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.
Monday, September 10, 2018
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.