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The Laurels and Pelicans of the Inlands Send Greetings: In the early years of An Tir almost everyone knew the majority of the peerage and had a good idea what their contributions to the Kingdom "weal" were. Not only that, but most of the peers knew the "class" behind them and helped that group make its mark.
Because of the growth spurt that An Tir has sustained, the peers work hard to keep track of the talented, the hardworking and the leaders that their respective Regions and Principalities produce. To gather the quality and quantity of information on a candidate for peerage that is now required to convince the majority of the Laurel or Pelican Councils to accept a candidate's recommendation from any of the less populated areas of An Tir is difficult. It requires help from those who know the candidate best. While the peerage gets an occasional verbal recommendation from the populace and local officers, we need much more than the emphatic generalities that are usually presented to us.
While we do articulate what that detailed information should include (the latest being the posting on the Wealdsmere list by Mistress Morgaina of the Woodlands), the overwhelming majority of sponsors do not follow through with a detailed recommendation touching on the items required.
The following is a list of suggested areas to be addressed when recommending a Pelican or Laurel candidate. A copy of the written recommendation should be sent to the Region or Principality Laurel or Pelican representative, the Secretary of the Order and one each to the King and Queen and Crown Prince and Crown Princess if applicable.
General Information Required
The following should be submitted for any peerage
When you recommend someone for a peerage, please consider that you are really writing an SCA resume. Don't be intimidated by the quantity of information. Make it the best you can and get help from members who may know some facet of your candidate that is unfamiliar to you.
It is the local peers' responsibility to integrate the various recommendations and meld the result with their own research and when deemed appropriate, submit and champion the presentation to the appropriate Kingdom peerage council. Even if the Peerage council decides to wait and watch your candidate, your information helps to bring them to the attention of the peers and is kept on file. Be aware that the process of moving a candidate through the council discussions is a long one, complicated by the change in royalty every six months and the time required for responses from members of the royalty who lead understandably busy lives.
We as Inlands peers probably need to push ourselves to travel more to meet worthy citizens in outlying areas, but the members of the populace also need to do their part to bring detailed recommendations to the peers. We welcome your input.
Please send Pelican recommendations to:
Send Laurel recommendations to:
Available at the An Tir web site: