ANSTHRLD - Standing Stones

Doug Bell debell at
Mon Jan 31 21:54:03 PST 1994

Dolmens, arches and pillars have been registered in the SCA.
Check the ordinary under Architecture.

  iii. Heraldic Titles - Heraldic titles must follow the
patterns of period heraldic titles. These are generally
drawn from surnames (Chandos Herald, Percy Herald),
place-names (Windsor Herald, Calais Pursuivant, Sicily
Herald), names of heraldic charges (Crosslet Herald, Estoile
Volant Pursuivant, Noir Lyon Pursuivant), names of orders of
chivalry (Garter King of Arms), and mottos (Ich Dien
Pursuivant, Esperance Pursuivant).

The unabridged OED, 2nd ed, may be of some help with the
use for a Heralds name:

Volume XIV page 489
Sarsen - one of the numerous large boulders or blocks of 
sandstone found scattered on the surface of the chalk 
downs in Wiltshire.  Dated to 1691 with a possible 
1644 date as a variation of Saracen.

Volume IV page 941
Dolmen - French term for standing stones dates to 1796.

Volume IX page 605
Menhir - dated to 1840

Volume IV page 38
Cromlech - name of a circle of standing stones.
Dated to 1603 from Owen's Pembrokeshire 
mentions a stone called Maen y gromlegh.
A grant from Grandison Register at Exeter (1328-1370) 
proporting to be from Aethelstan to Buryan in 943 mentions boundaries
"fossa quae tendit circa Rescal cromlegh"

Cromlech is the only one that is from our period and might be 
able to get by as a place name for use to name a Herald.

You might be able to get one of these passed under surnames 
or heraldic charges.  The dolmen is a charge used in the SCA.
I will check on surnames that might help.

yours in service
Magnus von Lubeck
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