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Re: Arms and Awards Murph's Law Revisited

Poster: nix@iolinc.net (Malone, N.)

> Okay....here's a question I wondered about.  If you know your family arms, can
> you use them in the SCA (you can certainly document them, they are yours to
> use, and they must be "heraldically correct" if they are your family arms)?
> What is the rule on this?
> Brenna
> (who is wondering--I have arms in the works, but I know my family arms as
> well)

Yes You sure can! One minor caveat though, Make sure they are YOUR arms.
There aint no such beastie as "Family arms". A person or entity is
awarded or granted arms. They are the sole property of that person. His
eldest male heir can, in most cases, inherit those arms but the transfer
must be matriculated (and approved). HE then owns those arms and can
usually pass them to his eldest male heir, but personal arms are the
exclusive property of ONE person, NOT a family. If YOU personally are
the bearer of properly granted and transfered arms you should be able to
use them in the SCA under the same provision that allows you to use you
naturally given name. Even if the society were to disapprove the only
person that could complain under civil law would be You, and you would
be protected, as is your right, under criminal statutes.

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