The Guild of Calligraphers

Guildmaster: Mary of Closeburn

The Rules of the Guild of Calligraphers

  1. The Guild shall be known as the Guild of Calligraphers
  2. The Guild shall be open to any applicant who can demonstrate the ability to write in a clear and legible hand.
  3. The Master of the Guild shall be elected by all members who hold the rank of Journeyman or Master.
  4. Elections for the post of Guildmaster shall be held annually on the anniversary of the formation of the guild.
  5. There shall be three ranks within the Guild: Apprentice, Journeyman and Master.
  6. Progression within the Guild shall be determined by the submission of test pieces according to the requirements set by the Guildmaster, which be published and freely available to members on request.
  7. Judging of test pieces submitted for consideration shall be made by the Guildmaster.
  8. Notwithstanding Rule 7, any member may appeal to the other Masters in the Guild for advice and comment on any judgement made by the Guildmaster if they are dissatisfied with the judgement of the Guildmaster. Likewise, any member may appeal to the Head of Society on such matters for further advice and/or judgement. Guild members of the rank of Journeyman or Master may accept commissions.
  9. Those holding the rank of Apprentice should consult the Guildmaster before accepting commissions.
  10. Guild members may be asked to perform work for the Guild and shall be able to claim expenses for the materials used for such work.

The Rules of Advancement


Any person who submits a page of work, written in a fair and legible hand may be admitted to the Guild as an Apprentice.


A Journeyman must be able to produce work in at least one recognised style to a good standard. They must submit work as follows:

  1. A page showing the basic letter forms of the chosen style, both upper and lower case.
  2. A certificate or declaration showing simple decoration and good appreciation of page layout. Other suitable subjects may be biblical, or other, quotes, or a purely decorative page.
  3. One page of prose, the subject to be the choice of the calligrapher.


The candidate for advancement to the dignity of Master must be able to demonstrate the ability to produce work to a good standard in two different styles. They should be able to use decorative techniques and illumination. They must have a knowledge of inks, paper and parchment, and must be able to cut pens from reeds and quills. They must submit work as follows:

  1. Pages showing the basic letter forms of the chosen styles, both upper and lower case, and also including decorative initials.
  2. An essay describing different forms of writing materials; paper, parchment, pens, ink, gold leaf, etc. This essay should be hand-written in any style chosen by the candidate.
  3. A certificate, proclamation, or other decorative page, showing the calligraphers skills in lettering and decoration.
  4. A small book, including cover and illustrations.