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Royal Court of Inquiry -- Barony of the Isles
February 19, 1972

From The Page (Special Edition March VI):


From Jerome Robert Laird o' McKenna, Knight Marshal and Crown Advocate, to all those to whom these papers may come, greetings.

My Lords, I have the honour to report that on Saturday, February 19, 1972 CE AS VI, in my home a Court Royal was held with the following results and precedents:

  1. The Court of Inquiry consisted of the King and Queen alone, a third member failing to arrive in time.

  2. The Court was assisted by Sir Stefan de Lorraine as advisor to the Court, and Jerome Robert Laird o' McKenna as Crown Advocate and representative of the Earl Marshal.

  3. The Court of Inquiry heard testimony from divers persons on the following matters:
    Item I, the Matter of the Mass performed on January 8 1973 CE at Twelfth Night Revels in the Barony of the Angels

    Item II, the Matter of certain Scrolls of arms which may have been awarded at that same Twelfth Night

    Item III, the Matter of the Investiture of the Baron of the Isles.

    Item IV, the Matter of allegations of unchivalrous conduct at these Twelfth Night Revels, with the exception of allegations or charges against one Uillem Thorken Hardhans

  4. The results of the Court of Inquiry were as follows: Item I, the Court finds no bill of Indictment and no one to condemn; Item II, the Court finds no Bill of Indictment, and it was stipulated that whatever unsigned scrolls were awarded to Uillem Thorken Hardhans and his Lady were of no force and consequence whatsoever; Item III, the Court finds no Bill, it being established that Uillem Thorken Hardhans was invested only as Baron Designate of the Isles; and Item IV, there being no witnesses come forth and none presented by the Crown Advocate, and three times it being announced that all those who might have complaint should draw nigh to be heard and there still being no witnesses or complainants: the Court finds no Bills of Indictment and declares the matter closed.

  5. WIth the consent of counsel for Uillem THorken Hardhans and at the request of the Crown Advocate, the Court of Inquiry did rise and sit again as a Court of Oyer and Terminer to hear the case of the CROWN VS. UILLEM THORKEN HARDHANS.

    My lord Hardhans was charged as follows: That on the night of January 7 1972 CE AS VI at the First Unitarian Church in the city of Nuestra Señora Reina de los Angeles at certain Ceremonies and Celebrations commonly known as the Twelfth Night Revels he did conduct himself in a manner unbecoming an officer of the Kingdom of the West; and he was charged by the Crown Advocate with CONDUCT UNBECOMING AN OFFICER OF THE KINGDOM OF THE WEST.

    Through his counsel Randall Lord Hightower, Uillem Thorken Hardhans did plead guilty as charged.

    His Majesty and Her Majesty did then pass sentence as follows: "Be it known that We have heard the case against one Uillem Thorken Hardhans, sometime Acting Seneschal of Our Barony of the Isles, with respect to Complaints against him arising from the Twelfth Night Revels of the Baronies of the Angels, Calafia, and the Isles, held in the City of the Angels on the 8. of January of this Year, and that We have heard also Uillem's plea, and We accordingly have weighed the storys presented to Us and have made our decision and decree with this instrument of Our Doom for this man:
         That the same Uillem is found to be incapable and unable to hold any position of Honour, Trust or Profit in this Kingdom under Our Reign or for athe remainder thereof, and
         That we do therefore deny and refuse to accept or confirm the same Uillem as Baron of the Isles."

    His Majesty did also return the governance of the Barony of the Isles to the Baron of the Angels as provided in the charter of the Barony of the Angels.

    Finally, Their Majesties did dismiss all other pending charges against Uillem Thorken Hardhans including all Bills of Indictment drawn up by other Crown Officers and held for presentation at this Court of Inquiry; and they did decree as follows: "We therefore declare this case ended and decided, and do by this bill prevent and enjoin all Our Ministers having any Judicial power whatever from taking up this same case again at any time in the future, in Our despite."

    In weighing precedents established in this matter it is of the essence of the record that the Office of the Earl Marshal through its agents had conducted a thorough investigation and an agent of the Earl Marshal, acting as Crown Advocate, requested that the Court of Oyer and Terminer sit; and that the accused, through counsel, did agree that the Court Royal be constited a Court of Oyer and Terminer to hear teh case against him; and the accused did come into the court in his own voice; and the Crown Advocate was willing to accept a plea of guilty in the matter.

ADDENDUM: LET THE RECORD SHOW that my Lord Uillem Thorken Hardhans did make public and abject apology for his actions at the Twelfth Night Revels, this same presented in his own voice in Open Court.

From the History (by Wilhelm):

Uillem Thorkel Hardhands, Seneschal of the Isles, was suspended for the period of the reign of King Paul for his discourtesy at the Twelfth Night Revel. The Court was held in the home of Knight Marshall Jerome Robert McKenna. The proposal to separate Isles from Angels was dropped.

Description of this event, © Copyright 1980 by William R. Keyes (Wilhelm von Schlüssel)
This is from The History of the West Kingdom, Volume 1 (the only volume produced). When reading this text, please keep in mind the following disclaimer:

Disclaimer: This history may have errors in it, as much of the detail is “remembered” history, or as one of the cover pages of the original type-written manuscript states “The material within is derived from the information printed in The Crown Prints and in The Page, and from the memories of the participants.” The original document was typed on onion-skin paper, with hand-written notes (often in the margins). All attempts have been made to reconcile the notes with the original document.

Annotations, when they are added, are from The Annotated History of the West, Volume 1, which is the same text as Master Wilhelm's mentioned above, with commentary from members of the SCA who were active at the time of the event, and are added to help clarify questions and expand on what happened and why. This volume is copyright © Ken Mayer (Hirsch von Henford).

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