Alesone Gray of Cranlegh

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Isles Anniversary 2018 with HRM Dawid
Resides: Barony of Angels
Status: active
Awards: Visit the Caid Order of Precedence
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Baroness Alesone Gray, OL - Fighter, herald, confectioner, costumer, and cook.

She was SCA born and raised in the East Kingdom and currently resides in the Kingdom of Caid. She was elevated to Master of the Laurel by the hand of Brennan and Caoilfhionn, King and Queen of the East. She is a baroness by the grace of Lucan von Drachenklaue and Jana von Drachenklaue, King and Queen of the East. She is a student of Duke Brennan mac Fearghus and Maestro Juceff ben Miguel, called Lot Ramirez, and a Donatary of Duchess Kiena Stewart.


Alesone Gray, is the daughter of a successful London grocer that made a sizable donation to the crown and received a Knighthood. She grew up in Cranlegh Village, Surrey, England, as the youngest sibling with five older brothers, in the later part of the 16th century. She was taught dancing at an early age, by the master hired to teach her brothers fencing. She would secretly watch the fencing lessons, longing to play with the blades. After being caught on numerous occasions with weapons in hand, her father allowed her to take lessons with her brothers. She eventually cajoled her father into allowing her to be trained to use black powder and cannons. Having completed her apprenticeship in her father's grocer's shop, she paid her Guild fee and is now a full livery member.

Offices & Positions

Current positions and appointments

  • Kingdom Rapier Marshal, Caid 1/22 to current
  • Warranted Rapier Marshal, Caid 6/17 to current
  • Rapier Regent for Caid Collegium, 6/18 to current
  • Herald at large, Caid 9/17 to current

Previous positions

  • Deputy of Cut & Thrust, Caid 2/18 to 1/22
  • Drop Dead Deputy of Rapier, Caid 1/19 to 1/22
  • Society Webminister, 2/25/2013 to 6/15/2018
  • Rapier Marshal, Barony of Dreiburgen, Caid 12/17 to 12/18
  • Kingdom Webminister, East 10/09 to 2/13
  • Court Herald, East 2012 - 2017
  • List Herald, East 2010 - 2017
  • Silent Herald, East 3/14- 5/17
  • Rapier Marshal at Large, East 2010 - 6/17
  • Deputy for Experimental Weapons, Rapier, East 2/15- 1/17
  • Rapier Marshal, Canton of Black Icorndall, East 8/13 to 4/14
  • Chronicler, Bhakail, East 12/10-10/11

Past appointments

  • Queen’s Guard: Alethea 1 2008
  • Lady in Waiting, Kiena II 2013
  • Queen’s Guard: Avelina II 2013
  • Mistress of the Robes, Brennan I & Caoilfhionn I 2014
  • Royal Household, Brennan II & Caoilfhionn 2015


  • Head cook: Pennsic Court of Love 2009
  • Head cook: Raze a Village 2009, 2010
  • Head cook: Bhakail Yule 2009, 2010, 2013, 2017
  • Event steward- Noisemakers, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013
  • Deputy steward- Raze a Village 2009
  • Rapier MIC- Bhakail Commons 2010
  • Royal Liaison- Ducal Challenge, 2010
  • Deputy cook: Coronation, 2010
  • Head cook: Mudthaw 2011
  • Head cook: Pennsic Runnymede Dinner 2011
  • Event steward- Bhakail Yule 2011
  • Confectioner: Pennsic State Dinner 2012
  • Head cook: River War Games 2012
  • Confectioner: Coronation of Edward and Thyra 2012
  • Confectioner: East Kingdom 12th Night 2013
  • Head cook: Coronation of Gregor and Kiena 2013
  • Head cook and confectioner: Bhakail Investiture 2013
  • Co-head cook: Pennsic Queen’s tea 2013
  • Rapier MIC: 100 Minutes War 2015
  • Herald: Novice Day 2014
  • Co-head cook: Heir’s dinner, Pennsic 2015
  • Rapier MIC: Novice Day 2015, 2016
  • Co-head cook: State dinner, Pennsic 2016
  • Event steward: Jehan's at the Fort 2017
  • Rapier MIC: Market Day 2018
  • Co-steward & cook: Dreiburgan Yule 2018
  • C&T MIC: Caid Open 2019
  • C&T MIC: Queen's Championship 2019
  • C&T MIC: Queen's Championship 2021
  • C&T MIC: Potrero Pas d'Arms 2022
  • C&T Sponsor: Scholars Prize, GWW 2022

Classes Taught

  • Pennsic 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015
  • River War 2009
  • KWAR/KWCS 2009, 2015
  • East Kingdom Cooks Colliegium 2010
  • Royal University of the Midrealm 2010, 2011
  • Cooking Thynge 2011
  • Southern Region War Camp 2011, 2012, 2013
  • Birka 2012, 2015
  • GGG 2012
  • Mudthaw 2014
  • Artisan's Challenge/Village 2014, 2015
  • AEdult Swim 2015, 2016
  • Aethelmearc Academy of the Rapier 2016
  • Endeweare A&S 2017
  • Great Western War 2017, 2019, 2021, 2022
  • Caid Collegium 2018, 2019, 2020

Virtual Classes

  • Caid Collegium 2020
  • Pandas on Parade w/Maestro Lot Ramierez 2020

Pennsic Artisan Row- Confectionery play day

Costuming- Heraldic clothing for the lists, Clone yourself- How to make a duct tape double, How to make and use a drop tester, List legal fencing armor

Cooking- Creating Order out of Chaos- Feasts for 20 or 200, Period spices, Preparing poultry for galantines, Secrets of a restaurant chef, Food challenges in SCA cooking, Basic knife skills, Care and feeding of knives

Confectionery- Large Pastry Structures, Sugar Work/Gum Paste, I have sugar paste now what, sugar paste play day, period sugar paste (lecture), Sweet Subtleties, Savory Subtleties

Sword play- German Longsword, Combat Strategies, Spanish Rapier, Footwork Patterns, Basics of Cut and Thrust, Rapier 101, Phases of a Fight, Flow w/ footwork and cuts, C&T Drop In/Petting Zoo

Miscellaneous- UI Basics for Webministers, Life in the SCA after Gastric Bypass, Webminister Photography guidelines, EK and Society Webminister Policy Q&A

Virtual Classes w/Maestro Lot Ramierez

Class 1 - On wrist cuts, primarily with rapiers

Class 2 - On elbow cuts, using German Rapier and Saber as sources

Class 3 - On shoulder cuts, looking at longsword as primary examples

Class 4 - Flipping the paradigm - when to use wrist cuts with longswords and shoulder cuts with rapiers.

Class 5 - How to thrust well in cut oriented forms

Classes 6-7 - Breaking down complete systems - Italian (Bolognese) Sidesword and German Dussack

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Households & Associations

Other Useful Information

Alesone is an active fighter in the Caid Cut & Thrust community. She has a passion for learning and is always willing to try out new sword techniques and weapon forms. Current areas of study include: Meyer (longsword, dussack), Fiore (grappling), Fabris (rapier), Giganti (rapier & dagger), Lichetenauer (longsword), Godinho (rapier), messer, 1.33 arming sword/buckler, and single stick.

She regularly attends the Gyldenholt rapier practice. As the C&T Sr. Marshal, she can be found traveling the kingdom helping people get started and authorized in the discipline. She is an assistant instructor and studies swordplay at the Tattershall School of Defense (Long Beach, CA) on Thursday evenings.