[ANSTHRLD] a couple questions

Alden Drake alden_drake at sbcglobal.net
Wed Jul 22 11:40:02 PDT 2009

It's probably good that we don't use "sheriff" in the SCA just to keep a good break from the modern law enforcement authority.


From: Tim McDaniel <tmcd at panix.com>
To: "Heralds List, Kingdom of Ansteorra - SCA, Inc." <heralds at lists.ansteorra.org>
Sent: Wednesday, July 22, 2009 1:34:40 PM
Subject: Re: [ANSTHRLD] a couple questions

On Wed, 22 Jul 2009, Mike Wyvill <wyvillmike at hotmail.com> wrote:
> And mentioning Shires begs the question:



> Why isn't the seneschal of such a group a Sheriff?

I am told that the Board of Directors early banned further use of
"sheriff", feeling that it was being used as a kind of landed title.
I don't have a citation for that, though.  (Of course, in period it
was *not* a landed title.  But it would be most appropriate for the
seneshal, not a separate ceremonial head.)

Yosef Alaric of the Baliset had been invested as Sheriff of Smoking
Rocks, and for decades was the last remaining SCA sheriff.
<http://jducoeur.livejournal.com/106572.html>, Justin du Coeur's Diary
Entry for June 23rd, 2004, says

    There were two courts. Morning court was the formal investiture of
    the new Barony of Smoking Rocks, which was nice but somewhat
    lower-key than I expected. (I did get a tad annoyed at Joram, who
    needs to learn that the herald should never upstage his Baron.) I
    was slightly disappointed that they had Yosef formally step down
    as Sheriff -- since he was (AFAIK) the last remaining Sheriff in
    the Society, I personally would have just redefined the title so
    that he could keep it. (Especially after msmemory gave me the idea
    of calling him "the dowager Sheriff of Smoking Rocks", which would
    be appropriately amusing.)

So no more sheriffs, dammit.

Daniel de Lincoln
-- Tim McDaniel, tmcd at panix.com
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