Meave Douglass

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Meave just prior to her elevation
Preferred title: Baroness, OL
Their Pronouns: She/Her
Resides: Gyldenholt
Status: Active
Awards: Visit the Caid Order of Precedence
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Gules, in pale an escallop and a crescent and on a chief argent, five war hammers bendwise sable.
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Baroness Meave Douglass, OL joined the SCA in 1995 as a founding member of the Incipient College of Saint Ursula. She remained active in the Barony of Calafia, until the mundane world brought her to Gyldenholt. Meave and her husband, Theo van der Zee, moved in 2005 to the Shire of Caer Adamant, in the East Kingdom, and played both there and in the Kingdom of Atlantia before returning to Gyldenholt in 2008.

On 6/6/2015, Meave was elevated to the Order of the Laurel by Mansur II and Eilidh II for Research and Period Dyes.


Meave Douglass is a 14th Century Scot living in the Lanarkshire region, but she inexplicably spends most of her time studying Norse and Anglo-Saxon textiles from the 7th-10th century. Her interests include research, period dyes, weaving, and embroidery.

Hunydd and Meave GWW.jpg Meave and Leonora.jpg

Hunydd Wen and Meave at Great Western War 2009

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Colette and Meave at Unbelted.jpg

Colette de Montpellier and Meave at Gyldenholt Unbelted


Theo and Meave at Estrella 1998.jpg Caterucia and Meave at Gulf Wars 2010.jpg

Theonis de Zeeuwe and Meave at Estrella War 1998 Caterucia Bice da Ghiacceto and Meave at Gulf Wars 2010

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Meave at her apprenticing ceremony

Meave and Euginia at FOTR.jpg Friendship 2017.jpg

Meave and Euginia in rauða at Winter Festival of the Rose 2016, and Calafia/Gyldenholt Friendship Tourney 2017

Offices & Positions

  • Chatelaine for the Incipient College of St. Ursula, 1995-97
  • Baronial Youth Officer for Gyldenholt, 6/11/11-6/27/15
  • Kingdom of Caid Facebook Group Moderator, 2010-Present
  • Kingdom of Caid Deputy Webwright for Social Media, 8/13/13-6/8/14
  • Kingdom of Caid, Social Media Officer, 6/8/14-7/15/17
  • Costuming Track Regent Collegium Caidis, 4/2014-Present

Court Service

Event Staff



Classes Taught

Meave's Google Drive of Research materials can be accessed here. Use the search bar to navigate.

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Dye Experiments

Viking Age Dyes Practice

Dyeing with Madder.jpg Woad Vat.jpg Dyeing with Weld.jpg Overdyeing Weld with Woad.jpg

Madder Trials

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Madder Project Week 1 Results.jpg Madder Project Week 2 Results.jpg Madder Project Week 3 Results.jpg Madder Project Week 4 Results.jpg

Madder Project Final Results.jpg Madder Trial 2 Week 4.jpg Madder Trial 2 & Weld & Walnut.jpg Madder Dyed Fleece.jpg

Artisan Village Caidan Dyeworkes at Caid 40 Year

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Cooking box dyes.JPG Iron pom black.JPG

Grinding Madder Root.JPG Madder in pot.JPG

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