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=Squadron Commissioner in Naval Action=
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The current Commissioner is: [[Nathaniel Blatchford|Lord Nathaniel Blatchford, Earl of Stafford]]
  
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==Overview==
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It is the responsibility of the Commissioner to, when tasked by the [[Flag Officers|Board of Flag Officers]] or spurred by own initiative, create graphical content for the Squadron and its officers. Graphical content include, but is not limited to:
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*[[Armorial Achievements of the Squadron in Naval Action|Coats of Arms]]
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*Avatars
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*Signatures
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*[[Awards|Award]] certificates for the [[Chief of Naval Personnel|Chief of Naval Personnel]].
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*Grants and letters patent for the higher [[Ranks|Ranks]] for the [[Chief of Naval Personnel|Chief of Naval Personnel]].
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*Helping captains chose their [[Peerage Land Holdings of the St George Squadron of the White|Peerage Land Holdings]] when relevant.
  
=Flag Officer: Commissioner=
 
The current Commissioner is: '''[[Nathaniel Blatchford|Lord Nathaniel Blatchford, 3rd Viscount Trentham, RN, KG, KB]]'''
 
  
 
=Regulation Standards=
 
=Regulation Standards=
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*[[How_to_address_captains|How to address captains]]
 
*[[How_to_address_captains|How to address captains]]
 
*[[Forum_Avatars|Forum Avatars]]
 
  
 
*[[Forum_Signatures|Forum Signatures]]
 
*[[Forum_Signatures|Forum Signatures]]
  
*[[Armorial_Achievements|The composition of a Coat of Arms]]
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*[[Making a Coat of Arms|The composition of a Coat of Arms]]
  
 
*[[Regulations_Regarding_the_Use_of_Coats_of_Arms|Regulations pertaining to Armorial Achievements]]
 
*[[Regulations_Regarding_the_Use_of_Coats_of_Arms|Regulations pertaining to Armorial Achievements]]
  
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==Overview==
 
It is the responsibility of the [[Commissioner|Commissioner]] to, when tasked by the [[Flag Officers|Board of Flag Officers]] or spurred by own initiative, create graphical content for the Squadron and its Officers. Graphical content include, but is not limited to:
 
  
*Flags
 
*Avatars/Portraits
 
*Signatures
 
*Coats of Arms
 
*Logos
 
*Attaching [[Awards|awards]] to avatars
 
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=Standard Operating Procedures=
 
=Standard Operating Procedures=
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::(e)  Complete tasks in a timely manner.
 
::(e)  Complete tasks in a timely manner.
 
::(f)  Record all actions performed as Commissioner in the Commissioner's Log Book to prevent the duplication of tasks, including the name of the Captains aided.
 
::(f)  Record all actions performed as Commissioner in the Commissioner's Log Book to prevent the duplication of tasks, including the name of the Captains aided.
:::(i)  Avatars created.
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:::(i)  Coats of Arms created.
 
:::(ii) Signatures created.
 
:::(ii) Signatures created.
:::(iii)  Flags created.
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:::(iii)  Any official or miscellaneous action performed as Commissioner.
:::(iv)  Coats of Arms created.
 
:::(v)  Any official or miscellaneous action performed as Commissioner.
 
  
 
==Article II. Graphics==
 
==Article II. Graphics==
 
===Avatars===
 
::(a) In the Office of Commissions, head to SGS - Avatar requests.
 
::(b) Click the attachment(s) to bring them to full resolution. They ''MUST'' be full resolution for best quality.
 
:::(i) Be certain the uniform has been approved by the [[Flag Officer: Inspector general|Inspector General]] ''before'' starting the work.
 
:::(ii) Right click and select "Save as."
 
:::(iii) In the "Save as" window, change the name of the file to fit the [[Naming conventions|naming convention]].
 
:::(iv) Choose which folder you want the portrait to be in. Then hit save.
 
::(c) Start up your [[Image editing software|image editing software]].
 
:::(i) Open the file into the software.
 
::(d) Select the "lasso" tool or it's equivalent to "cut out" the avatar.
 
:::(i) Go to select > invert > delete.
 
:::(ii) Auto crop the image.
 
:::(iii) Again go to the "Save as" and change the name of the file to fit the [[Naming conventions|naming convention]].
 
:::(iv) This is an avatar ready for the Captains wiki page.
 
::(e) Open the Avatar Background.
 
:::(i) Bring the file you just created into this window.
 
::(f) Move the avatar around to find a good fit.
 
::(g) In the layers window right click the background and select "Flatten image."
 
::(h) Re-size the image to fit 100x125 pixels.
 
:::(i) Save one last time.
 
::(i) Upload both images to the forums.
 
  
 
===Signatures===
 
===Signatures===
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::(a) Search the Internet for a suitable, free handwritten font.
 
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::(b) Write the captains name according to their wishes (ex. with or without "captain", first name only, etc.)
===Flags===
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::(c) Make sure it is no more than 50px high.
A great guide in how to make a flag can be found [[User_Content|here]].
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::(d) Work on it until the captain is happy with the results.
::(a) In the Office of Commissions, head to SGS - Flag Help.
 
::(b) Read the Captain's request thoroughly. You will be creating the flag from what he envisions.
 
:::(i) Be absolutely certain that his flag ideas meet the requirements:
 
:::*No modern objects like cars or coffee machines
 
:::*No glowing edges or any modern effects that would have been impossible to add to a flag in the 18th century
 
:::*Make sure that it doesn't look like something clealry made on a computer (avoid revealing pixels etc.)
 
:::*Make sure the real world flags you are using existed in 1720 and that you are using the correct historical version of it
 
:::*If you do not plan to add a weathering effect (more on that later), avoid using very bright colours. Use the slightly darker version of the same colours instead.
 
:::*If you wish to borrow original content from another person's flag or design, it is common courtesy to ask permission to do so.
 
:::(ii) If there are any pre-existing designs the Captain would like you to use, download them.
 
:::(iii) Always use [[Naming conventions|naming convention]].
 
::(c) Start with an image of a ratio that fits 128x85 pixels.
 
:::(i) We recommend you use a larger size, such as 512x340 pixels, and scale it down to size later.
 
::(d) Take the image(s) and add them to the flag template.
 
::(e) Change the color of the flag to what the Captain has requested.
 
::(f) Place the image(s) in the desired position.
 
:::(i) Merge or flatten the layers.
 
:::(ii) Scale the image to 128x85 pixels.
 
:::(iii) Save this form. This will be used for flag animations, as flags should not be weathered..
 
::(g) Add a weathered layer.
 
:::(i) Determine the transparency. Between 50% and 70% works well.
 
:::(ii) Merge or flatten the layers.
 
:::(iii) Again save this form by selecting "Save as."
 
::(h) Upload the weathered form of the flag to the forums.
 
:::(i) N.B. The current Office of Commissions does not have access to the flag animation process (created by Lord Mackenzie). Hold the un-weathered flag until it can be animated for use on the forums.
 
  
 
===Coats of Arms===
 
===Coats of Arms===
::(a) In the Office of Commissions, head to Coat of Arms Requests
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::(a) Check if any existing Arms need to be updated due to promotion. Regularly remind all Esquires that they can have a personal Coat of Arms made.
::(b) Read the Captain's request thoroughly. You will be creating the Coat of Arms from what he envisions.
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::(b) When asked to make a Coat of Arms, read the Captain's request thoroughly. You will be creating the Arms from what he envisions.
:::(i) Be absolutely certain that his ideas meet the [[Regulations_Regarding_the_Use_of_Coats_of_Arms||requirements of the Squadron]] and of heraldry in general. There are ''extremely'' few exceptions to the rules of heraldry.
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:::(i) Be absolutely certain that his ideas meet the [[Regulations_Regarding_the_Use_of_Coats_of_Arms|requirements of the Squadron]] and of heraldry in general. There are ''extremely'' few exceptions to the rules of heraldry.
 
:::(ii) If there are any pre-existing designs the Captain would like you to use, download them. You may have to search or create them yourself.
 
:::(ii) If there are any pre-existing designs the Captain would like you to use, download them. You may have to search or create them yourself.
 
:::(iii) Always use [[Naming conventions|naming convention]].
 
:::(iii) Always use [[Naming conventions|naming convention]].
::(c) Start with the Shield (also known as the Escutcheon). The shield templates on the wiki (search under 'ArmorialGraphics') start with a size of 480x600 pixels.
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::(c) Read this page on [[Making a Coat of Arms|making a Coat of Arms]]. It details the process step by step.
:::(i) If there are objects and animals, place them on there. Depending on what the Captain has asked for, you may need to re-size them to fit. It is also quite possible the Captain has not specified where on the shield he wants the animal or object, in this case you will not stray very far if you do what you think looks good. You can always come back and change it to fit his ideas, which happens more often then not. Be prepared for it; save often and in stages!
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:::(i) Start with the Shield (also known as the Escutcheon). The shield templates on the wiki (search under 'ArmorialGraphics') start with a size of 480x600 pixels.
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:::(ii) If there are objects and animals, place them on there. Depending on what the Captain has asked for, you may need to re-size them to fit. It is also quite possible the Captain has not specified where on the shield he wants the animal or object, in this case you will not stray very far if you do what you think looks good. You can always come back and change it to fit his ideas, which happens more often then not. Be prepared for it; save often and in stages!
 
:::(ii) Once you are satisfied with the placements, re-size the Shield to fit 150x188 pixels, the standard size.
 
:::(ii) Once you are satisfied with the placements, re-size the Shield to fit 150x188 pixels, the standard size.
 
:::(iii) Give yourself plenty of canvas room as the mantle, motto scroll, and crest will take more room (you can autocrop it later). You will have to re-size it manually (Image > Canvas Size...). 400x600 pixels works quite well.
 
:::(iii) Give yourself plenty of canvas room as the mantle, motto scroll, and crest will take more room (you can autocrop it later). You will have to re-size it manually (Image > Canvas Size...). 400x600 pixels works quite well.
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::(d) When the final Arms are accepted by the Captain, announce it in the Coat of Arms thread, or in Discord.
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===Certificates, Grants and Letters Patent===
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::(a) At the end of each awards and promotions voting cycle, know which Captains will receive awards or promotions.
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::(b) When captains are awarded medals or commendations, go to the [[Awards|Awards page]] and find the relevant templates.
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:::(i) In any suitable font (the templates use free font ''IM FELL DW Pica Pro Roman''), fill in the relevant information.
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:::(ii) On the first line, write "Captain [Full Name and Rank]", ex. "''Captain Sir John Drysdale''" or "''Captain William Dawnton, Esq.''".
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:::(iii) On the second and third line, write the month, day and year of the announcement of the award. Ex. ''August 1st, 1819''.
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:::(iv) In the space below "was Awarded:", write a summary of why the captain receives the award.
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:::(v) Add the signature of the current [[Chief of Naval Personnel|Chief of Naval Personnel]] under "I am charged to record...".
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:::(vi) Name the graphics file "CNP [Type and tier of award] [Captain's last name]", ex. "''CNP PVP1 Dawnton''" and upload it to the wiki.
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::(c) When captains are promoted to Knight, go to the [[Ranks|Ranks page]] and find the relevant templates.
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:::(i) In any suitable font (the most suitable is ''Olde English Regular''), fill in the relevant information.
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:::(ii) Make sure you consciously chose either the Order of the Bath or Order of the Thistle according to the Captain's chosen nationality. Using the template for the Order of the Garter is the same as the other two Orders.
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:::(iii) On the first line, write in the Captain's name with appropriate titles. Ex. "''Sir John Drysdale''", or for the Garter, "''Lord Gabriel Laurence, Viscount Castleton''". 
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:::(iv) On he second, third and fourth line, write in the day, month and year of the promotion announcement. Ex. "On this ''1st'' day of ''August, 1819''."
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::(d) When captains are promoted to a Baronet, go to the [[Ranks|Ranks page]] and find the relevant template.
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:::(i) Add the Captain's existing Shield centered in the top part, sized 150x188px.
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:::(ii) In any suitable font (the most suitable is ''Olde English Regular''), fill in the relevant information.
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:::(iii) Below "Well-beloved:", write in the Captain's name as Knight. Ex. "Sir Samuel Hood".
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:::(iv) Below "To the Dignity, State and Degree of:", write the Captain's baronetcy as follows: "Baronet [Last name] of [Estate]", new line, "in the County of [County]". Ex. "''Baronet Hood of Catherington Hall,'' [new line] ''in the County of Southampton''".
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:::(v) On he second, third and fourth line, write in the day, month and year of the promotion announcement. Ex. "On this ''1st'' day of ''August'' in the Year of our Lord ''1819''."
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::(e) When captains are promoted to a Baron, Viscount or Earl, go to the [[Ranks|Ranks page]] and find the relevant template.
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:::(i) Add the Captain's existing Shield in the marked aread on the left part, sized 150x188px.
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:::(ii) In any suitable font (the most suitable is ''Olde English Regular''), fill in the relevant information.
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:::(iii) Below "Well-beloved:", write in the Captain's name and current title. Ex. "Dame Ashleigh Bagster, 1st Baronetess".
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:::(iv) Below "To the State, Degree, Style, Dignity and Honour of:", write the Captain's new rank and title as follows: "[Rank] [Peerage Title], of [Land Holding]", new line, "in the County of [County]". Ex. "''Baroness Dearthington, of Darnton'' [new line] ''in the County Palatine of Durham''".
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:::(v) On he second, third and fourth line, write in the day, month and year of the promotion announcement. Ex. "On this ''1st'' day of ''August'' in the Year of our Lord ''1819''."
  
 
==Helpful links==
 
==Helpful links==
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*[http://www.st-george-squadron.com/images/flags/ Flags for the Squadron Roster]
 
*[http://www.st-george-squadron.com/images/flags/ Flags for the Squadron Roster]
 
*[http://www.st-george-squadron.com/sgs/images/flags/ National Flags]
 
*[http://www.st-george-squadron.com/sgs/images/flags/ National Flags]
*[[Personal_Flags|Personal Flags]]
 
*[[Attaching Awards to Your Avatars|How to attach awards to an avatar/portrait]]
 
*[[User_Content|How to create flags]]
 
*[[Heraldric_Animals_and_Objects|Heraldric Animals and Objects]]
 
 
*Typing "ArmorialGraphics" in the advanced search function on the wiki and checking "file" will give you the graphics[http://www.st-george-squadron.com/sgs/wiki/index.php?ns6=1&search=ArmorialGraphics&title=Special%3ASearch&fulltext=Advanced+search&fulltext=Advanced+search] used in creating Coats of Arms.
 
*Typing "ArmorialGraphics" in the advanced search function on the wiki and checking "file" will give you the graphics[http://www.st-george-squadron.com/sgs/wiki/index.php?ns6=1&search=ArmorialGraphics&title=Special%3ASearch&fulltext=Advanced+search&fulltext=Advanced+search] used in creating Coats of Arms.
  
  
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[[Category:Flag Officers]]

Latest revision as of 08:32, 16 August 2019

Squadron Commissioner in Naval Action

The current Commissioner is: Lord Nathaniel Blatchford, Earl of Stafford

Overview

It is the responsibility of the Commissioner to, when tasked by the Board of Flag Officers or spurred by own initiative, create graphical content for the Squadron and its officers. Graphical content include, but is not limited to:


Regulation Standards

The regulation standards are things the commissioner should now how to do or have a general knowledge of. They are provided here for easy reference.


Standard Operating Procedures

Article I. General

(a) Make sure you are confident you can do the task(s) at hand before assuming the duties of Commissioner. Don't be afraid to ask for help.
(b) Lead by example.
(c) Treat all fellow officers with respect and courtesy.
(d) Address fellow officers as Captain or by official title (ex: Sir, Lord, ect.).
(e) Complete tasks in a timely manner.
(f) Record all actions performed as Commissioner in the Commissioner's Log Book to prevent the duplication of tasks, including the name of the Captains aided.
(i) Coats of Arms created.
(ii) Signatures created.
(iii) Any official or miscellaneous action performed as Commissioner.

Article II. Graphics

Signatures

(a) Search the Internet for a suitable, free handwritten font.
(b) Write the captains name according to their wishes (ex. with or without "captain", first name only, etc.)
(c) Make sure it is no more than 50px high.
(d) Work on it until the captain is happy with the results.

Coats of Arms

(a) Check if any existing Arms need to be updated due to promotion. Regularly remind all Esquires that they can have a personal Coat of Arms made.
(b) When asked to make a Coat of Arms, read the Captain's request thoroughly. You will be creating the Arms from what he envisions.
(i) Be absolutely certain that his ideas meet the requirements of the Squadron and of heraldry in general. There are extremely few exceptions to the rules of heraldry.
(ii) If there are any pre-existing designs the Captain would like you to use, download them. You may have to search or create them yourself.
(iii) Always use naming convention.
(c) Read this page on making a Coat of Arms. It details the process step by step.
(i) Start with the Shield (also known as the Escutcheon). The shield templates on the wiki (search under 'ArmorialGraphics') start with a size of 480x600 pixels.
(ii) If there are objects and animals, place them on there. Depending on what the Captain has asked for, you may need to re-size them to fit. It is also quite possible the Captain has not specified where on the shield he wants the animal or object, in this case you will not stray very far if you do what you think looks good. You can always come back and change it to fit his ideas, which happens more often then not. Be prepared for it; save often and in stages!
(ii) Once you are satisfied with the placements, re-size the Shield to fit 150x188 pixels, the standard size.
(iii) Give yourself plenty of canvas room as the mantle, motto scroll, and crest will take more room (you can autocrop it later). You will have to re-size it manually (Image > Canvas Size...). 400x600 pixels works quite well.
(d) When the final Arms are accepted by the Captain, announce it in the Coat of Arms thread, or in Discord.

Certificates, Grants and Letters Patent

(a) At the end of each awards and promotions voting cycle, know which Captains will receive awards or promotions.
(b) When captains are awarded medals or commendations, go to the Awards page and find the relevant templates.
(i) In any suitable font (the templates use free font IM FELL DW Pica Pro Roman), fill in the relevant information.
(ii) On the first line, write "Captain [Full Name and Rank]", ex. "Captain Sir John Drysdale" or "Captain William Dawnton, Esq.".
(iii) On the second and third line, write the month, day and year of the announcement of the award. Ex. August 1st, 1819.
(iv) In the space below "was Awarded:", write a summary of why the captain receives the award.
(v) Add the signature of the current Chief of Naval Personnel under "I am charged to record...".
(vi) Name the graphics file "CNP [Type and tier of award] [Captain's last name]", ex. "CNP PVP1 Dawnton" and upload it to the wiki.
(c) When captains are promoted to Knight, go to the Ranks page and find the relevant templates.
(i) In any suitable font (the most suitable is Olde English Regular), fill in the relevant information.
(ii) Make sure you consciously chose either the Order of the Bath or Order of the Thistle according to the Captain's chosen nationality. Using the template for the Order of the Garter is the same as the other two Orders.
(iii) On the first line, write in the Captain's name with appropriate titles. Ex. "Sir John Drysdale", or for the Garter, "Lord Gabriel Laurence, Viscount Castleton".
(iv) On he second, third and fourth line, write in the day, month and year of the promotion announcement. Ex. "On this 1st day of August, 1819."
(d) When captains are promoted to a Baronet, go to the Ranks page and find the relevant template.
(i) Add the Captain's existing Shield centered in the top part, sized 150x188px.
(ii) In any suitable font (the most suitable is Olde English Regular), fill in the relevant information.
(iii) Below "Well-beloved:", write in the Captain's name as Knight. Ex. "Sir Samuel Hood".
(iv) Below "To the Dignity, State and Degree of:", write the Captain's baronetcy as follows: "Baronet [Last name] of [Estate]", new line, "in the County of [County]". Ex. "Baronet Hood of Catherington Hall, [new line] in the County of Southampton".
(v) On he second, third and fourth line, write in the day, month and year of the promotion announcement. Ex. "On this 1st day of August in the Year of our Lord 1819."
(e) When captains are promoted to a Baron, Viscount or Earl, go to the Ranks page and find the relevant template.
(i) Add the Captain's existing Shield in the marked aread on the left part, sized 150x188px.
(ii) In any suitable font (the most suitable is Olde English Regular), fill in the relevant information.
(iii) Below "Well-beloved:", write in the Captain's name and current title. Ex. "Dame Ashleigh Bagster, 1st Baronetess".
(iv) Below "To the State, Degree, Style, Dignity and Honour of:", write the Captain's new rank and title as follows: "[Rank] [Peerage Title], of [Land Holding]", new line, "in the County of [County]". Ex. "Baroness Dearthington, of Darnton [new line] in the County Palatine of Durham".
(v) On he second, third and fourth line, write in the day, month and year of the promotion announcement. Ex. "On this 1st day of August in the Year of our Lord 1819."

Helpful links