Exerpted from an article printed in Tournaments Illuminated #109 , Winter 1993.
Last updated November 9, 2011.


Etcetera - The Kingdom of Æthelmearc

by Mistress Jessa d'Avondale

The Principality of Æthelmearc began as the Western Region of the East Kingdom. It was elevated to principality status in A.S. XXIV, and became the fifteenth kingdom of the SCA in A.S. XXXII.

The arms of the kingdom are: Gules, an escarbuncle argent within a laurel wreath and in chief a coronet Or.


Patents of Arms

The heirs to the kingdom poll all Patent-holding royal peers in the kingdom to determine whether the departing royalty should be awarded Patents of Arms when they descend the thrones, if they do not already have them. The heirs also consult the members of the Order of the Rose to determine if the consort will be inducted into that order.

Grants of Arms

Grants of Arms are given to territorial Barons and Baronesses upon their investiture. The Royalty may choose to give Grants of Arms along with the titles Court Baron and Baroness. Grants of Arms also accompany the six Kingdom Orders of High Merit (below), and occasionally, a Grant of Arms is given as a stand-alone award.

Orders of High Merit

Order of the Gage: given to recognize accomplishments in the heavy lists and melee fields. Members of the Order of Chivalry are not eligible for this award. The order's badge is: (Fieldless) On a gauntlet sable, an escarbuncle Or.

Order of the White Scarf: given to recognize accomplishments of the fencers of Æthelmearc. Members of the order are entitled to wear on their left shoulder a white scarf with the badge of Æthelmearc: Gules, an escarbuncle argent within a bordure Or.

Order of the Scarlet Guard: given to recognize accomplishments of the archers of Æthelmearc. The order's badge is: (Fieldless) A tassel per pale gules and argent.

Order of the Millrind: given to recognize service to the kingdom. Members of the Order of the Pelican are not eligible for this award. The order's badge is: (Fieldless) A millrind argent.

Order of the Fleur of Æthelmearc: given to recognize skill in the gentler arts. Members of the Order of the Laurel are not eligible for this award. The order's badge is: Per saltire gules and Or, four fleurs-de-lys bases to center counterchanged.

The Order of the White Horn: given to recognize accomplishments in those martial areas not recognized by the Orders of Gage, the White Scarf, or the Scarlet Guard. The badge of the order is: (Fieldless) A hunting horn argent.

Awards of Arms

The Kingdom Orders of Merit convey an Award of Arms to the recipient, if they are not already armigerous

Orders of Merit

Order of the Keystone: given for service to the kingdom, including teaching and autocratting. The order's badge is: Or, on a keystone gules an escarbuncle argent.

Order of the Sycamore: given for accomplishments in the peaceful arts and sciences, including entertaining and research. The order's badge is: (Fieldless) Three sycamore leaves conjoined in pall per pale gules and Or.

Order of the Golden Alce: given for accomplishments in the martial arts and sciences. The order's badge is: (Fieldless) A stag's head cabossed per pale Or and gules.

Order of the Golden Stirrup : given for authenticity in appearance while performing a martial activity, including research and teaching with an emphasis in visual merit, not skill level.

Non-armigerous awards

Order of the Golden Thorn: given for protection and defense of the Crown, usually for service in time of war or on the battlefield

Æthelmearc Award of Excellence: given to honor excellence in the Eyes of the Crown. This distinction is recognized with a token from the Crown. There is no limit to the number of times an individual may be so recognized.

Order of the Cornelian: given to honor courtesy. The token is a carnelian gemstone.

Order of the Sigil of Æthelmearc: given for service to the Crown. The token is the Æ (Aesch) of Æthelmearc.

Order of the Silver Buccle: given to outstanding subjects age 14 and under. The token is a silver buckle.

Order of the Silver Alce: given for accomplishments in the martial arts and sciences by subjects age 14 and under.

Order of the Silver Sycamore: given for accomplishments in the peaceful arts and sciences done by subjects age 14 and under.

Order of the Jewel of Æthelmearc: given to recognize those outstanding individuals who exemplify skill, courtesy, chivalry and service. The Crown may recognize only one new member per reign, and consults with the members of the order before bestowing the award. The newest member is presented with an escarbuncle set with a gem, dependent from a chain, which is passed on to the next recipient.

Order of the Garnet (a principality order, now closed): given to former consorts of Æthelmearc, who displayed gentility, grace, statesmanship, courtesy and chivalry during their reign. Companions are styled "Lady of the Garnet." Their duties are to promote courtesy and chivalry, to be an example of proper etiquette, to give counsel to the Coronet, to devise quests to promote the ideals of the order,and to give tokens of favor to those who perform extremely courteous/chivalrous acts, or to those who are constantly courteous/chivalrous. They have the privilege to select a Champion of the Garnet, and to convene a council to advise the Coronet on matters of courtesy and honor. The token of the order is a garnet.

The Ladies of the Garnet retain their rank and precedence and may aid the Order of the Rose.

Other Kingdom Honors

The Champion of Æthelmearc is determined in a heavy weapons tournament. At the end of Tourney, the Crown appoints a Champion from the combattants (not necessarily the winner of the tourney). If the King and Queen are unable to complete their reign, the Champion becomes Regent.

The Shield of Chivalry: given to the most chivalrous fighter in Crown Tournament, to hold until the next Crown Tourney. The Bearer of the Shield of Chivalry is selected by former royal consorts (including, but not exclusive to, members of the Order of the Garnet and Order of the Rose), and is charged to champion the ideals of chivalry on and off the field, use of proper etiquette, and courtesy, by example, at all times. Should none be found worthy, the shield is left in the keeping of the Crown.


Index of SCA Kingdom Awards articles Kingdom of Æthelmearc website

This article was compiled from Æthelmearc law and the SCA Armorial. Assistance was provided by THL Giulietta da Venezia, Sir Magariki Katsuichi no Koredono, Lord Kwellend-Njal Kollskeggson, Master Fridrikr Tomasson av Knusslig Hamn, Mistress Orianna Fridrikskona, Mistress Ellisif Flakkari, and Mistress Caitlin Davies. The illustrations of award badges were provided by Mikhail of Lubelska and Maitresse Yvianne de Castel d'Avignon.

Mistress Jessa d'Avondale (Marla Lecin) resides in the East Kingdom. She invites anyone with updates or corrections to this article to contact her.