Dafydd ap Gwalchmai, Viscount Northshield Dafydd ap Gwalchmai, Viscount Northshield

Lady Niamh ingen Dhomnail

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I am a mid 12th-Century Irishwoman, who has traveled far from home into the Northern Land of Nordskogen, land of the Vikings. Born to an noblewoman, and the second son of a nobleman who was a member of the clergy (Irish priests were permitted to marry until the Lateran Council in 1123, when all such marriages were declared null and void), I was raised and schooled in Ireland, until my Welsh and English parents, horrified by my "wild Irish ways" felt that I needed some training in the gentlewomanly arts, and sent me to Europe. I traveled to a school for gentle woman in France, and to Italy and the Mediterranean area, and was fostered by a most loving family, an Anglo-Saxon mother and an Italian father. I learned the arts of the dance, of the scribe, and many ways with textiles and fibers, cooking and most of all, the arts of drawing and painting, of printmaking and of books. I learned from many cultures. I absorbed all this knowledge like a sponge. But I never lost my reverence for nature and the old ways, which I had picked up from the Irish country people.

After my young man was killed in the Crusades, like many "widows" (although we never officially married), I was forced to make my own way in the world, my father having retired to a monastery and my mother to her people, places to which I had no intention of returning. At this time, I studied more under several teachers, learning the arts of textiles and of the book, and I also took an Irish name to reflect my history, and to distance myself from my relatives' expectations. Then I had freedom and knowledge, and was able to do several things to get by, including trading in the arts and fine goods, and running a small workshop for creating books and missals, with several scribes in my employ. My artwork and my clothing reflects this mix of influences. Now I am living in the Northlands, but still traveling for trade and business.  

SCA History
Former Name (in the Midrealm): Allison Ariana Allyn ferch Rhys
Caer Anterth Mawr, 1982-1991
Some of the things: MOA/MOS Caer Anterth Mawr; Baronial Scribe; autocrat Royal Holiday events; feastocrat and cook for many events, including the Coronation of Their Royal Majesties Corin and Myfawnwy, May 1985. Listmistress, including Royal Holiday and many other events including Crowns. Teacher: dance, calligraphy and illumination, costuming. Honored to be Lady in Waiting for HRM Valerius & Fern in 1984. Eldest daughter of Mistress Alice of Kent and Master Antonio d'Casa d'Aqua (Price).

Nordskogen
1995-current
Participated as a merchant, assisted in a number of feasts (uncounted pasties! gallons of custard!), and contributed as banner painter and designer, helped with largesse tokens, assisted in silent auctions, trolls, and wherever I can be most useful.
Honored to be a member of House Cinqfoil, (Teaghlach Léaró Dóchais) and House Wortham.

Interests
All forms of textiles and the book arts - weaving, embroidery, illumination, printing, woodblocks and book binding, drawing and painting throughout our time period. Learning more about period cooking. I am very interested in the influences of art and architecture and fashion on each other, how trade affected certain fine goods (such as beads and spices), and in exploring a wide variety of cooking traditions. I love what we would call "natural history" as shown in period illuminations and drawing, carpet pages in illumination in any culture, jewelry and textiles.


Awards:

  Award Name Presenting Branch Court Date Event Name Presenting Royalty
Black Flame, Award of the Kingdom of Northshield 3/28/2015 Bardic Madness XXV Vladimir II and Petranella II
Purple Fret Kingdom of Middle 12/5/1987
Willow Kingdom of Middle 6/30/1984
Award of Arms Kingdom of Middle 12/11/1982
Please send award updates/corrections to the Clerk of Precedence: cop@northshield.org .

Current/Previous Offices:

Office Officer for Group Start Date End Date In Office
Branch Seneschal Barony of Nordskogen 7/15/2015 7/26/2017 24 months

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