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Re: The Real Story from Kofryna the Goatherd...
Poster: Scott Law <law@fluky.Mitre.org>
Gaelan helpfully responded:
> As for a goatherds naturally having goats on their device. I do not
>believe that traditionally this was the case. Device did not generally
>relate to one's name or occupation...though I suppose maybe some could be
>nicknamed after it? Would someone with real knowledge like to step in
>The appropriate terminology for having your device depict a part of your
>name is called canting. I can think of two examples of canting arms in the
>SCA that was done superbly. The examples that I can think of are Lady
>Stephania Hering has a red herring on her device and one that was passed
>several years ago for a Lord Isenhart in which his device has two hearts with
>the letter I on each heart.
Though I did mean traditionally in period, rather than in the SCA, those
are some interesting examples. I had never heard of canting (though I
suppose if you are going to recant, you must have cantted at some point).
Was this a period practice?
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