Welcome to the Online Clann Tartan Newsletter for July 2014

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On Saturday, July 12th, Clann Tartan will be participating in the Minnesota Scottish Fair and Highland Games! The Fair is at a new location this year: THE FAITHFUL SHEPHERD CATHOLIC SCHOOL at 3355 COLUMBIA DR, EAGAN, MN 55121. We plan to set up Friday evening. If you are planning on going and have not RSVPd yet, contact David Vavreck immediately at: baethan1630 at yahoo dot com.


Sugar - a really sweet addendum

In the August 2013 edition of our newsletter, Baethan at the Moon answered a question about the expense of sugar in our period of focus.

 I recently came across a price list of goods brought into the Port of London a few decades before our time.  
'London Port Book, 1567-8: Nos. 200-299 (Dec 1567 - Jan 1568)', The port and trade of early Elizabethan London: documents (1972).

There are several relevant entries in it which add further to what was previously written on the subject.

The Elizabeth of Dartford (or Deptford) sailed in from Antwerp on or about 22 Dec 1567.  Among the goods listed was "5 cwt sugar £16 13s 4d."  This is shorthand for five hundred pounds (weight) of sugar worth 16 pounds, 13 shillings, 4 pence.

The Prymrose of Harwich arrived on or about 15 Jan 1568 from Barbary (the Barbary Coast, North Africa) with 60 cwt sugar £200 (6000 pounds [weight] of sugar worth 200 pounds).  There is a second entry for another 4 cwt sugar £13 6s 8d. (400 pounds weight of sugar worth 13 pounds, 6 shillings, 8 pence).

The Saker of Lee arrived on or about 16 Jan 1568 from Antwerp carrying 1½ cwt candy sugar £5 (150 pounds weight of sugar candy worth 5 pounds).

There are several other mentions of imported sugar but as my intent is to determine the cost of sugar, I have only listed those for which the sugar is listed separately from other goods, as the value of a bunch of different goods lumped together is not of much use.

The hundredweight was one hundred pounds until the 19th century, when it was increased to 112 pounds.

For comparison purposes, it seems useful to convert these prices down to the penny.  I have stuck with the English pound, rather than the Scottish pound, due to its far greater prevalence in both primary and modern sources.

One pound sterling equals twenty shillings, and there are twelve pence to the shilling.  Therefore, one pound sterling equals 240 pence.

The Elizabeth's 500 pounds (weight) of sugar was valued at 4000 pence, or 2 ounces/penny.

The Prymrose's 6000 pounds (weight) of sugar was valued at 48,000 pence, or 2 ounces/penny.

The Prymrose's 400 pounds (weight) of sugar was valued at 3200 pence, or 2 ounces/penny.

The Saker's 150 pounds (weight) of sugar candy was value at 1200 pence, or 2 ounces/penny.

It is nice when multiple calculations arrive at the same figure, isn't it?  And, as stated previously, the general trend for the price of sugar was a fairly constant decline from its first appearance in British recipe books in the middle ages right through the early modern era.  It is, therefore, quite possible that sugar was even cheaper by 1630.

According to our Manual, musketeers and gentlemen pikemen were each paid six Riksthalers per month, which equates to about 320 pence/month (at 4.5 Riksthalers per pound).

Is there evidence that mercenaries under Gustav II Adolf were provided with sugar by their employer?  Not to my knowledge.

Is it conceivable that soldiers would on occasion spend a fraction of their income to supplement their diet, whether individually or by pooling their resources within their mess to spice up their food - literally or figuratively?  Heck, yes.


'London Port Book, 1567-8: Nos. 200-299 (Dec 1567 - Jan 1568)', The port and trade of early Elizabethan London: documents (1972), pp. 28-45.
http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=35954 Date accessed: 16 March 2014.  There is quite a bit of information on the price of quite varied goods here.

Nordin, Jeff.  "A Soldier's Life."  In the Clann Tartan Manual.

Vavreck, David.  "Sugar."  Baethan at the Moon article, Clann Tartan Newsletter Aug 2013.


Board Meeting: May 20, 2014

In attendance:
Board members present: President: Marty Byers, Vice President: Karen Bastien, Treasurer: Bruce Yoder, Secretary: Betsy Bolton, Quartermaster: Mike McCarty 

I)  Minutes: March minutes were approved.
II) Reports:
	a) Vice President: No report.
	b) Treasurer: Presented the current fiscal situation.
	c) Secretary: A discussion on the length of time board meeting recordings should be kept was had.
	d) Quartermaster: A inventory of the garage was done by four members. There are a few discrepancies to be sorted out, but on the whole, most things were found--including things that had previously been written off. Trooper 5 has been removed from the inventory. Two wooden buckets were also not found. The knives have been repaired--a request to the amount of time it took was requested, and 16 hours was estimated.
	e) Camp Rep: No report. 
	f) Company Rep: No report.

III) Guild Reports:
	a) Music: Continues to meet once a month.
	b) Dance: Working to meet twice a month, but this is determined by having enough people attending to make at least one full set of 4. 
	c) Fiber: Shepherd’s Harvest was the weekend before and “fiber guild” will be scheduling time to do the teaching at one of the drills.
	d) Sword: No report. 
	e) Historic Site: Nothing to report. Probably not snowed in, but the lake is. 
IV) Events: 
a) Amana Ren Fest: May 24-26
b) Siege of Woodville: May 30
c) Muster: This is set. Staff is working on their side of things for this event. June 20-22
d) Scottish Fair & Highland Games: July 12. This event will be in a new location.
e) Chippewa Ren Fest: August 23-24 (WIP)
f) Irish Fair: August 8 to 10 (WIP)
g) Stillwater, Bagpipes and Bonfires: Second Saturday in September (WIP)
h)  Big Island: Oct 2-5.
i) Mankato: Oct 8-11.

V) Old Business:
	a) Muster: the muster committee is meeting after the board meeting to discuss.
	b) Return of Drill: This is work in progress.
	c) Trailer maintenance. This is work in progress. 

VI) New Business:
	a) Trailer rental for Amana: There was quite a lot of discussion about transportation for the corporate gear. The board had no problem with staff choosing to rent a trailer if that is what they needed to do.
	b) Pets/Animals in camp: After a lengthy discussion, this will be taken up again in June.
c) Board communications by email: Especially for voting, communications must be explicitly in favor, against, or abstaining to the board at large, for the sake of transparency. A SOP for electronic voting should be established. Suggestions included adding due dates and/or explicit formatting for vote requests. Secretary volunteered to generate formatting for these requests that could also be shared with Staff to facilitate transparency between the two sides of the corporation.

Next Meeting: June 17, 2014 at 7 pm


If you need to contact someone associated with Clann Tartan, here is where you find out how. If you are unsure who to contact, you can always email us at: info at clanntartan dot org


President Marty Byers 651-261-5815 orthodoxdruid at gmail dot com 2/12 - 2/14
Vice President Karen Bastien 651-399-3505 kybastien at gmail dot com 2/13 - 2/15
Secretary Betsy Bolton 612-619-6406 basil80 at hotmail dot com 2/13 - 2/15
Treasurer Bruce Yoder 612-825-4519 bruceyoder at juno dot com 2/12 - 2/14
Quartermaster Mike McCarty 651-497-5324 mccartym149 at gmail dot com 2/13 - 2/15
Camp Rep. Elizabeth Erickson 651-334-1617 elizabeth dot erickson at icloud dot com 2/14 - 2/16
Company Rep. David Vavreck 612-353-1237 baethan1630 at yahoo dot com  2/13 - 2/15

Board meetings are currently held at: 737 Pelham Boulevard St Paul, MN 55114. The doors lock at 7 pm on Tuesdays so members who are interested in attending the meeting should contact Karen Bastien. 


Chief of Staff Sarah Shaftman  612-371-4425  smuzikant at visi dot com 
Assistant Chief of Staff vacant    
Captain Marty Byers 651-261-5815 orthodoxdruid at gmail dot com
Lieutenant Rich Mueller 651-583-4264   dragon_musk at yahoo dot com 
Corporal David Vavreck 612-353-1237 baethan1630 at yahoo dot com 
Head Camp Follower vacant
Assistant HCF vacant
Goodwife Ann Peters 612-333-0605 annedyth at aol dot com
Goodwife Laura Swenson 651-204-1778 (home) or 715-497-9792 (mobile) mommyco at baldwin-telecom dot net
Goodwife Margaret KirkPatrick 612-722-6485 mlkirkpatrick at usiwireless dot com


Sword Guild:

Come out and learn the ways of Highland defense.

Join the Sword Guild and feel the raw power of the sword.

If you are interested, contact Marty Byers (Email orthodoxdruid@gmail.com), with days of the week and times that work for you. I will then get back to you.


We will sing and play music of many styles and places from our period. Bring your voice and/or your instrument(s). Neither need be period correct.

The Yoders have graciously offered to host music once a month. We will meet at their house at 4736 12th Ave S, Minneapolis, from 7 - 9pm the 1st Thursday of each month.

To contact the Yoders, call 612-825-4519 or email to Julieyoder at juno dot com.

To contact your Music Chair, call David at 612-353-1237 or email to baethan1630 at yahoo dot com

Thanks, and I look forward to making some noise with y'all!


We have a yahoo groups email list for the guild that we use for reminders about the meetings and topical discussions. If you want to be on the email list, request an invitation to join from Bruce at bruceyoder at juno dot com.


The Dance Guild gathers twice a month from 7PM-9PM to learn and practice historic Scottish country dances.

Dance will meet on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays at Saint Christopher's Episcopal Church, 2300 N Hamline Ave. in Roseville.

It is at the northeast corner of Highway 36 and Hamline Avenue (Hamline is between Snelling and Lexington). The church is actually encircled by the highway entrance ramp. You may have heard of St. Martin-in-the-Fields. Think of this as St. Christopher's-in-the-Cloverleaf :-)>

Historic Site

Clann Tartan has our own historic site near Duluth MN. Dun Gowan is an ongoing project, which is the site of Gaffneyis Annual Tactical in June.

It is currently under quite a bit of snow but we endeavor to have regular work weekends throughout the summer months.

Contact David Vavreck at 612-353-1237 or baethan1630 at yahoo dot com for further information, or to volunteer to help.


Be sure to contact your staff if you plan on attending a show event. Try to give at least a ten day notice when possible. This allows proper planning for the feeding of our members, and in some cases is required by event organizers to allow entry as a participant.

In an absence of a full time HCF, David Vavreck has volunteered to take on the duty of collecting event RSVPs. Please send your RSVPs for events to David at baethan1630 at yahoo dot com.


Hello all,

The following is a list of the dates of the events that are currently on the schedule for this year. The staff has met and decided to keep this running list of events in the newsletter to give you a chance to get an idea of what is going on this season as well as keep you updated to changes in the schedule.

The column titled status will include the following information.

Tentative- this means that an event organizer or Clann has expressed a strong enough interest in doing this event that it warrants reserving space on the calendar for the event.

Pending- this is the next stage of an event. This means that the Contracts Administrator has entered serious discussion about Clann doing an event but we are still not committed to the event. You should however if possible think about whether or not you may be able to attend this event.

Scheduled- this means that the board and staff have approved the event and we are committed to providing manpower to making the event happen. When an event is assigned this status please let the HCF know as soon as possible if you can or can not attend this event.

Canceled- This means that for various reasons an scheduled event has been removed from the current season. We will try and give as much notice as we can prior to canceling an event.

Finished- This means that the event has completed successfully.

If you have any questions about this, please feel free to contact staff regarding this matter

Your Staff

Jan 1-2014 1st Footing Finished
Feb 8-9, 2014 Big Island Trade Fair, Albert Lea, MN Finished
Feb 16, 2014 A Scottish Ramble Finished
March 8, 2014 Fargo Celtic Festival Cancelled
April 5, 2015 MN Tartan Day Finished
May 24-26, 2014 Iowa Renaissance Festival Finished
May 30, 2014 Siege of Woodville Finished
TBD Tactical Cancelled
June 20-22, 2014 Muster Finished
July 12, 2014 Minnesota Scottish Fair & Highland Games Scheduled
Cancelled Fort William - Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada Cancelled
August 8-10, 2014 Irish Fair Tentative
August 23-24, 2014 Chippewa River Rendezvous Pending
September 13, 2014 Bagpipes and Bonfires Tentative
October 2-5, 2014 Big Island Rendezvous Scheduled
October 8-11, 2014 Mankato History Festival Scheduled


Bruce and Julie Yoder's Home
Music Meetings
February Members' Meeting

4736 12th Ave S, Minneapolis 55407


Reasonably priced, accurate 17th century shoes, boots, and other leather items, are available from member Pegeen Rozeske. 218-491-5036

Want to quit smoking? Lose weight? Sleep better? Deal with other issues? Your good Auntie/Cousin Mairi has opened her hypnotism clinic! For more information or to schedule a session, contact me at Mairi2 at juno dot com, or via cell at 651-307-2977.

I look forward to working with you!

Mary McKinley


The group has a policy for the reimbursement of fuel expenses for travel to shows and for payment for hauling the trailer to and from shows.

Personal reimbursement of fuel expenses: Members can request reimbursement for fuel for travel to and from shows. Everyone is eligible for this although the board requests that you only make the request if it is necessary. If everyone who attended a show also requested reimbursement, the total payout could exceed the stipend that the group received. The procedure is as follows: at the start of your journey, fill your tank and note the odometer reading on the receipt. Upon your return home after the event, fill your tank again and record your odometer reading again. This receipt along with any other fuel purchases made enroute represents the fuel used for the trip and the total is the amount to be reimbursed. Send the receipts along with your name and address to the Treasurer. Remember, please don't request reimbursement unless it is necessary, but it is better for you to attend and get reimbursed than for you to stay home because of financial considerations.

Payment policy for hauling the trailer: Because hauling the trailer or a substantial amount of gear can be hard on your vehicle and requires you to perform additional work for the company, we have a different payment policy for hauling. If you haul the trailer, the payment is $.48 per mile from the garage to the event and back to the garage. If you use your own vehicle to haul substantial company equipment from the garage to the event, the payment rate is $.24 per mile. Submit a request stating the number of miles you drove and send it to the group treasurer.

My address is usually in the map section of the newsletter, but for convenience, it is 4736 12th Ave S Minneapolis MN 55407
Bruce Yoder


Items you can submit include research articles, character sketches, and other items pertaining to living history and Scottish Culture. Email your items in either plain text, or MS Word format to newsletter at clanntartan.org or snail mail to our postal address.

Items must be received by the 15th of each month to be considered for inclusion for the upcoming months issue. Mailed submissions will not be returned unless requested. All pertinent submissions will be considered as space permits. All research articles must reference at least three sources. Submissions may be broken in multiple parts.


Our garage is located at 4352 Nicollet Ave S in Minneapolis. Access is in the alley on the west side of Nicollet. South bay of the double garage. Minor problems or issues should be reported to Bruce. In the event of an emergency, the landlord is Brad at 763-670-9200