Kings and Queens Bardic Championship – Second Round



The following entrants have moved on to the second round of Kings and Queens Bardic Championships.

Cecelie Vogelgesangkin
David Anthony
Deonna von Aachen
Drake Oranwood

Geoffrey of Exeter
Juliana Bird
Lilie Dubh inghean ui

Phelippe leo Vigneron
Robert Tytes
Solveig Bjarnardottir




The Society College of Arms runs on monthly cycles and letters. Each month, the College processes name and armory submissions from all of the Kingdoms. Final decisions on submissions are made at the monthly meetings of the Pelican Queen of Arms (names) and the Wreath Queen of Arms (armory). Pelican and Wreath then write up their decisions in a Letter of Acceptances and Return (LoAR). After review and proofreading, LoARs generally are released two months after the meeting where the decisions are made.

An “acceptance” indicates that the item(s) listed are now registered with the Society. A “return” indicates that the item is returned to the submitter for additional work. Most items are registered without comments. Sometimes, the LoAR will address specific issues about the name or armory or will praise the submitter/herald on putting together a very nice historically accurate item.

The following results are from the December 2017 Wreath and Pelican meetings.  

EAST acceptances

Æsa Ormstunga. Name and device. Purpure, a chevron rompu inverted and in chief a serpent in annulo vorant of its own tail argent.

Submitted as Aesa Ormstunga, the submitted spelling of the given name was not supported by the documentation. We have changed the given name to the attested spelling Æsa for registration.

Aiden Underhill. Device. Argent, a trimount couped within an orle of two vines entwined vert.

Birna Ottarsdottir. Name.

Nice 9th-10th century Icelandic name!

Chana Freidl the Maker. Name.

The Letter of Intent argued that the Maker is a lingua Anglica form of the period German byname der Macher. The byname der Macher is supported by the attested German byname (in the genitive form) dicti Macher; for occupational bynames, der X was used interchangeably with dictus X in German.

Eleanor Falleinthewelle. Name and device. Or, in pale a nightingale perched atop a rose proper within a bordure embattled purpure.

Nice 14th century English name!

Finnguala ingen Néill meic Chuircc. Badge. (Fieldless) On a swan naiant argent three lozenges in fess vert.

Marrin ny Rowrke. Name and device. Argent chaussé azure, a wolf sejant sable and in chief a compass star between an increscent and a decrescent gules.

Nice Anglicized Irish name for circa 1600!

There is a step from period practice for use of a compass star.

Medb ingen Chinn Fáelad. Name.

Orlando di Sforza. Badge. (Fieldless) On a cross crosslet fitchy Or a cross couped fitchy sable.

Artist’s note: Please draw the fitched points of the crosses correctly as smoothly tapering spikes, in keeping with period practice.

Pypa Ravenild. Name.

Nice 13th century English name!

Thomas von Dresden. Name.

Nice late 15th century German name!

Ziacomo Foscari. Name.

The submitter requested authenticity for “15th Century Venice.” This request was not summarized on the Letter of Intent. Fortunately, we had sufficient information to determine authenticity without having to pend the name. This name does not meet the submitter’s request because we were unable to find evidence of Ziacomo until 1647, just before the cut off for acceptable documentation. However, this name is registerable.


Market Day at Birka Hotel Update


The staff of Market Day at Birka XXX (2019) would like to bring all our potential guests up to date regarding developments at the hotel which hosts the event.

An abbreviated version of this information was announced in Royal Court at Birka recently, but we want to provide more details, and also to inform gentles who were not at the event, or who did not attend Court.

We want to reassure everyone – we will be at the same location in 2019, and expect arrangements to be substantially similar.  We have a contract from the hotel in hand, which is currently being reviewed by the autocrat, the hotel liaison deputy, and the Seneschal of Stonemarche.  Once it has been signed, dates will be announced. We continue to have an excellent relationship with the hotel’s local management, and the are eager to see us return next year.

You will see some changes however – most notably the name of the hotel.  It is changing brand affiliations from Radisson to DoubleTree by Hilton. If you’re interested in the business details, a local new blog, Manchester Ink Link,  has written an excellent summary here.

What you, as a prospect Birka attendee, need to know right now is that you cannot make a reservation now and have it transferred to the room block reserved for Birka, at the special Birka rate, when the room block is officially opened later this year.  In past years the hotel staff has done this as a courtesy, however this year they will not do so.  They have their hands full with logistical issues related to the transition, including moving to using the Hilton reservation system instead of the Radisson system. They simply don’t have time to make a lot of manual adjustments to reservations for us.  Do not reserve now unless you want to pay full price.

We will, as always, have a block of rooms reserved for Birka which includes every hotel room in the facility which is not reserved under long-standing contracts with other clients. They have long term contracts with other businesses which pre-date us, and must be honored.

An announcement will be issued when we have a firm date for the room block becoming available.

We are also working to set up arrangements for room rates at other nearby hotels for those who aren’t able to reserve rooms at the primary hotel, or prefer another location. An announcement concerning these options will go out after the room block at our host hotel is released.

Thank you,

Lady Tomyris

Event Steward,  Birka XXX

Missive from the East Kingdom Seneschal



To the East Kingdom.

I have been advised that there have been incidences of individuals posting links to a site which provides personal identifying information in reaction to the recent events in Caid.

Searching for and publishing private or identifying information, or broadcasting links to such information, about individuals on the internet, with malicious intent (doxxing) violates the SCA’s Harassment and Bullying Policy.

Any such actions will be investigated by me. If warranted, Their Majesties and I will seek the appropriate sanctions.

Any reports of doxxing may be sent directly to me. Any reports sent to local seneschals shall be sent directly to me.

Katherine Barr
East Kingdom Seneschal

Tournament Results from Birka


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Tournament results are available from the bear-pit style tournaments traditionally held at A Market Day at Birka.

Photo by Aaron Replogle

152 heavy list (rattan) fighters entered the lists, fighting a total of 3,222 bouts. The overall top finisher was Lord Arne Ulrichsson with 280 points. The next ranked finisher was Sir Douglas Henry with 243 points.

Complete Birka heavy list tournament results are available by clicking here.

Photo by Aaron Replogle

72 rapier fighters entered the lists at A Market Day at Birka, and fought 1,496 bouts in total. The top finisher was Master Quintin Brilliant with 171 points.  The next ranked finisher was Maréchal Remy Delamontagne de Gascogne with 169 points.

Complete Birka rapier combat tournament results are available by clicking here.

Tir Mara Populace Badge/ Le Blason pour la Population de Tir Mara



En français

Greetings from Lord Conn mac Branain, Chair of the Tir Mara Populace Badge Committee.

The process for selecting a populace badge for Tir Mara progresses.  We have finished evaluating the submissions received and are now ready to proceed to the next step: consulting the people of Tir Mara.

Five designs have been selected for consideration.  We feel an online poll utilizing a ranked ballot is the best approach.  The designs are available to view on the Principality website as well as in the poll itself,  Please rank the submissions in order of preference from 1 to 5, with 1 being the most preferred and 5 the least preferred.

The poll will run until the midnight, 28th February, at which point we will make the results known and present them to Their Royal Highnesses for consideration.

En français —

Salutation de Lord Conn mac Branain, président le comité pour l’approbation du blason pour la population de Tir Mara.

Le processus pour le choix du blason de la population de Tir Mara avance bien. Nous avons terminés l’évaluation des soumissions reçus et sommes prêt à passer à l’étape suivante qui est de consulter la population de Tir Mara

Cinq blasons ont étés sélectionnés pour considération. Nous pensons qu’un vote en ligne est la meilleure approche. Les blasons sous considération sont disponible pour consultation sur le site de la Principauté au: ainsi que sur le site du vote lui-même,

Veuillez noter les blasons de 1 à 5. 1 étant votre préférer et 5 étant le moins aimé. Le vote continuera jusqu’à minuit le 28 février. À ce moment les résultas du vote seront rendu publique et présentés à leurs Altesses pour considération.

Traduction: Lord Eginhard d’Aix la Chapelle

Registration Deadline Today! King’s and Queen’s Arts & Bardic Champions


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Today (January 31st) is the very last day to pre-register for the East Kingdom’s King’s & Queen’s A&S and Bardic Championships, held 2/10/18 in Northpass (specifically Mount Kisco, NY, upper Westchester County).

Come for the sights, the sounds, the smells and tastes of the dayboard, the embraces of your friends, and the pleasure of our mutual good company… and to make your entry into the halls of displayed treasures and performances as quick as possible, please pre-register using PayPal.

PayPal registration (an easy two part process):
2) survey is followed shortly by an SCA email giving you the PayPal invoice and link.

Pre-Registration $17
Pre-Registration with membership discount $12
Reservation deadline January 31st, 2018

At the Door $20
At the Door with membership discount $15

Children 6-17: $8
Children under 6: Free

For more details,