Eilidh Swann Stralachlan

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Eilidh as Lyon Bard, Lyondemere Yule 2006
Resides: Lyondemere
Status: Active
Awards: Visit the Caid Order of Precedence
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Baroness Eilidh Swann StralachlanRRE, OP, prefers to be called just Eilidh Swann (or Dame Eilidh). She first found the SCA in 1986, and briefly played in Isles with some invented name, long lost in the mists of way back then. After just some minimal participation from '86-'88, she returned to active SCA participation in '93, and hasn't stopped since. In '94 she moved from Isles to Darach, in '03 to the Barony of Lyondemere, and in '13 to the Barony of Altavia where she currently spends most of her time.

In '04 she became a member of the Good Ship White Star, and in '07 she became an apprentice to Meistres Tonwen ferch Gruffudd Aur. At 12th Night A.S. XLII (42), she was made the 3rd Bard of Caid. As part of this role, she's actively working on a Caidan Songbook, here on the wiki. At Fall Crown '08, she was released from her apprenticeship to Tonwen, when Their Majesties, Edward and Mora elevated her to the Order of the Pelican. At Winter Crown '08 she was made a Baroness of the Court of Caid by Sven II and Kolfinna II.

Besides her love and primary fealty to Caid, she maintains a deep love for the people of the Kingdom of Northshield.


Eilidh Swann is an English lady from sometime in late 1300's England, before dags come into fashion, so that as an old lady she can say, "Kids these days, with their outlandish costumes! When I was a young lady on court, we wore fashionable clothing, not like this frippery today!" She finds it odd to see other wild clothing from various eras and places, but chalks it up to the crazy fashions of far-away courts. Her travels have brought her to Cadiz, Spain, where she resides with the members of her household, the White Star.

You can read a more complete persona story on the White Star website.

Offices & Positions

  • Shire of Isles Herald, 1993-94
  • Herald at Large, 1995-current
  • Darachshire Arts and Sciences, 1994-95
  • Darachshire Seneschal, 1996-98
  • Darachshire Chatelaine, 1999-2000
  • Darachshire Webwright, 1999-2006 Darachshire.org
  • Darachshire Chronicler, 2001-2002
  • Darachshire Deputy Webwright, 2006-current
  • 4th Lyon Bard, during Jamal and Éowyn and Thomas and Angelina, 2005-06
  • Lyondemere Webwright, 2006-current Lyondemere.org
  • Noe College (Lyondemere) Interim Webwright, 2007-current NoeCollege.org
  • Lyondemere Chronicler, 2007-current
  • Editor, Compendium Caidis, 2008-Present
  • 2nd Bard of Darach, 2009-2010 (present)
  • 2nd Deputy Disaster Relief Coordinator (deputy to Baroness Aldgytha of Ashwood)

Royal Courts

Event Staff

  • Co-autocrat Fool's Paradise 1995, Darachshire (with Rhieinwen Cyfarwydd ferch Angharad and Seadna mael Nehallenia)
  • Autocrat Darachshire Anniversary, 2001
  • Co-autocrat Darachshire Pirate Tourney, 2002 (with Brian Mor O'Brian)
  • Autocrat Darachshire Pirate Tourney, 2002
  • Autocrat Black Oak Lodge: A Celebration of the Caidan Arts, 2003, Darachshire
  • Volunteer & Class Coordinator Black Oak Lodge: Beowulf, 2004, Darachshire
  • Co-autocrat CP Prize Pirate 2007, Darachshire (with Aran Darkhelm)
  • Webwright for GWW XI (2008), GWW XII (2009), GWW XVIII (2015) Caid-GWW.org
  • Deputy Land Allocation Coordinator, Great Western War 2015

Classes Taught

  • A&S workshops, Darachshire 1994-1998: Middle-eastern drumming, Spinning on a drop spindle
  • A&S classes at events: "Beginning Heraldry Design" Weekend in Faerie (Darachshire 1994), "Beginning Doumbek" (Spanish Indulgence, Darachshire 1997), "Beginning Drop Spindle" (GWW 2001, Collegium Caidis Fall 2001, Collegium Caidis Fall 2002 )
  • Carreg Wen Academia: Spinning on a drop spindle
  • Bardic Collegium: "How to sing a love song sweet and a naughty song bawdy" Jan 2008
  • Nordwache Academia: "How to sing a love song sweet and a naughty song bawdy" Aug 2008
  • Kingdom Collegium: "Beginning and Next-Step Drop Spindle" Sep 2002, "Cord-Making for Youth" Sep 2007, "Song Composition and Performance," Collegium Caidis Fall 2008
  • Beginning Drop Spindle, Collegium Caidis 2010
  • Spinning Linen On a Drop Spindle, Collegium Caidis 2010
  • Beginning Drop Spindle, Great Western War 2015
  • Decoding Tablet Weaving Charts, Great Western War 2015
  • Spinning Flax (and other bast fibers) , Great Western War 2015

Projects & Publications

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Coronation Nov 09 and scrolls 072.JPG County Luciana Maria Novella Di Carlo
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Songs and Prose


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