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  • caleb@buffnet.net
    ... I do not know about Scotland, but in England pretty much everyone from villein to the king praticed archery. I m almost done reading Agincourt: Henry V
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      >
      > The Scottish Guard (Garde Écossaise) was created by Charles VII in
      > 1422, and was the personal guard of Kings of France for many years.
      > The Scottish Guard had a number of archers in it.
      >
      > I have been able to find reference to the captains of the guard being
      > nobles. What I would like to know is if the regular archer members of
      > the guard were also of noble birth. Given the duties they had
      > guarding and attending the king it would seem most likely that they
      > were at least of the lesser Scottish nobility.
      >
      > Does anyone have any information and preferably source material to
      > which they can refer me that can show that they were or were not of
      > noble birth?
      >
      > I am trying to put together some documented information to help
      > counter the misconception that all medieval european military archers
      > were just peasants. I have so far found some sources to show that
      > there were Spanish, Italian and French archers of the noble class. I
      > am looking for information for other countries and additional sources
      > for those I have found so far.
      >
      > Thank you for any help you can give.
      >
      > Jon
      >
      >
      >
      >
      > Sir Jon Fitz-Rauf, O.L., O.P., West Archer Champion, Mists, Esfenn An
      > Archer must be: Keen of eye, steady of hand, fleet of foot and cunning
      > of mind.
      >
      >

      I do not know about Scotland, but in England pretty much everyone from
      villein to the king praticed archery. I'm almost done reading "Agincourt:
      Henry V and the Battle That Made England" by Juliet Barker. She documents
      that Henry V was a good archer, as were his brothers and his father, Henry
      IV, before him. She also says that the books of chivalry, the "Dummy's
      Guide to Being a Knight," that were written for English knights and
      nobility spoke of archery lessons and one particular one written in France
      said that if one wished to learn archery, "go to England." I don't have
      the book in front of me otherwise I would give the reference.

      THL Caleb Reynolds
      Scarlet Guard of the Kingdom of AEthelmearc
      King's Archery Champion
    • John edgerton
      I am familiar with the English and other European nobles of varying degree using archery for sport and recreation. That is well documented. However, what I
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        I am familiar with the English and other European nobles of varying
        degree using archery for sport and recreation. That is well
        documented. However, what I am trying to locate are sources for use
        of archery by the nobel class for military purposes.

        Jon
        On Dec 4, 2007, at 12:54 PM, <caleb@...> wrote:
        >
        >
        > I do not know about Scotland, but in England pretty much everyone from
        > villein to the king praticed archery. I'm almost done reading
        > "Agincourt:
        > Henry V and the Battle That Made England" by Juliet Barker. She
        > documents
        > that Henry V was a good archer, as were his brothers and his
        > father, Henry
        > IV, before him. She also says that the books of chivalry, the "Dummy's
        > Guide to Being a Knight," that were written for English knights and
        > nobility spoke of archery lessons and one particular one written in
        > France
        > said that if one wished to learn archery, "go to England." I don't
        > have
        > the book in front of me otherwise I would give the reference.
        >
        > THL Caleb Reynolds
        > Scarlet Guard of the Kingdom of AEthelmearc
        > King's Archery Champion
        >
        >
        >



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      • Keith Crawley
        How many bodies were in the Garde at any one time? If this was a small personal body guard one could expect perhaps a couple hundred at best and these sorts of
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          How many bodies were in the Garde at any one time? If this was a small personal body guard one could expect perhaps a couple hundred at best and these sorts of numbers could certainly have come from the Scottish Nobility with little impact on Scotland herself. However if this was a regimental or larger sized unit the sheer numbers would lead one to think some at least must have been common soldiers. If it was totally made up of Nobles who was left back in Scotland to run things. At this time in History what would Scotland's population have been and a better question how many Noble families were there to feed such a machine fresh bodies on a regular basis as they were killed off in some of the battles? It isn't the proof you seek but I'm thinking unless this was a very small elite unit that it would by necessity have to be made up of nobles as officers and common soldiers filling out the rank and file.

          Baron Percival
          Baron of Septentria
          Archer Champion to TRM Trumbrand and Kayla Rex et Regina Ealdormere




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        • Keith Crawley
          Check out this link http://www.fraser-clan.org/newsletter.htm it mentions numbers of a few dozen archers and men at arms, certainly not Noble mention as such
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            Check out this link http://www.fraser-clan.org/newsletter.htm it mentions numbers of a few dozen archers and men at arms, certainly not Noble mention as such and this would lead me to think some at least were of common birth. It also mentions a name David Simson as a part of a unit of archers with no title or rank even further indicating probable common birth i should think. It also mentions a number in the region of 100 men total with an elite group of 25 and 74 archers although this seems to have been a bit later in the units history. .

            Baron Percival
            ----- Original Message -----
            From: John edgerton
            To: SCA-Archery@yahoogroups.com
            Sent: Tuesday, December 04, 2007 3:13 PM
            Subject: Re: [SCA-Archery] Scottish Guard of Archers


            Thank you.

            Jon

            On Dec 4, 2007, at 11:40 AM, Keith Crawley wrote:

            > Check out the Wiki entry at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Garde_%C3%
            > 89cossaisethis seems to at least hint at the officers having been
            > noble.
            >
            > Baron Percival
            >
            > ----- Original Message -----
            > From: John edgerton
            > To: SCA-Archery@yahoogroups.com
            > Cc: SCA-MissileCombat@yahoogroups.com
            > Sent: Tuesday, December 04, 2007 1:36 PM
            > Subject: [SCA-Archery] Scottish Guard of Archers
            >
            > The Scottish Guard (Garde Écossaise) was created by Charles VII in
            > 1422, and was the personal guard of Kings of France for many years.
            > The Scottish Guard had a number of archers in it.
            >
            > I have been able to find reference to the captains of the guard being
            > nobles. What I would like to know is if the regular archer members of
            > the guard were also of noble birth. Given the duties they had
            > guarding and attending the king it would seem most likely that they
            > were at least of the lesser Scottish nobility.
            >
            > Does anyone have any information and preferably source material to
            > which they can refer me that can show that they were or were not of
            > noble birth?
            >
            > I am trying to put together some documented information to help
            > counter the misconception that all medieval european military archers
            > were just peasants. I have so far found some sources to show that
            > there were Spanish, Italian and French archers of the noble class. I
            > am looking for information for other countries and additional sources
            > for those I have found so far.
            >
            > Thank you for any help you can give.
            >
            > Jon
            >
            > Sir Jon Fitz-Rauf, O.L., O.P., West Archer Champion, Mists, Esfenn
            > An Archer must be: Keen of eye, steady of hand, fleet of foot and
            > cunning of mind.
            >
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            >
            > [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]
            >
            >
            >

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          • loreleiElkins@aol.com
            Jon, Please do share your information with us all here when you do complete your work. And, thank you for the undertaking. Lorelei In a message dated
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              Jon,

              Please do share your information with us all here when you do complete your
              work. And, thank you for the undertaking.

              Lorelei

              In a message dated 12/4/2007 1:37:40 P.M. Eastern Standard Time,
              sirjon1@... writes:

              am trying to put together some documented information to help
              counter the misconception that all medieval european military archers
              were just peasants. I have so far found some sources to show that
              there were Spanish, Italian and French archers of the noble class. I
              am looking for information for other countries and additional sources
              for those I have found so far.

              Thank you for any help you can give.

              Jon





              Lorelei



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            • caleb@buffnet.net
              I checked through my library last night and could not find anything about nobles marching into battle as just archers. Good King Harry paid his archers 6
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                I checked through my library last night and could not find anything about
                nobles marching into battle as just archers. Good King Harry paid his
                archers 6 pennies a day for his first campaign into France, where Knights
                were paid 2 shillings a day. Barons were paid 4 shillings and higher
                ranking members of nobility were paid even more. If these rates were
                common across Europe, I don't think we will see any documentation of
                nobles being hired as archers: they would be paid more money to be hired
                at their rank. The increased money would cover horses, household members,
                armor, etc. I would imagine that while they did not fight major battles
                with bows or crossbows, the nobility might use them during a siege where
                they would have nothing else to do while artiliary and siege engines were
                working.

                I did find a refence to some archer nobility:

                "The Company of Scottish Archers was formed in 1676 and is possibly the
                oldest sporting body in Britain today. It was granted a royal charter by
                Queen Anne and drew its membership from the aristocracy, gentry and
                professional classes of Edinburgh. "
                http://www.martinfrost.ws/htmlfiles/archers.html

                "Among Viking armies, however, even kings fought with bows. For example,
                at the great sea battle of Skold in 1000 AD, when Norwegian King Olav
                Trygvasson was cornered by his enemies and killed, during the long day's
                battle King Olav fought mostly from the raised rear quarterdeck of his
                great warship the Long Serpent, alternately throwing spears and shooting
                arrows at his attackers."
                http://www.strongbowsaga.com/showwik.asp?WikID=38

                "My point being that the archers, even at the low end, were paid
                specialists, not peasant levies. I haven't found a picture of an armored
                archer with his own arms(yet), but I'm working on it. When Henry II
                conquered Ireland, Richard de Clare, Earl of Pembroke (which Earldom was a
                traditional source of archer levies) had the epithet 'Strongbow', because
                he was reputed to draw the strongest bow in the kingdom. I find it hard to
                believe that he could get a name for his archery without using the bow a
                *lot*, and in war; clearly, it isn't improper for a nobleman to be an
                archer."
                http://www.florilegium.org/files/ARCHERY/archery-msg.html

                THL Caleb Reynolds
                Scarlet Guard of the Kingdom of AEthelmearc
                King's Archery Champion


                > Check out this link http://www.fraser-clan.org/newsletter.htm it
                > mentions numbers of a few dozen archers and men at arms, certainly not
                > Noble mention as such and this would lead me to think some at least were
                > of common birth. It also mentions a name David Simson as a part of a
                > unit of archers with no title or rank even further indicating probable
                > common birth i should think. It also mentions a number in the region of
                > 100 men total with an elite group of 25 and 74 archers although this
                > seems to have been a bit later in the units history. .
                >
                > Baron Percival
                > ----- Original Message -----
                > From: John edgerton
                > To: SCA-Archery@yahoogroups.com
                > Sent: Tuesday, December 04, 2007 3:13 PM
                > Subject: Re: [SCA-Archery] Scottish Guard of Archers
                >
                >
                > Thank you.
                >
                > Jon
                >
                > On Dec 4, 2007, at 11:40 AM, Keith Crawley wrote:
                >
                > > Check out the Wiki entry at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Garde_%C3%
                > 89cossaisethis seems to at least hint at the officers having been
                > noble.
                > >
                > > Baron Percival
                > >
                > > ----- Original Message -----
                > > From: John edgerton
                > > To: SCA-Archery@yahoogroups.com
                > > Cc: SCA-MissileCombat@yahoogroups.com
                > > Sent: Tuesday, December 04, 2007 1:36 PM
                > > Subject: [SCA-Archery] Scottish Guard of Archers
                > >
                > > The Scottish Guard (Garde Écossaise) was created by Charles VII in
                > 1422, and was the personal guard of Kings of France for many years.
                > The Scottish Guard had a number of archers in it.
                > >
                > > I have been able to find reference to the captains of the guard
                > being nobles. What I would like to know is if the regular archer
                > members of the guard were also of noble birth. Given the duties they
                > had
                > > guarding and attending the king it would seem most likely that they
                > were at least of the lesser Scottish nobility.
                > >
                > > Does anyone have any information and preferably source material to
                > which they can refer me that can show that they were or were not of
                > noble birth?
                > >
                > > I am trying to put together some documented information to help
                > counter the misconception that all medieval european military
                > archers were just peasants. I have so far found some sources to show
                > that there were Spanish, Italian and French archers of the noble
                > class. I am looking for information for other countries and
                > additional sources for those I have found so far.
                > >
                > > Thank you for any help you can give.
                > >
                > > Jon
                > >
                > > Sir Jon Fitz-Rauf, O.L., O.P., West Archer Champion, Mists, Esfenn
                > An Archer must be: Keen of eye, steady of hand, fleet of foot and
                > cunning of mind.
                > >
              • Keith Crawley
                Here is a link http://www.siol-nan-gaidheal.com/templar.htm that puts an interesting Templar spin on things. Don t know what if any facts are drawn on by the
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                  Here is a link http://www.siol-nan-gaidheal.com/templar.htm that puts an interesting Templar spin on things. Don't know what if any facts are drawn on by the author who ever it is but it sure makes for an interesting theory when tied in with other Scottish Templar beliefs/myths.

                  Baron Percival



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                • Logan McKnight
                  If you are doing research on the subject of noble archers, I strongly suggest you pick up The Great Warbow by Matthew Strickland and Robert Hardy. I am
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                    If you are doing research on the subject of 'noble' archers, I
                    strongly suggest you pick up 'The Great Warbow' by Matthew Strickland
                    and Robert Hardy. I am reading it now and there is a very thorough
                    chapter on the English Mounted Archer and the rise of the Archer in
                    social status and social mobility.

                    While it does show a large number of recruited archers from the
                    common folk, what it indicates is a growing trend that capable
                    archers could ascend the social ladder, becoming minor gentry in the
                    process.

                    There are also two or three sections on Scottish Archery that may
                    help with background on the Scottish forces serving in France, as
                    well as in their homeland. It also has an interesting argument,
                    backed up with archaeological finds as well as documents from the
                    period that indicate William Wallace as being a formidable archer,
                    and the longbow being his prefered weapon. They have even found
                    Wallace's seal which bears a bow and arrow, lending support to their
                    argument.

                    Also, are you familiar with the 'Jodrell Pass'? Again this is
                    English but you said your research extended beyond that Scottish
                    unit. The Jodrell pass was a document of passage bearing Edward, the
                    Black Prince's personal seal, allowing a mounted archer named Jodrell
                    passage home to england. What this pass indicates to historians is
                    that the archers of higher standing were very well thought of and
                    afforded the same luxuries and respect as many of the knights/men-at-
                    arms.

                    All of these things are discussed in 'the Great Warbow' and the
                    bibliography of that book contains an incredibly deep well of other
                    sources to pour over. Good luck in your research, I look forward to
                    perhaps hearing mroe about it.

                    Godfrey McKnight, the Archer
                  • John edgerton
                    Around 25 to 100 depending upon the time period. The nobility in the guard would not have been the ruling nobility, just the sons or other relatives. Jon ...
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                      Around 25 to 100 depending upon the time period. The nobility in the
                      guard would not have been the ruling nobility, just the sons or other
                      relatives.

                      Jon

                      On Dec 4, 2007, at 1:45 PM, Keith Crawley wrote:

                      > How many bodies were in the Garde at any one time? If this was a
                      > small personal body guard one could expect perhaps a couple hundred
                      > at best and these sorts of numbers could certainly have come from
                      > the Scottish Nobility with little impact on Scotland herself.
                      > However if this was a regimental or larger sized unit the sheer
                      > numbers would lead one to think some at least must have been common
                      > soldiers. If it was totally made up of Nobles who was left back in
                      > Scotland to run things. At this time in History what would
                      > Scotland's population have been and a better question how many
                      > Noble families were there to feed such a machine fresh bodies on a
                      > regular basis as they were killed off in some of the battles? It
                      > isn't the proof you seek but I'm thinking unless this was a very
                      > small elite unit that it would by necessity have to be made up of
                      > nobles as officers and common soldiers filling out the rank and file.
                      >
                      > Baron Percival
                      > Baron of Septentria
                      > Archer Champion to TRM Trumbrand and Kayla Rex et Regina Ealdormere
                      >
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                      >
                      >
                      >



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                    • John edgerton
                      I intend to post it here when it is done and also put it in the files section. Jon ... [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]
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                        I intend to post it here when it is done and also put it in the files
                        section.

                        Jon

                        On Dec 5, 2007, at 5:14 AM, loreleiElkins@... wrote:

                        >
                        >
                        > Jon,
                        >
                        > Please do share your information with us all here when you do
                        > complete your
                        > work. And, thank you for the undertaking.
                        >
                        > Lorelei
                        >
                        > In a message dated 12/4/2007 1:37:40 P.M. Eastern Standard Time,
                        > sirjon1@... writes:
                        >
                        > am trying to put together some documented information to help
                        > counter the misconception that all medieval european military archers
                        > were just peasants. I have so far found some sources to show that
                        > there were Spanish, Italian and French archers of the noble class. I
                        > am looking for information for other countries and additional sources
                        > for those I have found so far.
                        >
                        > Thank you for any help you can give.
                        >
                        > Jon
                        >
                        > Lorelei
                        >
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                      • John edgerton
                        The Garde Écossaise were not just a company of archers they were part of the kings personal guard and it seems were in attendance on him at times other than
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                          The Garde Écossaise were not just a company of archers they were part
                          of the kings personal guard and it seems were in attendance on him at
                          times other than in battle. Such duties would suggest they would
                          have been mainly of nobel birth and not just commoners.

                          Jon

                          On Dec 5, 2007, at 6:33 AM, <caleb@...> <caleb@...>
                          wrote:

                          > I checked through my library last night and could not find anything
                          > about
                          > nobles marching into battle as just archers. Good King Harry paid his
                          > archers 6 pennies a day for his first campaign into France, where
                          > Knights
                          > were paid 2 shillings a day. Barons were paid 4 shillings and higher
                          > ranking members of nobility were paid even more. If these rates were
                          > common across Europe, I don't think we will see any documentation of
                          > nobles being hired as archers: they would be paid more money to be
                          > hired
                          > at their rank. The increased money would cover horses, household
                          > members,
                          > armor, etc. I would imagine that while they did not fight major
                          > battles
                          > with bows or crossbows, the nobility might use them during a siege
                          > where
                          > they would have nothing else to do while artiliary and siege
                          > engines were
                          > working.
                          >
                          > I did find a refence to some archer nobility:
                          >
                          > "The Company of Scottish Archers was formed in 1676 and is possibly
                          > the
                          > oldest sporting body in Britain today. It was granted a royal
                          > charter by
                          > Queen Anne and drew its membership from the aristocracy, gentry and
                          > professional classes of Edinburgh. "
                          > http://www.martinfrost.ws/htmlfiles/archers.html
                          >
                          > "Among Viking armies, however, even kings fought with bows. For
                          > example,
                          > at the great sea battle of Skold in 1000 AD, when Norwegian King Olav
                          > Trygvasson was cornered by his enemies and killed, during the long
                          > day's
                          > battle King Olav fought mostly from the raised rear quarterdeck of his
                          > great warship the Long Serpent, alternately throwing spears and
                          > shooting
                          > arrows at his attackers."
                          > http://www.strongbowsaga.com/showwik.asp?WikID=38
                          >
                          > "My point being that the archers, even at the low end, were paid
                          > specialists, not peasant levies. I haven't found a picture of an
                          > armored
                          > archer with his own arms(yet), but I'm working on it. When Henry II
                          > conquered Ireland, Richard de Clare, Earl of Pembroke (which
                          > Earldom was a
                          > traditional source of archer levies) had the epithet 'Strongbow',
                          > because
                          > he was reputed to draw the strongest bow in the kingdom. I find it
                          > hard to
                          > believe that he could get a name for his archery without using the
                          > bow a
                          > *lot*, and in war; clearly, it isn't improper for a nobleman to be an
                          > archer."
                          > http://www.florilegium.org/files/ARCHERY/archery-msg.html
                          >
                          > THL Caleb Reynolds
                          > Scarlet Guard of the Kingdom of AEthelmearc
                          > King's Archery Champion


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                        • mark s graves
                          i have been following the e-mails on the Scottish Archery Guards. Where have you been getting the infor. Any idea what the officers were wearing and maybe
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                            i have been following the e-mails on the Scottish Archery Guards. Where
                            have you been getting the infor. Any idea what the officers were wearing
                            and maybe what the ranks of the officers were? I am Scottish and have
                            this type of persona in the SCA. William Ross of Skye
                          • John edgerton
                            At this point, no idea. Jon ... [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]
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                              At this point, no idea.

                              Jon
                              On Dec 6, 2007, at 11:11 AM, mark s graves wrote:

                              > i have been following the e-mails on the Scottish Archery Guards.
                              > Where
                              > have you been getting the infor. Any idea what the officers were
                              > wearing
                              > and maybe what the ranks of the officers were? I am Scottish and have
                              > this type of persona in the SCA. William Ross of Skye
                              >
                              >



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                            • Rusty McMillan
                              William, I m in the same boat, persona wise. Most of the info seems to be coming from internet sources. I have done browser searches under Joan of Arc ,
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                                William,

                                I'm in the same boat, persona wise. Most of the info seems to be
                                coming from internet sources. I have done browser searches under "Joan
                                of Arc", "Scottish Guard", "King Charles VII" and "Garde Ecossaise".
                                Each of these will lead you to many source links. Of course, you
                                should also check the links mentioned by others responding in this
                                thread. So far, I have not seen much detail on the Guards until much
                                later in their history, well after their service to Charles VII.

                                Randal of Camusfearna

                                --- In SCA-Archery@yahoogroups.com, mark s graves <williamross3@...>
                                wrote:

                                i have been following the e-mails on the Scottish Archery Guards. Where
                                have you been getting the infor. Any idea what the officers were
                                wearing and maybe what the ranks of the officers were? I am Scottish
                                and have this type of persona in the SCA. William Ross of Skye
                              • ronan mackee
                                Hello When I was doing research on archers I came across information on yeoman in the middle ages. They talk about there duties and one of these duties was
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                                  Hello

                                  When I was doing research on archers I came across information on yeoman in the middle ages. They talk about there duties and one of these duties was protecting the king and other nobility. So my question is Is there a difference from Scottish guard and Yeoman because as long you had rank and title your job was to serve the king correct ?



                                  the information that I have found was on the wikipedia the free encyclopedia web sight under yeoman



                                  I hope this helps

                                  Ronan Mackay




                                  ----- Original Message ----
                                  From: Rusty McMillan <randal_of_camusfearna@...>
                                  To: SCA-Archery@yahoogroups.com
                                  Sent: Thursday, December 6, 2007 2:17:59 PM
                                  Subject: [SCA-Archery] Re: Scottish Guard of Archers














                                  William,



                                  I'm in the same boat, persona wise. Most of the info seems to be

                                  coming from internet sources. I have done browser searches under "Joan

                                  of Arc", "Scottish Guard", "King Charles VII" and "Garde Ecossaise".

                                  Each of these will lead you to many source links. Of course, you

                                  should also check the links mentioned by others responding in this

                                  thread. So far, I have not seen much detail on the Guards until much

                                  later in their history, well after their service to Charles VII.



                                  Randal of Camusfearna



                                  --- In SCA-Archery@ yahoogroups. com, mark s graves <williamross3@ ...>

                                  wrote:



                                  i have been following the e-mails on the Scottish Archery Guards. Where

                                  have you been getting the infor. Any idea what the officers were

                                  wearing and maybe what the ranks of the officers were? I am Scottish

                                  and have this type of persona in the SCA. William Ross of Skye














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                                • John edgerton
                                  Well, one major difference would be that normally the king a Scott might be sworn to protect would be the king of Scotland. The Scottish Guard of Archers,
                                  Message 16 of 28 , Dec 6, 2007
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                                    Well, one major difference would be that normally the king a Scott
                                    might be sworn to protect would be the king of Scotland. The
                                    Scottish Guard of Archers, Garde Ecossaise, were hired to protect
                                    and serve the king of France.

                                    Jon

                                    On Dec 6, 2007, at 8:00 PM, ronan mackee wrote:

                                    > Hello
                                    >
                                    > When I was doing research on archers I came across information on
                                    > yeoman in the middle ages. They talk about there duties and one of
                                    > these duties was protecting the king and other nobility. So my
                                    > question is Is there a difference from Scottish guard and Yeoman
                                    > because as long you had rank and title your job was to serve the
                                    > king correct ?
                                    >
                                    > the information that I have found was on the wikipedia the free
                                    > encyclopedia web sight under yeoman
                                    >
                                    > I hope this helps
                                    >
                                    > Ronan Mackay


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                                  • ronan mackee
                                    Thanks for clearing that up for me Ronan ... From: John edgerton To: SCA-Archery@yahoogroups.com Sent: Thursday, December 6, 2007 8:07:15
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                                      Thanks for clearing that up for me


                                      Ronan

                                      ----- Original Message ----
                                      From: John edgerton <sirjon1@...>
                                      To: SCA-Archery@yahoogroups.com
                                      Sent: Thursday, December 6, 2007 8:07:15 PM
                                      Subject: Re: [SCA-Archery] Re: Scottish Guard of Archers














                                      Well, one major difference would be that normally the king a Scott

                                      might be sworn to protect would be the king of Scotland. The

                                      Scottish Guard of Archers, Garde Ecossaise, were hired to protect

                                      and serve the king of France.



                                      Jon



                                      On Dec 6, 2007, at 8:00 PM, ronan mackee wrote:



                                      > Hello

                                      >

                                      > When I was doing research on archers I came across information on

                                      > yeoman in the middle ages. They talk about there duties and one of

                                      > these duties was protecting the king and other nobility. So my

                                      > question is Is there a difference from Scottish guard and Yeoman

                                      > because as long you had rank and title your job was to serve the

                                      > king correct ?

                                      >

                                      > the information that I have found was on the wikipedia the free

                                      > encyclopedia web sight under yeoman

                                      >

                                      > I hope this helps

                                      >

                                      > Ronan Mackay



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                                    • Edward deWitt
                                      FWIW Check the link out. It doesn t have anything to do with the Archery Guard, but it has mention of the Scots Archers during the fight for Independence(
                                      Message 18 of 28 , Dec 6, 2007
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                                        FWIW

                                        Check the link out. It doesn't have anything to do with the Archery Guard, but it has mention of the Scots Archers during the fight for Independence( Wallace and Bruce era). It refers to the Battle of Rosslyn, 1303.

                                        http://sinclair.quarterman.org/history/med/battleofrosslyn.html

                                        Edward

                                        gene

                                        ronan mackee <ronanmackee@...> wrote: Thanks for clearing that up for me

                                        Ronan

                                        ----- Original Message ----
                                        From: John edgerton <sirjon1@...>
                                        To: SCA-Archery@yahoogroups.com
                                        Sent: Thursday, December 6, 2007 8:07:15 PM
                                        Subject: Re: [SCA-Archery] Re: Scottish Guard of Archers

                                        Well, one major difference would be that normally the king a Scott

                                        might be sworn to protect would be the king of Scotland. The

                                        Scottish Guard of Archers, Garde Ecossaise, were hired to protect

                                        and serve the king of France.

                                        Jon

                                        On Dec 6, 2007, at 8:00 PM, ronan mackee wrote:

                                        > Hello

                                        >

                                        > When I was doing research on archers I came across information on

                                        > yeoman in the middle ages. They talk about there duties and one of

                                        > these duties was protecting the king and other nobility. So my

                                        > question is Is there a difference from Scottish guard and Yeoman

                                        > because as long you had rank and title your job was to serve the

                                        > king correct ?

                                        >

                                        > the information that I have found was on the wikipedia the free

                                        > encyclopedia web sight under yeoman

                                        >

                                        > I hope this helps

                                        >

                                        > Ronan Mackay

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                                      • arturdubh
                                        I have been (barely) keeping up with this, as I am trying to split my time between three or five other things... I see no reason why the Scottish Garde
                                        Message 19 of 28 , Dec 6, 2007
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                                          I have been (barely) keeping up with this, as I am trying to split my
                                          time between three or five other things... I see no reason why the
                                          Scottish Garde couldn't be made up of at least "minor nobility"
                                          (perhaps even the "extra" sons of the higher nobility - those who
                                          wouldn't other-wise have much chance to "prove" themselves). Would a
                                          King really be able to trust a mere commoner with his life -- and
                                          would he want to? It was a different time, with a different mind-
                                          set....

                                          Also, it is never wise to trust Wkipedia as your primary source of
                                          information. Always check out any and all reference links provided in
                                          Wikipedia articles; some people like to add little "surprises" to
                                          those Wikipedia entries -- I nearly got burned by one of
                                          those "surprises" when I foolishly copy/pasted a portion of a
                                          Wikipedia article.

                                          --Artúr


                                          --- In SCA-Archery@yahoogroups.com, ronan mackee <ronanmackee@...>
                                          wrote:
                                          >
                                          > Hello
                                          >
                                          > When I was doing research on archers I came across information
                                          on yeoman in the middle ages. They talk about there duties and one of
                                          these duties was protecting the king and other nobility. So my
                                          question is Is there a difference from Scottish guard and Yeoman
                                          because as long you had rank and title your job was to serve the king
                                          correct ?
                                          >
                                          >
                                          >
                                          > the information that I have found was on the wikipedia the
                                          free encyclopedia web sight under yeoman
                                          >
                                          >
                                          >
                                          > I hope this helps
                                          >
                                          > Ronan Mackay
                                          >
                                          >
                                          >
                                          >
                                          > ----- Original Message ----
                                          > From: Rusty McMillan <randal_of_camusfearna@...>
                                          > To: SCA-Archery@yahoogroups.com
                                          > Sent: Thursday, December 6, 2007 2:17:59 PM
                                          > Subject: [SCA-Archery] Re: Scottish Guard of Archers
                                          >
                                          >
                                          >
                                          >
                                          >
                                          >
                                          >
                                          >
                                          >
                                          >
                                          >
                                          >
                                          >
                                          >
                                          > William,
                                          >
                                          >
                                          >
                                          > I'm in the same boat, persona wise. Most of the info seems to be
                                          >
                                          > coming from internet sources. I have done browser searches
                                          under "Joan
                                          >
                                          > of Arc", "Scottish Guard", "King Charles VII" and "Garde
                                          Ecossaise".
                                          >
                                          > Each of these will lead you to many source links. Of course, you
                                          >
                                          > should also check the links mentioned by others responding in this
                                          >
                                          > thread. So far, I have not seen much detail on the Guards until
                                          much
                                          >
                                          > later in their history, well after their service to Charles VII.
                                          >
                                          >
                                          >
                                          > Randal of Camusfearna
                                          >
                                          >
                                          >
                                          > --- In SCA-Archery@ yahoogroups. com, mark s graves
                                          <williamross3@ ...>
                                          >
                                          > wrote:
                                          >
                                          >
                                          >
                                          > i have been following the e-mails on the Scottish Archery Guards.
                                          Where
                                          >
                                          > have you been getting the infor. Any idea what the officers were
                                          >
                                          > wearing and maybe what the ranks of the officers were? I am
                                          Scottish
                                          >
                                          > and have this type of persona in the SCA. William Ross of Skye
                                          >
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                                        • jameswolfden
                                          In The Great Warbow by Strickland and Hardy, there is picture of Charles VII and the Garde Ecossaise by Jean Fouquet from The Hours of Etienne Chevalier. Here
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                                            In The Great Warbow by Strickland and Hardy, there is picture of Charles VII and the Garde
                                            Ecossaise by Jean Fouquet from The Hours of Etienne Chevalier. Here is an online link to
                                            the same picture.

                                            http://expositions.bnf.fr/fouquet/grand/f068.htm

                                            We are also given this description attributed to Berry Herald in Narratives of the Expulsion
                                            of the English from Normandy:

                                            "And before them, in the first rank, were the archers of the King of France, all clad in
                                            jackets covered with gold embroidery, of the colour of red, white, and green."

                                            In Service,
                                            James Wolfden


                                            --- In SCA-Archery@yahoogroups.com, mark s graves <williamross3@...> wrote:
                                            >
                                            > i have been following the e-mails on the Scottish Archery Guards. Where
                                            > have you been getting the infor. Any idea what the officers were wearing
                                            > and maybe what the ranks of the officers were? I am Scottish and have
                                            > this type of persona in the SCA. William Ross of Skye
                                            >
                                          • rolf_hobart
                                            To answer your questions, Yes and Yes. As an example I m summarizing Strickland in The Great Warbow page 258. Richard II maintained a personal bodyguard of
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                                              To answer your questions, Yes and Yes.
                                              As an example I'm summarizing Strickland in "The Great Warbow" page
                                              258. Richard II maintained a personal bodyguard of Cheshire yeoman
                                              archers. His familiarity with them, and their subsequent uppity and
                                              thuggish behavior caused them to be unpopular with the English
                                              nobility and provided Henry Bolingbroke another justification for his
                                              insurrection.

                                              Rolf Hobart

                                              --- In SCA-Archery@yahoogroups.com, "arturdubh" <nasionnaich@...>
                                              wrote:
                                              >
                                              > I have been (barely) keeping up with this, as I am trying to split
                                              my
                                              > time between three or five other things... I see no reason why the
                                              > Scottish Garde couldn't be made up of at least "minor nobility"
                                              > (perhaps even the "extra" sons of the higher nobility - those who
                                              > wouldn't other-wise have much chance to "prove" themselves). Would
                                              a
                                              > King really be able to trust a mere commoner with his life -- and
                                              > would he want to? It was a different time, with a different mind-
                                              > set....
                                              >
                                              > Also, it is never wise to trust Wkipedia as your primary source of
                                              > information. Always check out any and all reference links provided
                                              in
                                              > Wikipedia articles; some people like to add little "surprises" to
                                              > those Wikipedia entries -- I nearly got burned by one of
                                              > those "surprises" when I foolishly copy/pasted a portion of a
                                              > Wikipedia article.
                                              >
                                              > --Artúr
                                              >
                                              >
                                              >
                                            • John edgerton
                                              I would recommend the Great Warbow to anyone looking for a good source of medieval archery information. I may use some of the information rise of the archers
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                                                I would recommend "the Great Warbow" to anyone looking for a good
                                                source of medieval archery information.

                                                I may use some of the information rise of the archers status if I
                                                decide to expand the scope of my article.

                                                Jon

                                                On Dec 5, 2007, at 10:45 AM, Logan McKnight wrote:

                                                > If you are doing research on the subject of 'noble' archers, I
                                                > strongly suggest you pick up 'The Great Warbow' by Matthew Strickland
                                                > and Robert Hardy. I am reading it now and there is a very thorough
                                                > chapter on the English Mounted Archer and the rise of the Archer in
                                                > social status and social mobility.
                                                >
                                                > While it does show a large number of recruited archers from the
                                                > common folk, what it indicates is a growing trend that capable
                                                > archers could ascend the social ladder, becoming minor gentry in the
                                                > process.
                                                >
                                                > There are also two or three sections on Scottish Archery that may
                                                > help with background on the Scottish forces serving in France, as
                                                > well as in their homeland. It also has an interesting argument,
                                                > backed up with archaeological finds as well as documents from the
                                                > period that indicate William Wallace as being a formidable archer,
                                                > and the longbow being his prefered weapon. They have even found
                                                > Wallace's seal which bears a bow and arrow, lending support to their
                                                > argument.
                                                >
                                                > Also, are you familiar with the 'Jodrell Pass'? Again this is
                                                > English but you said your research extended beyond that Scottish
                                                > unit. The Jodrell pass was a document of passage bearing Edward, the
                                                > Black Prince's personal seal, allowing a mounted archer named Jodrell
                                                > passage home to england. What this pass indicates to historians is
                                                > that the archers of higher standing were very well thought of and
                                                > afforded the same luxuries and respect as many of the knights/men-at-
                                                > arms.
                                                >
                                                > All of these things are discussed in 'the Great Warbow' and the
                                                > bibliography of that book contains an incredibly deep well of other
                                                > sources to pour over. Good luck in your research, I look forward to
                                                > perhaps hearing mroe about it.
                                                >
                                                > Godfrey McKnight, the Archer
                                                >
                                                >
                                                >



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                                              • J. Hughes
                                                The disertation was done in 1972 and has 423 pages. But my sources do not list who has it or what institution it was done for. I am sure the article is a
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                                                  The disertation was done in 1972 and has 423 pages. But my sources do not list who has it or what institution it was done for. I am sure the article is a watered down version.

                                                  Charles O'Connor


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                                                  From: Bruce <obsidian@...>
                                                  To: SCA-Archery@yahoogroups.com
                                                  Sent: Monday, December 10, 2007 6:20:26 PM
                                                  Subject: [SCA-Archery] Re: Scottish Guard of Archers

                                                  Greetings

                                                  Well... dunno if it's the same document, but there is this:

                                                  Richard II's Archers of the Crown
                                                  James L. Gillespie
                                                  The Journal of British Studies, Vol. 18, No. 2 (Spring, 1979), pp. 14-
                                                  29

                                                  I hasten to add that I don't have a copy of this myself, but I do
                                                  have the reference, so anyone with access to this journal might look
                                                  it up?

                                                  Nigel

                                                  --- In SCA-Archery@ yahoogroups. com, "Karl W. Evoy" <kweancel@.. .>
                                                  wrote:

                                                  >
                                                  > I have been cursing myself for letting this slip past me but:
                                                  years ago,
                                                  > while beginning my researching of archers, I came across a listing
                                                  in I
                                                  > think was Dissertated Abstracts international, which was a
                                                  collection of
                                                  > Masters and PHD theses. The interesting one was titled "The
                                                  Cheshire Archers
                                                  > of Richard II and the creation of Bastard Feudalism". At the time
                                                  (the late
                                                  > 80s) I didn't think it worth the $35.00 to pay for this. I have
                                                  since been
                                                  > unable to try to find this again. This might be worth looking into
                                                  for this
                                                  > project. I keep intending to look for this again, as well as any
                                                  theses on
                                                  > medieval banner construction.
                                                  > Ancel





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                                                • runewald
                                                  On Dec 11, 2007, at 12:44 PM, J. Hughes ... Just because....I Googled for The Journal of British Studies and got a list of hits. It is possible to access
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                                                    On Dec 11, 2007, at 12:44 PM, J. Hughes ...

                                                    Just because....I Googled for "The Journal of British Studies" and got
                                                    a list of hits. It is possible to access the various volumes, but
                                                    appears you need a Library which has an account. I would suspect that
                                                    most University Libraries have accounts.

                                                    Just a thought....

                                                    Lord Robert Runewald
                                                    Barony of Lochmere
                                                    Kingdom of Atlantia
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                                                  • Edward deWitt
                                                    This isn t specific to the Scottish Archer Guard , but it does deal with Scots nobility as archers in late 1500s
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                                                      This isn't specific to the Scottish Archer Guard , but it does deal with Scots nobility as archers in late 1500s

                                                      http://www.electricscotland.com/history/genhist/hist35.html


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