Monday, September 10, 2018

Colyne's Pelican Elevation Ceremony

This ceremony was written by Magistra Nicolaa de Bracon.


Notes:  The poetry is based on a passage from Sir Gawain and the Green Knight. The rest of the ceremony is based on the induction ceremony for the Order of the Golden Fleece, translated by Ursula Georges from the fifteenth-century Chronique of Jean le Fevre, Toison d'Or King of Arms.

Wording for my Pelican Scroll


To all Ealdormere's faithful people who shall see these letters, Siegfried, King and Xristina Queen, in the presence of Our noble and powerful Dukes and Duchess, Counts, Earls and Countesses, Barons and Baronesses, Masters,  Laurels, Pelicans, Knights and their squires, ladies and lords, and all in the future as well as the present, We greet you on this Feast of the Annunciation this 25th day in the month of March in the 51st  year of our society, in our beloved lands of Caldrithig, a place suitable and convenient for this.

We will and do grant by these Letters Patent, for us, our heirs and successors, with the common advice, assent and consent of many nobles, including Our beloved companions of the Order of the Pelican,  giving with sincere intent,  induction unto Colyne Stewart into the Order of the Pelican, for he has performed exemplary and long-standing service to Canton, Barony and Kingdom as historian, scribe and officer, always as one who provides an example of courtesy worthy of emulation.  We do create and advance him to the title and degree of Maister of the most noble Order of the Pelican, to be in all places of honor numbered a Peer of Our Realm, with all right, privileges, insignia, precedence, and responsibilities thereto appertaining.  We affirm by these Letters Patent his right to bear the arms per pale gules and argent, a fox rampant counterchanged. In token whereof, We grant him the privilege of displaying above his shield, in whole or in part, the achievement proper to the Order: to wit, a cap of maintenance gules trimmed argent plumetty gules, the whole goutty de sang.

We wishing to recognize his devotion and goodwill and on account of such faithful service and loyalty  do establish by this his present  charter, to Colyne Stewart, that land called in the vernacular Drews End,  to hold of him in feu and heritage with all its just perinents, as contained by the King's Highway to the north, thence  west and south along the Crossroad Creek , thence east along coast  till it comes to the Royal Forrest of Beaton , thence north over the fen back to the King's Highway.  Such lands shall belong to our ally and friend, whole, free and undisturbed in perpetuity, without any kind of subjection, service claim or demand, with liberty of fishing in the loch and with liberties in the forest of Beaton.   And wheresoever any letters, charters, deeds or instruments may be discovered bearing upon obligations, conventions and compacts of this nature, We will that they be deemed cancelled, invalid, of no effect and void, and of no value or moment.

If any, however, should try, against Our wishes, to harm this charter, through the spite of oppressive covetousness, may they, falling down to the swirling masses of noisome darkness, be cursed, into everlasting fire, where they may be tormented in a cruel punishment by demons with heated iron instruments of torture if they do not change this before their death with appropriate penitence.
That the certainty of foreknowing may give true and clear remembrance of the past and to that  it is forever to be known, this shall be executed in manuscript  and be proclaimed in the Barony of Caldrithig bearing the seal of the Crown, together with the seals of  the Ducal house of Arrochar. 

Dated this 25th of the month of March in the 51st  year of our society in the reign of Siegfried and Xristina. 

Wording  by Her Grce, Duchess Adrielle Kerrec.


Monday, August 20, 2018

Personal Statement of Ideals

I, Colyne Stewart, member of the Order of the Pelican, citizen of the Kingdom of Ealdormere, do hereby, under the stars of the Orion, and in service to the Society, hereby make this pledge:

That I will, as a Peer of the Society, always strive to abide by the expectations of those who hold such a station, as outlined in Corpora and other governing documents of the Society;

That I seek to recreate only the positive aspects of the past, and I reject all forms of intolerance and bigotry and those who would practice them;

That I believe the exploration of any culture, whether through garb, persona, or arts and sciences, is welcomed, so long as that exploration is performed with respect;

That real world concerns will always over ride the concerns of my game;

That I welcome participants from all backgrounds, regardless of their ethnicity, culture, sexual orientation, gender identity, religious beliefs, nationality, or abilities;

That I believe such diversity makes us stronger, both in the game, and in the modern world;

That I will aid those who require aid as I am able;

That I will be a voice for those who may feel voiceless;

That, if I should fail in these tenets in any way, that those who observed this failing bring it to my attention so I may redress any wrong;

This I do, by my hand and seal, in my holdings of Colynesburg, in the lupine lands of the north, on this, the feast day of Amadour, year of the Society fifty and three.

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This personal statement of values is based partially on ones issued by Their Excellencies Ayreton, Baron Gareth Ostwestly and Baroness Hillary of Langforde, and by the Order of the Laurel in the Kingdom of Lochac.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Aeschine der Welfengau, Award of Arms, 2017

Her hand is weary with writing;
The words always pull at her heart;
She spends her hours in study
To further her skill in her art.

She studies words of the masters,
The flow and the rhythm of lines,
She lives where the music dances
Where wordplay and meanings entwine.

She is a gift to the northland,
A wolf who is destined to sing;
A ram, and poet, and author:
A boon to her Queen and her King.

Therefore do We, Qulliam, King, and Tangwystl, Queen, gift unto our worthy subject Aeschine der Welfengau an Award of Arms. Done on the Feast Day of Saint Sanctan, in the fifty-second year of the Society, in our Canton of Der Welfengau.


Wording by Maister Colyne Stewart, based on “Is scíth mo chrob ón scríbinn” (My Hand is Weary with Writing), an anonymous poem from around 1200.

Monday, March 27, 2017

Poem from my Elevation to the Order of the Pelican

For Maister Colyne Stewart, on the occasion of his elevation to the Order of the Pelican
By Magistra Nicolaa de Bracton

He bears arms of shining gules and argent,
with the fox counterchanged painted there in richest hues.
Recalls his lineage, from grace descended
A fox’s jamb, a pen sustaining for his sigil.
And why the fox applies to that laird noble,
I intend to tell, though I tarry more than I should.
The fox, fair cunning and full of wit,
Tenacious in token of truth, by the title that he has,
Seven virtues fire the feisty fox:
Franchise in proud bearing, Fortitude, slayer of sloth,
Humility, purgative of Pride, Temperance, the middle path;
Justice, giving each his worth; Honesty in word,
And Courage, great strength of heart
For so it accords with this laird and his bright arms,
Steadily sure in seven ways,
Colyne was for good known, and, as shining silver,
void of every villainy, with virtues adorned
all, so.
And so the fox changed thus
he bore on shield and coat,
as sigil of faith and trust
and gentlest laird of note.


The poetry, which was part of Maister Colyne's elevation ceremony, is based on a passage from Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, and is inspired by the poetry that Colyne has written for so many on the occasion of their elevations.