Lillia de Vaux

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Photo by Ron Lutz, Jr. (used with permission)
Resides: Shire of Hartshorn-dale
Status: Active
Awards: Order of Precedence
Argent semy of crampets, a bend azure.
Award & Office Badges
Companion of the Order of the Pelican Companion of the Order of the Silver Crescent Companion of the Order of the Maunche Queen's Order of Courtesy Companion of the Order of the Silver Rapier Companion of the Order of the Laurel
Herald Fencing Marshal Member of the Tadcaster Militia


Dame Lillia de Vaux (sometimes known as Ermine de Vaux) is a dabbler in many activities: heraldry, embroidery and the fiber arts, botanical history, brewing, target archery, and rapier combat. At the moment, she is trying to learn how to spin and knit. She resides in the Shire of Hartshorn-dale.

She was a cadet to Baron Ian Raven of Tadcaster until her elevation to the Order of the Pelican, and is a member of the Tadcaster Militia. She was a Provost in the now-defunct East Kingdom League of Rapier Academies. Her protégées are Joscelin le esqurel (now residing in Æthelmearc) and Nest verch Gwilim (from Atlantia).

She has been a local chatelaine and held various heraldic offices. She served as Pellycan Quene of Armes, the College of Arms education deputy responsible for name registration decisions at the Society level, from January 2014 to October/November 2016. She was granted the Herald Extraordinary title of Crampette Herault by Andrewe Laurel Sovereign of Arms. She is still an active commenter for the College of Arms and on staff for her successors, and just retook the position of Attire Pursuivant for her Shire/soon-to-be Barony.

Lillia is a member of the Sisterhood of St. Walburga and joined the Academy of Saint Gabriel just prior to its permanent hiatus. She is also a household member of Dar Nafoura Hajjar (House of the Stone Fountain) and Gryphonhaven (based in the Middle Kingdom). At Pennsic, she lives in the camp of Eldenwood, part of the House of Black Dog.


Lillia de Vaux is the daughter of a mason employed at the cathedral in Beauvais, Picardie, but is originally from Vaux, in northeast France. She and her family survived the town’s 1346 siege by the English, but nothing more is known of her after she entered the Sisterhood of Saint Walburga a few years later. She is somewhat literate and a student of both the gentle and martial arts. (Don’t tell her father about that last part!)

Offices & Positions

  • Chatelaine, Shire of Hartshorn-dale, 08/2002-10/2005
  • At-large rapier marshal (from 07/2006) and herald (from 2006)
  • Attire Pursuivant, Shire of Hartshorn-dale, 11/2006-11/2010 and 01/2023-present
  • Rapier Marshal, Shire of Hartshorn-dale, 01/2008-11/2009 and 01/2012-09/2014
  • Eastern Crown Herald (internal submissions herald, now called Blue Tyger Herald), East Kingdom, 12/2009-04/2012
  • Diademe Herald (assistant to then-Eastern Crown Herald), East Kingdom, 04/2012-12/2013
  • Pelican Sovereign of Arms, SCA (deputy to Laurel Sovereign of Arms), 01/2014-11/2016
  • Crampette Herault (Herald Extraordinary), granted by Laurel Sovereign of Arms on the October 2016 Letter of Acceptances and Returns (01/2017)
  • Bhakail Populace Rapier Champion, 06/2019-08/2021
  • SCA College of Arms proof-reader/Laurel staff member since c.2006

Event Staff

  • Overall demo coordinator for the "Castles and Monsters" library reading program demos in Hartshorn-dale (summer 2005)
  • Event Steward, Autumn Schola (11/2002)
  • Registration Clerk/Gate Clerk for Alles Faire (multiple years)
  • Merchant Coordinator for East Kingdom Twelfth Night (01/2003)
  • Heraldic Consultation Table Coordinator for Nova Schola (2007-2010, 2022-2024) and Noisemakers Schola (2008?-2013)
  • Rapier Marshal in Charge, Southern Region War Camp (Eisental) (??)
  • Deputy of Heralds Point (Pennsic 2011-2012, 2023)
  • Event Coordinator/Herald in Charge, Virtual Heralds Point 1 (Jan-Feb 2021) and 2 (July-Aug 2021)
  • Zoom moderator, Jan. 2024 Virtual Known World Heraldic & Scribal Symposium
  • Proceedings Editor, June 2024 Known World Heraldic & Scribal Symposium

Projects, Classes, & Publications

  • Welcome to the Current Middle Ages (demo handout, 2002-2003)
  • Waterbearing at Pennsic (class, Waterbearers Point, Pennsic, 2002?)
  • Effective Demos (class, Nova Schola, 2007 and EKU: Fighter's Collegium, 2008)
  • Intro to Rapier Combat/Rapier Roundtable Discussion (class, Nova Schola, 2007)
  • MiT Training: Weapon and Armor Inspections (class, KWAR, 2009)
  • Heraldry: Common Reasons for Return (class, Nova Schola, 2010)
  • There and Back Again: A Submission's Tale (class, Noisemaker's Schola, KWHSS and Pennsic, 2011)
  • A Preliminary Survey of Names from the Historical Dictionary of Personal Names in Białystok (article, KWHSS Proceedings, 2011)
  • Eastern Crown Roadshow (class, Noisemakers Schola, 2012)
  • Introduction to the Standards of Evaluation (class, Pennsic, 2012)
  • Intermediate Heraldic Research (class and handout, River Wars, 2012; Noisemakers Schola, 2013-2015 (?); Pennsic 2013-2016; KWHSS 2014; East Kingdom Southern Region Heralds & Scribal Symposium 2014; Æthelmearc Heralds & Scribal Collegium 2014; winter and summer virtual KWHSS 2021)
  • Name Conflict (class, Avacal College of Heralds' heraldry nights, 2021)
  • Administrative Heraldry (class and handout, Pennsic 2015-2016)
  • Group Commenting & Commentary Roundtable (class taught with Dame Brunissende Dragonette, KWHSS, 2018)
  • Highland Place-Names from West Aberdeenshire, Scotland (article, KWHSS Proceedings, 2019)
  • Intermediate Heraldic Research ver. 2.0 (revised class handout, 2021; Virtual Midyear KWHSS, 2021; Virtual KWHSS, 2021)
  • Taverns, Manors, and Other Residences in 12th-17th Century England (article forthcoming)
  • Late 16th-Early 17th Century French Publishers and Publishing Houses (article forthcoming)
  • The Borrowing of Names in Medieval and Renaissance Europe (article forthcoming)
  • Relationship Bynames (article forthcoming)
  • Ashkenazic Jewish Given Names – Gender Neutral and Gendered Options (article forthcoming, title in flux)
  • Documentation and Construction of English Place Names (article forthcoming)
  • Names from "The Dublin Guild Merchant Roll C. 1190-1265" (article forthcoming)
  • West African Names (article forthcoming)
  • The Bad Idea Project (forthcoming - ask me about it!)
  • Proposal to change SENA Appendix C for Scandinavian-English/Welsh, and Scandinavian-Gaelic lingual mixes (March 2024)

Links to some of the above class handouts and publications:

More Information

Virtual awards are fine, no matter the level. A warning is preferred. (Surprises are awful.)