Chap 01     The Origin of the Isle of Standauffish
Chap 02     The Rogue's Cove Pirates
Chap 03     The Port of Shalott
Chap 04     Trade Routes and Ports of Call
Chap 05     Omar Kharim Ali Allah Akbar
Chap 06     The Dancers of the Blue Moon
Chap 07     The Abbey at Chelsea, the Monastery
Chap 08     The City of Mediterraneus
Chap 09     The House of Black Arrow
Chap 10     Clan Na Faol
Chap 11     The Brotherhood of the Gauntlet
Chap 12     The Freelancers and Honoured Guests
Chap 13     The St Andrews Society of Southern Nevada

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Chapter One
The Origin of the Isle of Standauffish

The Isle of Standauffish as it appears today {Photo Info}

The House of Shalott had been growing in strength and power for many years now.  Having a private fleet in those days of the War of the Roses, between the House of Lancaster and the House of York in their feud for the throne, made the House much sought after for support from various nobility to aid in their various causes. Baron Zorgon, then still only a Lord, refused all such alliances, as his parents had done before him, finding them to be unstable at best.

In the midst of all this he had ventured forth from Wales after having heard of a foreign power that might be of use to the House. As trade and commerce was severely hindered due to the war, it was wise to seek other avenues of trade. So it was at this point that the House of Shalott made contact with the Kingdom of Vega. After a few short years the fleet returned home, having made new allies and secured many new trade options.

Upon his return, Baron Zorgon, {having received his Baronial title while in the Kingdom of Vega}, and his trusted supporters made the decision to put their support behind the House of Tudor. After much deliberation they came to the conclusion that the Lancastrians, with Henry Tudor at the helm, had the best chance to bring this War to an end. Besides, the House of Shalott under Zorgon’s father had helped Jasper to hide when he was in disfavour after Pembroke castle had surrendered to the Yorkist besiegers under Thomas. And in fact had made special trips such as smuggling Jasper and Henry out of England to Brittany, so there was already a close tie to the House of Tudor.

So the House of Shalott provided Henry Tudor with arms, men and supplies, and lent him much gold for his bid to become King of England. It was the fleet of Shalott, with the support of many of the soon to be tenants of the Isle of Standauffish, that brought Henry back to England. First on that failed attempt from Brittany, then again on that fateful day in the middle of October 1483, when Henry sailed from France to make his bid for King.

Preferring to remain behind the scenes to keep the appearance that the House of Shalott remained neutral, the fleet had been prepared by removing all signs that gave them away as those of Shalott, having hoisted Henry Tudor's now famous Red Dragon banner on all ships. It was thus that the House and those loyal to Baron Zorgon, though in secret, nevertheless played a major role, in the rise to power of Henry Tudor.

Many of those presently making their home on the Isle of Standauffish have found their fame and glory, and their wealth, through participating in those battles in the final days of the War of the Roses.

Then, in 1485, at the Battle of Bosworth, Henry Tudor, 2nd Earl of Richmond, and of Welsh descent, wins the day and becomes the first Welsh King of England, Henry VII.  This battle supposedly marked the end of the War of the Roses and established Welsh lineage to the English throne.  For some months afterwards though, various struggles and battles continued throughout the land until finally on the 16th of June, 1487 at the Battle of Stoke the final conflict in the War of the Roses took place, when Henry VII defeated the Yorkists for good.

When things had settled down, on the 10th of October 1487 there was a Grande Faire and Tournament held at Ludlow, the Royal seat of Power of the Marches and Principality of Wales.  Baron Zorgon and his supporters were called to an audience with the King.

© Flag of the Isle of Standauffish

Knowing that the House of Shalott had for some time been seeking a Port of their own from which to dispatch their Fleet, Henry Tudor offered the Merchant Guild an Island just off the east coast of Tenby, {where the Tudor's had their Merchant House}. The island, long known to the Welsh as Ynys Pyre, in Carmarthen Bay, was a granted to the House of Shalott in return for all the aide given during the last few years of the war.

And though the King had a reputation for not parting with his gold, he paid a large sum of money to the Baron as partial compensation for the loans made during the Wars.  The details can be found in the deed of title granted the House of Shalott, a copy of which accompanies this manuscript, as well as a map of the Island.

The Island was granted in perpetuity to the House of Shalott to use as they saw fit, in return for which, considering the amount of help already given the House of Tudor and the Principality of Wales, it was asked only that the Fleet would assist when necessary with the Defence of the Shores of Wales from enemy ships. {This grant of course was not entirely without benefit to Henry Tudor, as the Island in question was off the coast of his ancestral lands, and would serve as a first line of defence from any attack from the sea. To this end arrangements were also made to outfit the fleet with cannons.
{See Royal Navy}

Granted Letters of Mark for the Fleet, the deal was struck, and thus Shalott inherited the Island now known as Standauffish. Baron Zorgon also received a Knighthood to accompany the Land Grant. By the good graces of his Majesty the King, the Order of the Red Dragon was sanctioned as the order of Knighthood on the Isle, giving Baron Zorgon the authority to grant knighthood for those on the Isle in the name of the Prince of Wales, by the Grace of His Majesty Henry VII. He was made Viceroy of the Island and the rest of his supporters and associates save for those directly in his House, created separate Free City States on the Isle. The Port of Shalott became a free port, where all the Merchants did their business, and where the theatres and taverns were located. And thus begins the new chapter in the History of the House of Shalott.

The name itself has is an amusing little anecdote. While at the audience with the King and the Prince, and a few representatives of other local Baronies, one of the Barons made a comment in jest about how the House of Shalott had always been a bit standoffish, keeping to themselves as much as possible and working behind the scenes. All present laughed at this, but those of the various Free States present thought it a novel joke indeed, and as this Island would in fact be off the coast anyway, set off from most of the strife and politics of the surrounding groups, and that in truth the House of Shalott and the Guild had in fact taken pains to stand off to the side, they declared that it would make a most excellent name. So with a minor change in spelling to keep the joke within a small circle, it came to be that the Island now had its new name.

The Island was also well situated for use by the House as well. The river on which Shalott lay flowed through the lake then on to the sea, emptying into Carmarthen Bay where the Island lay situated. The river was large enough to permit the passage of Barges and small vessels, and combined with the overland routes to the Port at Tenby, which had been Shalott's port of operation all those years, travel between the Castle of Shalott and the new Port of Shalott was easy.

One of Shalott's small vessels leaving the River heading for the Port of Tenby {Picture Info #1}

See Maps of the Isle

Important Note

The Isle of Standauffish is today known as Caldey Island. The old Welsh name is Ynys Pyre {pronounced -- Annas Peer.}. Out of all the coincidence we came across in the development of our History, the one relating to Caldey Island is the most erie. It is a must read for those interested in our story.

Chapter Two
The Rogue's Cove Pirates

Neptune's Fury, the flagship, at anchor in the Rogue's Cove {Picture Info #2}

One of the more colourful and interesting characters to come to the Island of Standauffish was a Pirate Captain by the name of Captain Aramis Donegan McCleary. He was high spirited, and jovial, with a lust for life that was evident wherever he went.  Along with him came a most interesting assortment of Rogues that one was likely to, or want to, meet.

Captain Aramis had with him his wife of many years, Lady Kendra, a woman well able to handle herself on the open sea.  His first mate, Donavan Long, was of Scottish descent, and had with him his young daughter, the Lady Jessica. Though the sea was no life for such a young Lady, there was little choice for him. Then came Robert MacDuff and his wife, another one who stemmed from the land of the Scots.  Of Irish origin, we find John and Michele O'Daly, an able bodied warrior and his Lady, who would soon become closely tied to the House of Shalott.

Also of note amongst the crew were Gino Tortellini and Steve MacAlister, and the two younger recruits, Jason and Jodi, the latter a dwarf from Scotland but nonetheless a formidable seaman. And we must not forget the flamboyant fencer from France who we only know as “Frenchie”! Such was the mix of this bunch of Rogues, though they were a pleasant lot.

As to the meeting between the Rogues and the House of Shalott, one of the local Baronies bordering onto Wales had been searching for Naval support for some time, in fact it was one of those turned down by the forces loyal to the Island.  Captain Aramis and his Rogues, though Privateers in truth, had desire to find a Port to call home, for the Seas around the Barbary Coast and the Spanish Main, though lucrative raiding areas, had become a might dangerous for the Rogues at present. Also many of the women crew members longed to be off the seas for a time, and most especially Donavan Long desired a safe home for his daughter. 

So the Captain sought to establish a Naval Fleet for this Baron, in return for safe haven. He had even managed to obtain a Letter of Marque direct from the Admiral of the Kingdom that the Barony served under. So all seemed well at the outset. But it soon became clear that the Rogues were not well received, not by deed or misdeed, but rather the aloofness of the Barony in general. Though appearances were kept, there was little feeling of belonging.

Baron Zorgon happened to be in the Crown and Anchor tavern one day with some of his followers, when they overheard the discontent of the Rogues. He had heard favourably of these fellows, and was little surprised at the reception of the Barony. So he asked Captain Aramis if they might join him for an ale or two, and, as he was buying, was made welcome most heartily by the Pirates.

After much joking and talk, and many stout Guinness', the two crews became friends, Baron Zorgon proposed to the Captain and his crew that he might have a solution to his problem. The Rogues might have a piece of the Island, in the north west corner, little used by anyone, to call home. None would question their existence and they would have complete autonomy over their area, owing no real allegiance to the House of Shalott save that of their own choosing, and further would have no need of observing formalities save for when present in Baron Zorgon’s domain of Shalott.

In return for this haven, it would only be asked of the Rogues that they support the Island in its defence and cause, that of Merchant Trade rather than Politics. As this was no more than the good Captain had already offered the previous Barony, and much less in fact, there was little hesitation in agreement. So, more stout was had by all and the details would be worked out on the morrow, when the heads had cleared!

A fortnight passed before Baron Zorgon headed back to the Island, with the Captain's Flagship, the Neptune's Fury following. They were led around the Island to a rugged cove on the north west corner of the Island. It was a difficult entry, the passage being bordered by jagged rocks on either side, but once through it opened into a beautiful bay, a crescent shaped beach at the end. To the north lay a large cliff that afforded an excellent view of the surrounding sea. This cliff had in fact been nicknamed Skull point for its resemblance to a skull when viewed from the northwest.

© Flag of the Rogue's Cove Maritime Society

It was a perfect haven for such as the Rogues, and the Pirates were well pleased.  Captain Aramis and Baron Zorgon shook hands and the deal was sealed. In a few short months the Rogue's Cove had established itself, and much to everyone's surprise, added to the richness of the Merchant Trade of the Island, not from their Booty, {plenty as that was at the expense of the Spaniards, especially those raiding English coastal ports} but from their more legitimate business, that of Fine Spirits and Tobaccos, and their craftsmen that were skilled in the arts of Leather Craft.

So the union was beneficial to all, and the location suited the Pirates well, for though they had no love for the English, they had no quarrel with the Welsh. Thus the Rogue's Cove Guild became a valuable addition to the Island of Standauffish. 
Their ships still raid the Spanish, attacking the raiders in the Channel and they make frequent trips to the Barbary Coast with stops in Morocco.

One little interesting anecdote. Once again check out the History and legends of Caldey Island. Seems the pirates left their mark still to be seen today!

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Important Note.

The Rogue's Cove Pirates are a separate Guild from the Isle. They participate with us at certain events such as Renaissance Faire here in Vegas, but they have a slightly later time period, concentrating around the Caribbean area. They are officially the Rogue's Cove Maritime Society Inc. a non profit group here in Nevada and can be reached at or contact the Captain via E-mail They also participate a lot at SCA events.

Chapter Three
The Port of Shalott

The Golden Dragon leaving the outer harbour of the Port of Shalott on the evening tide {Picture Info #3}

The Port of Shalott is the Capitol City on the Isle of Standauffish. It is the current home of the House of Shalott, that of Baron Sir Zorgon and the Baroness Acadia of Ballater. It is also the seat of power for the Viceroy and the Chancellor, in general the political, commercial and social hub of the Isle.

The City itself lies on the northeast corner of the Isle, with a large sheltered harbour.  Here is where all the various Free City States bring their wares for sale. From this bustling port ships leave daily to exotic Ports of Call in addition to plying all the well established trade routes of the Knowne World. Goods return here from everywhere; the finest clothes and fabrics; treasures from the Four Corners of the world; and exotic foods and drinks.

Around the docks you will find the warehouses, where all the new goods are stored and a good bargain can be found. The Taverns and Inns, as this is the main access to the Isle, where you will find ales and spirits a-plenty, and meals fit for a King! A bit further into the city you will find the streets of the Theatres and the Guilds. And finally the Merchants Row. Here you will find Merchants and gifted Artisans that have gathered here from around the Knowne world. The citizens of the Isle therefor have access to the finest clothes and trinkets the world has to offer.

© Flag of the House of Shalott

The Grande Feast Hall of the Isle also resides here. Many a night the sounds of revelry ring out through the city when the Isle entertains some foreign dignitaries.  Food, wine and much merriment go on well into the wee hours of the night. The Port is also the main social hub of the Isle, a common area where all the various groups get together and meet.

Here you will find a small Church, where brothers from the Abbey of Chelsea, the Monastery on the south of the Island, minister to the denizens of the town. At the end of the main street, against the hills, you will find the current home of Lord Zorgon and Lady Acadia, the new Castle of Shalott, the old home now in the care of Chancellor Alderon.

Just on the outside of the town, there are various semi-permanent encampments. The tents of Omar Kharim, and the Dancers of the Blue Moon, both visiting the Isle from Morocco as permanent guests of the Viceroy, are found here. You will find hospitality with a Middle East flavour here in abundance. And we must not forget the drums and the dancers around the campfires that can be heard late into the night.

And finally, all those citizens not attached to one of the other Free City States, the Freelancers, reside in the Port of Shalott, save for those who have arranged boarding in the other Free States. Here too mention of all the Honoured guests of the Isle must be included, for though they are not permanent residents, their contribution to the Isle has earned them a place of Honour in our ranks.

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Chapter Four
Trade Routes and Ports of Call

Ports of Call of the Fleets of the House of Shalott

These Routes are still incomplete while we research actual place names and common shipping routes in the late 15th Century, but the general direction is accurate, and maps will follow shortly.

 Port of Shalott  Dublin, Ireland  Liverpool, England Belfast, Ireland 
 Prestwick, Scotland Stornoway, Isle of Lewis, Outer Hebrides
Oslo, Norway Edinburgh, Scotland London, England 

 Port of Shalott  Tangiers, Morocco Cadiz, Spain 
    Lisbon, Portugal  Bordeaux France

Trade Routes of Omar Kharim 

The Fleets of Omar Kharim that ply the Mediterranean Sea with home port in Tangiers, Morocco stop at these Ports of Call; Algiers, Algeria; Tunis, Tunisia;
Tripoli, Libya; Alexandria, Egypt; Constantinople, Turkey.

Omar Kharim's Camel trains of the desert and the important stops they make along the routes; Tangiers, Marrakech, Bechar, Ouargia, Ghadames, Al Qaryah, Wadden, Maradah, Awjilah, Siwa Oasis, Cairo 

From Cairo by donkey caravans to Jerusalem, Damascus, Baghdad, Esfahon, Herat, Kabul and the Kyber pass. Traders met in Kabul from the Kyber pass bring the goods from Ports of Call further East; Kathmandu, Nepal, Tibet, India and China

Maps of our Trade Routes

Chapter Five
Omar Kharim Ali Ala Akbar

Photo represents Omar Kharim's Palace in Morroccco

One of the major Ports of Call for the House of Shalott's fleet was Tangiers, Morocco. The Treasures of the Middle East were bartered for here, fine fabrics, exotic dyes, spices and fragrances much sought after in England and Europe. Also highly sought after Damascus steel for sword making. The Crusaders were set off here to catch passage for points east. It was in this bustling Port, during the course of doing business in Morocco, that Baron Zorgon met Sheikh Omar Kharim Ali Allah Akbar.

He was a burly man, tall by Arabian standards, but jovial in demeanour. He was a powerful Merchant Sheikh with much fame and respect in Morocco. Of Berber origin, he was a bit of a rogue and pirate at heart, and perhaps even more so if the truth be known. This was Tangiers after all.

© Flag of Omar Kharim Ali Allah Akbar

Omar was extremely wealthy, having his own fleet of ships that plied the southern Mediterranean, as well as extensive Camel trains that plied the desert Ports of Call, reaching as Far East as Kabul and the Kyber pass. His warehouses were laden with high quality steel from Damascus, Figs and Dates from the oases. The best in goods coming from east of the Kyber pass, from India, from Mongolia, from Nepal and Tibet, from Kathmandu and even from as far off as China.

The treasures and riches of Egypt, of Cairo and Alexandria; of Turkey through Constantinople; The belly dancers of Baghdad and of Egypt, and all their accoutrements; the musicians of the Middle East and their instruments; armour and Weapons of all sorts from all throughout that region. All this made Omar a very wealthy Sheikh, and with such a rich assortment of goods, the likes never seen before.

He lacked but one thing, new markets to sell to, not that he needed the gold, but he loved the business, and the wares would but spoil in the warehouses. So when he and Baron Zorgon met, it was like a Godsend. Zorgon was in search of new merchandise, and Omar was searching for a new market. So the two spent many days in business talks, naturally intermixed with much feasting and entertainment from the Guild of Dancers and Musicians that Omar had under his wing.

After all was arranged the two had merged into one company, each more than satisfied with the deal. Omar and his entourage came back to the Island of Standauffish for a visit and established a section of the Island as a base from which to operate in England.  Omar opened a Guild of Dancers in the Port of Shalott as well, for one must always have dancers and drummers for entertainment at the feasts, at least Omar Kharim thought this to be a necessity.  And to date this Bard hath yet to find one soul in disagreement with this philosophy. 

Omar Kharim with Shahin {l}, Karima {r} and Zarah{f} 
Photo © Camillo Favaro

So it was thus that Omar Kharim and the Guild of Belly Dancers came to be a part of the History of the Island. And from that day forth the partnership prospered not only in Wealth of Gold, but that of great companionship and camaraderie, the mainstay of the Island of Standauffish!

And Omar Kharim's Guild of Dance graces the Island with many beautiful and skilled women and musicians, attracting the attention of many local ladies to join in this novel and fun sport. And the evening fires around Standauffish have become a lot more interesting of late, even though many of the nights are cooler than most are accustomed to in their homeland, none the less they are undaunted in spirit, much to the joy of those who reside on this fair Island. Many a court has had the privilege of seeing some of the performances when House of Shalott entertains!

Important Note

Omar Kharim's Guild of Belly Dance is also a separate group, though wholly attached to the Isle. Here in Las Vegas they hold free lessons twice a month in the Jewel Box Theatre of the Clark County Public Library at the corner of Flamingo and Eastern avenues. Instruction is provided by members of the The Dancers of the Blue Moon. Some drum lessons are also available at times practising Middle East rhythms. If you live in the Vegas Area and wish to participate you can contact Omar or Zarah below.

Chapter Six
The Dancers of the Blue Moon

The Dancers of the Blue Moon met Omar Kharim in Morocco as they travelled across Arabia in search of a home. Morocco was the only Islamic country at the time that allowed women to walk around without veils. Specializing in the more traditional ethnic varieties of Belly Dancing, they provide training in the art form in Omar's Guild.

Ya Shara Perizad el Shazadee {left}, who runs the troupe, along with her close friend Shareem Sar, provide the much need instructions for new members to the Guild. They have a small encampment next to Omar just outside the main gates, to the west of the one road that serves the other towns on the Isle.
Photo © Camillo Favaro


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Important Note

The Dancers of the Blue Moon are a small troupe of dancers, also based here in Las Vegas that also do performances for fun at such events as the Faires and club Wars and participate at many Isle of Standauffish functions. They have been friends of the Guild since Omar first began the Belly Dance Guild, and are now an integral part of that Guild, providing free instructions in both dance and some drumming. Currently they have a new name.   Al-Ateeka

Chapter Seven
The Abbey at Chelsea, The Monastery

Norman style Chapel in the Castle of Shalott Photo © Lara E. Eakins

The Chapel

The Chapel is located on the main floor of the south west Tower in Baron Zorgon’s castle in the Port of Shalott. This is where the Viceroy and the members of the House of Shalott receive their spiritual guidance. Just off to the left of the Chapel is a small office attached to a spacious luxurious apartment, which are there for the use of the Lord Abbot Thërn du Claravouix while he is in town.

The Church

{{Photo of Small Tudor Period Country Church}}

The Church, a small humble but ornate building just off the main street close to the docks, is the main point of contact between the Abbey and the populace of the Isle. There is always at least one brother on duty, and they leave a light burning all night should anyone require any assistance, such as a ship's captain wanting a blessing before heading out to an unknown fate upon the seas.

It is through this building that they distribute their lavender honey and perfume; the Abbey's wine and the little bread they have left over for sale.  A small room in the back of the church is the office of the Scribe.

Though no formal service is held here, the brothers are more than happy to provide spiritual assistance whenever needed, and the doors are always open for those wishing to pray. 

The Monastery

The Abbey of Chelsea seen from the north in Winter.
The Abbot's House is in the foreground {Photo Info #1}

The Abbey at Chelsea, a Franciscan Monastery, run by the Lord Abbot Thërn du Claravouix, is a most interesting edifice. There is nothing humble about this place. The Monastery itself is a huge magnificent building high up in the mountains at the southern end of the Island. On the road leading up to the Abbey you will pass the Abbots cottage, who preferred to live outside the Monastery, which was fairly common at the time.

The Order provides the spiritual guidance and the conscience of the Isle, performing such functions as weddings. Though the Order is Catholic historically, they have been known to be a bit unorthodox, accommodating the other Religions on the Isle as well. Performing a Norse wedding ceremony is not beyond their calling.

To provide for themselves as well as earn the necessary moneys to cover day to day living, the order keeps bees for making honey, a honey well loved by the denizens of the Isle. Lavender grows profusely on the island, and the blossoms impart a most unique flavour to the honey. Another product made by the monks is a unique perfume, bottled and labelled in the Monastery, called Island Rose. They grow a little wheat here as well, though usually only enough for their own use, due to the short growing season. The Abbot bakes most excellent bread, which has graced the tables of many of our feasts. Though they have a small vineyard in their valley for wine making, they trade with the City of Mediterraneus for grapes to be able to meet the demands on the excellent wine produced at the Abbey, as well as grain when short. The glass bottles for the perfume comes from Italy as well, and the Duke's ships have carried many a dispatch between the Abbey and the Vatican.

The Monastery is the seat of what passes for the University on the Isle. Who better to maintain the book learning on the Isle? An extensive Library is housed in those hallowed halls and many a rare book has been given to the Abbot by the various Captains that dock on the Isle, books procured from around the world and brought back because all know the Abbot's love for new books.

The Franciscan brothers, being of the few on the Isle versed in writing skills, most especially Latin, naturally leads to another task the order performs, that of Scribes. In addition to the regular letters asked of them, for a small fee, they produce beautiful Calligraphy and Illuminated documents. The Abbey maintains a small office in the Church in town for this purpose as well.

View of the Abbey from the southwest in summer {Photo Info #2}

There is a small orphanage at the Monastery caring for, or so its said, those poor unfortunates that the Pirates leave behind, and the brothers have been known to help with the education of the other children {and discipline} on the Isle.

Amongst his other talents, our versatile Abbot is also an accomplished Milliner, creating hats of distinction for discriminating Lords and Ladies, which he offers for sale through one of the shoppes in the Port of Shalott. Many a citizen of the Isle sports a chapeaux created by Lord Thërn du Claravouix.

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Important Note

The Order that the Abbey belongs to is a Franciscan Catholic Order within the Society for Creative Anachronism, Kingdom of Caid. Though the Monastery is technically an entity within the SCA, it has made its home on the Isle of Standauffish, and within the next year or so, there will be a very prominent physical existence of the Abbey, making a fine addition to our Guild.

Chapter Eight
The City of Mediterraneus
A Duchy

The City of Mediterraneus is an Italian Renaissance Guild under the direction of Sir Camillo di Lombardi and Dame Ca'lalah as Duke and Duchess.  They are located in the south eastern part of the Island, a countryside of rolling verdant hills and open fields, perfectly suited for the vineyards that provide them with a local source of income. They chose that location as being the most suitable for their needs. In their camp you will find a traditional Italian Festival setting complete with wine press and grape arbour, in and among ancient Roman ruins.

Ironically, their space on the Isle was on the site where there were ruins of an old Roman watchtower and small fortress, left from the days when the old Roman Empire ruled here in Britain. Though the climate proved difficult, they none the less manage to make a very good wine, supplemented by the wines they bring in from Italy on their frequent voyages.

Duke Sir Camillo di Lombardi 
on Joker in front of his Castle

The Duchy maintains a small fleet of ships, those that Sir Camillo had while in the Kingdom of Vega, that make the trip from the Port of Shalott into the Mediterranean Sea many times a year. The stories of how the rulers of Mediterraneus came to be known to Baron Zorgon have already been told. They came to the Isle for more than a visit when they became dissatisfied with the new regime of the Old Kingdom they had served with, making them perfect candidates for joining us on the Isle.

Run by Duke Camillo di Lombardi and Duchess Ca'Lalah of Rosemyrth, they plan to build a small Italian village complete with stables, a winepress and an equestrian Guild {currently on the planning board}.  The Duchess' Love for equestrian arts has them involved in jousting demos and equestrian events, and the formation of a new jousting guild for those with interest. Both Duke Camillo and Duchess Ca’Lalah are experienced equestrians, having done jousting demos while in the service of their former Kingdom.

© Device of the City of Mediterraneus

Sir Camillo, an artisan in armour construction, enjoys replicating medieval and Renaissance armour as well as teaching the art and history to others. He maintains a small armour shoppe in the Port of Shalott. His family has been making armour for decades and the Duke's wealth has come from this noble trade. Making armour for display, dress as well as parade armour for show keeps the shoppe busy.  The shoppe used to provide full combat armour for various fighting groups, but time constrains have forced this to be limited for the time being. This may change in the future if and when he can find a suitable apprentice to this time honoured field. 

But in the meantime, the wine making, the sales from the shop, and the goods his ships bring from the Mediterranean area ensure the coffers of the city remain full.

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Chapter Nine
The House of Black Arrow

The Castle of Captain Duncan MacPherson {Photo © Stefan Schlesinger}

The House of Black Arrow, as their name implies, is a House devoted to the skills of Archery. The head of the Household is Lord Duncan MacPherson, of the Clan MacPherson, along with his wife Mary MacPherson.  It was originally created under the then Prince Eric Stavanger, Prince of Vega, ECS. While in service to the Count Sir William Baine in the Army de Mortis, Captain Duncan first met Lord Zorgon. With a small crew of Mercenary archers aboard an old ship that had seen better days, he joined with Baron Zorgon in forming the Second Squadron Draconis.

The ship, christened “The Broken Arrow” by her crew due to her condition, was part of the navy of the principality. Had it not been for the fleet made up of Sir Camillo’s vessels and those of the House of Shalott, the Principality would have had little to show on the sea.

When Zorgon and his followers left Vega to head for home, Lord Duncan MacPherson petitioned the House of Shalott to be allowed to accompany them back to Wales. As a number of his own Household members had chosen to stay behind in the newly created Kingdom, Zorgon accepted his offer.

Leaving his old ship behind, Duncan and two of his crew, along with his wife Mary MacPherson, took passage aboard the Golden Dragon. Once they returned back to Shalott, Baron Zorgon commissioned Lord Duncan to the captaincy of one of his ships, the Red Dragon.

Captain Duncan MacPherson, at the helm of the Red Dragon, was with the Fleet that brought Henry Tudor to England, and his small party of Archers proved to be a valuable asset in the battles that ensued.

© Flag of the House of Black Arrow

After the war was over, the House of Black Arrow turned their talents to the Tournament fields within the Port of Shalott. Though it may seem unusual to find a Scotsman in England at this time, Captain Duncan MacPherson has proven his loyalty and his worth to the House of Shalott, to Wales, and to King Henry VII many times, and stands without question as one of the Isle's most stalwart supporters.

Duncan MacPherson family history

Father Kenneth MacPherson ~~ Mother Rose Fraser
Grandfather Ewan MacPherson  ~~ Grandmother Mary Fraser
Brothers  ~~ James and David MacPherson
Sisters ~~ Sarah MacPherson and Anne MacPherson

Duncan MacPherson was born in 1454.  In 1470 his father sent him overseas on one of his ships to work in the family business. Before the age of sixteen he had learned to hunt and use a bow.  In 1478 at the age of 24, through unfortunate circumstanes, with the death of the ship's captain, he was forced to take control and thus became the captain of his first ship.  It was shortly there after that his father ordered him and his ships to sail to the Kingdom of Vega, where he had an agreement with Colonel William Baine.  By the terms of this agreement Duncan served for five years.  During that time he happened to met  Baron Sir Zorgon of Shalott and later took service with him. When Lord Zorgon returned home, Duncan and others in his household followed him. Under the now Viceroy, Duncan became Leader of the Black Dragon Squadron.

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Chapter Ten
Clan Na Faol

The Moat and Bailey of the Clan Na Foal {Picture Info #4
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The Clan is run by Baron Aonarach Faol MagUighir and his wife Sorsha MagUighir.
For some time the Clan has been friendly to the cause of the Isle of Standauffish.

In return for this support and friendship to the Isle, the Viceroy, Baron Sir Zorgon of Shalott has given Baron Aonarach Faol MagUighir a grant of land on which to build his Household, that of the Clan Na Faol.

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Important Note

Clan Na Faol is a Celtic Household based within the Barony of Starkhafn, Kingdom of Caid, SCA. For many years now Baron Aonarach Faol MagUighir and his wife Sorsha MagUighir have been supporters of the Isle of Standauffish. As a matter of fact the Baron played a major role in the naming of the Isle. The title of Baron has been granted him as Court Baron within the Kingdom of Caid, and not to be confused with the current Baron of Starkhafn.

Lady Sorsha has been very much involved with activities on the Isle for some time now in various capacities, and is friend to many of its citizens, in particular to the Lord Abbot Thërn du Claravouix. Lord Aonarach would participate more, save that his duties to his Kingdom take much of his time.

Chapter Eleven
The Brotherhood of the Gauntlet

Device of the Brotherhood of the Gauntlet © Ronald Fraser

The Brotherhood is under the direction of John O'Daly, though they have no formal command structure at present. They are a group of Mercenaries who, for previous service to the Isle of Standauffish, particularly the House of Shalott, have received a grant of land in the forested area near Clan Na Foal, in the southwest corner of the Isle.

Camaraderie and friendship, drinking and feasting are their main activities. Their women, while naturally part of the group, are not actually in the Brotherhood per say.  Leather craft, woodworking and metal work number amongst their talents, and they have at least one regimental drummer.

John O'Daly and his wife Michele started with the Guild under Captain Aramis, of the Rogue's Cove, then transferred from the Pirates into the House of Shalott with a few friends, the very beginnings of the Brotherhood. They provided guard service for the Isle and its Viceroy, until recently when they resigned their commission to form their own autonomous region.

Being new to the Game, having come from a background of being Renaissance Faire goers rather than from another Re-creation group, they have taken to the Isle.  They have yet to create their personas, though they have a direction in mind. Two members of their group have already created personal devices, as well as one for the Brotherhood, with the artist help of Connor MacLachlan.

Since our last Renaissance Faire in October 1998 they have once again moved on. The members of the Brotherhood were staunch supporters of the Isle of Standauffish for the brief time they were with us, and a colourful group to say the least. We wish them well and success on their quest for a permanent "home", which has currently led them to the Barony of Starkhafn, in the Kingdom of Caid, SCA.

There activities while with the Isle have been recorded in our Picture Galleries in the Library.

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Chapter Twelve
The Freelancers and Honored Guests

There are many others who wish to join with us on the Isle of Standauffish, though they may not wish to belong to a particular City State. These persons then take up residency in the Port of Shalott as Freelancers, or Independents.

There are many reasons for this, such as new visitors who have yet to find there place or visitors from foreign lands who wish to join us only when we visit their Realms. There is also at any given time a number of visiting Honoured Guests, some of whom may have been given keys to a City.

Then there are those who come to the Isle for professional reasons, such as Musicians like our harp player, or our drum master, as well as jesters, dancers and various other Performers. Those that visit on a regular basis have also been recorded in our history as they too have most interesting tales to add to our epic.

And we must not forget those that for exceptional service to the Isle, though they do not grace our shores with their presence, never the less hold a special place in our hearts, and those shall receive Honorary titles to the Isle of Standauffish.

Chapter Thirteen
The St Andrews Society

The Saint Andrews Society is a different group than the Saint Andrews Renaissance Guild that has been in Las Vegas for many years. They are an organization of Modern Scots and their website is located at

Logo © St Andrews Society of Southern Nevada

They have been friends of  the Isle of Standauffish for some time and currently offer instruction in Scottish country dance, taught by Richard Brown. They have graciously let us list the dance classes as one of our activities letting our members participate for free.



The Paintings used on this page are details cut for the purpose of
Illustrating our History only. To view the original full size paintings see our Gallery in the Library

New Castle on the Delaware, 1857
Edward Moran (American 1829-1901)
Oil on canvas, 40 X 60"; Signed 
Image courtesy of:
The Butler Institute of American Art
Youngstown, OH

Discovery and Resolution at an island in the Pacific, 1777
John Cleveley the Younger ( English c1747-1786)
oil on canvas, 68.5 x 122.1 cm.
Image courtesy of:
National Library of Australia

Endeavour, leaving Whitby Harbour in 1768
Thomas Luny (English 1759-1837)
oil on canvas, 79.1 x 145.1 cm.
Image courtesy of:
National Library of Australia

Photos used for our Illustrated History have been individually Identified where positive ownership has been established, and permission is on file. The rest are either our own photography or scans from the Library, etc., with touch ups to remove modern items such as cars etc. to use as representations of buildings belonging in our history. Due Credit is given when source is known.

Tarasp Castle, Switzerland
In Winter
Scanned From Castles Calendar 1998 by Hallmark

Tarasp Castle, Switzerland
In Summer


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