Thursday, 30 March 2017

Poem: Two Harps

Photo of Master Naon's shadow as he played
Golden Singer. Photo by Baron Duncan.
By Baron Duncan Gabh MacLeod

A poem about Master Naon and his harp, the Golden Singer.

A harper and harp maker, devout of Hern
A Lady, A Widow, who loved harp song
Asked for a harp to learn the harp’s song
Paid with good silver, the Harper of Hern

The Harper and harp maker, chose of wood
Of oak, Of birch, who’s grain ran strong
Lines so clean to free the harp’s song
Strung with fine strings, make sing the harp’s wood

Now the Harper loved music, shared with us all
But good tools he had not, so he borrowed the lot
From a man that he called friend, and trusted a lot
But the man was jealous and wanted it all

The Harper and harp maker fashioned the Harp
Cutting the wood and smoothing all sides
Then gluing and stringing the Harp from inside
And placing inside it the song of the Harp

But the man was deceitful and callous and vain
And he cut his own wood and copied the Harp
He strung his with strings and but hid his false harp
In the false copy no voice had been lain

A harper and harp maker, devout of Hern
First played the harp and its voice was clear
Any who set free her voice would hold it dear
And he gave to the Lady the Harp made with Hern

Now the harp made in the dark of night
Was made without honour or joy of art
But without honour this harp had no heart
And the harp had no voice, no joy, no might

The Lady, The Widow, who loved harp song
Her fingers were not nimble but stiff and old
And she returned the Harp, lest it grow cold
But she had covered the Harp with paint of Gold!!!

Now the Harper and Harp maker, devout of Hern
Was almost in tears in fear and dismay
But he sat down and on the Harp did play
And the voice of the Harp sang out of Hern

The harp of deceit hangs on a wall
It brings no joy to harper or man
The man called friend is called no more
Its voice never filled any hall

The Golden Singer, the Harp of Hern
Has the voice of two harps loud and clear
And sings of joy and loves both far and near
And a now past Harper devout of Hern

Wednesday, 29 March 2017

Call for Applicants - Laurel Sovereign of Arms

The Laurel Principal Sovereign of Arms (Laurel) is the principal heraldic officer of the Society and the head of the College of Arms. Laurel is responsible for fostering the study and practice of heraldry, supervising the processing of submissions, and overseeing the heraldic activities of the Known World.

Laurel is an unpaid position, currently requiring approximately 20 hours a week. The position requires considerable tact and patience, armory and onomastic knowledge, supervisory ability, the ability to work within tight deadlines and coordinate closely with Wreath, Pelican, and other staff to produce a Laurel Letter of Acceptance and Return monthly, computer literacy and word processing skills, reliable e-mail and telephone access, and time and ability to travel.
Resumes must be sent in both hard copy to Laurel Resume, SCA Inc., Box 360789, Milpitas CA 95036 and electronically to and Resumes must be received by July 31, 2017. The present Laurel's warrant expires in September 2017. Once the application period closes, the names of the candidates will be posted in a cover letter for the review of the College and submission of comments to the Board.

Andrewe Bawldwyn, OP
Laurel Principal King of Arms

Comments are strongly encouraged and can be sent to:
SCA Inc.
Box 360789
Milpitas,  CA 95036

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Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Letter to Skraeling Althing: Practicum

Greetings unto the scholarly populace of Skraeling Althing from Baron and Baroness Shahid and Catherine.
It was amazing to see such fantastic numbers at Practicum. We are pleased to see an interest in such pursuits as the study of the Middle Ages is one of the core principles of Our Society. Thank you to the event staff, teachers, students, and others that came out to make this a fantastic event.
We are always inspired by the people of this Barony. It was Our joy to witness so many of you receive recognition from the hands of Their Royal Majesties.
  • Mistress Eluned verch Angor: Order of the Laurel
  • Master Giovanni d’Enzinas: Award of the Maiden’s Heart
  • The Honourable Lady Avelyn Wexcombe: King and Queen’s Favour
  • The Honourable Lady Elsebeth Ffarberyn: Order of the Crucible
  • Lady Alana the Quiet: Award of Arms
  • Lady Amalthea: Award of the Maiden’s Heart
  • Lady Jane Caldwell: Award of the Maiden’s Heart
  • Lord James Edgarson: King’s Favour
  • Lord James the Tinker: Award of Arms
  • Lady Saraphina of Caldrithig: Award of Arms
  • Everyone that helped with the Rick Mercer filming: Scroll of Honour
These awards are well deserved and We are proud of each and every one of you!

Sunday, 19 March 2017

War Staff Announced

Sir Baldric, War Leader for Their Royal Highnesses Quilliam and Tangwystl, announced the following appointments to his staff today via the Ealdormere e-list:

Greetings Ealdormere,
It gives me great pleasure to announce Their Royal Majesties and Highnesses has seen fit to add a great deal of help to our War Staff this year. Please take this opportunity to welcome the following people to my War Staff:
THLord Conall MacEarnain - XO and UnBelt Captain
robertbriggs (at)
THLord Lars Eriksson - Rapier Captain
lrt512 (at)
Please keep me CCed on any correspondence to keep me in the loop.
Yours in service,
Warlord of Ealdormere

Friday, 17 March 2017

Gazette Turns Two!

Two years ago today the Ealdormere Gazette opened its doors!

The Ealdormere Gazette is a volunteer run blog providing information about activities relevant to the Kingdom of Ealdormere of the Society for Creative Anachronism.  This is not an official publication of the SCA. The official Ealdormere website can be found at The official SCA website can be found at

The Gazette is looking to publish event flyers, event reports, articles, missives, poems, stories, songs and photographs which would be of interest to the residents of the Kingdom of Ealdormere.

If you are interested in volunteering or submitting content, read over our About and Submissions sections!

Monday, 13 March 2017

Heraldic Acceptances, March 2017

Aeschine Yates. Name and device. Per bend sinister sable and Or, a moon in her plenitude argent and three reed pens gules.
Dawn Galbraith. Name and device. Per chevron throughout argent and gules, two enfields combattant sable and a Celtic cross Or.
Kate of the Lake, wydow. Name change from Gráinne Fitz Clifford and device. Per pale vert and azure, in sinister chief an artichoke argent.
Lucia de Moranza. Badge. (Fieldless) A sun in its splendor gyronny azure and Or. (Nice badge!)
Sa'd al-Nizari. Name.
Víðarr Vápnabrjótr. Name.
Yvonne of Septentria. Name.

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