About Me

Rachel Scott resides on her farm in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia.  She completed a two year mentored program in traditional herbalism in 2014, and is currently working towards becoming a Master Gardener in sustainable garden management.  She holds an undergraduate degree in Anthropology from the University of Hawaii, and a Master’s Degree in Museum Studies from Johns Hopkins University.

Lady Esa inghean Donnchaidh (Gaelic, daughter of a nobleman) hails from the Scottish Highlands; specifically the lands of Morvern along the coast of the Sound of Linnhe in the west. She is a member of Clan Aonghais, or The Choice One, known for their skilled archers and made famous by vanquishing the Vikings in the early 12th century.  It is now the fourteenth century, and Esa is forging a life as a self-reliant country woman in Kiel Parish.  It is her Dalriada lineage that inspires the Iona Cross on her device, per chevron sable and agent, in base a Celtic cross azure.  Lady Esa inghean Donnchaidh on the OP


I research women’s work with special focus in housewife manuals, working class women, and country women.  Women’s work spans the fascinating practices of physica (medicine), distilling/brewing, cosmetics, and cooking, among many others.  This area of study has likewise led me to one of the few places where the lives of working women were written down- court records.  It is through this avenue that I stumbled into two interesting aspects of working women’s lives: witchcraft and prostitution.

Other research interests include Birka Graves, Pax Romana, post-Roman Celtic culture, the Baltic region, and the Balkan region (particularly Ukraine).


SCA Resume

A&S Activities:

  • Active Member of the Herbal Guild of Atlantia (June 2013-present/ Atlantia)

  • Active Member of the Canton of Abhainn Iarthair Courtly Dance Community (no guild exists at this time) (January 2013-Dec 2016/Atlantia)

  • Active Member of the Canton of Abhainn Iarthair Cook’s Guild (Spring 2014-Dec 2016/Abhainn Iarthair, Stierbach, Atlantia)

  • Handmade herbal products donated to the gift basket for Their Royal Majesties Ragnarr and Lynette presented at Holiday Faire IX (November 2013, Stierbach, Atlantia)

  • Homemade herbal products for Their Royal Majesties Kara and William (Presented at Highland River Melees, Barony of Highland Forde, June 2014)

  • Classes Taught at Peasant’s Revolt (22-24 August 2014, Kingdom of Atlantia)

  • A&S Project: “Clove Infused Almond Oil: To Make Smooth Hands, as found in Markham’s 1615 publication of The English Housewife,” Display Only (28 March 2015, Defending the Gate, Canton of Sudentoore, Kingdom of Atlantia)

  • Herbalism and Traditional Medicine Demo at the Wakefield School Demo including visual and tactile aids (herbs and grains, infused oils, etc.), period manuscript reproductions about traditional medicine, and facilitated discussion wth Q&A about medieval medicine and “women’s work” in sustaining proper health of one’s family and household through herbal concoctions.   (May 19, 2015 Barony of Stierbach)

  • Classes taught at Atlantian University #90 (June 13, 2015 Kingdom of Atlantia)

  • A&S Project: A Collection of Medicinal Infusions: An Interpretation of 16th Century English Medicine for Display at the Kingdom Arts and Sciences Festival (5 March 2016, KASF, Kingdom of Atlantia)

  • Support staff for Known World A&S (Known World, Pennsic 45, 2016)
  • Class Taught at Fall University #94  (Kingdom of Atlantia, September 2016)
  • Administrator of the SCA Baltic Facebook group (2016-present)
  • Classes taught at Known World Dance and Music Symposium (Known World, June 2017)
  • Classes taught at Pennsic University (Known World, Pennsic 46, 2017)

Service:

  • Assisted with set up and Gold Key Volunteer, Holiday Faire VIII (Nov 16-17, 2012/ Stierbach, Atlantia)

  • Hosted two-part Garb Class on Italian Ren style (January-February 2013/Stierbach & Sylvan Glen, Atlantia)

  • Hosted weekly courtly dance practice (January – June 2013/ Stierbach, Atlantia)

  • Hosted “Twelfth Night Primer and Dinner,” a day of courtly dance instruction followed by a dinner and social gathering for the Barony of Stierbach and Canton of Abhainn Iarthair (November 3, 2013/Stierbach, Atlantia)

  • Assisting fellow SCAdians with garb research/construction (January 2013 – present/ Stierbach, Atlantia) References: Dietrich Saphir Zum Drache, Aine Plumb

  • Contributor to the Atlantian Disability Education group, volunteering consultations regarding accessibility at events (mundane professional with this area of expertise). (June 2013-present, Kingdom of Atlantia)

  • Serving as Canton Exchequer (February 2014-present/ Abhainn Iarthair, Stierbach, Atlantia)

  • Host Canton of Abhainn Iarthair Officer’s Meetings (April 2014-2015/ Abhainn Iarthair, Stierbach, Atlantia).

  • Hosted “Dinner & Dance,” an afternoon of courtly dance instruction followed by a dinner and social gathering for the Barony of Stierbach and Canton of Abhainn Iarthair (June 1, 2014/Stierbach, Atlantia).

  • Served food with the Abhainn Iarthair “Cooks Guild,” donated and cooked food, prepared meals, and served meals as part of the Canton fundraising efforts (Highland River Melees, June 2014/ Abhainn Iarthair, Stierbach, Atlantia).

  • Served at the Pennsic Children’s Fete as organizer of the Disney Princess entertainers, appearing as Tinkerbell, and offering entertainment and photo ops for children of the Known World (mostly while they wait in line so as not to get cranky).  (August 2014, Pennsic 43/Known World).

  • Autocrat, Holiday Faire X (co-Autocrat with Gunnora Grimm) (Event date: Nov 22, 2014/Stierbach, Atlantia).
  • Served at the Camp Snyder Boy Scout Demo through water-bearing and assisting with tear down (January 2015, Barony of Stierbach).

  • Organized, store, and grow the Canton of Abhainn Iarthair’s Gold Key (March 2015-present)

  • Coordinator: Pennsic Children’s Fete Disney Entertainers, appearing as Tinkerbell, and offering entertainment and photo ops for children of the Known World (mostly while they wait in line so as not to get cranky).  (August 5, 2015, Pennsic 44/Known World).

  • Coordinator: Pennsic Children’s Fete Disney Entertainers, appearing as Tinkerbell, and offering entertainment and photo ops for children of the Known World (crowd control, water bearing, etc.) (Known World, Pennsic 45, 2016)
  • Coordinator: Pennsic Children’s Fete Disney (and Cosplay) Entertainers, appearing as Tinkerbell mand offering entertainment and photo ops for children of the Known World (crowd control, water bearing, etc.) (Known World, Pennsic 46, 2017)

Range Activities:

  • Assisted with archery target painting/construction, Chalice of the Sun God (October 2012/ Ponte Alto, Atlantia)

  • Assisted in archery target construction, Gold Key Volunteer, and Water Bearing Volunteer, Stierbach’s Baronial Birthday (June 22, 2013/ Stierbach, Atlantia)

  • Assisted with St. Sebastian Shoot as line marshal, water bearer, and tear down, Pennsic 42 (Pennsic 42, 2013/Atlantia).

  • Served as line marshal and assisted with archery range set up and tear down, Chalice of the Sun God (October 2013/Ponte Alto, Atlantia)

  • Canton Youth Archery Point of Contact (January 2014-present/Steirbach, Atlantia)

  • Served at the St. Sebastian’s Shoot, Pennsic 43 as line marshal, submitting a target (design and construction), and organizing a day board for the archery range including donation of all food and beverage  (July 2014, Pennsic 43/Atlantia)

  • Stierbach Baronial Birthday Target Archery Marshal-in-Charge including : target design and construction, tournament, mounted archery demo, and prize donations (June 2015, Stierbach Baronial Birthday, Barony of Stierbach)

  • Served at the St. Sebastian’s Shoot, Pennsic 44, as helping marshal and organized the day board for the archery range including donation of food and beverage (July 2015, Pennsic 44/Atlantia).

  • Served as supporting youth archery marshal at War of the Wings (Atlantia, October 2015)
  • Served at the St. Sebastian’s Shoot, Pennsic 45, as helping marshal and organized day board for the archery range, including donation of food and beverage (Pennsic 45, 2016)
  • Served as line marshal and score keeping at the Estogren and Axes Tournament, Pennsic 43 (July 2014, Pennsic 43/ Known World)

  • Defending the Gate Thrown Weapons Marshal-in-Charge including creation of a tournament and target design/donation (28 March 2015, Defending the Gate, Canton of Sudentorre)

  • Served as helping marshal, Thrown Range, Pennsic 44 (July – August 2015, Pennsic 44/ Known World)

  • Thrown Weapons Marshal-in-Charge for Holiday Faire (21 Nov 2015, Barony of Stierbach)

  • Serving as Canton of Abhainn Iarthair Thrown Weapon’s Marshal (February 2015-present)

  • Serving as Stierbach Baronial Thrown Weapons Champion (June 2015-2016)

Offices and Warrants:

  • Archery Marshal (November 2013-present/ Stierbach, Atlantia)

  • Thrown Weapons Marshal (September 2014-present/Stierbach, Atlantia)
  • Chancellor of the Exchequer for the Canton of Abhainn Iarthair (February 2014-Dec. 2016/ Abhainn Iarthair, Stierbach, Atlantia)

  • Canton of Abhainn Iarthair’s Thrown Weapons Marshal (Jan 2015-Dec 2016, Canton of Abhainn Iarthair)

 Merchant Activities:

  • Apothecary & Merchant of Herbal Concoctions for Health and Vitality including period and period inspired soaps, aromatherapy, herbal tea blends, etc. (Holiday Faire IX, November 2013/ Stierbach, Atlantia)


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