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Lord Wintherus Alban hails from Jomsburg, located on the southeastern tip of the isle of Wolin. He is a period archer apprenticed to Mistress Ffride Wlffsdotter. He earns his coin as a fletcher and enjoys archery contests and mead

Lord Nathanael d’Avranches is a Norman lord from the 10th century AD, somewhat before the invasions of William the Conqueror. He is culturally Norse, but with strong French influence.

Lady Joanna of the Beechwoods is a 12th Century Englishwoman whose main interests are dance and music, or music and dance. She has become somewhat obsessed with complicated Italian things, but teaches and researches dances from France and England as well. Joanna Keenan is a lot like her, but has been at it longer. She also welcomes questions at (note the double a) and will supply a CD of the music if you ask her nicely.

Bjorn Bassason is a 10th century Norwegian Viking from Mordenvale. Bjorn earns his keep as a journeyman weaver, crafting for barons, princes, and kings alike. In his spare time, Bjorn enjoys long walks along the banks of the fjord and experimenting with different crafts and hobbies. He is known by many for his tantalising culinary delights and he breadth of his booming voice either in song or heraldry of voice. To see more of Bjorn’s works, you can find his blog at

Lady Gabriella Borromei is a Courtesan hailing from Fiorenz. She is a well travelled daughter of a Silk Merchant, whose mother disappeared when she was a child. She was raised by her father and given an education in view to her marrying well and taking over the business, but Gabriella had other opinions and ran away to look for her mother. She found herself in the courts of Venice where her talents were nurtured and she became a sought after companion. Gabriella is continuing her search for her mother and currently resides in the lovely Canton of Stegby.

Lady Elizabeth Braythwayte was born in 1379 in Wicstun, Yorkshire. She is married to Master Edward Braythwayte, who is a Guildsman and one of the founders of the Worshipful Company of Mercers of London. They have a son, Edmond and live in York in a manor house with a moat and gatehouse. She enjoys playing the recorder and psaltery and has some basic knowledge of physick learnt from my uncle who was a Barber Surgeon.

Katerina de Brescia lives in the Barony of Innilgard. She used to be a Privateer, made her fortune, met a handsome younger man, retired and got married. She now lives the life of a noble in Firenze, travelling on occasion. She does not have enough time for all of her interests. Kat is currently a journeyman to interests. Kat is currently a journeyman to Mistress Mathilde Adycote of Mynheniot and Mistress Mathilde Adycote of Mynheniot and protégé to Mistress Aislinn de Valence. She has served as protégé to Mistress Aislinn de Valence. She has served as Baronial Rapier Marshal (in years passed) and served as a Canton, Baronial and Kingdom A&S Officer. Kat is a member of the College of Scribes (Journeyman), the Peynters and Limners Guild and the Worshipful Company of Broiderers. Karen Carlisle is an artist, writer and part-time Optometrist, who met a handsome, young man and got married, has a beautiful daughter and still does not have enough time or all of her interests! Her website is

Ronan mac Briain is a tenth century Irish archer who finds time now and then for the finer works of an artisan.

Lord Weimin Cheng is Prefect of small village in the northern regions during the Ming Dynasty, He had just received a warrant for the arrest of Sun Ling, a notorious murderer on the run for years, and had been spotted in the area. Sun Ling, however, had struck again before he tracked him down, and is now in pursuit of a known murderer.

Thomasina Coke is a 16th century English lady who resides in Bordescros with her two sons and a playful little hound, Spottie. As you can guess from her name her profession is that of a Cook and as such can typically be found in the kitchens, where she will be working, teaching or experimenting with new ingredients and recipes. She is a member of the Lochac Cooks Guild. Her interests include Cooking, Archery, Embroidery, Sewing, Belly dancing and she loves trying to learn new skills.

Brían dorcha ua Conaill is an early 11th Century Irish scholar living and studying in York Master Crispin Sexi is the incumbent Baron of Politarchopolis, spending his days tending his lands in an amicable reign of terror and playing the lute.

Honoré Corbaut has been an active member of the SCA for over 20 years. She enjoys cooking and costuming, knitting and rapier activities. Honoré is the wife of a mid-16thC cloth merchant, who divides her time between England and France. She has a keen interest in the latest fashions and strives to help her husband improve his trade business and alliances.

Natal’ia Vladimirova ‘doch hails from Politarchopolis. She is most interested in Yuan Dynasty Mongolian foods and foodways. You can follow her research or contact her. She is always happy to help with your Mongolian food quandaries or just talk food in general.

Lord Semyon Drakon is a 15th Century Russian currently campaining in Europe among the Free Companies. He is also a avid tourney fighter and fights for the glory of his consort, Mistress Muirghean.

Lady Drusticc inigena Eddarrnonn is a Pictish woman living in the upper Dee valley (Scotland) in the year 600. Mundanely she resides in the Barony of Ynys Fawr in the Kingdom of Lochac and is a fervent supporter of all early period things.

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Rurik Farseker is a late 9th centurary to mid 10th centuary Swed living on the island of Visby. His current interests are brewing, sewing and improving his camp. Please visit for more information on brewing. If you enjoyed this article or have any questions please look up the Lochac Brewers guild on Facebook. Email:

Duchess Liadan ingen Fheradaig hails from the Barony of Politarchopolis, and is a founding member of the Household Jorsala. Duchess Liadan is a heavy fighter, and also enjoys combat archery, fencing, and various types of A&S including making garb, embroidery, researching and teaching classes on weird medieval laws, and occasionally writing poetry.

Countess Bethony Gaitskell is a 16th century Englishwoman and hungers for knowledge of the culinary arts from across the knowne world. She has expensive tastes, and has become particularly interested in the art (or is that science?) of confectionery making and sugar sculpture. Bethony resides with her family in the lands of Krae Glas

Baroness Adelindis filia Gotefridi lives in the Canton of Lightwood in Ynys Fawr. Her research interests are wide ranging, eclectic and constantly evolving, but she has a particular interest in early (sometimes very early) period costuming across various cultures and regions. She is also a singer, and occasional songwriter.

Mýrún Jóhansdóttir was born on the Isle of Man shortly before the signing of the Treaty of Perth in 1266.

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Lady Kara of Kirriemuir was born in the 13th Century in Scotland, however she currently resides in Venice helping to run a House (Casa de li Gatti) for educating Courtesans. Kara’s main role is feeding her household and teaching the members Cooking, Budgeting and Household Management. Kara’s favourite dishes to cook are all the different varieties of tarts and pies. Kara has recently learnt Wood Turning and plans to pass this knowledge onto the other members.

Lord Ælfred se leof is a dancer, brewer and occasional fighter from the Kingdom of Lochac, currently living in an outlying and desolate region of the Barony of the Far West.

Baron Domhnall na Moicheirghe is a courtier, herald and would-be makar from the west highlands of Scotland and has learnt much from his travels to tourneys and wars in Continental Europe. He now resides on the border of Stormhold and Krae Glas. His interests include heraldry in all its forms, Latin, impresas, choral music and heavy fighting. Email:

Master Drake Morgan is an Elizabethan gentleman and fourth Baron of Saint Florian de la Riviere. When not administering his lands, he’s often seen hanging around the estate’s kitchens and brewhouse. He’s run several feasts across the kingdom over the last twenty-four years, held many offices and two baronies. He, along with Duke Alaric, runs the Jolly Duke Tavern where they brew and give away ales, beers, ciders, meads, and wines. He was accepted into the Order of the Laurel over fifteen years ago and has been regretting it ever since. His specialties are brewing and Central Asian cookery. Craig Jones is a Condition Monitoring and Machine Vision specialist in the rail industry. Along with his Baroness, he lives with his lovely mother-in-law, two crazy cats, and two crazy small white fluffy dogs.

Bann Thegn Nimue is a 16th Century English trouble maker. She lives in exile in Italy because of her progressive views, and because Venice is SO much more cosmopolitan. If you have any interest or questions about the development of the English language, please feel free to email: katigern.goch [at] gmail [dot] com

Yrsa Njalsdotter is a Viking living in the early 10th C Danelaugh, and married to Tidnoth, a Saxon. She was attached to the household of a Lady in Denemark, and there she was a healer as well as companion to her. Having trained an apprentice she was given leave to marry Tidnoth (who worked on a trading vessel running between Denemark and Aengla Land) and leave the household to live in Aengla Land. Here she continue my work with healing, though not all have been happy to seek her advice!

Lord Theophrastus von Oberstockstall is from the Barony of Riven haven. He pursues knowledge of a of medieval chemical nature (having transcribed the first printed distillation text ‘The Art of Distillation’) mixed with intriguing medical interests (witnessed in his recent transcription of ‘The Seeing of Urines’, a urine diagnoisitic text) and other fascinations (ergot poisoning in medieval European history). He is currently under Laurel apprenticeship to Mistress Filippa Ginevra Francesca di Lucignano. He dreams of holding a reenactment of Dr. John Dee’s ceremonial magic in full garb, but is current working on a new readable version of ‘Liber Ratziel’ and planning a new transcription of a Gentleman’s etiquette book. He is married to Lady Helyana van Brugge who together have created their Great Works, Hannah and George.

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Muste Pehe Peep (ie. Brunette Peter) is from 16th century Swedish Estonia, and is the pseudonym of ffrw ffride wlffsdotter, the wife of a land holder in Hallingdal, Østlandet, eastern Norway within the Kingdom of Denmark. Probably best not to question why a woman in the lowlands of the western Scandinavian peninsula would be interested in Estonian bynames. They both live in the head of Rebecca Le Get, who loves finding out about interesting names used within the SCA’s time period, and applying that to heraldry, and helping people find a name they would love to use and register.

Lady Helouys le Poer – Although currently residing in Waterford, Eire – where she went to live when she met her (Late) Husband) Paul de Quincey – a Crusader – She was born in Bordeaux, France and is a (Distant) relation of Her Majesty, Queen Eleanor. She and her (Late) husband established a profitable Wine Carrying business – between Bordeaux and Cork – as those Holy Men need to be kept in Christ’s Blood, otherwise there will be Hell to Pay. There are two cats, Tinkerbelle and Moet d’ Bordeaux, residing in her Mansion in Politarchopolis and she occupies Herself with Sewing, Archery, Goode Cookery and Comedie. One day she will cook a Greayte Pie with Snipe, Brolga and Magpie Goose (not).

Rohesia Le Sarjent is a member of the “De Courcy” family, hereditary stewards to the Dukes of Normandy, who followed her father to Palestine and now lives in Jerusalem where she serves the Royal household of King Baldwin the V. She enjoys sewing, painting and hunting, and cares for the King’s hunting cheetahs.

Lady Miriam bat Shimeon lives in Mamluk ruled Cairo, much enjoying her neighbours’ dancing and embroidery. Miriam Staples has been belly dancing for a while and only doing embroidery recently. She also is putting together a Middle Eastern Dance Guild for not only other belly dancers but those interested in anything Middle Eastern. Information can be found here-

Lord Anton de Stoc has fled the Wars of Religion in sixteenth-century Germany, and is currently living in the Barony of Rowany. He has been known to do science, philosophy, astrology and geometry, and has done various things to advance the Republic of Letters in Lochac. He has been known to occasionally use a sword and teach swordsmanship and footwork.

Heera Þorvaldr inn Suðreyski is a merchant, brewing, butcher and charcutier, currently residing in York. Originally a soldier in King Harald Hardrada’s Norwegian invasion force, Þorvaldr survived the battle and took up residence in the york. Þorvaldr spend much of his time researching and redacting period sausage, brewing, and general cooking recipes, and researching heraldic matters for the populace of the mighty Barony of Southron Gaard. The rest of his spare time is spent with his good lady wife Anabillia of York, and their 2 children Thorin Þorvaldrsson and Grace of Southron Gaard.

Lady Annabel de Swinburne hails from Northumberland in the 14th century and enjoys going on pilgrimage through England, France, Italy, Germany, Spain and Portugal whence she collects local music and dances to share in her home of these twenty years, the Barony of Rowany.

Lord Gillucan ua Tomaltaig crossed the Irish channel to England, where the clerks recorded his name as Gilligan O Tomelty. Now an armiger of Lochac, he makes his bread in the Barony of Stormhold as a herald, an entertainer and an artisan

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Melissa Wijffels hails from northern Europe and has an interest in spinning, weaving, cooking, and (occasionally) the fine arts.

Lord Lowrens Wilyamson comes from the Scottish lowlands sometime in the 14th century. Details of his persona are vague and he seems to be in no hurry to remedy this. He occupies his time with singing,archery, woodwork, music, and other crafts. Email:

Lady Isabell Winter resides in the barony of Ildhafn, and has several interests within the SCA from equestrian, to cooking through to bookbinding. She is often found at events in 14th century style clothing but has been known to dabble in some 16th century styles. She has been researching bookbinding for over five years and, in the past few years, since a commission to make a girdle book. She has been researching this practical style. She is mother to a toddler and mundanely a part time administrator at a laboratory and in the limited remaining time she breeds Connemara ponies., and Website

Lady Ellen of Wyteley is from England and the year is currently 1350. She resides in the Barony of Southron Gaard.

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