Populace of Cluain

Here you will find an introduction to some of the people of Cluain, their personas and their interests. This is by no means a complete listing, but it serves to provide a flavour of the people within our fair Canton.

If you live in the Canton and would like to be added, or a link to your blog or website added, let the webwright know; or add yourself to the list.  As a guide send a short (max 100 words) description of yourself and your interests; a picture of yourself and/or your arms; a link to your own website, blog, facebook etc.

Cluain; as part of the Barony of Ildhafn have some members who have already added themselves to the Ildhafn website here.

Blue Lymphad, Ildhafn's Herald, maintains a list of the members of the Barony who have been given awards for their service, courtesy, or excellence in combat or the arts you will find many from Cluain listed too.

Note: Listed alphabetically under SCA name.


 

 

 

Alexandra de Santiago

 
 

Grim of Thornby

 
 Airka

Airka Eóganachta Mór: born Nat Fráech hua Éogain in 1326 in An Pháil Shasanach, the English Pale, as the second son of an Anglo-Irish merchant. He was brought up in the family business and frequented Gascony and the Low Countries, trading wine, salt, and wool. His involvement in English military activities drew him to the Hundred Array in Chester, proving himself a competent archer. Fráech adopted the moniker Airka Eóganachta Mór as an Anglo-friendly alterative and joined the English campaigns in Northern France, under Sir Alan de Buxhall, culminating outside the French town of Poitiers.

He was garrisoned and campaigned in Gascony for a number of years before returning to London as military escort to Princess Joan. He is frequently seen at the Tower garrison assisting Geffrey đe Wulf on special duties and private matters concerning Sir Alan and his Household.

Device of Nat Fráech Ó Éogain
  Baroness Alyenora Brodier was born in 1450 in Florence, Italy to a well-off merchant father, and a mother who died while she was still young.  Because of this, she has travelled a bit with her father on his trips.  On one of these trips to Germany, she met her future husband, Rudiger.

Christiana Fortrose was born in 1320 at Kirkbridge, Cumberland, her mother being English and her father a Welsh drover. A victim of border reeving between Scots and the English Christiana eventually ended up in the care of David the Stringer and his wife Mathild the Laundress. Just before the Battle of Halidon Hill, Mathild died of camp fever and after winning the battle, most of the English army returned home and David took Christiana with him back to The Tower of London. In time, the couple married and produced two daughters, both of whom married men from the garrison.  Disliking her trade as a laundress, Christian took up an apprenticeship as a fletcher.

Whilst resuming her Englishness, Christiana still has some Scottish traits both in her speech and in her diet – sliced cold porridge, well salted, is often the midday meal she shares with her husband.  A Lollard, like the Wulf family she is a member of, she is often in their company whether at archery, or playing the English flageolet while they sing.

 

David the Stringer was born in 1312 at Carlisle, Cumberland, David is a third generation bowstring-maker. Whilst his family continued to reside at Carlisle, supplying both the garrison and the local population with bowstrings and ropes, David joined first the Percy Household, and then the Royal Armoury at The Tower of London. When younger he spent much of his time as part of the King’s war train, travelling both in Scotland during Edward III’s campaign supporting Edward Balliol’s claim to the Scottish crown and in Edward’s early campaigns in Flanders and France. In recent years, mainly because of his health, he has been based at The Tower and is a member of the Wulfing.

David’s first wife died on campaign in Scotland from camp fever. His second wife, Christiana, was originally an apprentice laundress under his wife’s care. He has two daughters from his first wife and two from his second. The elder two are with their husbands who are garrisoned in Gascony.

 

Master Edward Braythwayte (b1399) lives in the city of York where he conducts business trading in anything that will turn a tidy profit.

Ed, as he is generally known, has a fondness for foxes which adorn many of his finer wares. His many interests include working in wood, leather, metal and any other material he can lay his hands on. His ship, The Red Fox plies the coast from York to London with forays further afield if the profit and wind are both favourable.

Ed will go to great lengths to avoid fighting as he is very attached to his limbs and other appendages and does not want them hacked off as this would be bad for business (he also suspects that it would jolly well hurt and might ruin his fine clothes... or at least prevent them from fitting properly).

 

 

Lady Elizabeth Braythwayte was born in the market town of Wicstun in Yorkshire and is happily married to Ed. She loves music and learnt to play the psaltery, recorder and cornamuse. She has a magnificent chest.... that contains the tools and remedies helpful in her role as chirurgeon.

Gareth Robertson helps out at his father's mill and small-holding by the River Wandle near Waddon in Surrey. He also helps his uncle, Geffrey đe Wulf, and Geffrey's wife Lucy, on their farm at Half-Farthing near Wandsworth.

A Lollard, Gareth is regarded as something of a hedge priest. The youth enjoys learning archery and fighting skills in order that he may become a household archer to Sir Alan de Buxhall when he gets older. In the meantime he sometimes acts as a page for Sir Alan. 

 

Geffrey de Wulf is a Household Archer to Sir Alan de Buxhall KG, Constable of the Tower of London to King Richard II. Geffrey is a distant relation of Sir Alan and specialises in doing "non-standard" investigations and "unofficial" work for the Constable (see the stories at the bottom of http://geoffboxell.tripod.com/SCA/RobertMiller.htm ).

When not employed by Sir Alan Geffrey works his farm at Half-Farthing near Wandsworth, Surrey.
Geffrey is a Lollard and often helps their underground network avoid Church scrutiny as well as providing links for the distribution of Wyclif's English bible translations.
 
 


Mark of Plymouth, sometimes known as Mark Archer, is a Household Archer to Sir Alan de Buxhall, Constable of the Tower of London to King Richard II.  Mark is also a fletcher and can help with those seeking information and help on all things arrow like.  This includes arrows for high poundage warbows as Mark currently shoots a 119lb longbow.  He also offers fletchers apprenticeships complete with contracts of indenture for those wishing to master the art of making a good arrow themselves.

Mundane Mark has a keen interest in medieval film and television and in a twist to finding out and highlighting inaccuracies is often found searching and cataloguing the opposite ... good examples of medieval accuracies in a show or film.


 

Robert of Knightsbridge is the 2nd son of landed gentry, born 1328 on the northern side of the Firth of Forth - No chance of inheritance!

He travelled to London and took up residence in sight of the abbey at Knightsbridge where he met the buxom daughter of a local lord and settled down to create a family and raise a militia of his own kin. 

He now oversees his father-in-law's interest in the smithing industry.

 
 

Florence of Knightsbridge was born in 1333 to a lord in charge of smithing articles for the royal household and was gifted a manor in Knightsbridge by her parents. She spends her day managing the busy household with 5 children, sewing fine garments and creating subtleties.

 
 

Columba was born to the Knightsbridge horde and raised to fight. At a young age he was awarded the rank of Lord and recruited into the Queen's Mouseguard. He is now honing his fighting skills and mastering the art of wordsmithing.

 
 

Lady Casse de la Rose was born in Oxfordshire, daughter of Robert and Elizabeth de la Rose. Robert was of landed gentry owning a vast acreage of sheep farm. Casse grew up with skills of weaving, dyeing and carding wool. The family was caught up in the change of monarch and was persecuted for being non-catholic. Casse grew up to be a proud woman not afraid to be different from the crowd. She travelled with her wool trading far and wide, later moving to the ancestral home, bringing with her a young Scottish beau, Willim de Bredin and settled down to raise the next generation.

 
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Lord Svartr Ormsson has a range of interests - not all of them from the relevant period - including the combative arts, scribal work, and heraldry.  If you don't meet Svartr in all his Scandanavian finery then you might instead meet Lord Domenego Farrante who is a North Italian Early renaissance gentleman with a similar passion for combat, scribal arts, sonnets and pageantry.