Royal Tourney of Union 1974

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Location: Dreiburgen
Glen Helen Regional Park, Devore, CA
Date: 04/20/1974-04/21/1974

A watershed event in the history of our kingdom. The four Southern Baronies (as they were then known) gathered to hold a tournament celebrating their alliance and incipient principality status. King Andrew of Riga of the West attended and assumed the title of Prince of Caid until the first Prince could be selected at the First Coronet and Coronation Tournament to follow in June.

The Baronies of the Isles, the Angels, Dreiburgen and Calafia were merged into the Principality of CAID. The Charter of Union was read. King Andrew assumed the title of Prince of Caid until the first Prince could be chosen by combat. The name CAID had been coined by Master Boncueur. It is an acronym of the initials of the four baronies and means “The Fortress” in arabic. There were challenges, melees, a lists for the title Champion of the Principality, a potluck dinner Saturday night and a bardic circle. There was a cooking contest in main dish, side dish, and dessert.

Event Staff

From The Page (April, 1974)


On Saturday and Sunday, April 20-21, the Baronies of the Angels, Calafia, Dreiburgen, and the Isles will hold a Tourney of Union, in celebration of their alliance as the incipient Southern Principality (which hopefully will have a proper name by then). It is anticipated that His Majesty, Andrew of Riga, will formally assume the title and style of Prince of the South, and will institute the Principality's Civil Service, in anticipation of the first Southern Coronet Tourney and Coroneting, projected for June 8. All subjects of the West and indeed of the Known World are cordially invited to share this glorious day with the people of the South.

The Tourney will be held at the Glen Helen Regional Park in Devore, in the Barony of Dreiburgen, with overnight camping on the site. There will be challenges, melees, and lists to determine the Champion of the Principality (until such time as there is a Prince). The park comes complete with a lake and an island with a stout wooden bridge tailor-made for defending. Other events will include one or more courts (at His Majesty's pleasure), perhaps an abduction or two and skulking for those so inclined. There will also be a bardic circle around the fire circle if there is sufficient firewood and interest. The Saturday night dinner will be a potluck with all comers requested to bring a main dish large enough to feed their entire party. There will also be a cooking competition in these categories: main dish, side dish (soup, salad, vegetable, bread) and dessert.

Bring pavilions, sleeping bags, et caetera. Bring food for the above-described events. Also plan to bring food for lunches and Saturday morning; there are no stores in the immediate vicinity. (Those coming from afar and/or unable to bring their own food, please contact Alys von Markheim at least two weeks in advance.) There are about ten barbecues provided. Bring your own charcoal and other combustibles (including firewood for the fire circle). Bring containers for water, which is available. There are rumoured to be hot showers in the park as well ... fighters take note!

Any who wish accomodations for Friday or Sunday night, or need transportation from the lairs of the flying dragons (LAX or Ontario airports, Ontario preferred), contact either the Autocrats Waldt and Alys von Markheim (phone), or Æoelwig Ælfwigsson (phone); or Lady Bevin Fraser of Sterling (phone).

Schedule (omitted)

From The Page (June, 1974)

At the recent Tourney of Union, the citizens of the Principality decided pro tempore on the name CAID, a name devised by Master Concueur, which not only is an acronym of the baronies that make up the Principality, but in Arabic signifies "The Fortress." Official adoption of the name awaits the approval of the Lord Laurel and then of the Board, but we may as well use it in the meantime.


The Tourney of Union of the Principality in the South was held in Dreiburgen on April 20-21, under the eyes of King Andrew and Prince William, and most of the relevant Barons and Baronesses. The Charter of Union was read, and by more or less spontaneous acclamation the populace chose (pending the approval of the Lord Laurel and the Board) to be known as the Principality of CAID. Principality officials were appointed as follows: Seneschale: Bevin Fraser of Sterling; Pursuivant: Conrad von Regensburg; Master of Sciences, Eric von Rheinhausen; Mistress of Arts, Meg Shelford; Knight Marshall, Christian of Orange; Chancellor of the Exchequer, Anneka Tanzer de Naverlandt; Deputy Chancellor, James of the Dunes. While the selection of the lesser officers will for the most part be left to the Prinec of Caid when there is one, Sir Hugh the Undecided will head the Constables pro tempore.


  • The Principality of Caid was born. The populace officially chose the new name.

Held in Dreiburgen at Glen Helen Regional Park, Devore, CA. His Occidental Majesty Andrew of Riga attended the event at which the Charter of Union was read and the Baronies of Calafia, Angels, Isles and Dreiburgen were merged to form the Principality of Caid. (The name Caid was coined by Master Boncueur (West) as an acronym consisting of the first letter of names of the four baronies. It also means "fortress" in Arabic. ) His Majesty assumed the title of Prince of Caid until one could be chosen by combat.

New Principality Officers:

Awards of Arms were given to

The following were admitted to the Order of the Leaf of Merit, the West Kingdom's award for service:

The day' events included Heavy Weapons challenges and melees, as well as a List for Principality Champion. Saturday evening's events included a potluck dinner and Bardic Circle. Cooking Contests were held for Best Main Dish, Best Side Dish and Best Dessert. (From previous documentation)


“They were having a lot of trouble coming up with a name until William the Lucky pushed them by threatening to name the new principality Post Tir if they didn't get their act together.” – Steven MacEanruig

“Ah, yes, the naming of Caid ... There were four very proud, and very independent, baronies in the south of the kingdom. When An Tir became a Principality, nothing would do but they become one also. First (and aliments last) problem agree on a name. Each barony had a suggestion ... and would accept nothing else -- certainly not any suggestion from one of the other baronies. Lack of agreement continued for months. “Some people have done very well in official positions by being endlessly patient with idiocy -- I'm afraid I just don't have endless patience. So I wrote to the four baronies suggesting that they agree on a name by a deadline that was only a couple of weeks out. Otherwise, as Steve noted, "since the Principality in the north of the Kingdom is An Tir, the one in the south of the Kingdom will be Pos-Tir." The name Caid, agreed to by all four baronies, arrived by return mail. Perhaps it does not pay to suffer fools gladly. Almost as fascinating is the official Caidan history of how the name was chosen. Unsurprisingly, it does not actually mention any exterior influence on the decision process. It does give a really elegant explanation for the name (an acronym of the names of the four baronies); clearly someone was a dab hand with a foreign language dictionary collection.” – William the Lucky

“I was actually present in Boncueur's kitchen when this name came up. A bunch of people were sitting around discussing the possible names. Someone (forget who) noted that the initials of the four baronies (Angels, Calafia, Isles, Dreiburgen) spelled ACID -- which made great sense to all of us. That's what spurred the search through the foreign language dictionaries for what they might also spell that would make a good principality name that would be acceptable to others. (Although there was a strong vote for ACID ...) And that's why some real traditionalists always spell Caid will all capitals. – Eilis O’Boirne

“I remember that the site had a lake with a bridge and it was there that I fought in my first abduction rescue (before you had to organize the rescue when you were organizing the abduction). Sir Hugh the Undecided & 3 others abducted one of the ladies & ran over the hill to the lake-making their stand on the bridge, Hugh being on their right end. The bridge was only 4 men wide in the middle but narrowed to 3 at the near end. They stood where it narrowed so we could only come at them 3 at a time. King Andrew strolled over the hill after them and made a pretty speech about how ordinarily this would be treason but under the circumstances it was just good clean fun (did they abduct the Queen perchance? It's a little fuzzy). Anyway, the rest of the fighters then engaged, me being on our (rescuers) right, as far away from Sir Hugh as I could be. The first man killed on their side was killed by me, after which they were overwhelmed right handily. It was my first kill in a tourney (I had joined in June VIII) and if I hadn't been hooked before that would have done it! Sir Hugh the Undecided won the Lists for Champion of Caid (which technically he still holds since we never held another). Later that night there was a bardic circle & after that I drank Maihie McFergy (who had introduced himself as "Maihie, not your he, not his he, but Maihie) under the table-which would have been an extraordinary feat even if I had not been a teetotaler. The next day, having slept out in the open he was the first one up, singing loudly, “What Do You Do With a Drunken Sailor?” & rousing the camp, to everyone's annoyance. “Within a short time Rondel Negra-Khan had written “The Ballad of Sir Hugh the Undecided”, which is still requested down here quite frequently after all these years.” – Charles of Dublin

More details about this event can be found at West Kingdom History

Bevin Fraser of Sterling the Tournament of Union held in the Barony of Dreiburgen April 20-21, the people of the new Principality acclaimed the name "Caid" for their choice ... His Majesty King Andrew of the West approved of the name and stated that it was acceptable so long as the College of Heralds has no objection.

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