Bridget Lucia Mackenzie

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Queen Bridget at Gyldenholt Anniversary 2014. Photo by Christine Foster, 6/28/2014
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Resides: Altavia
Status: Active
Awards: Visit the Caid Order of Precedence to access a list of this person's awards.
Heraldry
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Per bend purpure and Or, a cross of St. Brigid and a castle counterchanged and for augmentation, flying from the dexter tower a banner azure charged with four crescents conjoined in saltire horns outward argent

Dutchess Bridget Lucia MacKenzie attended her first SCA event, Great Western War I in 1997. She was retainer to Countess Albra Katerine Marie Isabelle Bautiste, under whose tutelage she learned about garb making, and the traditions and operations of life in Caid. She has served on numerous Baronial Royal courts and is a member of the Griffin Freehold household.

When not at war, Bridget enjoys all manner of fiber arts, especially spinning and weaving. She makes much of her own garb, as well as clothing for her Corvus Brethren. She has won awards for her spinning, knitting, weaving and cordial-making entries at several Pentathlons, as well as regional Arts & Sciences competitions. She has taught lantern-making, embroidery and drop-spinning to kids at Collegium, and takes her antique spinning wheel to school demos all over Caid.

As a Romanized Celt from the 6th century, Bridget loves the gentler, homey arts of making clothing. But when called upon by her King, she takes up arms and joins her Corvus brethren with the fierceness of her idol, Queen Bodicca of the Iceni. Though she admits that she does not have many spectacular kills to her credit, she believes that her biggest asset on the battlefield is being fearless and throwing herself at the enemy lines with such abandon as to cause dismay, allowing her Brothers to step in and crush her foes. She is proud to die gloriously, many times, for her King.

In 1999, Bridget volunteered to assist Lord Mikhail of the Kuma with running Boffer Tourneys. When Kuma stepped down as Minister of Boffers (a position he started) Bridget stepped up. She has worked hard to maintain a safe and fun environment for children and their families to enjoy in the SCA. She has promoted safe children's sword-play in Caid, attending events all over Caid (about 30 per year!) to run tourneys and train Deputies. Bridget has also submitted a heraldic device that should soon be acknowledged as the Society Boffers/Youth Combat device. She relinquished this office at Great Western War 2004, having served for 3 years.

In 2005, Bridget stepped up with Laertes McBride to be the 4th Baron and Baroness of the Barony of Altavia. They retired in 2008, whereupon she became the Chatelaine of Altavia.

Fighting with sword and shield in Heavy Weapons combat since 1999, Bridget has entered in tournaments and fought in many wars, including Great Western Wars, Potrero, Estrella and Pennsic. At Pennsic XXX (2001), she was the ONLY Caidan fighting in the Women's Only Tourney. After fighting for many wars with Corvus Warband, she was invited in 2004 by this bloodthirsty band to become a Brother (yes, they call her "Brother Bridget"). In 2006 she was one quarter of the Army of Caid at Gulf Wars.

Her Corvus Brothers Mikhail of the Kuma and Sir Valrik MacIan have fought as her Champions. Also a Corvus Brother, Agrippa Morris won Spring Crown Tourney 2014, making Bridget Princess of Caid.

Bridget is fond of feathers, fur and things purple. She is an avid spinner, weaver and seamstress, and is fond of interesting fibers, cords/yarns and fabrics. She is not allergic to anything that she so far aware of (except mean people!), and enjoys an occasional "spirited" beverage.


Offices & Positions

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Altavia

Angels

Corvus

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Competitions

  • Altavia Arts & Sciences Champion, Stained Glass of Baronial devices, 5/10/2008
  • Angels Arts & Sciences Champion, 9/12/2008
  • Altavia Arts & Sciences Champion, A Vanguard of Ponies - Tablet Woven Vanguard of Honor armband, 5/7/2011
  • Altavia Bardic Champion, "Odin Baby", 12/10/2011
  • Altavia Arts & Sciences Champion, Weaving Camelot - Tablet Woven Belt, 5/12/2012

Caidian Arts and Sciences and Pentathlon 2009

  • Entered 5 items, received 2 first places and 2 second places
  • 2nd Place Apprentice, Brewing: Medicinal
  • 2nd Place Journeyman, Spinning
  • 1st Place Apprentice, Tools: Fiber Arts Tools
  • 1st Place Apprentice, Glasswork: Leaded or Stained

Caidian Arts and Sciences and Pentathlon 2011

  • 2nd Place Journeyman, Fiber Arts: Weaving: Tablet or Card Weaving
  • 1st Place Artisan, Fiber Arts: Spinning (entered as Journeyman, bumped up to Artisan)

GWW XIV -- Brewers' Guild of Caid Multi-Kingdom Brewing Contest 2011

  • 1st Place Varietal, "Peachy Peach Brandy"

Caidian Arts and Sciences and Pentathlon 2013

  • 2nd Place Journeyman, Brewing: Medicinal
  • 1st Place Journeyman, Weaving

GWW XVI -- Brewers' Guild of Caid Multi-Kingdom Brewing Contest 2013

  • 1st place Varietal, "Apricot Peach Plum Blueberry Jam (made from the leavings of her cordial below)"
  • 3rd Place Varietal, "Apricot Peach Plum Blueberry Cordial"

Pentathlon 2015

  • Weaving: Tablet/Card: 2nd place Journeyman
  • Brewing: Varietals: 1st place Journeyman

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