Guilds and Groups

The purpose of the SIGs is to encourage the research, development and practice of the skills and knowledge known to our fore-fathers. It is by no means compulsory to participate in a SIG even if you may be interested in or practising its subject. In some cases, though, you will not be allowed to conduct business in the medieval without the permission of the Guildmaster which may in turn require you to have achieved a recognised level of rank within the SIG (all of which is, after all, authentic!).

If you are interested in one of the existing Groups, either from the standpoint of being an experienced practitioner or as a complete novice, then please contact the Guildmaster, who should, hopefully, be able to help you along.

Similarly, the fact that there is no Group for a particular interest (falconry, for instance) does not mean that no-one in the Society is interested. Feel free to ask around.


Administrative Officers of the Far Isles

The Administrative Officers of the Society are appointed to ensure proper organisation/conduct and to encourage development of society activities within their appointed areas. These Administrative Officers are not voting members of High Council but do have the right of attendance at High Council meetings and may bring such business as pertains to their office before High Council. They also have the following specific responsibilities:

High Marshal
Appointed by the Head of Society, on the advice of the SIGs for which the Officer will be responsible. They shall have specific responsibility for rules of conduct for fighting in historical recreation, including the safety and welfare of participants, other members and non-members, and the training of members in the safe techniques of fighting in historical recreation. If this post is vacant, no fighting may take place until it is filled.
The High Marshal is responsible for administering SIGs directly related to combat, currently the Fighter’s Group and the Corps of Archers, and has particular responsibility for safety in these SIGs. It is noted, though, that in the medieval the Corps of Archers report directly to the Monarch.
Mistress of Arts and Sciences
Appointed by the Head of Society, on the advice of the Heads and senior members (Guildmasters & Masters in Guilds) of the SIGs for which the Officer will be responsible. Generally responsible for oversight of the administration of SIGs within the society and for ensuring that the standards for awards and grades within all SIGs are reasonable and consistent. Also responsible for promoting specific “Arts & Sciences” events within the Society. This post need not be appointed if the Head of Society decides that no suitable person is able to take the post.
The Mistress of Arts and Sciences is responsible for administering all other SIGs not listed above, the sole partial exception being that in the medieval, the School of Bards reports directly to the Monarch.
King of Arms
Appointed by the Head of Society on the advice of the SIGs for which the Officer will be responsible. Responsible, on behalf of the Head of Society, for all matters of procedure, etiquette and heraldry for members involved in historical recreation in costume. This post need not be appointed if the Head of Society decides that no suitable person is able to take the post.
The King of Arms is responsible for administering SIGs relating to procedure, etiquette and heraldry, at present only the School of Heralds.
Master of Revels
Appointed by High Council, on the advice of the SIGs for which the Officer will be responsible. Responsible for the development of events involving the eating of appropriately historically accurate meals (Revels) at Society events in costume. Specifically, this shall include ensuring that the appropriate standards of hygiene are known, and that the food preparation, cooking and serving are done in a safe and proper manner. This post need not be appointed if High Council decides that no suitable person is able to take the post. However, if no specific appointment has been made at any time, then responsibility for hygiene and safety at Revels shall be taken by the Autocrat(s) of the event.
The Master of Revels is responsible for administering SIGs relating to planning and execution of society events and in particular for the safe preparation and serving of food at such, these being currently the Guild of Autocrats, the Guild of Cooks, and the Guild of Servitors and Scullions.

On the following pages you will find more in-depth information about Guilds and Special Interest Groups that serve to help fulfill The Far Isles' goal of learning about medieval crafts first-hand. To continue, please choose the link in the 'book navigation' on the left, or one of the links below.