Southern Region Scriptorium and Heraldic Symposium

Posted on behalf of the Schola and Special Projects Deputy for the East Kingdom Signet Office, Lady Yevgeniya Pechenaya:



I hope everyone is doing well and staying warm. The Southern Region Scriptorium and Heraldic Symposium will be happening on 1/18/14 in the Barony of Settmour Swamp, East Kingdom and we are currently looking for teachers.


Event announcement:

Teachers in all aspects and levels of scribal and heraldic arts are needed and welcome. The class submission deadline is December 1st. We hope to have a schedule out by mid-December.

For Scribal classes please contact: Lady Lada Monguligin,

Please include your proposed subject and how much time you will need for your class.

Everyone is also encouraged to bring a scroll, their portfolio and/or favorite source book for display.

Hope to see you all there 🙂

Job Opening: Backlog Deputy


For the past nearly 3 years, the position of Backlog Deputy has been filled by Master Thomas de Castellan, OP, a former Brigantia Principal Herald and highly organized member of the Signet Office staff. While Tom will be transitioning out of his position as of East Kingdom 12th Night on January 4, 2014, we all wish him well in his ‘retirement’ (I am sure he will not stay inactive from volunteering elsewhere in the SCA for very long!), I know that he will also be leaving behind some pretty big shoes to fill. Since stepping into this role, Tom has assisted with coordination of backlog assignments caused by a variety of reasons, and has further been very proactive in helping make sure awaiting recipients are delivered the scrolls they are due.

As this position involves working in tandem with the Tyger Clerk of the Signet, scribes, and populace of the East, applicants are required to be highly organized, have good people skills and be flexible, have a valid SCA membership through 2014, and be knowledgeable in Microsoft Excel and spreadsheets (incl. Google docs). Familiarity with the Policies of the Tyger Clerk of the Signet and the East Kingdom Scribes Handbook is encouraged; it is not required that the Backlog Deputy be a scribe (although it is helpful). Experience as a former Backlog Deputy will be considered, but this is not required – Tom will be providing direct training for his successor.

Please direct applications to me at signet @ eastkingdom . org for review with Tom (please do not use social media for applications).

Applications will be considered through October 30, 2013. I will announce a decision on October 31, 2013.

Yours in Service,


Mistress Kay Leigh Mac Whyte

Tyger Clerk of the Signet

Scroll Case / Scroll Holders Needed!

Greetings all!

As some of you have seen, the Kingdom has been given some beautiful handcrafted scroll cases with fabric covers to protect the scrolls each recipient receives at Royal Court.

These cases were made through the efforts of seamstresses within the Barony of Concordia of the Snows in the East Kingdom, as well as through many seamstresses and tailors from beyond our borders in the Kingdom of Æthelmearc and beyond. Each fabric covered scroll holder serves the very important purpose of not only protecting scrolls given by the Crown, but are also easily re-used, and assist with the ease of the behind the scenes organization of scrolls in advance of Royal and Highness court.

To that end, I would ask of anyone interested in creating one or more of these scroll cases to please consider the following information before getting started:

  • The Crown of the East averages between 140 to 180 scrolls per reign. Most RPs will average a dozen or less scrolls, with the exceptions of 12th Night, Birka, GNEW, Pennsic, and other events as noted.
  • The Signet Office staff and I have limited storage capabilities; if our needs have been met, I will gladly post a note on this website, and I will ask at that time that further donations be delayed until the next call for scroll holders goes out.
  • Preferred dimensions are 19″ x 12 1/2″ for each front and back panel (total measurement 19″ high x 25″ long).
  • Local groups hosting RPs and HPs are especially encouraged to keep a small stash (about a dozen) of these holders in inventory, to be used as needed. Either I or a deputy will be happy to distribute these holders to the recipients the day of court accordingly.
  • I would be happy to donate upon request any excess scroll holders (if there are any) to local branches where Baronial award scrolls are given (not all groups do this), to scribes wishing to use these holders for their own purposes, or to Kingdoms outside of the East where such holders would be used and appreciated.
  • Please contact me in advance for arrangements for pickup/delivery of these cases/holders; the Crown and Royal Herald may already be carrying a hefty load of items, and it is not my wish to burden Their Majesties, Their Heirs, or their staff with additional items to carry from event to event.


For more helpful information on how to create one of these holders, I would invite you to please refer to the PDF article graciously provided by the current Sylvan Signet of Æthelmearc, Mistress Ekaterina Volkova.

If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact me at signet @


Yours in Service,

Kay Leigh Mac Whyte

East Kingdom Tyger Clerk of the Signet




Job Opening: Eastern Tir Mara Deputy to the East Kingdom Signet Office

(Last updated October 13, 2013)

Regional deputies are a recent addition to the staff of the East Kingdom Tyger Clerk of the Signet. Beginning in January of 2011, these gentles have assisted with the coordination of the annual All Things Scribal event (which rotates each year from region to region), regional scriptoriums/workshops when All Things Scribal or EK Heralds and Scribes is not in their region, and each regional deputy has served as an outreach to the local communities who may have inquiries about the Signet Office, or may need assistance with finding local scribes for non-Kingdom and non-Tir Mara Principality award, championship, or title scrolls (such as for Baronial or Shire tournament prizes, Baronial award scrolls, local guild charters, to name a couple of examples).

The following regional deputy position is currently open, with additional duties as noted below. Please note that all deputies for the East Kingdom Signet Office are asked to hold valid memberships in the SCA, in accordance with Corpora.


Eastern Tir Mara Deputy (Ar n-Eilan, the Incipient Canton of des Rives, Lyndhaven, Ruantallan, and eastern Tir Mara)

Candidates for this position will be assisting the Schola Deputy for the Signet Office by maintaining a roster of active scriptoriums in the local area, and acting as an outreach to the regional populace. Should a member of the Eastern Tir Mara Crown Principality populace have difficulty finding a local scribe to assist them with a personal, private, or group scroll project (such as for a local tournament prize scroll, guild charter, or other non-Kingdom and non-Crown Principality tournament or award scroll), the Eastern Tir Mara Crown Principality Deputy-Clerk may assist with such inquiries by privately contacting local scribes in the area and passing along contact information of the patron/ess accordingly.

Additional duties include the following:

  • Work directly with the Tyger Clerk of the Signet
  • Assist the Tyger Clerk of the Signet with scroll coordination for RPs held in Eastern Tir Mara
  • Coordinate production of Tir Mara Champion scrolls when these Championships are held in Eastern Tir Mara and keep accurate records of these scrolls and scribes on assignment (cc: Tyger Clerk)
  • Assist with translation services for Tir Mara Champions scrolls, and scrolls for RPs held in Lyndhaven and des Rives (incip.)

Candidates should have good communication skills, be organized, be able to maintain confidentiality, and be familiar with the policies of the Tyger Clerk of the Signet and East Kingdom Scribes Handbook. Experience as a scribe is preferred, but not necessary, as this is more of an administrative position. Regular contact with the Tyger Clerk of the Signet and Schola Deputy is expected of this position, and contact with the New Scribes Deputy is expected should any new scribes from Eastern Tir Mara wish to also create scrolls for the East Kingdom. Familiarity with Microsoft Excel is also encouraged; this position may support the Western Tir Mara Deputy as needed.

Applications are due to Mistress Kayleigh McWhyte, East Kingdom Tyger Clerk of the Signet by September 20  November 30, 2013, at signet @


East Kingdom Scribes Tea at Pennsic 42

Greetings, all!

Summer’s upon us, and Pennsic’s just around the corner! (I know, I know… I hear the scratching of pens on paper and the whoosh of brushes too… *grin*)

Once again, the East Kingdom Scribes Tea will be held at the East Kingdom Royal Camp, thanks to the generosity of Their Majesties Gregor and Kiena, and the scheduling efforts of Master Ernst.

Please come join us between 3pm and 5pm on Thursday, August 1, 2013 in the East Kingdom Royal Camp for a brief respite from the War. Light refreshments and snacks will be available, and help with setup and breakdown, and assistance with a “town run” for groceries is always appreciated.

Whether you have been actively working for the EK College of Scribes for some time now, are taking a long break, have moved out of Kingdom after years of service as a scribe in the East, or are new – or have never tried scribing before and would like to learn more about doing scrolls for Kingdom courts, we’d love to see you join us and put some friendly faces to names from across the Kingdom and a little beyond.

Please bring your portfolios if you wish to join in the display of your work, but above all, please bring yourself, and join us for a moment to put your pens and brushes down to all relax together.

Thank you all for continuing to craft such beautiful works of art for the Kingdom, and please spread the word to any and all appropriate lists as you deem fit.

Yours in Joyful Service,
Kayleigh McWhyte


Welcome to the East Kingdom College of Scribes website!

If you are new to the scribal arts as we practice them in the East Kingdom of the Society for Creative Anachronism, please take a moment to browse through our pages for several different resources, links, and useful information that will help familiarize you with scroll production for awards given in the East Kingdom.

If you are a scribe receiving regular assignments, or are returning to active work – welcome back. A few things have changed in the College within the past year, inclusive of our recently updated Signet Office Policies, found in the quicklinks to your left. Please take a moment to review these, as all scribes are expected to familiarize themselves with the policies of the Tyger Clerk of the Signet and guidelines found within the East Kingdom College of Scribes Handbook.

Over time, more slight changes are coming, and we will keep you aware of these changes as far in advance as possible. Thanks again, for your patience, and I look forward to seeing many of you at the events to come as Pennsic draws closer on the calendar.

Yours in Service,


Kayleigh McWhyte, OL

East Kingdom Tyger Clerk of the Signet

Revised Policies and Updated Website

Please pardon our appearance, as we are preparing a few things behind the scenes.

As noted in the May 2013 edition of the Pikestaff, we are pleased to announce that changes are coming to both this website and to the Policies of the Tyger Clerk of the Signet. Both sets of changes will be released on May 1, 2013 on this site.

The Signet Office staff and I appreciate your patience and support, and we look forward to seeing you return here very soon.

Yours in Service,

Kayleigh McWhyte
East Kingdom Tyger Clerk of the Signet

12th Night Scroll Clinic, Backlogs, and Birka Display


As of this missive, 12th Night is nearly upon us, and the reign has certainly proven to be a busy one for all scribes assisting with East Kingdom award scrolls. Thank you to each of you who has literally lent their hands to this collaborative effort at a time when family, school, the holidays, and a number of other priorities are placed ahead of the Society. 12th Night and Birka being normally close together and large courts by nature, your efforts in helping the Royalty produce wonderful works of art to glorify the deeds of each recipient has not gone unnoticed. No matter which Kingdom you hail from, or how new you may be to the scribal arts as we practice them in the East Kingdom, the East Kingdom Signet Office staff is indebted to your assistance in making sure each recipient will receive the scroll they are due.

Bearing this in mind, 2012 has been a rough year for many, inclusive of the need for many scribes to pause from their work to assist with the cleanup efforts following Hurricane Sandy, in addition to our own personal challenges. While it is my hope that as of this point most of the populace has regained its footing at least somewhat since then, if you should find that you have a moment to assist Lady Lada (our new Schola deputy) and I at 12th Night for a clinic intended for the review of and potential repair or replacement of weather-damaged or otherwise damaged or unfortunately destroyed scrolls, your assistance in any small tweaks to a scroll are appreciated. The populace is welcome to bring their damaged and worn scrolls to us in a room on site, however should the whole scroll be damaged beyond repair, we will be taking notes and contact information down for potential replacement efforts. This may mean more backlogs, of which there is already a queue, so if you find you cannot attend the event but wish to assist, and have time for another assignment before I have another batch to distribute from Their Majesties, please consider contacting Master Thomas de Castellan, our Backlog Deputy, at backlog @

At the close of January, the East Kingdom will traditionally chase off winter’s roar with a weekend of merriment in the Barony of Stonemarche, at the Market Day at Birka, held in the Radisson in Manchester, NH on January 25-27. The populace and the scribes of the East are welcome to bring a favorite scroll with them for display there, and all scribes participating in the Estrella War Gift scrolls are required to turn these scrolls in at the display (if you miss out on turning in your gift scroll at the Birka display, a grace period has been allotted for, so your work may be turned in at K&Q A&S as a backup date). This year both the A&S display and the scroll display will have separate rooms, both located on the mezzanine above the concierge. If you wish to take a shift of watching over the scrolls for an hour or so, please contact Lady Lada (scribe.schola @, but if you’d like to just drop by to visit and take a look around, that’s fine too.

In addition to this, if you know of someone who may be interested in becoming an East Kingdom scribe, or if you know of someone who may just want to do one or two scrolls for the East Kingdom College of Scribes, please feel free to direct them to our New Scribes deputy, Mistress Eleanor Catlyng (newscribes @ or myself. I will be available in-person at both 12th Night at the clinic until 2pm there, and Birka at the scroll display until shortly before court; if you miss either Eleanor or I at a future event, please consider emailing us. We’d love to hear from you, and hope to make any new scribe’s experience a positive one.

Thank you all, and bright wishes for a New Year!
Yours in Service,

Mistress Kayleigh McWhyte, OL
East Kingdom Tyger Clerk of the Signet

All Things Scribal


Many of you may have heard about an event called All Things Scribal, which is an event entirely dedicated to the study of the scribal arts as we practice them in the East Kingdom. This event is held within the East Kingdom and is supported by the East Kingdom College of Scribes as a stand-alone event.

As one of the biggest “traveling scriptoriums” in the East Kingdom, the event is an opportunity for scribes from all across the East and in neighboring Kingdoms to travel and meet each other, and teach and/or take classes on multiple subjects including but not limited to calligraphy, illumination, scroll texts, alternate medium techniques (i.e. woodcarving, stonecarving, etc), and theoretical studies pertaining to the service behind creating scrolls. We encourage those who are new to the scribal arts to please consider attending and get to know fellow scribes, and also enjoy a full day of classes alongside the more experienced scribes.

Each year, this event rotates from region to region. The rotation schedule is as follows:

  • 2012 Tir Mara
  • 2013 Northern Region
  • 2014 Central Region
  • 2015 Southern Region

After 2015, the rotation moves back to Tir Mara, Northern, Central, and Southern Regions, in that order. Should a region be unable to produce an acceptable bid for this event, the event will skip a year to allow the next region sufficient planning time in preparing their bid.

If you wish to prepare a bid, please consider the following facts about this event beforehand:

  • This event is a stand-alone event that usually garners attendance figures between approximately 50-100+ people, including event staff.
  • All Things Scribal is a “guild event”, not a part of the East Kingdom University.
  • Martial activities are not held during this event, as many of the scribes are also involved in martial activities themselves (fencing, heavy list, etc.) and would be torn between these activities and the classes they wish to take.
  • Dayboard is usually potluck, but can also be prepared as well if the group wishes.
  • Classroom space must be provided, with a location to rinse off brushes, pens, etc. At minimum, 3 classrooms are preferred to rotate through. We’ve held this event with as many as 5 to 6 classrooms going at a time, with 1 to 2 hour time slots per class.
  • A one hour break between classes is required, for lunch (usually around noon-ish).
  • This is a single day event.
  • The event must occur during the calendar year it’s scheduled for in that region (see schedule above). While winter is a preferable time of the calendar year to hold the event in, the Signet Office will consider bids for other times of the same calendar year.
  • On average, event prices have ranged from USD $8.00 to $14.00.
  • There is usually a scroll display in a common area, set away from the food for dayboard. Scribes and attendees are welcome to bring scrolls made by other scribes to display, to be picked up by the end of the day.

The bidding deadline is as follows:

  • Bids are due: September 1
  • Decision by: September 22 (for publication in the October Pikestaff).

Please send to the Schola Deputy, correlating Regional Deputy (Northern Clerk for Northern All Things Scribal, Central Clerk for Central All Things Scribal, etc.) with a cc: to the Tyger Clerk of the Signet (please see for a listing of contact information).

Should you have any questions about the bidding process or what previous All Things Scribal events have been like, the Signet Office staff and I would be happy to answer your questions.
Yours in humble service,

Kayleigh McWhyte, OL
East Kingdom Tyger Clerk of the Signet

Mailing Instructions for the reign of TRM Kenric and Avelina

Greetings, once again!

Their Majesties Kenric and Avelina wish it to be known to all scribes that for scrolls being shipped to Their home during the coming reign, please let Them know via private email that you are shipping a scroll to them and also please make sure that your scroll is:

  • Shipped flat in a rigid envelope (you can tape/seal the ends of an unopened cardboard mailer, like a Priority or Express mail box to make an envelope – the thicker the cardboard, the better!).
  • Shipped with signature confirmation waived
  • Shipped flat in a rigid envelope clearly marked with the words “DO NOT BEND” written on the envelope
  • Shipped with a note on the address to “Leave between storm and front door”.
  • Shipped for delivery to be made by the dates listed below for specific events.

To help you make sure your shipped scroll does not miss Their Majesties (as they will be frequently traveling this reign), please make sure any scroll you ship to Them is delivered by these dates:

Scroll due at:____________________Must arrive at TRM’s house by:

  • Carolingia Investiture, May 12 Friday, May 11, 2012
  • BBM Investiture, May 19 Friday, May 18, 2012
  • War of the Roses, May 26 Thursday, May 24, 2012
  • K&Q Archery, June 2 Friday, June 1, 2012
  • Southern Region War Camp, June 9 Thursday, June 7, 2012
  • K&Q Equestrian, June 16 Friday, June 15, 2012
  • KWHSS, June 23 Friday, June 22, 2012
  • Northern Region War Camp, June 30 Thursday, June 28, 2012
  • K&Q Champions of Arms, July 7 Friday, July 6, 2012
  • Great Northeastern War, July 14 Thursday, July 11, 2012
  • Pennsic War 41* Thursday, July 26, 2012

*Deliveries for Pennsic can also be made on-site at East Kingdom Royal Camp (traditional location), but please deliver as early in the week as possible!

Please refer to this schedule when making any plans to ship scrolls to Their Majesties this reign. This schedule will be updated as more Royal Progresses are added over the course of the coming reign.

Please don’t let your scroll be late / miss TRM in transit, or your scroll will not go out at the scheduled court. If you are unable to attend the event your scroll is assigned for, and you cannot guarantee delivery by these dates for your shipped scroll, please make other arrangements (such as a friend to courier the scroll to the Royal Room on site) or contact me in advance (please don’t ship directly to me without first trying to plan your scroll shipment to Their Majesties’ house, or via a courier to the event, as I am attending most, but not all RPs this reign). If your scroll rideshare falls through, or something interferes to prevent you from turning in your scroll in time, please let me know as soon as possible – I may be able to assist you however I can. My contact information can be found in the Pikestaff, or I can be reached via email at .

Thank you all for your continued dedication and reliability, and let’s all do our part to make each recipient’s day special by delivering our work in a timely manner.

Yours in Service,

Gregor & Kiena: Mailing Instructions

Gilded Greetings to all who read these words, from Mistress Kayleigh McWhyte, OL, your Tyger Clerk of the Signet!

Welcome to another reign, and thank you to everyone who has contributed award scrolls to the recent Royal Courts of Their former Majesties, Lucan and Jana, and Their present Majesties, Gregor and Kiena.

It gladdens my heart to have received some requests recently for scribes contact information by recipients wishing to express their gratitude for the scrolls they have received, and it is my hope that this sort of courtesy never goes out of style. The words “thank you” can certainly go a very long way, for the work the scribes of the East Kingdom College of Scribes is done purely voluntarily.

Additionally, as with each new reign, we have a new set of mailing preferences.

If you are planning on mailing a scroll, please send it to Their Majesties at the address found in the Pikestaff (or contact me privately), and kindly follow these instructions:

  • DO contact Their Majesties in advance and let them know you are sending a scroll (or scrolls) to them; if you have a tracking number available, please provide it to them as well.
  • Ship your scroll FLAT and in a RIGID sleeve (you can make a hard cardboard sleeve out of an unopened Express Mail box by taping over opened ends, and sliding your scroll and herald’s cut sheet inside before sealing the other end).
  • Mark the sleeve DO NOT BEND in large clear words, on both the front and back.
  • WAIVE SIGNATURE, and in the ship-to address, make sure you write LEAVE BETWEEN STORM AND FRONT DOOR somewhere in the address block. (This prevents the scroll from being left somewhere exposed and at risk of blowing away!).
  • DO allow for extra shipping time – Their Majesties may leave for the event on a Friday morning, and poor winter weather will usually cause delays to couriers. Keep an eye on the forecast, and bear this in mind when shipping scrolls to Their Majesties, please.
  • Please include a copy of the words for your scroll printed from your computer on a separate piece of paper, in 12-14 pt type and in a legible font for the heralds to read in court. The header should refer to what the award is and who it’s for, followed by the words, with proper credits (who did which part of the scroll, including words and if applicable, translation) at the end. Kindly refrain from posting sources on this sheet (back of the scroll is fine), as some of the heralds this reign will be new and may read the extra information aloud by accident.
  • SIGN YOUR WORK (please!). 🙂

Last but certainly not least, I would like to welcome our new scribes – I look forward to working with each of you, and hope to see many of you at the upcoming scribal events of All Things Scribal in the Barony of Carillion on December 17, 2011, as well as at many of the upcoming Royal Progresses in the East prior to the Known World Heralds and Scribes Symposium (KWHSS) on June 22-24, 2012, in the Barony of the Bridge.

If you are interested in joining the East Kingdom College of Scribes, please contact Mistress Eleanor Catlyng, our New Scribes Deputy ( ), and myself ( ), and we would be happy to assist you in getting on our roster of active scribes available to do scrolls for Kingdom courts.

Yours in Service,



Illumination: Baroness Shadiyah al-Zahra’
Calligraphy: Baroness Shadiyah al-Zahra’
Words: Baron Arthur de Beaumont.

Further Information: Order of the Terpsichore, given at Carolingia’s 40th Birthday, April 30. Gouache and imitation gold leaf and ink on bristol paper. Inspired by late period Coran illustration. The hand is based on an example published long ago in Tournament’s Illuminated.

Order of the Terpsichore by Shadiyah al-Zahra'

Order of the Terpsichore by Shadiyah al-Zahra’


Mailing Instructions for the reign of Lucan VIII and Jana V

Gilded Greetings to All!

As the reign of Gryffith and Aikaterine has since passed, Their Graces and I wish to thank all of you for your continued efforts for the Kingdom of the East, in gracing Royal Courts with such beautiful work. Each brush stroke, pen flourish, phrase, and chiseled edge has created a lasting memory for many members of the populace, and through your contributions as a greater team effort, the courts of this reign could not have been presented as smoothly.

The reign of Lucan VIII and Jana V is already under way, and Their Majesties will be traveling to many events across the Kingdom. Should you find that you are unable to deliver a scroll assignment to the event it is scheduled to be presented at, shipments of scrolls are being accepted at Their Majesties’ home for the duration of this reign. Please see the Pikestaff for King Lucan and Queen Jana’s mailing address and remember to always:

  • Contact Their Majesties to let them know you’re sending the scroll to them, for which event, and if at all possible, provide a tracking number.
  • Waive/do not check the ‘Signature Required’ box, and include a note in the address to ‘leave between front and storm door’.
  • Ship the scroll(s) flat and backed with a hard piece of cardboard, or sandwiched between 2 pieces of cardboard, such as inside an unopened Priority Mail or Express Mail box, for example. (Please protect any gilded surfaces with glassine or tracing paper)
  • Seal all openings on the outer packaging materials to further protect your scrolls from the elements.
  • Mark your shipment with DO NOT BEND.
  • Include a typed and printed sheet of the wording of your scroll in an easily readable font, including the names of who did which part of the scroll (please do not tape anything to the scroll).
  • Sign the back of your work, and include your contact information there if possible.

The wilder weather of winter has since passed by, bringing the milder weather our way – and less likelihood of delays in shipping resulting from storms. Just the same, please keep an eye on your courier’s service announcements when shipping scrolls as usual.

Again, thank you all, and I look forward to continuing to get to know each of you as the reign progresses. If you have yet to meet the Signet Office Staff in person, please let me know. We would be happy to get to know each of you, and be of assistance however we can in providing a warm and welcoming environment for all those who wish to participate in or learn more about the scribal arts as we practice them in the Kingdom of the East.

Yours In Service,

Mistress Kayleigh McWhyte, OL
East Kingdom Tyger Clerk of the Signet