[Ansteorra] Soon to be on the West Kingdom Site

hlannes hlannes at ev1.net
Thu Mar 9 17:36:36 PST 2006

---------- Original Message ----------------------------------
From: Ken Mayer <ken at goldenstag.net>
Reply-To: SCA-Historians at yahoogroups.com
Date: Thu, 09 Mar 2006 05:41:26 -0800

The following will be on the West History Site 
once some technical glitches are resolved:

The History of the Kingdom of The West
In Memoriam

Sir Steven MacEanruig, KSCA, Baron

Steve Henderson died of a stroke, March 7, 2006.

Steven MacEanruig was a Knight, a Baron of the 
Court, and held the following other recognitions 
within the SCA: The Order of the Leaf of Merit, 
Commendabilis, Queen's Order of Grace, Honor of 
the Belated Rose from An Tir, The Muckin' Great 
Clubbe, The Queen's Favor, and he was Queen's Champion for Jennet of Twominds.

I didn't know Steven well, but we've known each 
other since he was King way back in AS XIII. He 
visited Alaska (it wasn't Oertha then, just 
Eskalya or even "The North") as King, with 
William the Lucky and Hilary of Serendip.

He was kind of funny, pretty laid back. We 
weren't sure what to make of him, as he was the 
first King to visit Oertha. But he was a nice guy.

Steven was a founder of the SCA and the West 
Kingdom, attending the first event as Sir 
Henderson. Steven reigned the West Kingdom with 
Alyanora of Vinca from January, 1979 to April of 
1979. For personal reasons he never assumed the 
title of Count. I don't recall ever hearing his 
reasons, and if they were truly personal, then that is only right.

He contributed greatly to the culture of the West 
Kingdom, as he and William the Lucky attended 
events all up and down the West Coast when all of 
what is now The West, An Tir and Caid were part 
of The West. They created filk songs that are 
still sung today ("A Grazing Mace", "Let's Go Pike a Knight" ...).

I actually got to know Steven more in email than 
I ever knew him in person. When I first started 
putting together the Annotated History of the 
West Kingdom, which eventually became this 
website, he and Stefan de Lorraine were my first 
two contacts, and they were instrumental in 
getting me in contact with the 30 or so people 
over time that were on the mailing list we used 
to discuss the first 13 or so years of the SCA.

When I put the website together, he was one of 
the first to start digging up old photographs and 
getting them to me. His contributions in the 
discussions of the ancient history of this Kingdom are many.

While he wasn't really very active in the last 
few years of the Kingdom, you will find in the 
list of photos of him on this site that he was 
attending events at least up until two years before he passed away.

Hirsch von Henford

My life has become more empty. Steven was always one of my inspirations.

When I was knighted, it was the custom of the 
West, to give out small white cloth belts. Their 
Majesties did not have any, and Steven took his 
own belt off and passed it on to me. I was a long 
way from "home" and I was shocked.

A Friend for over 30 years.
A man who made us look good.

To those in the West, please pass on my sorrow to 
those who might remember me and remember and loved Steven.

And a very hard part is ... I must now add 
another red line entry to the KW Chivalry List. 
Maybe tomorrow when I can do it without shedding tears.

Edward Zifran of Gendy

And so the lands shall be more ashen, and our 
lances dimished. I rue his passing, and honor his memory.

Siegfried von Höflichkeit

I am truly sad to hear that. He was one of the 
legends when I began my sojourn with this 
Society. He was the first King I met, when he 
went to Eskalya to make them a barony back in AS 
XIII, and gave me my AA. He was funny and 
gracious and I was lucky to have time to just 
chat with him, William the Lucky and Hilary of 
Serendip (remember, Hirsch?). A wonderful introduction to royalty.


Morgana [yr Oerfa]

I raise my glass in memory to a Knight and former 
King of the West, Sir Steven MacEanruig, who passed away this day.

With sadness,

Robert Ringweaver

I have known Steve Henderson for 42 years, since 
we roomed together in college. We fought 
together, and against each other, discovered the 
SCA and D&D together, shared our ups and downs. 
He could be irascible and humorous, pig-headed 
and tenacious, generous, whimsical ("In a 
Henderson sort of way," as Sharon Green might put 
it), and hard-working. Leaving his and Gigi's 
company behind was a major argument against our 
moving to SoCal, but we were driven by the winds of fortune.

I shall miss Steve immensely. He was often a rock 
of sanity in a whirlpool of craziness, and 
sometimes a refreshing breath of whimsy in a morass of gloom.

Stefan de Lorraine (Steve Perrin)

A gentleman, in all ways. A force of nature, and 
someone who valued honesty. I will miss him.

Frederick of Holland

I saw Steve this past DunDraCon, where he was the Dealers' Coordinator.

We got to chat a bit. Steve was sweet and funny 
and the perfect amount of crusty. At one point I 
called him "Your Grace" and he wouldn't have it, 
though he didn't go into why. One starry eyed 
young man was looking for him to autograph a copy 
of the Runequest rules, which Steve helped write.

Cerridwen [Coedwig]

At 05:43 AM 3/9/2006, you wrote:

>I am not familiar with this gentle, but some others may be.
>-------- Original Message --------
>Subject:        [Daily Illuminator] Steve Henderson
>Date:   Thu, 9 Mar 2006 00:00:06 -0600
>From:   webmaster at sjgames.com
>To:     illuminator at sjgames.com
>Steve Henderson, one of the authors of RuneQuest 
>and Superworld, died the morning of March 8 of a 
>massive stroke. He is survived by his wife, Gigi, and their son, Alexander.
>Steve was also a partner in DunDraCon ( 
>http://www.dundracon.com/ ) , and one of the 
>founders of the Society for Creative 
>Anachronism, where he was known as Sir Steven MacEanruig.
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