To further our aim of recreating a full 16th century family life, we have
created some symbols drawn from history and our own lore.
"An Darach Mor" ("The Great Oak")- much used in marches.
Motto and Slogan (Sluggan) or War Cry
"Demimid iarract niòs fearr" transliterated: "We do the attempt
more better" or "We try harder."
The Oak. Anyone may wear oak leaves as a cap badge, and the oak leaf and
acorn designs are favorites for crafts and decorations.
The Selkie (or Silkie), legendary water creature who swims the sea in a
sealskin but may take it off and walk upon the earth as a man. A selkie
was the traditional ancestor of the Colin line, and therefore of our Clan.
We neither kill nor eat seals, though others in the 16th century commonly
Our clan badge is a Selkie (or Silkie), with sealskin on lower half, bearing
sword, bow, and arrows in a wreath of oak leaves. The wreath is used instead
of the belt to avoid offending members of some clan societies
Other Badges, etc.
Areas of responsibility within the Clan (catering, water carriers, medics,
etc.) may wear appropriate tokens or ribbons. The Clan has established
awards of merit, but these and other awards are only worn at 20th-century
||We carry the national flags of St. Andrew and St. Patrick on marches:
St. Andrew's Cross, for Scotland, is a white saltire (diagonal cross) on
a blue field; St. Patrick's Cross is a white saltire on a red field.
The Chief has a personal banner bearing his motto and his personal
arms. Households also have their own banners.
We also carry our own painted and embroidered Saints banners of Saint
Patrick, Saint Andrew, and Saint Maolrubha, our patron saint.
There is none! Family tartan setts were not in use in the 1500's. The
Chief favors green, brown, and white (our heraldic colors), but he and
his Clan wear what they can make or get.
These were not used in the 16th century, either. Our personas, the theatrical
characters we each develop, use patronymics ("mac Ciaran" -son of Ciaran;
"nic Eoghann" -daughter of Eoghann) and descriptive names ("Iain Ruadh"
- Red Iain; "Mairi Og" - Young Mary) in addition to our given names. Only
the son of a man named Colin would use the name "mac Colin".
Events and Celebrations of Note
We have a very full year, with meetings not involving an event when we
can. Burns Night is an event for poetry, and St. Patrick's Day never goes
unnoticed. Our own patron Saint Maolrubha has holidays in both April and
August, apropos to a Saint known for curing the insane. Every spring we
remember our dead, as fits a family that Christens, marries, and buries
its own, and every such occasion marked by a celebration. We participate
in several Fairs throughout the year.
We celebrate Hogmanay (New Year) with an annual Victorian feast in full
formal Victorian dress. This is where the Chief gives the State of the
Clan Address, and it also serves as our formal awards banquet.
The single most significant event of our year is our participation in
the annual Renaissance Faire, now held in Devore. It dominates our calendar
with planning for it from early in the year, and continues as the major
consideration until tare down ends in June. It is our single largest exposure
as a theatrical group, with about three stage shows a day, and continuous
craft demonstration through the day.
Traditions are a constant part of the process of living. You will often
hear the line "Once by accident, twice by habit, three times by tradition."
This reflects human nature, then and now.
We eat by precedence, with the Chief served first, the daoine uasail
(Household heads and Gentles) next, and the rest of us, though if
dinner is late we may serve the children first, by his order.
We are theatrically Catholic, after the demise of the Celtic Catholic Church.
While we honor our saints in ways different from what the Pope might expect,
we are very Catholic. Being both Irish and Scottish, we have a number of
patron saints. When at "Faire", we do not show this much as it is illegal
at this time in England, and Catholics are a target.
Established by our founding Chief, we have a "pun tax" of twenty-five cents
for any pun which the Chief hears a groan to, including his own groan (and
he will!). It has become a matter of pride with may to have paid large
sums. One historic punfest about "beer" went to two hundred seven puns!
The Chief occasionally declares a "Pun Amnesty Day", usually at Hogmanay,
at which members can pun with impunity and get some of the worst ones off
their chest. There is an additional tax for the use of props in a pun,
which is frequently paid on the Chief's birthday for a truly magnificent
pun with props (fish, livestock, Scotchguard cans -- ask about them)!
We have accumulated a musical tradition as well. We close a day of Fair
with singing Amazing Grace, and our last day antics for opening parade
include a musical parody. We also have a "fight
song" with words written by our members. Our observance of Memorial
Day concludes with song.