Angus le Todde Mac Donnell

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Todde at Estrella 2009
Information
Resides: Isles
Status: Active
Awards: Visit the Caid Order of Precedence
Heraldry
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Per bend sinister engrailed argent and azure, three sprigs of three cherries proper and a comet bendwise sinister inverted argent.

Don Angus le Todde Mac Donnell, or just "Todde".

Persona

Todde mac Donnell is a private agent of the Earl of Cassilis at the markets of Bruges in the late 1560’s. His primary duties are selling the wool from his excellency’s flocks at a good price, and seeing the wealth returned on a ship loaded with profitable goods and whatever luxuries the Earl desires. As this work puts ten thousand marks in his hands for a few short weeks, Todde spends the prior months arranging profitable orders and sales. If he can string together a few prudent trades while dodging religious riots and overzealous Spanish magistrates, the profits will fund the Calix Inundans Company’s growing ventures all year.

Todde spends the rest of the year attending to his lovely Venetian wife Mora, dabbling in leatherwork, practicing his rapier, and traveling fairly regularly to Spain and Caid to investigate business opportunities. Calix Inundans keeps its Mediterranean warehouse in Cadiz, down the street from the Inn of the Crimson Spade, the better to um, provide the Earl with his luxuries.

Should you need three-score bushels of finest cardamom, arriving late next month, please drop us a line.

Offices & Event Staff

  • Chatelain for the Shire of Isles: c. 1999-2005, 2016-Current
  • Former Minister of Arts & Sciences for the Shire of Isles: c. 2011-2015
  • Isles Anniversary Event Steward: 1999, 2002, 2004, 2007, 2017, 2018
  • Rapier Open Event Steward: 2008, 2010, 2013
  • Bardic Collegium Event Steward: 2005
  • Spring Crown Event Steward: 2010

Rapier Tournament Victories

  • Altavia, Angels, Carreg Wen, Darach, Gyldenholt, Heatherwyne, Isles, Tarnmist
  • Champion for Caid Rapier Open: 2007, 2009, 2012, 2018
  • Queen's Champion for Tahira al-Fahida, 2017
  • Premier Defender of the Arts, Crescent Artisan: 2018
  • Champion of the Valkerie Rose Tournament: 2011, 2018
  • Previous territorial rapier champion: Altavia, Angels, Carreg Wen, Darach, Gyldenholt, Heatherwyne, Isles, Lyondemere, Tarnmist

Classes Taught

Leatherworking

Image Preview Project Recipient Year
RhydderchShoes.jpg Late Period Pierced Leather Shoes,

Entered in Crescent Artisan

Rhydderch Derwen 2018
Memorial Scabbard.jpg Pinked Pink Memorial Scabbard

Matchs the Pinked Pink Elbows worn by Mealla Caimbeul
Composite of views: full scabbard, tip and middle details

Edmund Barlow,
Mealla Caimbeul's Student
2018
ToddesGorgetMain.jpg Gorget with Roses Valeria Cabrielli 2017
ValeriaGorgetDetail.jpg Gorget with Roses, Carving and Collar Detail Valeria Cabrielli 2017
ValeriaGorgetUnderpinnings.jpg Gorget with Roses, Construction Detail Valeria Cabrielli 2017
TahiraShoes.jpeg Shoes, For the Queen by Her Champion. Tahira Al-Fahida 2017
AlexanderShoe.jpg Shoes, I Guess the King Got Some Too Alexander Hostilius of Caid 2017
ElishevasShoesTop.jpg Shoes, Turnshoe with Middle Eastern Flair Elisheva bat Yisrael c. 2017
PauloElbows.jpg Squid Elbows Paulo de Vincenzi 2017
SierraGorgetFront.jpg Beetle Gorget Sierra Holtz
(newcomer, SCA name pending)
2017
SierraGorgetSide.jpg Detail (side):

Beetle Gorget

Sierra Holtz
(newcomer, SCA name pending)
2017
LilyBelt.jpg Momento Mori Sword Belt and Frog Livith filia Organae 2017
ToddeGameofUr.jpg Two-Sided Game Board

Game of Ur

Livith filia Organae c. 2017
ToddeSenet.jpg Two-Sided Game Board

Senet

Livith filia Organae c. 2017
ElishevaMugFront.jpg Waxed Leather Mug, Hearts Elisheva bat Yisrael c. 2014-2016
ElishevaMugBack.jpg Waxed Leather Mug, Hearts

Detail: Back view

Elisheva bat Yisrael c. 2014-2016
ElishevaMugInterior.jpg Waxed Leather Mug, Hearts

Detail: Interior Surface

Elisheva bat Yisrael c. 2014-2016
MealasElbows.jpg Pinked Pink Elbow Cops Mealla Caimbeul 2014
Svenbelt1.JPG Sword Frog and Belt for Sven's Stepping Down Sven Örfhendur c. 2013
IHadTwoPouches cropped.jpg "I had two pouches, but they weren't period."

16th c. Dutch reference

Self-Owned Project c. 2011
IHadTwoPouchesEdge.jpg Detail (interior):

"I had two pouches, but they weren't period."

Self-Owned Project c. 2011
IHadTwoPouchesInterior.jpg Detail (Edge)

"I had two pouches, but they weren't period."

Self-Owned Project c.2011
List-Shield-Zhivana.jpg Leather List shield Zhivana Igorevna c. 2010-2013
ByzantineChess.jpg Byzantine Chess Board Diego Antonio de Palma

The Inn of the Crimson Spade

c. 2009
FourPlayerTablesGame.jpg Round Backgammon.

4 Player Tables Game as described in
Alphonse X's Book of games.
Reverse of Chess Board

Diego Antonio de Palma

The Inn of the Crimson Spade

c. 2009
CIMG0771.JPG Sewing Box and Needle Book) Mora Ottavia Spadera 2008
CIMG0774.JPG Detail: Interior

Sewing Box and Needle Book)

Mora Ottavia Spadera 2008
QCBelt.jpg Queen's Champion Regalia Belt & Frog

Based on sword hanger in the Kelvingrove Museum,
Glasgow. c. 1600

Kingdom of Caid,

Commissioned by Adriana II and Laertes McBride

2005
Filigree detail.jpg Queen's Champion Regalia Frog

Detail: Acanthus

Kingdom of Caid,

Commissioned by Adriana II and Laertes McBride

2005
Rose detail.jpg Queen's Champion Regalia Frog

Detail: Rose

Kingdom of Caid,

Commissioned by Adriana II and Laertes McBride

2005
Bombard 3.JPG Leather Bombard Adelasia Borghi D'Ascoli 2004
LeatherFencingHelm.JPG Leather Fencing Helm Self-owned

Rhydderch Derwen
Jarijch van Den Helder

2004
Scroll case 1.JPG Scroll Carrier for Class Handouts Self-Owned 2004
My sword belt 2.JPG Ornamental Belt and Frog Self-owned 2000
Mo sword belt 1.JPG Eagle Belt and Frog Mora Ottavia Spadera 2000
WaxedLeatherMugs.jpg Waxed Leather Mugs, Bunnies & Gyno-Sphynx Self-Owned,

Gyno-Sphynx belongs to Mora Ottavia Spadera

c. Once Upon a Time
WaxedLeatherCups.jpg Waxed Leather Cups Cherries, Self-Owned

Artichoke belongs to Mora Ottavia Spadera

c. Once Upon a Time

Rapier Teaching Dossier

Summary:

Teaching Strengths:

  • 1-on-1 diagnosis and coaching for intermediate fencers
  • Tailoring one's fight to the opponent
  • Rogue & skirmish tactics
  • Medium-size groups of beginners and novices
  • Buckler specialist
  • A lot of experience with younger and lady fencers

Teaching Weaknesses:

  • Limited knowledge of intermediate and advanced Italian rapier
  • Not so good at coaching strength-based fencers or infighting

Availability:

  • Teach at Isles practice weekly, can be persuaded to go to Darach to teach
  • Happy to teach at events, but attending fewer while we have a young son

Detailed Questionnaire:

Q: Are you more comfortable with beginners, advanced...etc?

A: Very comfortable teaching groups of beginners. For intermediate & advanced fighters I do better teaching 1-on-1.

Q: Are you willing to take students, are you a tourney teacher or a melee teacher?

A: Willing to take students, but my travel is limited with a new born son. I am happy to teach tourney fighting or skirmish/rogue melee tactics. I am a terrible line fighter, but can run the drills. My main tourney style is to probe the opponent and adapt my fight to win safely; I find this is difficult to teach, but would like to try.

Q: Do you prefer foot work over speed?

A: A bit of each, but I stick to fairly simple footwork. My emphasis is on understanding the fight and adapting.

Q: Are you aggressive in teaching, do you like to watch and critique or fight and critique?

A: I'm a fairly exuberant teacher, and some might call that aggressive. I find it hard to diagnose subtle problems without actually fencing with the student.

Q: Are you uncomfortable teaching females, lefties, tall people, short people, large people, slow people...what do you prefer and who can you offer the most too?

A: I am weakest at teaching intermediate/advanced Italian fencing, because I can only barely do it myself. I also have trouble teaching fighters who use a lot of strength. Otherwise, I think I'm a fairly versatile teacher who tries to teach too many different things.

Q: Do you travel to other practices?

A: I can be persuaded to come to Darach practice, but my mobility is limited by a young son.

Q: Are you approachable, will you make them cry?

A: Apparently not. I have taught a lot of young ladies in Isles, and the only two I haven't been able to teach had orthopedic problems that prevented normal fencing

Q: Are you willing to commit so much time, how far are you willing to travel, how active are you...

A: I'm happy to teach at events, but Isles has a lot of newbies, so getting 1-on-1 time with me is harder than I would like.