Armigerous

From Kingdom of Atenveldt


Merriam-Webster defines 'armigerous'' as 'bearing heraldic arms[1]

In the SCA an 'armiger' is anyone whom has received an Award, Grant or Patent of Arms.[2]

By extension, an "armigerous award" is an award which carries with it one of the three above categories of Arms, as well as the three categories themselves. "Non-armigerous awards," therefore, are awards which do not carry awards and do not make their bearers armigers.

The Kingdom of Atenveldt has precedence bearing awards which are nonetheless non-armigerous, placing the person in the order of precedence above those without such awards. Many Kingdom and Baronial Level Awards fall into this category with their precedence determined in their charters.

It is also worth noting that being entitled to display arms is, in the SCA, entirely distinct from actually posessing arms to display since the process of registering arms is handled by the College of Heralds while the awards themselves are handled by the individual Kingdoms. Once a person's arms have been registered with the College, no one else can display them. Being an armiger means you can add different elements of heraldry to your arms display as shown below.

  1. “armigerous,” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/armigerous. Accessed 1/6/2021.
  2. “Armiger.” Cunnan, Kingdom of Lochac, SCA Inc, 7 Feb. 2007, cunnan.lochac.sca.org/index.php/Armiger.
Achievement of Arms for Heraldic Display[1]
Rank Shield Helmet Torse Mantling Supporters Crest Coronet (can
replace torse)
No AoA Yes no no no no no no
Award of Arms yes Gray non-metalic
in profile to dexter
no no as desired no no
Grant of Arms yes Gray non-metalic
in profile to dexter
2x owner's
colors
same as torse
(no ermine)
as desired no no
Court Barony Yes Gray non-metalic
in profile to dexter
2x owner's
colors
same as torse
(no ermine)
as desired no plain gold band with
4x visible pearls
Thegn/Bannthegn Yes Gray non-metalic
45 degrees to dexter
2x owner's
colors
same as torse
can use ermine
as desired no plain gold band with
4x visible pearls
Master of
Defense
Yes Silver, full face
or profile
2x owner's
colors
same as torse
can use ermine
as desired as desired No
Laurel Yes Silver, full face
or profile
2x owner's
colors
same as torse
can use ermine
as desired as desired Laurel wreath may
replace torse
Pelican Yes Silver, full face
or profile
2x owner's
colors
same as torse
can use ermine
as desired as desired Chapeau may
replace torse
Chivalry Yes Silver, full face
or profile
2x owner's
colors
same as torse
can use ermine
as desired as desired no
Viscounty Yes Silver, full face
or profile
2x owner's
colors
same as torse
can use ermine
as desired as desired Coronet of a
single point
County Yes Silver, full face
or profile
2x owner's
colors
same as torse
can use ermine
as desired as desired Crenellated coronet
Duchy Yes Gold, full face
or profile
2x owner's
colors
same as torse
can use ermine
as desired as desired Coronet with
strawberry leaves
  1. Kingdom Seneschal (Ed.). (2018, May 1). Kingdom of Atenveldt Sumptuary Traditions and Guidelines. Kingdom of Atenveldt.