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The Eighth Year

First Coronet Tourney -- Principality of An Tir
August 25, AS VIII (1973)

From The Page (August, 1973):


They are still working on a name for this place. Current rumour favors Northgate. Meanwhile, they have been approved by the Directors and will hold their first Coronet Tourney on August 25 in Snoqualmie Falls Forest Theatre, smack dab in the middle of the Fallshire Renaissance Faire*. To prevent admission being charted to a Society event, which would not do at all, call Robert of Winchester (address/phone admitted), and arrange for a participant's pass. Necessary houses and running water, as well as facilities for overnight camping. Bring all which you would bring to an overnight tourney.

* Not to be confused with the Renaissance Pleasure Faire, which title is copyright by Theme Events, Ltd. You know, the Pattersons.

From The Page (October, 1973):

The Kingdom of the West proudly presents:


The Principality in the North at the eleventh hour switched ethnoi and named itself An Tir, Gaelic for "The Land." At the First Coronet Tourney of the Principality, held August 25, in the presence of Their Majesties, the Lord Seneschal, the Mistress of Arts, the Baron and Castellan of Madrone, and many other worthies, Sir Frederick of the West Tower, Baron of Three Mountains, won the Coronet of the Principality, and named as Princess his Baroness, Anne of the White Tower. Then fealty was transferred and oathes taken in all possible directions, in an awesome ceremony written by Lady Karina of the Far West. Gernot of Gallimaufry, Seneschal to Madrone, was named Principality Seneschal, and Sir Jerald of Galloway, called the Swordbreaker, was named Herald for the Principality. Lord Gernot received a Grant of Arms, and Awards of Arms were presented to Margaret of Ashford, Mistress of Arts, Richard of Ravenwolf, Master of Sciences, and Robert of Winchester, Pursuivant to Madrone and assistant to Sir Jerald.

Awards of ArmsGrant of Arms
Trude of Lacklandia, O.L.M.  Gernot of Gallimaufry
Margaret of Ashford
Richard of Ravenwolf
Robert of Winchester

From the History (by Wilhelm):

Held in Snoqualmie Falls Forest Theatre, Fallshire, WA. This was held as part of the Fallshire Renaissance Faire. King Henrik and Queen Seitse presided. The name of An Tir, gaelic for “The Land”, was chosen. Coronet lists were held and Baron Sir Frederic of the West Tower emerged victorious. Anne of the White Tower was his lady. King Henrik crowned them the first Prince and Princess of An Tir, and vows of fealty and protection were exchanged. Gernot of Gallimaufry became the Principality Seneschal, Sir Jerald of Galloway became Principality Herald, Margaret of Ashford became Mistress of Arts, and Richard of Ravenwolf became Master of Sciences. King Henrik gave a Grant of Arms to Gernot of Gallimaufry and Awards of Arms to Margaret of Ashford, Richard of Ravenwolf, and Robert of Winchester.

Frederic of the West Tower
Argent, a tower sable, on its base
a cross patonce voided argent.
Anne of the White Tower
Sable, a tower argent.
Arms drawn by Nicholas Bawcock of Petersfield, used with permission,
Colored by Evaine MacGreger.

“I've always had some problems with this event. The first thing, it was scheduled to be held up in Lions Gate (Vancouver BC). As this was to be the first Coronet I didn’t feel this was fair to the folks in southern Oregon as they would have one very long drive coming and going (about 700 miles). I want everyone who could to make this event. At the time there was a West Kingdom law that stated something to the effect that there need to be X number of unbelts to X number of knights to make the list legal. I don’t remember the exact numbers, someone else out there may recall this law. As there were only two knights in the kingdom at that time, I decided to boycott the event if it was not moved to a more central location. If I didn't enter the list it could be call null and void if I pushed it to the Crown.
     “That’s how we got the Washington location for the event.” – Jerald of Galloway

“I remember there was a lot of discussion on what to call the Principality by the time we got there, with no solution in sight. I remember standing in the green green green grass at the site as the discussion continued. I said, “Why not call the Principality by the word common to several of the suggested names, that being ‘Tir’”. They responded with “An Tir.” – Henrik of Havn

“I remember this a bit differently than Henrik. The name was decided by 5 of us at the Tourney, myself, Robert of Winchester and 3 others who's names I don't recall. All heralds of An Tir. I don't remember Henrik being in at this meeting. The 5 of us talked about the name and came up with An Tir. I had already designed the new Arms for the Principality and that was accepted at this meeting also. I came in second to Sir Fredrick of the West Tower in the lists. This may be due to old age.” – Jerald of Galloway

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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