Robert of Ferness

Master Robert serves as Dominion minister of arts & sciences, herald, and webminister.

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.  Minister of Arts & Sciences badge: Azure, a candle enflamed within an arch stooped argent.   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.
Aug 3, 2022 @ 9:00 am