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The Eighth Year

Royal Tourney of Union -- Principality of An Tir
May 27, 1973

From The Page (May, 1973):

It has recently been the happy fortune of the Baronies of Madrone and Three Mountains to discover that together they fulfill the requirements for chartering as a Principality of this Kingdom. They are even now petitioning to the Board of Directors to be so chartered. In anticipation thereof, they are holding a Tourney and Celebration on Sunday, May 27. His Highness has promised to attend as King; hence the tourney's title, Royal Tourney of Union.

The chief event of the day will be teh signing of the Charter of Union (this is not the same charter they will receive from the Society, since that may not be processed by the 27th). Fighting twealzie-wopping, cookery, music, dancing, games, and awards will also occur. Cooking facilities, cold water, and sanitary facilities will be available. Bring pavilions, provisions for your household and suitable garments.

The Tourney will be held in Wallingford Playfield in Seattle from 1:00 pm to dusk. For any necessary information, call the autocrats, Liam of the Barque (contact info omitted); or Gernot of Gallimaufry (contact info omitted). Evening revels are rumoured; ask the autocrats.

From The Page (July, 1973):

His Majesty and several of his Civil Service attended the Royal Tourney of Union held by the incipient Principality in the North (a name is still to be chosen. We suggested Cascadia, but it seems that's a local home for the bewildered). A document was signed by Barons Frederick of the West Tower and Ryamond the Mild and by the King, in earnest of the formal Charter still to be received from the Board. "Your Majesty," quoth Liam of the Barque, Castellan of Madrone (taht is, the Baron's vicar while the Baron is in Atenveldt), "I trust we will not have to send our collection agency down for the real one." "No," answered His Majesty, "but it might be fun if you did."

His Majesty then made Raymond the Mild, Baron of Madrone, a Master-of-Arms, and gave Awars of Arms to Liam of the Barque and Dierdre Muldomnagh, and to Lady Nineva, Lady Gwili, and Geoffrey of Speraunce, the members of the Order of the Red Branch (a Baronial order in Madrone for masochism above and beyond the call of duty). Finally, he awarded the Order of the Laurel to David of Baguley, an exceedingly accomplished musician, composer, leader of the Baron's Singers and member of the Voice of the Turtle. The Principality is well stocked with artists, fighters, and administrators, and will form a fruitful and laudable branch of this Kingdom.

From the History (by Wilhelm):

Held in Wallingford Playfield, Seattle, WA. Liam of the Barque and Gernot of Gallimaufry autocratted. King Paul presided. At this tournament the Baronies of Madrone and Three Mountains united to form a principality, the name of which had not yet been chosen. King Paul, Baron Frederic of the WestTower (Three Mountains) and Baron Raymond the Mild (Madrone) signed a charter of union, in the place of the formal charter which had yet to be signed by the Board of Directors. King Paul gave Awards of Arms to Dierdre Muldomhnaigh, Geoffrey of Speraunce, Gwili, Liam of the Barque, and Nineva. He admitted David of Bagulay to the Order of the Laurel and made Baron Raymond the Mild a Master of Arms.

“I remember going up to Raymond afterwards and congratulating him after telling him that I didn't really believe in Masters of Arms. Several years later when I became (through no fault of my own) a court baron, Raymond came up to me and congratulated me after telling me he didn't really believe in court barons.” – Steven MacEanruig

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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