What is an exchequer?

My name is Lady Arthes MacLeod and I am the Exchequer for the Barony Marche of the Debatable Lands. The Office of the Exchequer is responsible for tracking, accounting for, and maintaining all of the barony’s resources. The exchequer is a member of the financial committee. Members of the financial committee are responsible for making sure that we spend our money in a responsible way. We make sure that events are planned to make enough money to pay for themselves, and that we have enough money to provide resources to members of the Barony when they come to do things such as A&S nights, or to provide loaner gear, or other items our martial activities may require.

Many exchequers choose to be responsible for troll at events. Being in charge of troll, or volunteering to sit at the troll table at events is a great way to begin to be involved as the exchequer. If the troll sheet is not kept correctly so that it balances with the cash at the end of the event, it can throw off not just the record keeping for that event, but also for the quarter and the year.

My job can vary day to day. Some days, I do nothing for the barony. Some days, I sit and do paperwork; mostly organizing our receipts and keeping records. Events are the busiest. There are checks to write, receipts to scan, and the set-up for troll to worry about. Every other month I attend the barony’s business meeting and report any updates on things that may have changed with our financial situation. I am the liaison to the bank. I make sure our checkbook matches up with the bank’s records. The Exchequer keeps track of all of the financial records including bank statements and receipts. We make sure that everyone who spends money that has been approved on the barony’s behalf is reimbursed. The exchequer files a report every three months tracking all money going in and out of the barony’s account and how it was used.

The BMDL Exchequer reports to an entire hierarchy of other volunteers. We directly report to Master Tofi Kerthjalfadsson, who is currently the Aethelmearc exchequer. Master Tofi Kerthjalfadsson helps us to ensure that we are following all of the SCA’s rules when it comes to money, as well as the legal rules to ensure we keep our 501c non-profit status. There are also several volunteers who are regional exchequers, and then still more at a society level.
If you would like to know more about this office, please contact me at exchequer@bmdl.org, or look me up at the next event!

BMDL 12th Night Greatest Thanks

12th Night Greatest Thanks for such a Great Event!

Their Majesties Gareth Kincaid and Juliana Delamere who inspire us to visit the Kingdom and bring us good cheer as they travel across their lands to wish all of us a Happy Twelfth Night.

Their Highnesses Sven Gunnarsson of Fjathrudaland and Siobhán inghean uí Liatháin always bright our events and bring us happiness and jubilation.

Their Excellencies Brandubh Ó Donnghaile and Hilderun Hügelmann welcomed us all to their home and share their enthusiasm and spread happiness to all!

The Honorable Lady Murieghl Inghean Dubhghail – for her Autocrating throughout the full process of planning, setting up, changeing schedules, cleaning and closing up the site.

Lady Katheryn Täntel – for her smashing success her first time Autocratting, for getting us through the snow and into the building, for all her work and preparation every step of the way.

Lady Melodia Beaupel, who handled the kitchen with ease and helped to get us in to the site and stayed to help us get out!

Takamatsu-san Gentarou Yoshitaka, who set up the feast hall, carried, packed, cleaned, decorated, carried more, shoveled, and salted. From Set up to Strike; He is a good man to have on your team!

Drotinn Jorundr hinn Rotinn who helped carry, load, pack, decorate, undecorated, cleaned and re-packed. I am fortunate to have such a multi-talented Lord in my corner.

THL Elss of Auguburg who helped organize the event, took care of signs to site, and ran the silent auction and then made us a laugh with the comedia troupe! Thank you for always being in the right place!

Master Alaric MacConnal who helped with set up, worked troll, came baring waivers, and helped us clean up!

Hara-roku-I Kikumatsu who worked troll with a smile on her face!

Lady Zianna beguy udina de Zabaleta, our fantastic head troll! Thank you for all your hard work and for being so prepared!

Lady Alethea Cowle who ran Paladin’s Pantry and worked to see that those in need are being looked after.

Lady Arthis MacLeod who helped with the Silent Auction & provided the Misrule Cupcakes.

Meisteri Urho Waltterinen, our Cookie Master extraordinaire who always runs a fantastic competition!

Lady Aíbell ingen Chernacháin who ran children’s activities to keep the youth of our Barony entertained.

Lady Jasmine of Tarn Clan our outstanding Youth Marshal who came up with the indoor snowball fight on the fly to keep the Adults and the Children entertained on a snowy afternoon. The chaos was impressive!

Lady Ceindrech verch Elidir brought us the pillow fighting equipment!

Creature Twyne Dragon & The Twyne Dragon Syndicate for setting up an amazing spread at the Laurel Vigil Room. You folks know how to prepare a person for a party!

THL Bugga Bilibit ran a lovely Arts and Sciences competition in which there were superb entries with some interesting documentation.

THL Silence de Cherbourg for running the most entertaining Bardic Championship I have ever witnessed. So many talented people working to keep us amused!

Baroness Constance Glyn Dwr & Lady Dorothea Stark Shultz who helped see to the comfort of our Royal guests.

THL Madoc Arundel and the Brewers prepared many samples and kept the Tap Room running strong! We are lucky to have such fine people sharing their talents with us.

Mistress Arianna of Wynthrope who came and decorated our hall to warm our festivities and stayed to help take down the decorations.

Lord Robert pour Maintenant who always helps with keeping the snow clear and the sidewalks safe, he carries everything and takes over sweeping, he never stops helping us!
Lord Robert MacEwin of Thronhill who is everywhere all at once, decorating or carrying, dancing, acting, keeping us entertained and laughing as he works.

Fox was indispensable helping everyone carry their things in from the snowy parking lot. He’s a fantastic youth man.

Lord Rainald de Rohan helped us bring things in from the outside and then helped deliver them back! He’s always so helpful!

I Genesii did a wonderful job keeping us laughing with their playdate and seeing to the Court of MisRule! And that’s why we have the Greatest Comedia d’larte troupe in the Known World!!!!!

The Debatable Choir put together a lovely collection of medieval songs to bespell us before court.

Lord Pavel Dudoladov & The Musicians who stayed to instruct us in dance and played live music at our Ball!

The Fairy Court who came to grace our hall with their host and helped to see our vigilant properly elevated for her Arts.

4 Week Italian Rapier Class Series


Starting next week we will be starting a 4 week class series on Italian rapier taught by Comtesse Elena d’Artois. These will start at 2:30 giving people a chance to get warmed up before the class starts.

The currently planned classes are:

Week 1 – basic intro and the lunge – sword enters the space first and leaves the space last. the defensive footwork of Dociolini

Week 2 – circles in italian rapier- circular parries and cuts

Week 3 – so you didnt think terza had a purpose in our game? Terza and the bastard guards

Week 4 – cavazione\disengages verses cutovers.


Cut n Thrust Practice


I know many of you are interested in Cut n Thrust, cuz it’s awesome.

Going forward the last Sunday of the month will be a Cut n Thrust focused practice. We will have multiple marshals available for instruction and practice as well getting your authorizations.

Loaner gear will also be available for those that need extra equipment.

The first of these Cut n Thrust practices will be next week 1/28.

Hope to see many of you there.


Paladin’s Pantry Drive Tomorrow

Paladin's Pantry, we put the "large" in "largesse"

The Paladin’s Pantry program is a drive that collects excess food, drink, blankets, and camping supplies at SCA events, and conveys them to local food banks to benefit those in need. We put the “large” is “largesse”!

Hey, Debatable Lands! Just a quick reminder that Twelfthnight is TOMORROW and a food and supplies drive is being held. All items are being donated to the Pittsburgh Food Bank.

We are collecting:
Food Items
Clean used blankets, gloves, mittens, and/or coats
Feminine Hygiene Products

The Greater Pittsburgh Food Bank lists these as their most needed items:

  • Cereal (Low in sugar, high in fiber)
  • Tuna or Salmon (Packed in water)
  • Canned fruit (Packed in 100% juice or water)
  • Canned beans (Black, garbanzo, etc.)
  • Peanut Butter
  • Hand soap and other toiletries
  • Toilet/facial tissue
  • Laundry detergent
  • Diapers (Infant and adult)
  • Canned vegetables (No or low sodium)

There will be a table at BMDL Twelfthnight for your donations, just look for the Paladin’s Pantry signage. If you need additional information, please contact Lady Alethea Cowle at lake.strobel(at)gmail(dot)com.

Thank you so much, and I hope to see you at Twelfthnight!


12 Things to Do at 12th Night

Celebrate Twelfth Night with us in the Barony Marche of the Debatable Lands! All are Welcome on this day to enjoy music and song and dancing, good food, and good friends!

What is a Debatable Lands Twelfth Night like? Here are the top 11 things to do!

1. Bring some food to share. Our event is free, even the food! It’s a potluck. All kinds of food are welcome! (Mmmm, cheese balls)

2. Bring and/or taste some cookies! A perennial favorite, Master Urho runs our favorite cookie competition of the year. Bring some to enter, or just munch on the entries and vote for a populace choice winner!

3. Bring your A&S project to display! The event features the Debatable Lands’ Arts & Sciences Championship and Display. There are no limitations, bring your projects, old or new, finished or in progress, to display. You can even request feedback from our top artisans. And if you’re from the Debatable Lands, enter the competition!

4. Bring some beverages. Wet site. Nuff said.

5. Snowball fight! Jasmine of Clan Tarn has her elves working overtime making stuffed “snowballs” for an epic tourney for young and old alike!

6. Get ready to laugh. The Best Commedia dell’Arte troupe in the Knowne World – I Genesii – will be *cough* performing *cough* …multiple times. Don’t miss the most beloved court of Misrule.

7. Bards welcome – the Debatable Lands Bardic Championship is also taking place. Only Debatable Landers are eligible for the Championship, but all are welcome to perform. The theme is the Old and the New.

8. Speaking of performances, the Barony’s own Debatable Choir will perform at 5pm. Let their dulcet tones wash over your ears and hearts.

9. Stuff and cash, cash and stuff… our Twelfth Night Auction of Forgotten Treasures ™ will delight you with the garb, gear, stuff and do-dads available at this silent auction. Have stuff you don’t need? Bring it to donate! But wait, there’s more! We also have a few fine merchants.. peruse their artwork, chainmail, and more!

10. Courts and vigils and courts, oh my! The event features Mistress Graidhne’s vigil and induction into the Order of the Laurel, as well as many other awards, Kingdom and Baronial.

11. Stay for the dancing! After evening Court, our event always has one of the best dances of the season in the entire Kingdom. Don’t worry, we’ll teach you!

12. Bring a donation for Paladin’s Pantry! The Greater Pittsburgh Food Bank needs food items, blankets, and more. Read more here!

See you there!

Bardic Championship at 12th Night

Our next Baronial Bard will be chosen at the upcoming BMDL 12th Night celebration! Our most excellent Baroness Hildarun suggested a theme of “something old, something new”. This being the Debatable Lands, in which submissions to our annual pie competition can be anything even remotely pie-like, our Bardic competition will follow suit and interpretations upon the theme will be accepted very generously. Possible examples include, but are not limited to:

– a new bard performing a historical piece
– an old, erm, sorry, “experienced” bard performing a newly learned piece
– a new piece written about a historical event/person/situation
– an established performer competing for Baronial bard for the first time, or even for the first time for this Baronage
– a young bard performing a piece older than themselves

Get as creative as you like in interpreting the new/old aspects. The competition is scheduled to be held around 3pm in the Silver Room. Perform one piece that falls somewhere under the “Bardic Arts” umbrella. Song, poetry, story, instrumental pieces, all welcome, but please keep performances to no more than 5 minutes. The judges will be our Baron and Baroness. They like to be entertained, they like to be moved (emotionally only, please) and they can appreciate historical or historically-inspired pieces. The Baronial Bard’s primary duties are to compete in the Seven Pearls competition and organize next year’s competition for their replacement.

To compete, please contact me at silencethebard [at] gmail, or find me the day of the event. I will be wearing the Baronial Bardic Blingy Baldric, which shall be passed to the incoming champion.

In Service and Song,
Silence de Cherbourg, BMDL Bardic Champion (outgoing)