Robert of Ferness

Master Robert serves as Dominion herald, webminister, and media liaison. He is currently the kingdom brewing champion.

His embroidered leather shoes were selected for the kingdom’s Pennsic XLIX A&S War Point competition. Details about this project are posted at

Pair of black leather shoes with red and yellow embroidered runes


In 2018 Robert entered the Kingdom Arts & Sciences Championship and won with an entry called “10th-Century Turnshoes on Bone Ice Skates.”

Leather shoes laced onto bone skates.
The winning entry at last year’s Kingdom Arts & Sciences Championship.

Robert was inducted into the order of the Golden Alce for archery-related activities a couple of years ago and in 2017 he was made a Companion of the Sycamore, and then in early 2019 into the Order of the Fleur d’Æthelemearc for shoe making and brewing. In late 2019 he received a Laurel writ as well, and was elevated in February, 2020.

Robert joined the SCA in 1985 while a college student, participated for a number of years as a heavy-weapons fighter, then moved to California for a decade. Now that he’s back, he has taken up combat archery with a crossbow; target archery with a fairly heavy longbow; brewing (especially his Worts of the Roses: Lancastrian Red and Yorkist White), as well as making shoes. In summary: shoes, brews, and yews.

See Shoes By Robert for a list of his shoe-making endeavors and helpful resources.


Order of the Laurel badge: Fieldless, a laurel wreath vert.   Herald badge: Vert, two straight trumpets in saltire, bells in chief Or.  Webminister badge: Argent, a spider tergiant Sable a chief gules.  Order of the Fleur d'Æthelmearc badge: Per saltire gules and Or, four fleur-de-lis in cross counterchanged.  Order of the Keystone badge: Or, on a keystone gules an escarbuncle argent. Order of the Golden Alce badge: Fieldless, a stag's head cabossed per pale gules and Or.  Order of the Sycamore badge: Fieldless, three sycamore leaves conjoined in pall, per pale gules and Or.  Award of the Golden Escarbuncle (Arts & Sciences) badge: Fieldless, On a goutte d'huile an escarbuncle Or.  Fieldless, on a barrel palewise proper, an escarbuncle argent. Award of the Golden Escarbuncle (Service) badge: Fieldless, On a goutte de sang an escarbuncle Or.

Device: Per chevron chevronelly Or and gules, and Or, in base a ship in full sail gules, all within a bordure embattled sable.

Per chevron chevronelly Or and gules, and Or, in base a ship in full sail gules, all within a bordure embattled sable.

man shooting an arrow from a longbow
Robert loosing an arrow in the Pennsic XLVI Period Shoot. (Photo by Elska á Fjárfelli)
Two bottles of beer with medieval labels and rose-themed caps.
Worts of the Roses, composed of Lancastrian Red and Yorkist White.
Jun 6, 2023 @ 10:13 pm