The An Tir Handbook, 3rd Edition, May XXXIII/1998
The An Tir College Of Heralds
In each kingdom, it is the duty of the College of Heralds to make announcements, to handle courts and ceremony, to track awards, and to assist in the process of registering the names and devices of Society members. Following the medieval model, heraldic offices often have titles.
The Kingdom Herald (Black Lion)
The Kingdom Herald is the principal herald of An Tir and the Crown's official voice. Black Lion oversees all heraldic offices in the Kingdom and reports to the Crown and the Society Herald.
Branch Herald Job Description
Revised by Master Guerin de Bourgogne
Summary of Duties
Maintain membership in the Society for Creative Anachronism, Inc. and provide proof of membership to Black Lion Herald. Notify Black Lion Herald of address and phone number changes. Notify Black Lion Herald on appointment to office and on resignation. Report quarterly to Black Lion Herald, with copies to your branch seneschal and to your files. Attend meetings of your branch and office. Attend events sponsored by your branch and coordinate field and court heraldry at the event, or arrange for this to be done. Assist individuals with heraldic submissions. Maintain files of reports and correspondence.
Detailed Job Description
To be a warranted office in the S.C.A. you must be a member of the S.C.A., Inc. You must provide proof of membership to Black Lion Herald when you start your tenure as branch herald and when you renew your membership. A photocopy of your membership card or Crier mailing label is a suitable proof of membership. You will be removed from office if you do not have a current membership.
Black Lion likes to keep in touch with you - help him. Notify him if you move or change your telephone number, and he'll update the roster of officers, ensuring that you receive all the mailings.
The first task of any new officer is to report to his kingdom superior. There are a few reasons for this. First, to allow the kingdom superior to update the roster to make sure that mailings go to the right person. Second, so that your warrant can be issued. Third, so that Black Lion Herald can send you the information packet that comes with the change of office (which includes this document, or its updated descendant).
Notify Black Lion by sending him a letter including the branch name, your S.C.A. name, your legal name, address, phone number, and e-mail address if you have one. Include a copy of your membership card, and the change of officer's form that your seneschal should have. Take advantage of this letter to ask any questions you might have about the job, or ask about any resources available to help you do your job.
On leaving office you should write Black Lion, so he can record your resignation. Send a copy to your seneschal and place a copy in your branch herald files. Let your successor know that he should contact Black Lion Herald as soon as possible.
Reports are due quarterly, postmarked on of before the following dates:
February 1st -- Reporting on October through December of the prior year (4th quarter)
May 1st -- Reporting on January through March (1st quarter)
August 1st -- Reporting on April through June (2nd quarter)
November 1st -- Reporting on July through September (3rd quarter)
Send a copy of your report to Black Lion Herald, your branch Seneschal, and place a copy in your branch herald files. You can send your report to Black Lion via electronic mail if you wish, and save the postage.
A report is a letter that lets Black Lion know that you are still acting as herald and gives a summary of heraldic activity in your branch over the last quarter. Your report should include the date your report was written, which quarter you are reporting for, your modern and medieval names, your branch's name, and your address and phone number.
Some of the things you may wish to report include any heraldic submissions you consulted on, regular or irregular herald's meetings, heraldry at events, additions to your branch heraldry resources (books, file boxes, whatever), and other active heralds in your branch.
Feel free to ask any questions you like in your report. Black Lion will try to answer them. In fact, feel free to get in touch with Black Lion at any time regarding questions or any assistance you might need regarding things heraldic. The kingdom herald's office is here to help.
All the same, you do not have to keep files forever. After some years the contents become stale, and you should cull them. Make a note of what you've destroyed, and add that to the files. Your branch may have an archivist --- you might want to give them a crack at the material before you throw it out.
Resources for Heralds
Kingdom of An Tir WWW site
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