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The Ninth Year

Formation of the Canton of Darachshire -- Barony of the Isles
September 14, 1974

At a banquet after the coronet tourney Sir William the Lucky gave Robert of the Isles the proper papers, which were filled out and mailed a week later. In the Spring of 1975 the canton got provisional approval, and in the summer of 1975 the status as a canton was formally approved.

“There had been some conversation over the name of the canton, between Robert of the Isles, Baroness Jessica and myself (as Isles Seneschal). Jessica and I wanted it to be the Canton of Darach. Robert wanted it to be Canton of Darachshire, because, he said, "it sounded better" and "the local population had voted on it.". He submitted the paperwork as noted despite our objection and the name was established as Darachshire. Later Robert would use the "official" name to claim Darach was an independent shire and not a canton. Isles would never be quite the same as a substantial amount of energy had been invested in trying to get a more permanent, non-university populace established. Too bad Jessica and I didn't insist on seeing the official paperwork from Lucky!” – Martin the Temperate

“It seems to me that I heard Maihie was involved in that peripherally-perhaps as a result of bad blood between he & Jessica. Is that true or was it all Robert of the Isles? It seemed to me that he distanced himself from Isles at that time but it could have been later or not at all.” – Colin of Dublin
“I don't believe there was "bad blood" between them. Maihie was a very boisterous soul, and though not introverted, Jessica could be described as much the opposite. I think they made each other somewhat uncomfortable. So Maihie found himself spending a lot of time in Darachshire because he was very comfortable with the people there. He never, to my knowledge, participated in the breakup of Darachshire from Isles, but once it happened, continued to participate with them. He also continued participating with us in Isles, (and everywhere else in Caid.)” – Martin the Temperate

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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