Lochac’s Heraldry

The Original Arms

The first form of the device that eventually evolved into the current Kingdom of Lochac device originated from the design of a previous group who had attempted (and failed) to establish the SCA in Australia (prior to 1980). The colours used were intentionally the same as those used on the Australian flag, and the Southern Cross was also used because it is a common symbol of Australia. Conveniently, these colours and symbols are also symbols of New Zealand, whose SCA groups joined Lochac in 2003.

The arms of the Kingdom of Cumberland were emblazoned in the publication A Handbook for the Society of the Current Middle Ages, written in November 1980 by Lady Robyn Breheny (Now Mistress Rowan Perigrynne):

Quarterly 1 and 4 azure, 2 and 3 argent, a cross gules, the whole charged with the southern cross of the second, bordure of the same.

A labelled drawing of the Kingdom of Cumberland’s device with supporters and crest, by Robyn Breheny (Mistress Rowan Perigrynne) and published in the first edition of the Runes newsletter.

A labelled drawing of the Kingdom of Cumberland’s device with supporters and crest, by Robyn Breheny (Mistress Rowan Perigrynne) and published in the first edition of the Runes newsletter.

The original Kingdom of Cumberland device, as rendered by Baron Master William Castille.

The original Kingdom of Cumberland device, as rendered by Baron Master William Castille.

The very first banner ever made that depicts these arms was made by Robyn Brehony (now Mistress Rowan Perigrynne). This banner still exists, held in her safe keeping.

The first Kingdom of Cumberland banner. Note that the blue has faded to purple. Banner by Robyn Brehony, photo by Ceara Shionnach.

The first Kingdom of Cumberland banner. Note that the blue has faded to purple. Banner by Robyn Brehony, photo by Ceara Shionnach.

The Crown Principality (and Principality) Arms

Around October 1982, the group discovered that the device they’d been using to this point wouldn’t pass through the College of Heralds. In particular, they were advised that they needed to drop the bordure and the fifth star. The revised device, depicted below, became the new arms of the Crown Principality of Lochac (and, subsequently, the Principality of Lochac). The arms were registered with the Principality in May 1983.

A rendering of the Lochac Crown Principality and Principality device. Image from the Lochac College of Heralds website.

A rendering of the Lochac Crown Principality and Principality device. Image from the Lochac College of Heralds website.

The Kingdom Arms

One of the decisions to be made for Lochac to be elevated to Kingdom level (which occured in July 2002) was to choose the official device. Eighteen devices were proposed for Lochac’s Arms.

The eighteen devices submitted for consideration for Lochac’s Arms. Images from the Lochac website.

The eighteen devices submitted for consideration for Lochac’s Arms. Images from the Lochac website.

The far bottom right device in the figure above (which was proposed by Reynardine de Clifford) was chosen through a referendum. It was a popular option because it was a close resemblance to the earlier designs.

Variations of the Kingdom Arms

Royal Consort of Lochac

The victor of the Crown Tournament uses the Kingdom arms to represent themself. The consort, however, sometimes uses a slight variation with roses replacing the other charges on the Kingdom device. This is not an official badge, nor is it registered.

The arms used by the Royal Consort of Lochac, as displayed on the Lochac Roll of Arms.

The arms used by the Royal Consort of Lochac, as displayed on the Lochac Roll of Arms.

Populace Badge

The populace of Lochac often use the populace badge to show their allegiance to the Kingdom, rather than the Kingdom arms (which are reserved for the current Crown to display). The populace badge is based on the Kingdom arms with the laurel wreath and crown removed.

The populace badge was registered in April 2011 by Master Padraig Lowther.

The populace badge of Lochac.

The populace badge of Lochac.