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About Heraldic Titles in Tir Righ

Here in Tir Righ, we follow the practices of the Kingdom of An Tir, which in turn follow those of the Kingdom of the West, from which we all spring.

In the SCA, the Chief Heraldic Officer of a Kingdom is titled the “Principal Herald”, and is entitled to a heraldic title. In An Tir, this is the Black Lion Principal Herald.

The prime Herald for Principalities in An Tir (and the West) are entitled to a heraldic title, but are not considered a “Principal Herald”. Tir Righ’s is our Silver Yale Herald.

The branch herald for local groups are Pursuivants. Baronial branch heralds are entitled to a title, while Shires and Cantons will use their branch name. Lions Gate’s herald is the “Sable Loat Pursuivant”, while Seagirt has the “Coquille Pursuivant”. Lionsdale’s branch herald (for example) is the “Lionsdale Pursuivant”.

The members of Silver Yale’s staff are also titled Heralds and Pursuivants, and have specific duties. Following period practice, Tir Righ has adopted the names of its awards for some of the heraldic titles.

As well, historically the Chief Scribe has been a deputy in the College of Heralds, and so has always had a heraldic title to go with the job. In An Tir, this was the Sable Sable Herald. Since the position was made a Greater Office unto its own, the Chief Scribes of Principalities and Baronies in An Tir are allowed to carry on this tradition, and grant their Chief Scribe a title.