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Period or Not…Names

Wed, 2015-03-04 19:01

This is a recurring series by Mistress Alys Mackyntoich on whether certain names currently can be documented to period based on existing evidence..  There are a lot of names that people think are medieval, but actually aren’t, and others which people think are modern, but in fact are found in the SCA’s period.  If you would like to suggest a name, send an email to the Gazette.

Today’s name is Kathleen.

Back in March 2002, the College of Arms ruled that, “[a]t this time, no documentation has been found that Kathleen was used in period.”[1]   Fortunately, Kathleen is one of the many names for which we have recently found better evidence, as more and more period records are becoming available on line.  Although the name is often associated with the Irish in modern times, Kathleen was used as a given name in England in the late 16th century.[2]   A related name, Cathalina, is found in Spain in 1598.[3]

[1]  March 2002 Cover Letter (http://heraldry.sca.org/loar/2002/03/02-03cl.html).

[2] Kathleen Matts; Female; Christening; 6 May 1571; Clungunford, Shropshire, England; Batch: C037382 (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:NYP2-6MX)

[3]  Cathalina Abbad; Female; Marriage; 07 Oct 1598; San Andrés, Villanueva De Los Infantes, Ciudad Real, Spain; Batch: M86467-8 (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FFZ1-FXX).


Filed under: Heraldry Tagged: heraldry, names

Laurel and Maunche Meetings

Tue, 2015-03-03 10:34

Photo courtesy of Baroness Cateline la Broderesse

The following message is posted at the request of Her Highness, Princess Etheldreda

Greetings! There will be both a Laurel and Maunche meeting at A&S Championships this weekend. Both will be held in the Game Room. The Maunche meeting will be from 3-3:30 and the Laurel meeting from 3:30-4 pm.

In Service to the East,
Princess Etheldreda


Filed under: Announcements, Arts and Sciences Tagged: Laurel, Maunche

Unofficial Court Report for Dragonship Haven Investiture

Fri, 2015-02-27 10:56

Photo courtesy of Baroness Cateline la Broderesse

COURT OF THEIR MAJESTIES EDWARD III AND THYRA II
AT DRAGONSHIP HAVEN INVESTITURE

The Court of our most excellent prince and lord, Edward, by right of arms most illustrious King of the East, third of that name, and Thyra, his Queen by agency of that same right, second of that name, held upon 21 February in the forty-ninth year of the Society in the Barony of Dragonship Haven; on which day were called all and sundry the lords of the realm and the great persons of the kingdom to hear the following publicly proclaimed:

Photo courtesy of Baroness Cateline la Broderesse

Item:  Their Majesties thanked Baron Adhemar de Villarquemada for his lengthy and honorable service to the Kingdom and the Barony of Dragonship Haven, in witness of which Their Majesties awarded him a good and proper pension, the which deed was memorialized in a document created by Eloise of Coulter.

Whereupon Their Majesties relieved the good Baron Adhemar of his duties and summoned before the Court Joseph of the Red Griffin and Bronwen Rose Greylyng

Item.  Their Majesties invested Joseph of the Red Griffin as Baron of Dragonship Haven, the which deed was confirmed in a document created by Emma Makilmone and Henna Sinclair.

Item.  Their Majesties invested Bronwen Rose Greylyng as Baroness of Dragonship Haven, the which deed was memorialized in a document authored by Grim the Skald, calligraphed by Alexandre Saint Pierre and illuminated by Camille des Jardins.

Item.  Their Majesties accepted the fealty of the new Baron and Baroness of Dragonship Haven.

Photo courtesy of Countess Caoilfhionn.

Item.  Their Majesties sent Aildreda de Tamworthe to sit vigil to decide whether she would accept the accolade of the Order of the Laurel.

Item.  Their Majesties sent Ysemay Sterling to sit vigil to decide whether she would accept the accolade of the Order of the Laurel.

Whereupon Their Majesties adjourned their Court until the afternoon, when the following was done and caused to be done:

Item.  Their Majesties made gifts of toys to the children of the East.

Item.  Their Majesties summoned Reinne Chevalet la Mareschale before the Court and thereupon awarded her Arms, the which deed was memorialized in a document created by Cezilia Raposa.

Item.  Their Majesties caused Amis Mwyn to be brought before the Tyger Thrones and, so doing, awarded the said Amis Arms, the which deed was confirmed in a document created by Aesa feilinn Jossursdottir.

Item.  Their Majesties commanded Geoffrey Hart to appear before them, whereupon they awarded him Arms, the which deed was confirmed in a document created by Onóra inghean Uí Ruairc.

Item.  Their Majesties commanded Leon the Navigator to attend upon them and, praising his labors and his skills in matters of thrown weapons, inducted him into the Order of the Golden Mantle, the which deed was memorialized in a document authored by Colin Mackenzie and calligraphed and illuminated by Sorcha Dhocair inghean Uí Ruairc.

Item.  Their Majesties summoned the noble and good Johanna de Glastingburi to appear before the Court, whereupon they inducted her into the Order of the Silver Crescent, the which deed was confirmed in a document created by Aleksei Dmitriev.

Item.  Their Majesties gave tokens of welcome to newcomers to the Society.

Photo courtesy of Baroness Cateline la Broderesse

Item.  Their Majesties made Awards of the Golden Lyre to the following musicians who had played for the dancing this day:  Deonna von Aachen, Rufina Cambrensis, John Elys, and Isabeau d’Orleans.

Item.  Their Majesties awarded Arms to Aleksei of Nordenhalle.

Item.  Their Majesties caused the good lady Isabeau du Valle to be brought before the Tyger Thrones and, praising her skills in beadwork and other noble arts, inducted the said Isabeau into the Order of the Maunche, the which deed was confirmed in a document created by Katherine Stanhope.

Photo courtesy of Baroness Cateline la Broderesse

Item.  Their Majesties summoned from among their musicians the good man Rufus Bowie and, praising his skills in music, endowed him with the Order of the Maunche, the which deed was confirmed by a gift of glass created by Solskinn of Smoking Rocks with words by Nest verch Tangwistel.

Item.  Their Majesties called Lavina Attewode before the Court and awarded her Arms, the which deed was memorialized in a document authored by Lucius Aurelius Varus and calligraphed and illuminated by Saerlaith ingen Chennetig.

Item.  Their Majesties awarded arms to Tegwen ferch Cydifor ap Bleddyd, the which deed was confirmed in a document created by Eowyn Eilonwy of Alewife Brook.

Item.  Their Majesties called Hedinn inn Raudi before the assembled Court and, praising his valor and skills upon the list, endowed him with the Order of the Tygers Combatant, the which deed was memorialized in a document created by Lada Monguligin.

Item.  Their Majesties consulted their learned astrologer, Master Anton of Winteroak, to determine the just and proper course of their reign.

Photo courtesy of Countess Caoilfhionn.

Item.  Their Majesties summoned the good and noble Aildreda de Tamworthe to hear her answer to the question before her; Their Majesties then took testimony from noteworthy Peers of the Realm concerning the said Aildreda; and finding it just, fitting and right that the said Aildreda be elevated to the Peerage, caused the said Aildreda to be inducted into the Order of the Laurel and awarded Arms by Letters Patent, the which deed was confirmed in a document authored by Lucien de Pontivi and Peregrine the Illuminator, and calligraphed and illuminated by Isabel Chamberlaine.

Photo courtesy of Raziya Bint Rusa.

Item.  Their Majesties called before them the right and honorable Ysemay Sterling to hear her answer to the question before her; Their Majesties then took testimony from honored Peers of the Realm concerning the said Ysemay; and finding it just, fitting and right that the said Ysemay be elevated to the Peerage, caused the said Ysemay to be inducted into the Order of the Laurel and awarded Arms by Letters patent, the which deed was confirmed in a document authored by Toki Redbeard and calligraphed and illuminated by Fiona O Maille.

Item.  Their Majesties thanked the musicians who had played for both Courts and during the day’s festivities.

I, Alys Mackyntoich, Eastern Crown Herald, wrote this to memorialize and make certain all such things that were done and caused to be done as above stated.

Witnesseth:
Ryan Mac Whyte
Grim the Skald
Alesone Gray of Cranlegh
Donovan Shinnock
Matilda Wynter

 


Filed under: Court Tagged: Dragonship Haven

Q&A: East Kingdom Marshal of Equestrian Activities

Thu, 2015-02-26 11:44

This is one of a series of Q&A articles with East Kingdom Officers.  The Gazette thanks Baroness Doucette de Verdun, the Kingdom Marshal of Equestrian Activities, for answering our questions.

What do you enjoy about this activity?
It’s the combination of two of my favorite things! For a long time, I didn’t combine my horse world with my SCA world – there were no equestrian events in my region and I didn’t think of it. But when my horse became injured and I started using some of the SCA Equestrian games for his rehabilitation, I started to get involved, and it is now my favorite type of riding competition to do. I still ride in some mundane competitions, but SCA Equestrian events are now my first priority.

Do you have a goal for your term?
This is my first round as a Kingdom officer, so my number one goal for my term is “mess nothing up”. I have some likes… I’d like to see equestrian activities in Tir Mara. I’d like to see more new equestrians. Most of all, I’d like to see our equestrians and participants and spectators have fun, leave smiling and want to do this more often. That would be success.

Are you currently looking for any deputies?
I actually recruited my regional deputies before stepping up, and I took the extra step of recruiting a new position, a Deputy in Charge of Minors. Horse activities carry a lot of liability concerns, and sometimes those concerns get in the way of us letting our most enthusiastic riders (the littlest ones) get up and ride. I want them to be able to ride, and I felt the issue was important enough.

What was your first event?  And what made you stay?
My first event was Pennsic 31. My friend was a garb merchant, and she said “Come along with me on this annual camping trip I always go on, you need a break. Just one thing, you have to wear what I tell you to.” That was a week of surprises, to say the least! I stayed, as I continue to stay, for the people. I love my SCA friends and the broad range of people I meet. And the East Kingdom Equestrians are some of my favorite people!

Which people made an impact on you in the SCA and why?
The East Kingdom Equestrian Marshals are terrific people and they’ve had such an amazing effect on my life. From the moment I walked into my first Equestrian Annual Meeting at Birka, I was hooked. Each and every one of them has taught me important things, and their influence has improved my life in every aspect from self-reliance to career development. I am still privately amazed that they are allowing me to be Kingdom Marshal of Horse – it’s a huge compliment coming from them.


Filed under: Equestrian, Interviews

Corporate Call for Comments on Chirurgeonate Closure Proposal

Tue, 2015-02-24 23:45

The SCA released the following announcement this evening. Deadline for comments about this proposal is July 1, 2015.

Currently open for commentary is a proposal for the closure of the office of the chirurgeonate. The language for this proposal can be found below. The Board of Directors recognizes that this topic is controversial and would like to emphasize that commentary is being accepted until July 1, 2015, and would strongly recommend that all members forward their opinions for consideration.
Over the last number of years, issues have been brought to the attention of the Board and Society Officers regarding the chirurgeonate as it is currently organized. These issues included numerous disputes between chirurgeons regarding availability of over-the-counter medications, interactions between chirurgeons and contracted EMS personnel at large events, interactions between event participants and chirurgeons, and differences between first aid provider credentials available in different states, provinces and countries. The frequency of issues and the potential for liability to the SCA as an organization prompted the President to ask the SCA’s insurance carrier to clarify whether the duties of the Society Chirurgeon, as described in Corpora, are covered by the SCA’s policy. In addition, a request for opinion was made to outside counsel to consider whether the risk of not having an office of the chirurgeonate created more liability for the SCA than keeping the existing office of the chirurgeonate. The response from the insurance carrier was that the duties of the Society Chirurgeon, as defined in Corpora, were not covered under the insurance policy, and there was not an available option for coverage of those duties. The response from outside counsel was that there is more liability to the SCA if the SCA has an office of the chirurgeonate.
The Board requested that a committee of current chirurgeons from across multiple North American kingdoms consider options: revising the existing office; evaluating insurance options specific to that office; eliminating that office. Given the recommendations from that committee, the following Corpora changes are proposed.
There is no intention to release the heraldry currently associated with the functions of volunteer first aiders participating in the SCA, nor to prohibit any individual from volunteering as a volunteer first aider. This proposal is driven by issues from the North American branches of the SCA. Non-North American SCA affiliates will need to determine their own needs regarding regulation of provision of first aid.
Table of Contents
Current text:
VI. H. Society Chirurgeon
Proposed change:
Delete H. Society Chirurgeon
Re-Letter I. Webminister to H.
Re-Letter J. Reservations to the Board to I.

Current text:
VII. H. The Chirurgeon
Proposed change:
Delete H. The Chirurgeon
Re-letter items I through M to H through L.
Corpora VI. D. Marshal of the Society
Current text:
The Marshal of the Society is responsible for activities related to combat, archery and equestrian activities. This includes directing the Earls Marshal of the Kingdoms in matters concerning the supervision of combat and related activities at Society events and the manner and conduct of duties of all marshals throughout the Society; working with the Society Chirurgeon to promote safety in the Society’s martial arts; and working with the Minister of Arts and Sciences to encourage research in armor and weapons. The Board specifically authorizes the Marshal to make interpretations and clarifications regarding the Rules of the Lists, with the proviso that such rulings must be reported to the Board at the following meeting. The Marshal’s rulings will stand until and unless overruled by the Board.
Proposed text:
The Marshal of the Society is responsible for activities related to combat, archery and equestrian activities. This includes directing the Earls Marshal of the Kingdoms in matters concerning the supervision of combat and related activities at Society events and the manner and conduct of duties of all marshals throughout the Society; working to promote safety in the Society’s martial arts; and working with the Minister of Arts and Sciences to encourage research in armor and weapons. The Board specifically authorizes the Marshal to make interpretations and clarifications regarding the Rules of the Lists, with the proviso that such rulings must be reported to the Board at the following meeting. The Marshal’s rulings will stand until and unless overruled by the Board.
Current text:
VI. H. The Chirurgeon
The Society Chirurgeon is responsible for organizing a program of volunteer first aid services and health-and safety hazard warnings to be made available whenever feasible at Society events, and for establishing policies for and coordinating the activities of the Kingdom Chirurgeons.
Proposed text:
Delete VI. H.
Re-letter I and J to H and I.

Current text:
VII. KINGDOM, PRINCIPALITY, AND LOCAL OFFICERS
A. General
1. Officers assist Royalty in the administration of the lands and branches of the realm. Each officer has a specific area of specialization, and a defined geographic scope. Within those bounds, an officer coordinates branch activities, and may supervise deputies or lesser officers.
2. Kingdom Great Officers are responsible directly to the Crown, but also report to a corresponding Society officer if such a Society officer exists. Each Kingdom’s Great Officer corps must include the Seneschal, the Principal Herald, the Earl Marshal, the Minister of Arts and Sciences, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, the Chronicler, and the Chirurgeon. No person may hold more than one of these Great offices at a time. The Crown may create additional Great Offices. Kingdom Lesser Officers and deputies are created by the Crown according to the needs of the kingdom. These officers may be supervised directly by the Crown, or be placed under the jurisdiction of a Greater Officer, and report accordingly. However, Great Officers retain ultimate responsibility for delegated functions.
Proposed text:
1. Officers assist Royalty in the administration of the lands and branches of the realm. Each officer has a specific area of specialization, and a defined geographic scope. Within those bounds, an officer coordinates branch activities, and may supervise deputies or lesser officers.
2. Kingdom Great Officers are not only responsible directly to the Crown, but also report to a corresponding Society officer if such a Society officer exists. Each Kingdom’s Great Officer corps must include the Seneschal, the Principal Herald, the Earl Marshal, the Minister of Arts and Sciences, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, and the Chronicler. No person may hold more than one of these Great offices at a time. The Crown may create additional Great Offices. Kingdom Lesser Officers and deputies are created by the Crown according to the needs of the kingdom. These officers may be supervised directly by the Crown, or be placed under the jurisdiction of a Greater Officer and report accordingly. However, Great Officers retain ultimate responsibility for delegated functions
VII. H. The Chirurgeon
The Chirurgeon administers the organization that is responsible for voluntary first aid at Society events, including assisting participants in tournament combat, notifying attendees of health and safety concerns, and such other related activities as kingdom law and custom may entail.
Proposed text:
Delete VII. H.
Re-letter I through M to H through L.

WARRANT TO APPOINTMENT OF OFFICE
Current text:
[ ] Chirurgeon
Proposed text:
Delete [ ] Chirurgeon

Comments are strongly encouraged and can be sent to: SCA Inc. Box 360789 Milpitas, CA 95036 You may also email comments@lists.sca.org. This announcement is an official informational release by the Society for Creative Anachronism , Inc. Permission is granted to reproduce this announcement in its entirety in newsletters, websites and electronic mailing lists.


Filed under: Corporate

Calontir Instrument Maker To Visit Dragonship Haven’s Yale

Mon, 2015-02-23 08:39

Christopher Nogy, of Northwest Arkansas, known in the society as Master Kazimierz Samostrelov, OL, of the Shire March of Grimfells, Calontir, has been asked to speak at Yale this coming Tuesday 24 February, 2015 on his passion for making period musical instruments.

As Master Kaz explained recently: “In October of last year, a gentleman  contacted me regarding an interview about my instruments and my little cottage industry. Little did I know what it would become…This series, “The Amateur Hour”, focuses on folks without formal training who have a passion and understanding of unusual things and allow those things to take over their lives. SCA, anyone? ”

More information on the visit can be found on Amateur Hour’s website.


Filed under: Tidings

Missive from Their Highnesses on the Masters of Defense

Sun, 2015-02-22 12:12

Photo by Baroness Cateline la Broderesse

Greetings to the Esteemed Populace of the East from Prince Omega and Princess Etheldreda

Much conversation has occurred with the Order of the Golden Rapier and current Peers regarding the creation of the new Peerage, the Masters of Defense. We are excited to be part of this new chapter in our Society and Kingdom. We wish to share with the populace the current decisions.

Our current decisions are as follows:

  • We will issue writs at our Coronation for the first three Masters of Defense candidates.
  • There will be a ceremony at Crown to establish the new Peerage Order and then all three candidates will be elevated.

Please join us at this important celebration at our Crown Tournament!


Filed under: Fencing

Q&A: East Kingdom Earl Marshal

Fri, 2015-02-20 11:28

Sir Jibril al-Dakhil by Baroness Cateline la Broderesse

This is one of a series of Q&A articles with East Kingdom Officers.  The Gazette thanks Sir Jibril al-Dakhil, the Kingdom Earl Marshal, for answering our questions.

Please describe your job responsibilities.
It is my job to ensure that rules of safety are learned and adhered to by all.  It is also my job to ensure that we have the best safety standards in each area of marshal exercise in the East Kingdom

What do you enjoy about this activity?
My favorite part of this job is making everyone happy.  It’s so rare that you can hold a position that your every decision pleases everyone. :-D

Do you have a goal for your term?
My goal is to continue to foster the integrity of the marshals throughout the Kingdom and to remind everyone that the marshal volunteers make up the foundation for all chivalric activity in the game.  Sometimes we forget to give the marshals their due respect because they are not the most glamorous ones on the field.  After all, when everything goes well and everyone understands the rules the marshals are almost invisible.

Are you currently looking for any deputies?
I am currently looking for a Southern Region Heavy Weapons – and among the existing deputies my “drop dead”.

What was your first event?  And what made you stay?
My first SCA event was Gulf Wars.  I drove down with Sir Stephen von Dresden and stayed because he kept the car keys.  It was also tons of fun, free outdoor showers and I got to sweat off those few extra pounds.

Which people made an impact on you in the SCA and why?
This is not a question that I can answer easily.  There are just too many people that have made a huge impact on me both on and off the field.   The one that shapes all of my experiences is Sir Balin’s statement, “you never regret going to an event but you regret missing one.”  The kindness and generosity of people in SCA is beyond comparison and a beacon of light in a sometimes dark world.

Could you share with us a moment – or several moments – that describe what makes the SCA special for you?
A smile from then Avelina Keyes on a very bad day, when she didn’t know me from a hole in the wall.  Encouraging words from Duke Vissevald that I hadn’t realized how much I needed.  Manfred Man-Butter.  ICOD squire walks.  Yes, cryptic.


Filed under: Heavy List, Interviews Tagged: Earl Marshal

Including Equestrian Activities at an Event: It’s Easier Than You Think!

Thu, 2015-02-19 21:22

Mistress Eleanor Fitzpatrick riding Leaps and Bounds Glenn Lynn 2005 – photo by Fergus MacRae

 The Gazette thanks Mistress Eleanor Fitzpatrick for writing this article at our request for our series of background articles on the East Kingdom and the SCA.

Few things evoke the feeling of living in the  past quite so easily as the sight of a caparisoned horse charging down a list, rider with lance at the ready.  While actually becoming a rider or owning a horse of your own involves a significant outlay of both time and money, having equestrian activities at your event is surprisingly easy.

Mostly what equestrians need is space, and the proper paperwork done.  We bring the rest.  We are very self-sufficient, sometimes so much so that you don’t even realize we’re there!

We bring:

  • Our own games equipment. 

    Mistress Sylvia du Vey at EK Equestrian champs, 2014 – photo by Mistress Brita

    We use a lot of specialized targets, stands and lane markers.  We don’t expect a site to provide us with anything more than few hay bales to stab and we can even manage without those.

  • Our own horse-containment systems.  While we LOVE it when an event can provide us with a horse barn to use, not all barns are suitable for horses, particularly at fairgrounds.  More than one horse has demonstrated his ability to simply walk through the walls of a pen  designed to hold goats.  For this reason, most owners bring portable stalls for their horses unless we know for certain the site has horse stalls available for our use.
  • Our own marshals/scorekeepers/list ministers.  You do not need to have horse-knowledgeable people on your event staff, you just need someone to act as liaison between the autocrat staff and whichever equestrian marshal is assigned to your event.  There is always room for someone who wants to come help us keep score, or herald the competition but we do not require the hosting group to be able to provide those things for us.

We need:

Baroness Alanna of Skye at EK Equestrian Champs 2014, photo by Mistress Brita

A competition field  We don’t need a perfect, groomed riding arena. A mostly flat, mostly level field that isn’t muddy or rocky or full of holes will do.   If it has a fence, great!  If not we can set up boundary ropes to help define where spectators should be vs the active competition area.  75 feet by 150 feet is a good minimum size, though we’ve been able to work with slightly less if it has permanent barriers (fencing or trees) on at least two sides.  This does NOT have to be a separate field from the main area of the event as long as the field is large enough to share safely.  In fact, we prefer to be part of or adjacent to the main event area if at all possible.

  • Water.  We bring our own buckets and a small amount of water with us, but we cannot transport enough water to last an entire weekend.  A horse can drink as much as 20 gallons per day when it’s hot, and 10 gallons per day is the minimum amount of water that should be provided to each horse.  A hose near the horse area is fine.  Lakes or streams don’t count.
  • Somewhere to dispose of manure.  We bring our own tools, and we clean up after the horses ourselves, we just need somewhere to dump the output.  This can be a dumpster rented for the purpose or a dump pile on site.  Most garbage collection companies rent manure dumpsters to farms – just be sure to specify that you are looking for a quote on a manure dumpster, not a trash dumpster.  They’re often considerably cheaper than trash dumpsters because the company can sell the manure as compost.
  • Trailer parking.  Horse truck and trailer rigs are not as big as semi-trucks but they’re easily the largest vehicles on site at most any event and they need a good bit of room to turn and maneuver.  This does not need to be near the regular parking, but near the horse area is a bonus.
  • A clear emergency lane from the equestrian area to the road off-site.  If a person is injured, the paramedics can bring in a stretcher if they can’t get the ambulance right there.  If a  horse is seriously injured, we must be able to get a trailer right to where the horse is.  Luckily a horse injury that severe has only happened once in all the years we’ve had equestrian events in the East but it made a mighty big impression on those people who found their tents being torn down in a big hurry so the emergency trailer could get through.
  • Room to overnight horses.  This one applies primarily to camping events but you’ll get more horses attending a single-day event if there is somewhere for them to stay overnight nearby.  Unlike us, horses can’t ride in the trailer for 6 hours, compete all day and then trailer home another 6 hours.  If there is a suitable horse barn, we don’t have to camp right next to the horses, though we like to.  If we’re using portable pens we absolutely must camp with the horses so we can supervise them, both so that we can keep them contained and so we can keep them and you safe.  Plan on 20’x20’ per horse for portable pens, plus space for walking lanes between them.  For single day events it sometimes works to set up overnight pens on the same field as will be used for competition.
  • Proper paperwork.  Any SCA function that has horses at it as part of the event must activate the equestrian insurance rider whether the site requires proof of insurance or not.  The insurance rider is $50 and instructions for ordering it can be found at http://sca.org/docs/insurance.html.   Additionally, every single person that enters the event must sign an equestrian waiver at the gate.  Promising not to go near the horse area is not  sufficient.  In the case of an accidental escapee, the entire event may end up being “the horse area” for a short period of time.  We hope that doesn’t happen but the waiver covers the SCA in case it does.  There’s a very funny story about the time several of the horses escaped the pasture at Panteria and visited the royal feast.  That was probably the last time we ever trusted the permanent fencing at a site without inspecting every linear foot of it first!

    Baron Duncan Kerr, Panteria 2012 – photo by Mistress Brita

 If you’ve read this far and are thinking “hey, my event can have all that!” then we’d love to hear from you!  The first step is to contact the Kingdom Equestrian Officer (KEO), Baroness Doucette de Verdun (equestrian@eastkingdom.org) as soon as possible to discuss the proposed event or site, to get on our calendar and request an Equestrian Marshal in Charge (EqMIC) for your event.– Mistress Eleanor Fitzpatrick

Photos kindly provided by Baron Fergus MacRae and Mistress Brita


Filed under: Equestrian Tagged: equestrian, events

SCA 50th Year Celebration Coordinator for the East

Thu, 2015-02-19 13:04

Dueña Mercedes Vera de Calafia, Kingdom Seneschal, has announced that the SCA 50th Year Celebration Coordinator for the East Kingdom is Countess Marguerite ingen Lachlainn.

Countess Marguerite is already “on the job” and shares the following missive:

I am in the process of assembling a team of people who would like to help put the [East Kingdom] booth together. I am specifically looking for someone who has video-graphy skills to join us.

Once we have a design for the booth, we will be reaching out via G+ and Facebook to ask for loans of historical items and scanned photographs of events throughout East Kingdom History.

We know we will need:

  • A banner or sign displaying the name of the Kingdom
  • A large Kingdom device displaying the arms of the Kingdom
  • King and Queen Lineage on a large easily readable display
  • Pictures or items that are a part of the Kingdom’s history (example: coronets, gowns, casting molds from important items, mantles, old armor, new armor etc.)
  • A 10 minute video on the history and traditions of the Kingdom

But we are likely to also include a significant display of East Kingdom Calligraphy and Illumination and other things that make our Kingdom Unique.

Eventually we will also be looking for Easterners attending the event to come help staff the booth on site.

Here is the current Event notice for the SCA 50th event: http://eastkingdom.org/sca50.php

Here is the SCA50th Website (Not much there yet).  http://www.sca50year.org/

Please contact me with any questions or to get involved.

Marguerite inghean Lachlainn
marguerite.lachlainn@gmail.com


Filed under: Events Tagged: SCA 50 Year

Champions Proposal for Mudthaw Curia

Thu, 2015-02-19 12:37

Photo courtesy of Baroness Cateline la Broderesse

The following is a letter from Their Majesties which is posted by The Gazette at their request.

Greetings All,

For those of you who may not know, one of the proposals for our Birka Curia was to add the East Kingdom Thrown Weapons Championship and resulting Champions to our Royal court. As Her Majesty and I discussed this matter with our heirs and the assemblage at curia, it has become clear that the thrown weapons community has grown and now represents a significant portion of our populace.

We currently recognize: rattan, archery, fencing, equestrian, bardic and A&S champions and are now considering adding thrown weapons.

As We consider the implementation of another Champions event, We have significant concerns. Having yet another mandated royal progress event in an already crowded calendar may be the straw that breaks the proverbial camel’s back. However, this is not the fault of the thrown weapons community and should not be borne upon their shoulders alone. Fixing this may require selecting our champions by a different method than we currently use. We need to hear from the populace before our curia at Mudthaw.

The logistical challenge:

In any calendar year there are 52 weekends. The Crown must attend: 2 Coronations, 2 Crown Tournaments, 12th Night, 6 (potentially 7) Champion events and some number of Baronial Investitures (We are doing 6). This leaves ~ 32 weekends in a year. This does not include Pennsic (weekends before, during, and after), the ~5 war practices leading up to it or any of the foreign wars: most notably Estrella and Gulf Wars (We attended 2 others). And if the Crown takes 1 weekend a month off, we are now we are down to ~4 to 8 weekends per reign to attend OTHER Eastern events. Taking up the Crown is a major commitment of time, but the logistics can become insurmountable.

It has been our tradition that the champion tournaments are the focus of its event (generally running noon-5). And We feel that our mandate to hold a growing number of formulaic events is detracting from our ability to throw truly creative and engaging events. We feel it is important for the Crown to attend events like a masked ball, or an immersion event, or a Rose tournament or events in distant corners of the kingdom.

SO… WHAT TO DO? Here are some options, and We are looking for your feedback on them.

  1. Maintain the status quo by not acting on this proposal
  2. Ask the thrown weapons community “find a way to combine your tournament with something else”
  3. Ask all the champion communities “find a way to combine your tournament with something else”
  4. Hold champions tournaments on Sundays
  5. Consider alternative methods to select champions
    a. Run multiple champions tournaments on the same day – some kingdoms run all of their tournaments on Sunday after Crown
    b. Let the Crown select their champions without a tournament – also done in other kingdoms
    c. Something else

As we consider the contribution of all martial forms to our society, the questions are: do the throwers deserve a position alongside our other champions? If so, how do we chose to integrate so many champion tournaments into a very full event calendar?

If you have counsel for us on this matter, please contact us directly (trm@eastkingdom.org).

Thank you,
Edward & Thyra
Rex & Regina Orientalis


Filed under: Law and Policy

Crown Tournament Letters of Intent

Tue, 2015-02-17 11:47

From the Kingdom Seneschal:

Greetings unto all those intending to enter Spring Crown Tournament, Please be aware that both the combatant and the consort must submit a letter of intent, either through the following link (preferred) or by email to TRH Prince Omega and Princess Etheldreda with a copy to the Kingdom Seneschal. If by email, a joint email is preferred. http://fluidsurveys.com/s/EKCrownTourneySubmissionKAII/   The Letter of Intent must be received by Coronation, April 11, 2015 If using email, the letters of intent must include all of the following information for both combatant and consort: Society name, legal name, address, telephone number, years of residency and be accompanied by proof of membership with membership number & expiration date that is valid at least thirty days after Crown. If both entrants are combatants, then that should be clearly indicated. Proof of valid membership consists of a copy of a valid membership card, a postcard (with a date-stamp) or letter from the Corporate office, or a confirmation form printed from the website after an online membership purchase.   – Confirmation of faxed membership applications with credit card receipts as well as membership applications CANNOT be accepted as proof of membership. - TRHs also request that combatants bring heraldic shields for the list trees.   In Service to the East, I remain Dueña Mercedes Vera de Calafia
Seneschal, East Kingdom
Filed under: Uncategorized

Pollings are Out – Responses due March 14

Mon, 2015-02-16 18:26

Their Highnesses, Omega & Etheldreda, have just distributed Their first Award Order Pollings today, and responses are due back to Them by March 14.

If you are a member of a polled Order and are not subscribed to the polling distribution or the discussion list, you may sign up here: Polling Lists

And if you are subscribed to the polling distribution but did not receive the most recent polls, please contact the Clerk of the Polling Lists, (currently Duchess Katherine Stanhope).


Filed under: Official Notices Tagged: awards, pollings

Northern Region War Camp has New Site and Reservations Process

Mon, 2015-02-16 16:39

Greetings unto the populace of the East Kingdom. The Shire of Glenn Linn would like to extend an invitation to attend Northern Region War Camp, July 2-5, 2015. We will be in a new, much larger location at the Washington County Fair in Greenwich, NY. This year we will have heavy list, youth fighting, rapier for adults and youth, archery, thrown weapons, equestrian, Royal court, A&S classes, merchants, and merchant demonstrations. With a theme of “assassination” this year’s war camp promises to be a fun event for all.

As this is a new site, we are trying a new process to make check in and camp set up occur as smoothly as possible. We are now taking reservations for individuals and groups. We have campsites near the fighting, near rapier, and near equestrian, as well as general camping near water and electric. We even have two household sites still available. Although reservations are not necessary to attend NRWC, they may help you camp near your preferred activity. Campsites are offered on a first come, first served basis.

For more information or to reserve your preferred campsite, please contact Lisabetta vedova di Alessandro, Autocrat for NRWC, at autocrat.nrwc2015@glennlinn.eastkingdom.org

Official Event Announcement for NRWC


Filed under: Archery, Arts and Sciences, Equestrian, Events, Fencing, Heavy List, Thrown Weapons, Youth Activities Tagged: Glenn Linn, Northern Region War Camp

“O” is for Omnibus

Mon, 2015-02-16 12:52

Omnibus Peerage Support Badge

Have you seen this badge at events recently?  —>

If not, you soon will. It is being worn by anyone who wishes to show they support the creation of an omnibus — or umbrella — Peerage to recognize non-rattan martial prowess. It is also being used as (or added to) avatars and profile pictures in various social media.

The badge was created by the Martial Peerage FaceBook group as a way to promote awareness of the movement.

Editor’s note: The badge graphic — and variants for different martial interests — was designed by Mistress Ysabeau Tiercelin of AEthelmearc.


Filed under: Archery, Equestrian, Thrown Weapons Tagged: peerages

Q&A: East Kingdom Marshal of Fence

Sat, 2015-02-14 00:38

Don Frasier MacLeod

This is one of a series of Q&A articles with East Kingdom Officers.  The Gazette thanks Don Frasier MacLeod, the Kingdom Marshal of Fence, for answering our questions.

Please describe your job responsibilities.
The office of Kingdom Rapier Marshal is, as the name implies, responsible for Rapier activities in the East.  In its simplest terms, my job is to make sure the game we play is safe for everyone who wants to play.  Some of the duties I am responsible for are the reviewing and writing of Rapier rules and conventions, overseeing Rapier activities at the Pennsic war (every other year at least), and overseeing a staff of both Regional marshals as well as Experimental and Youth deputies.

Do you have a goal for your term?
After 25 years in the Rapier community, the vast majority spent as a marshal at large and local marshal, I felt it was time to step up into the Kingdom Rapier Marshal position.  I very much love the community which fostered me, and this is an incredible opportunity to give back to that community.  During my term I hope to get a set of rules in place for Two Handed Rapiers, I am contemplating a complete rewrite of the Rapier Marshal’s Handbook, and I would like to implement a Marshalate Training Program Kingdom-wide.

What was your first event? And what made you stay?
For me my first official event was Duello II, held in the Barony of Carolingia in November 1989 (if I remember the month correctly).  I had found the SCA through the University of Maine Blade Society and Master Gregory Finche, and fell in love with Rapier combat immediately.  After 25 years I have never once looked back and wished I’d done anything else.  I had found my home, both with the SCA and the sword.

Which people made an impact on you in the SCA and why?
Undoubtedly the most influential person on my life in the SCA was Master Gregory Finche.  Gregory brought me into the SCA, taught me how to fence, and guided me along the path to where I am today.  But more than that he taught me Honor, Dignity, Chivalry, and the responsibility that were all lacking in my life.  Gregory made Frasier the man he is, and I can never thank him enough for that.

Could you share with us a moment – or several moments – that describe what makes the SCA special for you?
One morning, many years ago when Great Northeastern War was at the horse farm on the coast, I woke up very early one morning to heed nature’s call.  On my way back to my camp, I heard something.  I thought I could make it out but wasn’t completely sure what it was.  I followed the sound and the further I went the more clear it became that it was bagpipes.  This particular morning was very foggy, being right on the ocean.  The closer I got the clearer the pipes became until I finally saw what was going on.  Someone from camp was standing, facing the ocean, piping out to the sea in the fog.  Had I not seen this I would never have believed it possible, the moment was truly right out of a movie, and yet there it was.  Moments like that are what make the Society so special for me.


Filed under: Fencing, Interviews Tagged: rapier

Heirs of L’Ile du Dragon Dormant Announced

Fri, 2015-02-13 13:00

Lady Jeanne de Robin and Lady Genovefa Clerica

Baron Angus and Baroness Tadea of L’Ile du Dragon Dormant have announced that their successors will be the sisters Lady Jeanne de Robin and Lady Genovefa Clerica, as decided by Their Majesties Edward and Thyra.  The Investiture will be held in conjunction with the East Kingdom Arts and Sciences Championship on March 7, 2015.  More information about the event is available on the East Kingdom Event Calendar.


Filed under: Local Groups Tagged: L'ile du Dragon Dormant

Announcement from the East KRM

Wed, 2015-02-11 23:59
Unto the Kingdom of the East do I, Don Frasier MacLeod send greetings, I am writing today to announce the filling of my Experimental Deputy position.  I received several outstanding resumes from many highly qualified candidates, and I am pleased to announce that Baroness Alesone Gray of Cranleigh will be taking over the duties of the Experimental Deputy position, effective immediately.  I would like to take this opportunity to thank the outgoing Experimental Deputy, Don Pascual Del Mar.  I ask you all to welcome Baroness Alesone and give her all the support you can muster.  Welcome Baroness Alesone!! In Service, Don Frasier MacLeod, KRM, East
Filed under: Fencing

Applications for East Kingdom Chatelaine

Mon, 2015-02-09 21:56

The following announcement has been received from Mistress Vienna de la Mer.

Good Gentles of the East, pay heed –

My term as East Kingdom Chatelaine will expire on April 1, 2015.  Applications of those interested in the office will be considered at this time. Please submit a letter of intent, along with copies of your SCA and mundane resumes to King Edward, Queen Thyra, Mistress Mercedes (the East Kingdom Seneschal), and myself.

If you are interested in applying for this position and are not familiar with the duties of the Kingdom Chatelaine, I encourage you to contact me.

It has been a pleasure and an honor to work with the local Chatelaines and my staff to welcome newcomers to our great hobby.

In love and service,
Mistress Vienna de la Mer
East Kingdom Chatelaine.


Filed under: Official Notices Tagged: officers

Exchequer Reports Due

Mon, 2015-02-09 19:45
The following message is from Maestra Ignacia la Ciega, East Kingdom Chancellor of the Exchequer. Greeting unto all the exchequers of the East Kingdom. Many groups have not sent in completed the End of Year reports. By my estimate less than half of the groups have sent in the the fourth quarter 2014 report. If you have not sent in a completed Q4 report, you need to do that now. Groups that do not have a bank account need to file the negative report each quarter; that form is on the exchequer website. While some groups have contacted the regional deputies for additional time, that is not the case for most groups. All exchequer warrants are renewed on Feb 15, based on a timely and complete Q4 report being submitted. The reporting requirements from the exchequer webpage are below. Q1=Jan, Feb, March: due April 30; Q2=April, May, June: due July 31; Q3=July, Aug, Sept: due October 31; Q4/EOY=Oct, Nov, Dec: due January 31. The reports should be sent to your local Seneschal, Regional Deputy Exchequer and Kingdom Exchequer and include:
  • All event reports not previously sent
  • All bank statements for the quarter
  • All cancelled checks (front only) for the quarter
  • A ledger, cumulative to the quarter being reported
  • A complete and balanced SCA Financial report, cumulative to the quarter being reported

Event reports are due 30 days after the event, to the Regional Deputy and the Kingdom Exchequer. This should include the check for the Kingdom’s portion of the profits for Kingdom level events.

Non Member Surcharge reports are due to the NMS Deputy within 14 days after the event. The NMS check is due to the NMS Deputy within 30 days after the event.

In Service,

Maestra Ignacia la Ciega,

Penny Supina

East Kingdom Chancellor of the Exchequer


Filed under: Uncategorized Tagged: Exchequer