Dierdriana of the Misty Isles

Order of the Pelican

Modern Name: Maureen Whitaker Clifton
Elevated by: Radnor & Shannon-Morgan (West)
Elevation Date: 1981-01-03

Most Courteous Greetings Unto All . . . who read these words . . . This is Countess Dierdriana of The Misty Isles, Order of the Pelican, Order of The Rose, Queen's Order of Grace, Order of the Leaf of Merit, Order of the Rose Leaf, Order of the Wooden Spoon, Five Queen's Cyphers, Order of the Grape Leaf from Barony of Vinhold, Award of Arms, Order of the Golden Bean (Esfenn). . .sending greetings upon this time, A.S. XXXV (2000 A.D.) . . . My her-story with the Society for Creative Anachronism, Inc. is a long one, having joined in A.S. iX (1976 A.D.) in the Barony of Golden Rivers, Kingdom of The West. At that time, the SCA was small, by today's standards and there was only two Principalities in the West, CAID and An Tir. The SCA had only four Kingdoms when I joined. I am not quite a "dinosaursress," however, often, when stories are told, it almost seems so. However, I do admit, I know all of those wonderful SCA Dinosaurs . . .the legends of The West Kingdom. I've been a member of House Bellatrix for many years. Duke Paul was one of the first people whom I met in the SCA when our children were smalls. Now, we are Grandparents with Adult Children! I have to agree with what my dear friend Countess Bevin Fraser of Sterling once said to me and that is this: "We are not old enough to have adults for children!" However, we and many others do and it seems we are now in the third generation of SCA families! After spending years living in Golden Rivers (Sacramento CA), I moved to the greater San Francisco Bay Area, where a group of us got together and started the Shire of Esfenn and eventually, The Principality of The Mists. During my years there, it was a pleasure to Autocrat Twelfth Night at least three times and help others learn how to do that, too. King Radnor gave me my Pelican (what a surprise that was) at Twelfth Night A.S. XV. Other Kingdom of The West Awards are these: Countess & Order of The Rose - August A.S. XiX (1984 A.D.) ~ My King was Duke Ronald Wilmot, KSCA, OP, now East Kingdom Award of Arms - October A.S. Xiii (1978 A.D.) Queen's Order of Grace - August XX Order of the Leaf of Merit - March Xiii Order of the Rose Leaf - March XV Order of the Wooden Spoon - October XVii Five Queen's Cyphers: Verena, Rhiannon, Shannon-Morgan, Esmirelda & Rowena Arts & Sciences Champion, Shire of Dael Beorht, January A.S. XXiV (1990 A.D.) Fellowship of The Aspen Leaf - January, A.S. XXVi (1992 A.D.) Order of the Grape Leaf from Barony of Vinhold A.S. XXi (1987 A.D.) Order of the Golden Bean (Esfenn) A.S. XVii (or so) Top 10 Archers of the West - A.S. XiV LI have also taught SCA classes along the way to include: Dierdriana's Fantastic Gambazons, Effective Autocratting, Guide to Being an Attendant to Royalty, A 12th Century Norman Costume, A Ladies Leather Vest . . .all for which I have written manuals. Also, I have taught classes on Assessories for the Total Look and How to Act Respectfully or How to Address Royalty and Peer Recognition. Along the way, I have participated in numerous SCA Demos, including one for French Television on What Americans Do for Fun and Entertainment. I have also done all the mundane things, all aspects of autocratting, cooking for and hosting feasts, hall set-up and clean-up, stacking firewood, camp detail. Then, there is Archery practice and sponsoring tournaments, including making 6 foot targets, dragons and Teradactiles. While in the Shire of Dael Beohrt, I sponsored my own Games Tournament which was also a Shire Fund-Raiser and done in conjunction with our local Delta County Arts and Humanities Council of which I was a member. So, just with this brief overview, one can see that there has not been any dull moments in my SCA life. I've had to take some time out for mundane surgery and healing time. However, I look forward to "playing" SCA in the Midrealm, via Atenveldt (Phoenix AZ), Artemesia (Dael Beohrt) and The West. How much my Lord Scott of Kent and I will "play" here will depend upon a number of factors, my health, not-with-standing. Wishing all good health with hopes of meeting many of the kind folks who have been kind enough to send "virtual mail" to me recently! My gratitude to you all . . . Yours in Service . . . Countess Dierdriana of The Misty Isles Order of The Pelican, Order of The Rose E-mail: MW-SL-Clifton@worldnet.att.net