Cathan MacCullaich

Order of the Pelican

Modern Name: Matthew Dunbar
Elevated by: Bardolph and Brigh<br>Vigiled by: Felix and Madeleina (17 Aug)
Elevation Date: 2006-10-21
Protégé of: Claire Fitzwilliam of Lynnwood Keep

Greetings, Cousins.

As a fledgling member of this Order, I had the interesting experience of having someone who, upon hearing that I had been placed on vigil, ask was what it is, really, that I do, and why was I being offered the Accolade?

Beyond the first vaguely nonplussed thought that came to mind of 'well... um... for service?...', it struck me as a fair question, and one for which I didn't have a quick or simple answer. I've continued to mull that question over, and it seems it isn't a simple question at all, but has a number of parts.

What really is the nature of Service? Some people seem to think that to be recognized, that there must be some specific large act of service to which we can point. Others think instead of a body of service, with a list of results. What denotes one person's service as different from that of another? Good questions to ponder, even if they don't immediately have clear answers.

What really identifies a Peer? Within the context of the chivalric virtues, we at have a framework for discussion. For many discussions, really.

It also brings to mind that for many of us, service is not something we practice with the objective of being noticed, or to be the focus of atte ntion. It's something we do, whether quietly in plain sight or behind the scenes, in ways that are largely unnoticed or even invisible. For many things, that' s as it should be. But it should be a reminder to us that sometimes those serving well may serve unseen, and that we should always be watching for those who serve outside the limelight.

With all of that, there's still the simple, direct question. So for the curious, here's a brief Vitae...

| Curriculum Vitae Societatus

...a few things I've found to do... |
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| Pursuivant of Tirnewydd | Feb A.S. 22 to A.S. 26 |
| Crown Tournament heraldry minion | Swordcliffe, May A.S. 26 |
| Crown Tournament heraldry minion | Jararvellir, Oct. A.S. 26 |
| Middle Marches Baronial Pursuivant | A.S. 26 to A.S. 30 |
| Tournament Herald in Charge for Crown | Nordskogen, 24 May A.S. 27 |
| Tournament Herald in Charge for Crown | Stormvale, 17 Oct A.S. 27 |
| Chronicler of Tirnewydd | A.S. 27 to A.S. 29 |
| Assistant Tournament Herald in Charge for Crown

[Lady Meadows, Garlanda de Stanas]
| Fenix, 30 May 1993 |
| Tournament Herald in Charge for Crown

[Lady Meadows, Garlanda de Stanas, being fought for, recused herself]
| Sternfeld, 23 Oct A.S. 28 |
| Tournament Herald in Charge for Crown | Shattered Crystal, 29 May A.S. 29 |
| Meadows Herald [Lord Meadows]

(Deputy Kingdom Herald for Vocal Heraldry) | Sep A.S. 29 to May A.S. 36 |
| Tournament Herald in Charge for Crown | Ben Dunfirth, 29 Oct A.S. 29 |
| Tournament Herald in Charge for Crown | Shadowed Stars, 27 May A.S. 30 |
| Tournament Herald in Charge for Crown | Swordcliffe, 21 Oct A.S. 30 |
| Tournament Herald in Charge for First Northshield Coronet | Nordskogen, 6 Jan A.S. 31 |
| Tournament Herald in Charge for Crown | Caer Anterth, 26 May A.S. 31 |
| Tournament Herald in Charge for Crown | Flaming Gryphon, 12 Oct A.S. 31 |
| Tournament Herald in Charge for Crown | Cynnabar, 25 May A.S. 32 |
| Tournament Herald in Charge for Crown | Sternfeld, 1 Nov A.S. 32 |
| Tournament Herald in Charge for Crown | Nordskogen, 24 May A.S. 33 |
| Tournament Herald in Charge for Crown | Three Hills, 3 Oct A.S. 33 |
| Tournament Herald in Charge for Crown | Rimsholt, 30 May A.S. 34 |
| Tournament Herald in Charge for Crown | Sternfeld, 30 Oct A.S. 34 |
| Tournament Herald in Charge for Crown | Dark River, 28 May A.S. 35 |
| Tournament Herald in Charge for Crown | Fenix, 21 Oct A.S. 35 |
| Assistant Tournament Herald in Charge for Crown

[Lord Meadows, Vorlin O'r Gwig]
| Border Downs, 27 May A.S. 36 |
| Herald at Large | May A.S. 36 to present |
| Middle Marches Baronial Chamberlain | May A.S. 40 to Oct A.S. 42 |
| Chancellor of Pennsic University XXXV | Aug A.S. 40 to Aug A.S. 41 |
| Deputy Mayor, Cultural Affairs, Pennsic XXXVI | Aug A.S. 41 to Aug A.S. 42 |
| Rapier Marshal of Tirnewydd | A.S. 43 to A.S. 44 |
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| ...and a few way-points along the path... |
| Award of Arms | 10 Oct A.S. 26 |
| Award of the Purple Fret | 30 Jul A.S. 29 |
| Award of the Purple Fretty (as a Member of the Crown Tourney Crew) | 02 Nov A.S. 31 |
| Order of the Dragon's Heart | 10 Oct A.S. 33 |
| Sigil of Æthelmaerc | 18 Aug A.S. 41 |
| Companion of the Order of the Pelican | 21 Oct A.S. 41 |
| Royal Augmentation of Arms

(from TRM's Rurik and Angelik of Æthelmaerc) | 09 Aug A.S. 42 |