[Bards] Bardic regalia

Alden Drake alden_drake at sbcglobal.net
Wed Nov 8 18:18:58 PST 2006

Definitely talk to the group.  Some groups have a similar item for each of their champions with a minor variation (usually an emblem).  Other groups' passdown items vary widely.  I would also mention that cloaks, while nice and able to be well presented, aren't particularly practical in Ansteorra due to the heat.  I know a couple groups that pass along cloaks, and even the Premier Bard gets a pass down cloak, which hardly ever gets worn.  A mantle, sash/baldric, necklace, collar, pin, staff, songbook, lantern, banner...just some ideas.  Something that each title winner can add their arms (device) to would be nice too, and a good way to record the history of the winners.


----- Original Message ----
From: Katherine of Scarborough <katofscarborough at yahoo.com>
To: bards at lists.ansteorra.org
Sent: Wednesday, November 8, 2006 7:01:57 PM
Subject: [Bards] Bardic regalia

Diverging completely from the current firestorm of
discussion, I thought I'd pose a question while folks
are paying attention to this list. :)

I currently hold the honor of serving as titled bard
to Skorragardr, which is a relatively young canton.  I
think I'm their third bard, and, as such, there isn't
yet any "pass down" regalia to speak of.  I would
really like to be able to give my successor an
albatross or two (grin) in the form of a cloak, or a
mantle, or a staff, or something to otherwise denote
the position.

Having never been a regional bard before, my question
is: am I within my rights to start that tradition
myself?  If so, what would be some appropriate,
permissible things to include?  For example, if I
wanted to create a bardic cloak, I am assuming I
should NOT display the canton's arms on it in their
entirety.  Would it be best to have a cloak in the
canton's colors, with some sort of bardic-looking
insignia on it, perhaps with an element from the
canton's heraldry included?

I apologize if these are silly questions, but any
advice or suggestions would be most appreciated.

-Catrin ferch Maelgwn
Bard of Skorragardr

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