History of the East Kingdom Heralds

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(Note: this is a history of the kingdom-level and regional heralds of the East Kingdom. For local group heralds, see that local group's page.)

In the Beginning

The first two Principal Heralds of the East did not carry the title of Brigantia Herald. John of Brooke-Lynne used his title in another organization, Mural Herald. Koppel fun Baurieux was simply the Principal Herald of the East. Alfgar the Sententious chose the name because, at the time, the East Kingdom was for all intents and purposes New York City, and the aboriginal inhabitants of York, England were the Brigantii, thus New York = New Brigantia. --Steffan ap Kennydd 18:48, 2 March 2009 (UTC)

Submissions Deputies

Brigantia kept two deputies to handle submissions: one to handle the processing, acceptance and rejection of submissions within the kingdom and one to compile the accepted submissions and forward them to the Laurel Sovereign of Arms. Every process was first handled using the US Postal Service (snail mail) until the wide-spread use of the internet.

Internal Submissions Deputy

Originally, Eastern Crown Herald handled the internal (within this kingdom) submissions process for names and arms. Local pursuivants mailed Eastern Crown all their submissions. Once a month (or so) Eastern Crown would cut-and-paste these into an Internal Letter of Intent (ILoI) and sent it out to all the volunteer commenters in the kingdom. The commenters would go through their books and consult local and college libraries (remember - this was before the internet) to see if they could improve upon (or disprove) the documentation. Eastern Crown would receive their commentary and pass a judgement upon each submission, publishing the results in a Letter of Acceptance and Returns (LoAR).

External Submissions Deputy

Originally, Blue Tyger Herald handled external submissions. This meant receiving the accepted submissions from Eastern Crown, rewriting the Internal Letter of Acceptance and Returns, making enough photocopies for the Laurel Sovereign of Arms and each foreign kingdom, mailing them out. Then came the commentary from heralds all around the world. Blue Tyger was tasked with defending the findings of the East Kingdom, and being the liaison between the submitters and the College of Arms as heralds offered up any alternatives that might pass Laurel's decision.

Regional Deputies

As the kingdom grew, submissions were reaching such large numbers that Brigantia created regional deputies for submissions for northern, central and southern regions, and when groups formed in Europe, a European deputy.

Blue Tyger Herald

Blue Tyger was originally the external submissions herald, but was changed to become the overall submissions herald once the process was automated.

Dextrochere Herald

Brigantia originally had the responsibility to maintain a bank account to process submissions fees and account for expenses, and also had to ensure that local groups had a pursuivant that held a valid warrant (which later required membership). The office of Dextrochere was formed to recognize the reality that Brigantia's 'dear right hand' (his lady) was the one kept the books, issued reimbursment checks to deputies (usually for photocopying and postage), did the banking, and also monitored local pursuivants' warrants. This tradition continued at least up through the tenure of Avelina Keyes. --Ulric von der Insel 11:10, 5 January 2021 (UTC)

Eastern Crown

Originally, Eastern Crown was the internal submissions deputy. It became the title of Their Majesties' royal court herald.

Elmet Herald

Elmet was the name of a village in Yorkshire in proximity of the tribe of Brigantes. Elmet Herald, therefore, was the deputy in the vicinity of Brigantia. Originally, and up through the tenure of Rowen Cloteworthy, Elmet was the deputy charged with furthering heraldic education in the kingdom.

Mosaic Herald

Compiling a Letter of Intent used to be a real cut-and-paste jobs. Paper submissions were photocopied, the devices were cut out with scissors and taped or pasted onto a typed (with a typewriter) letter. It was very tedious. Mosaic was the deputy who performed this duty.

Pallet Herald

Each submitter or local pursuivant was charged with drawing the submitted device on the paper forms. Some were better artists than others. Pallet Herald was created when a volunteer stepped forward to draw devices that were more recognizable as what the submitter wanted. --Steffan ap Kennydd 19:50, 4 January 2021 (UTC)

Pantheon Herald

Pantheon was originally created as the title for the regional herald of the Canadian (then “Northern Shores”) groups. I’m not sure why “Pantheon” was chosen as there was no prior allusion, but I think it had something to do with the fact that a pantheon (the heraldic beast) is strewn with estoiles, and this was thought to resonate in some way with the idea of the North Star. --Steffan ap Kennydd 19:50, 4 January 2021 (UTC)

Shepherd's Crook Herald

Shepherd's Crook has been the Keeper of the Order of Precedence. Once, this was typewritten, then became a database in the tenure of Mistress Caitlin Davies. --Ulric von der Insel 11:10, 5 January 2021 (UTC)