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 Charter of the Irish College of Heraldry

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Charter of the Irish College of Heraldry
The Hill of Tara


PREAMBLE
The Irish College of Heraldry is hereby formed under the following charter.

All and every branch, clauses, and articles therein contained (other than such branches, clauses and sentences as hereafter shall be excepted) may, with a vote by the Heralds of Eire and the approval of all Kings of Arms, be repealed and made completely void forevermore.

ONE Purpose:

I. The Irish College of Heraldry, from here out referred to as the College, will provide support in the form of coats of arms, seals, battle flags and genealogy to all the peoples, guilds or orders, towns and variations thereof, of the island and other territories of Ireland, regardless of political, economic, or religious goals, however the greatest effort will be made by the members of this College to abstain from any relations with criminal organizations or purveyors of criminal action.

II. The College will maintain all artistic things produced by the College, as a matter of course, to provide inspiration on future projects.

III. The College will strive to inspire and put forth it’s junior members before the public at large, so as to create an open atmosphere of artistic cooperation between our commissioners and our membership, and recognize achievement with due reward.

TWO Criteria for Membership in the College:

I. First and foremost, the person must be a person of the island or territories of Eire. They must not leave the island or territories without explicit permission from a King of Arms and if they do so must continue to maintain their vow to Éire.

II. The person must be in good standing with the Counties, Duchies and Government of Eire and have not committed serious crimes or conspire to do so.

III. The person must demonstrate interest in the College by informing the current leadership of a desire to join.

IV. The person must read, and adhere to this charter, it’s amendments and attachments, and acknowledge the wisdom of the will of the leadership of this College and demonstrate such within a time granted by prudence and good judgment.

V. A member is allowed to leave at any such time as they desire, with a minimum of lecture and fanfare. Any such things that may mark you as a member of the College should be left behind and goodwill granted the person on their continued journeys.

THREE Rules and Standards for Good Discipline within the College

I. There shall be no, inflammatory, derogatory or discriminatory topics within these halls. The leadership of the College will have the final say on such topics, and continued disrespect for this mandate will be considered cause for expulsion from the College.


II. The refusal to adhere to this charter, even after being granted access to these halls, should be considered immediate grounds for expulsion, unless the person or his peers can prove ignorance or lack of access.

IV. The making of statements not prejudicial to the good name of the College will not be uttered by anyone wearing the regalia marking them as a member of the College. If the person cannot conduct themselves in a manner of respect and acceptance, like a good scholar of the College, then they should not bear anything marking them as a member of such. The College will not force upon its members its ideals, and it expects the same in return. The punishment of such an action is to be considered by a court of the leadership of the College, and not generalized, recognizing each case is separate and thus separately accountable.

V. The displaying of any coats of arms, seals, or battle flags by any member of the College that were not created or recognized by the College will be a manner of warning. Continued refusal of compliance, or vocal opposition of such warnings will result in more serious discipline. The punishment of such an action is to be considered by a court of the leadership of the College, and not generalized, recognizing each case is separate and thus separately accountable.


FOUR Responsibilities of the College


The College is required to create and maintain rules and guidelines for those areas that they are charged with overseeing.

Charter changes must be approved by the Heralds of Eire and then approved individually by every King of Arms.

Rules must be approved by the Council of Kings.

Guidelines should generally be developed through discussion and will be established once approved by two of the King of Arms. Three members or one King of Arms can call for a formal discussion and vote on any section of these.

Areas that the College oversees includes, but are not limited to, the following:
Granting Coats of Arms, seals, badges and battle flags
Registering Irish Orders of Merit, Houses, Clans and Septs


FIVE Ranks and Regalia of the College


I. Given the nature of the College and individualism, all ranks will be displayed in Latin, the English translation thereof and the English equivalent, the calling of such being a choice of the individual, and recognizing all names for the same rank as equal.

II. The wearing of Regalia established by the College for each rank is optional and cannot be forced upon any member, with the exception of the leadership of the College who must proudly and prominently display their membership.


III. The Ranks within the College are:
Principal King of Arms
King of Arms
Honorary King of Arms
Honorary King of Arms territory
Heraldic Ambassador
Herald of Arms Ordinary and Extraordinary
Pursuant Ordinary and Extraordinary
Observer

IV. There should be a minimum of three Kings of Arms and should never exceed five.

V. The appointment of a King of Arms is through a round of nominations followed by elections. The proceedings can be initiated by any King of Arms or three heralds when there are fewer than three Kings of Arms. The King of Arms should first be elected by the Council of Heralds, and should then receive the approval of a majority of the Council of Kings.

VI The name of the Office of king of Arms is up to the discretion of the bearer, and must be selected from the names of one of the five Cuige (Provinces) of Ireland. No two Kings of Arms may bear the same title.

VII. The longest serving king of arms becomes known as the Principal king of Arms immediately upon the resignation, dismissal or death of the predeceasing officer. They retain the name and insignia of their previous office, however are entitled to a different crown.

VIII. Members of the college including the leadership may be dismissed or demoted if they break forum or game rules. If found guilty of unethical behavior, abuse of power or disrupting the peace through introduction of politics and other inflammatory topics to the Hill


IX. Ranks in the Hill:
Honorary King of Arms defined as a temporary appointment with the charge of hearing cases and controversies relating to the use of arms, mediating and advising . Honorary Kings of Arms leave everyday affairs to the King of Arms and heralds of the College.

Honorary King of Arms Territory Name: A ceremonial title granted to retired KOAs, they can advise but have no heraldic authority in the College.

Heraldic Ambassador of Ireland: A Herald of Arms granted permission to go abroad and work with other colleges. The heralds main affiliation will continue to be to Ireland unless retired or relieved from duty by the college.

Herald Ordinary Employed by the college and produces armorial bearings.
Herald Extraordinary is an appointment concerned with research. They both hold exactly the same status and influence.
Pursuivant Ordinary Employed by the college, has shown interest and is learning how to produce armorial bearing.
Pursuivant Extraordinary An appointment concerned with learning how to research effectively.
Both Pursuivant categories hold exactly the same status and influence

SIX Armorial Bearings

I. The requestor of any work by the College will be referred to as a commissioner, in that they commission the work from the College. All respect and candour should be made towards commissioners when describing their options for a creation, even if such requests would violate traditional heraldic form, it is not the duty of a member of the College to instruct what is right and proper, only to advise.

II. A Coat of Arms has a formal description that is expressed as a blazon. It shall be crafted by the College to any individual as a heraldic representation of self or as an article of membership. The Coat of Arms shall be a shield with heraldic devices upon it. The option to append a motto to a shield can be investigated. The College reserves the right to refuse the creation of Arms and other regalia to persons of dubious nature

III. A seal is a pictorial representation that signifies and identifies an individual or group to be affixed on documents. The seal will bear the name of the organization or individual as well as their Coat of Arms. Use of the seal is reserved for the official documentation of county administration, towns, political organizations, military organizations, government institutions, the clergy and other organizations and individuals that can prove to the College a standing need of seals

IV. The primary language used by the College shall be English. All work requests, comments, etc. shall be communicated by English except those heraldic terms, and other exceptions which are appropriate.


SEVEN Amendments and Additions to the Charter

I. Given that as time passes, so do ideals and traditions, so must be made a process to add to, refine, and improve the charter as necessity dictates.

II. Any member of the College may suggest an amendment or addition, as long as the person has the support of at least two other members, and will work with the leadership of the College to make sure it is presented in proper language as to fit with the text of charter.

III. Upon completion of draft amendment / addition to the charter; it shall be given to debate by the Heraldic council. Acceptance of change will be by a majority vote by the King’s of Arms. In case of emergencies a time frame of discussion and vote may be put in place

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