Donovan Shinnock

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Resides: Quintavia
Status: Active
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Per pale sable and vert, on a chief argent a fox passant gules.
Award & Office Badges
AOA, Companion of the Order of the Silver Rapier, Companion of the Order of the Golden Rapier, Companion of the Order of the Maunche
Deputy Kingdom Marshal of Fence, Central Region Deputy Herald


Donovan Shinnock got involved with the SCA mumbly-mumble years ago, back when Carolingian fencing was still held at the Boston Fencing Club and schalgers weren't even thought of. Since then, he's jumped into fencing and has developed a growing interest in period fencing manuals, heraldry, teaching, helping the fencing program in general, bardic shenanigans, and avoiding witnesses when he gets into trouble. He is also inordinately fond of foxes.


This is a work in progress. Late-period Irish-English, very likely from inside the English-controlled area, if not having moved to England itself. Very likely left home because it was kind of going downhill fast.

His name uses the Anglicized spelling as it's late period - and out of a kindness and love for heralds.


Offices, Positions, Appointments

  • Deputy Kingdom Marshal of Fence: November 2014-Present
  • Central Region Deputy Marshal of Fence: June 2009-December 2014
  • Central Region Heraldic Deputy (Golden Rapier Herald): October 2014-Present

  • Pennsic EK Rapier Champions Team Coordinator: 2013, 2014, 2015


Member of (and not remotely in charge of) the Handsome Boys.
Captain in the Company of Saint Jude.
Member of Clann O'Choda.


Past Cadets:

Former protege to Ryan Mac Whyte.

Projects & Publications

Online Writings:
Donovan's Rapier and other SCA projects and writings blog.

Guards and Counter-Guards as Described by Giganti, published in Ars Scientia Orientalis (Issue 5, Spring 2013) - Also taught as a short class.

A Brief Introduction to Capo Ferro - An Overview of His Manual and the Principles Therein (class notes here)
Introduction to Italian Rapier Concepts
Gaining the Blade; Guards and Counter-Guards

A Comparison Of The Postures of Capo Ferro and Fabris: done as a poster display (with accompanying discussion) at Voyages of Discovery, 2014.

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