*Beatrice puts on her herald hat*
1) Your SCA persona is not you mundanely, and I recommend choosing a new
coat of arms and a new name, so that your SCA self is different than your
2) If you are the person entitled to display your modern family coat of
arms (are the eldest son of the eldest son, etc.), there still must be
blazonable difference between your modern coat and your registered SCA
coat of arms. (See precedents under David of Moffat, if you want the
3) A lovely idea that was done by a gentle here in An Tir was to take
inspiration from their family coat of arms (the main charge of a red
martlet), and then design their own from there.
If I can be of assistance, go ahead and contact me. I'm not of the
Midrealm, but the rules for registering heraldry are ultimately Society
--- Megan & Dave <danhorn3@...
> There is no issue using a person from your history, as your persona,
> unless they are famous enough to have a protected identity. (By way of
> example, even if you are a decendant of Mary Stuart, you can't be Mary
> Stuart. :) ) and unless you are the one person in your family who is
> entitled to the arms, no you cannot use them for display. It is a
> modern American fallacy that everyone in a family is entitled to display
> the arms which are attached to their name. In reality, only one person
> is entitled to their use.
> Gwenhyfar Stuart
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: william_of_crioch_branach
> To: firstname.lastname@example.org
> Sent: Monday, August 30, 2004 11:15 PM
> Subject: [SCA Newcomers] New arrival
> My lords and ladies of this realm, greetings.
> I am a new arrival to the modern Middle Ages and hope to partake of
> your wisdom to learn more of this intriguing land. I seek to learn
> sone of the lore here before committing myself to joining SCA.
> I believe I would use a persona from my own family history. The
> family actually has a heraldic coat of arms -- would that be
> allowable in SCA?
> It would seem that if I join SCA, I would be living in the Middle
> Realm in the The Shire of Wurm Wald. Unfortunately the closest group
> appears to be located on a university campus at Champaign, Il.
> roughly 75 miles south and several decades removed from my abode.
> I will be reading the messages here with the greatest of interest.
> --- William of Crioch Branach, an exile of Erin
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