

Gui avec Cheval de Guise was the fifth viceroy of Østgarđr.

He bears Azure, a fleur-de-lys and on a chief embattled argent a hare courant contourny sable.

Guise is a town in northern France.

Registered May 1996 under the name Guy Cheveux de Guise.

Johanne i Visby was the third vicereine of Østgarđr.

She bears Azure, a chevron argent and in sinister chief a mullet Or.

Registered August 2008. (Image as submitted.)


A.S. XLI —XLVI

Alexandre Lerot d’Avignon was the fourth viceroy of Østgarđr.

He bears Per pale wavy purpure and argent, a serpent, glissant palewise and sinister facing, argent and a wolf rampant sable.

Registered September 1998.

Eularia Trewe was the second vicereine of Østgarđr.

She bears Argent, two chevronels purpure and overall a crow contourny sable.

Registered October 2006.

 


A.S. XIV —XLI

Ian of Clan Mitchell was the third viceroy of Østgarđr.

He bears Azure, climbing a bendlet indented Or, a cat passant bendwise argent orbed Or.

(Today we would blazon this beast as gardant.)

[Updated Nov 12: The cat’s name is Kiki.]

Registered August 1979. (Image as submitted.)

Katherine Gilliesfleur was the first vicereine of Østgarđr.

She bears Or, in saltire an arrow inverted and a dagger sable, on a chief azure three gillyflowers argent, seeded Or.

The gillyflower is a medieval ancestor of the modern carnation.

Registered December 1983. (Image as submitted.)


A.S. XII? —XIV

Cassandra of Bethel was the second viceroy of Østgarđr.

She bears Argent, a human eye lidded, chased vert.

Registered June 1972 under the name Cassandra of Beth’lem. (Image as submitted.)


A.S. X —XI

Vardak Mirceavitch Basarabov of Iloi was the first viceroy of Østgarđr, serving in this position for less than one year.

He bears Argent, a fox’s head erased sable and in chief three pine cones, stems to chief proper.

Registered April 1975. (Image as submitted.)


Updated Nov 12: Thanks to some feedback on Facebook, I’ve corrected a mis-colored field both above and in the combined “poster” version that shows all of the arms in chronological order as a single image.

Updated Jan 27: I noticed that I had incorrectly emblazoned Lada’s arms with a mountain rather than a trimount; this has been corrected.