Updated: March, AS LI (2017)
Disclaimer: This is not an official website of the SCA, Inc., and
does not delineate official SCA or West Kingdom policy.
Ok ... this page has enough info on it that a menu is going to be handy, so ... here y'go ...
This web page started out as a place for 'New Peers' of the West Kingdom to find information about becoming a peer. But there's a lot of useful information here for anyone interested in the peerage of the West Kingdom and the SCA as a whole.
NOTE: If you got here but don't know anything about the SCA, you should check out the SCA's web site: The Society for Creative Anachronism.
We start off with New Peer Packets and Ceremonies for the various peerages (these are the West Kingdom ceremonies).
There's a listing of mailing lists on the internet for peers that you may (or may not) be interested in. These are places where discussions germain to the peerage are sometimes held ...
Below the peerage packets and ceremonies is a set of links to a group of pages that discuss the Peerage which you may find interesting. The discussions will be, of necessity, West Kingdom-Centric, as the contributors are all Westerners ...
Another item of interest to peers, and friends of peers, is "where can I get a spiffy medallion ...?" To that end, I recently added a section for contact information for jewelers who do Peerage regalia ... If you would like to be listed, please email me (see link at the end of this page), and I will get you up here as soon as I can.
The following information is available for those who are either new-made peers, or those who have been asked to join the Peerage of the West Kingdom. You will find information for each Order of Peerage, as well as the Peerage Ceremonies.
This information is from the West Kingdom Ceremony Book.
If you haven't previously, you need to download the Adobe Acrobat Reader by clicking on the image below and following the instructions .... It should be further noted these are links directly to the West Kingdom Heralds' website and therefore if any changes are made to the ceremonies, they will be reflected accurately here (they are the same documents).
|The Order of Chivalry:||The Order of the Laurel:||The Order of the Pelican:||The Order of Defense:|
|Royal Peers (Kingdom) - Ceremonies:||Royal Peers (Principality) - Ceremonies:|
The West Kingdom Royalty Handbook -- This is aimed specifically at the Crown Prince and Crown Princess of the West, but contains useful advice for all potential Royalty (in other words, anyone fighting in the Crown or Coronet Lists as well as their consorts ...).
If you have questions, please contact the Banner Herald of the West Kingdom (in charge of Court) or the Clerk of a specific Order of Peerage (these are listed in The Page and on the Kingdom Website). These are posted here as a courtesy to make the information available to anyone who is interested.
Lately some peerage ceremonies have tended to be a lot longer than they used to be. The following are suggestions from a long-time peer and as a herald, to try to shorten things a little.
Remember that the ceremony is being watched not only by you, but by all the members of the Order you are being admitted to (many/most of whom are kneeling!!), and members of the populace. As it is considered rude to get up and leave court while a ceremony is occurring, most people suffer through a long ceremony, but frankly, a 1/2 hour peerage ceremony is way too long. The following are suggestions to shorten the ceremonies a bit:
If we all try to remember the items above, it will make peerage ceremonies more palatable for the populace, as well as ourselves. I have heard the populace groan when a new peerage ceremony started -- not because it was any specific ceremony, but because it was another long ceremony that they had to sit through. This is a bad sign. Let's try to alleviate the problem, at least a little, shall we?
Note that there are alternate titles that may be used by members of the SCA for any position with a specific rank. For peers, the titles (based on specific orders of peerage) include: Sir, Master, Mistress, Dame, and language specific versions. This information can be found at this site: http://heraldry.sca.org/titles.html (This is the official SCA heraldry site ...)
There are various mailing lists for the peerages, which allow peers to discuss items of interest. These are usually closed to folk not of the peerage, or not of a specific peerage order. The following are links to the websites for these specific lists. Note that it is often easier to subscribe to the list and get the messages in email, but that is a matter of personal preference. The lists below are West Kingdom specific and SCA-Wide. Some other Kingdoms have mailing lists for their own orders of peerage, check with the peerage clerks for your Kingdom ...
Please understand these Facebook Pages and Newsgroups are not official in any way, are not sanctioned by the Kingdom or the SCA. They are meant to be used for members of the various orders to discuss topics of interest to the members, but again -- they are NOT official ...
The Facebook Pages are more active than the Yahoo groups, as more people are using FB than the newsgroups.
West Kingdom Specific Facebook Pages:
Note: you need to be invited or ask to join these, they are closed groups ...
West Kingdom Specific Yahoo Groups (I have removed the names of the moderators as they may have changed, and some of these groups are pretty much completely inactive):
SCA-Wide Yahoo Groups:
The following (and I hope to add more from other people) is unofficial, but may help remove some of the mystery about the peerages (I hope).
These discussions are less prone to being West Kingdom-centric, but as noted at the top of this page, the authors cited here are all Westerners, so there will be a bias ... if you are in another Kingdom and are viewing these pages, you may want to check with others in your local Kingdom to see if there are differences (some of it may be attitude, custom, etc.) ...
(Special thanks to Mistress Cedrin Etainnighean in Oertha for prompting me to work with her on helping disseminate information about the peerage, in an attempt to dispell myths about the peerage and just plain communicate more ... otherwise this would've had just the peerage-packs and ceremonies above, and thanks to Vikontessa Tatiana and others for their contributions to these pages!)
|Discussions About the Peerage|
and Earl Kevin Perigrynne
Mistress Eilis O'Boirne
As either a new peer, a peer who is just looking for a new bit of regalia, or as a friend of a peer (or soon to be peer) looking for regalia for that special person, it's not always easy to find something. And most or all of the folk listed also do other jewelry for SCAers ...
A friend was looking for a replacement for her husband's token which he gave to a friend who was being made a peer of the same "stripe", and started searching the web ... she is passing on information to me, which I am posting here.
Note that I do not know most of these individuals personally, I can make no guarantees about the quality of work, timeliness of the jeweler's delivery, etc. I am just listing the information -- if you end up ordering anything from anyone listed here it is at your own risk and I do not take any responsibility (although the work I have seen is pretty good ...). In addition, each jeweler listed here is with explicit permission of said jeweler ...: