Eilidh Swann Stralachlan

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Eilidh as Lyon Bard, Lyondemere Yule 2006
Preferred title: Dame
Their Pronouns: she, her
Resides: Lyondemere
Status: Active
Awards: Visit the Caid Order of Precedence
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Quarterly sable and Or, a swan rousant wings displayed counterchanged
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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, occasionally enjoying the local shire Anniversary or event. She returned to active SCA participation in '93. She's lived in the Shire of the Isles, the Shire of Darach, the Barony of Lyondemere, the Barony of Altavia, and now can be found on the border between Altavia and Darach.

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 worked on the 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. Since then, she spent between 7-10 years supporting Great Western War, and then returning to virtual service for Lyondemere.

Now she's in her semi-retirement, playing with string and encouraging artisans of many types, as well as the occasional appearance at the Coffee Bar of Splendoor.


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.

Offices & Positions

  • Shire of Isles Herald, 1993-94
  • Herald at Large, 1995-current (achieved "pursuivant extraordinaire" back when that was a thing)
  • Darachshire Arts and Sciences, 1994-95
  • Darachshire Seneschal, 1996-98
  • Darachshire Chatelaine, 1999-2000
  • Darachshire Webwright, 1999-2006
  • Darachshire Chronicler, 2001-2002
  • 4th Lyon Bard, during Jamal and Éowyn and Thomas and Angelina, 2005-06
  • Lyondemere Webwright, 2006-2012
  • Lyondemere Chronicler, 2007-2010
  • 2nd Bard of Darachshire, 2009-2010
  • Lyondemere Webwright, 2017-2021
  • Lyondemere Deputy Seneschal, 2022

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)
  • GWW Land, 2010-2013 (drop-dead deputy 2014-2015)
  • GWW Webwright, 2010-2017
  • Arts and Archery, Lyondemere, 2022

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

Publications Author


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Aliskye augmentation edited.jpg Augmentation of Arms Aliskye Rosel
Kara County scroll.jpg County Kara the Twin of Kelton
Coronation Nov 09 and scrolls 072.JPG County Luciana Maria Novella Di Carlo
Patrick county scroll.jpg County Patrick O'Malley of Ulidia
Eilidhswannscroll.jpg Court Barony Justina Marie of Burgundy
Gyldenholt anniversary and Romelpot 032.JPG Harp Argent Jens inn draumspaki

Songs and Prose


  • Registered Personal Badge: (Fieldless) On a sinister wing sable a crescent Or.
  • Heraldic display, preferred supporters: on the left of the shield, a Griffin Or with Vert beak and claws; on the right of the shield, a Yale (polka dots multi-colored, horns and hooves and bells from horns Or). Helm over shield facing dexter, crest of a Pelican, trimmed Or; mantling alternating Or and Sable.
  • Motto: Plus fili plus laetitiae which translated from Latin means approximately, More string, more happiness or my typical English motto: More String Better!
  • Eilidh's pelican medallion: Handed down from Gareth Nikodemos Somerset from his Pelicaning 17 years earlier, and stitched by Angelina Nicollette de Beaumont

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