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== Introduction ==
 
== Introduction ==
  
John Buchanan is a resident of the Barony of Bryn Gwlad in the Kingdom of Ansteorra. He previously resided in the Barony Beyond the Mountain in the East. John portrays a 1530's Scottish mercenary.
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John Buchanan is a resident of the Barony of Bryn Gwlad in the Kingdom of Ansteorra (the area mundanely known as Austin, TX). He previously resided in the Barony Beyond the Mountain in the East. John portrays a 1530's Scottish mercenary.
  
He is heavily involved in archery, and also involved in fencing and period black powder shooting. He occasionally teaches A&S classes on the basic history and function of period firearms.
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For information on John's activities, persona, and exploits after moving to Ansteorra, please [https://historian.ansteorra.org/wiki/index.php?title=John_Buchanan read his Ansteorra wiki article!]
  
== Persona ==
 
  
Born in [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stirlingshire Stirlingshire, Scotland], John Buchanan was raised with hunting, light military training, and minimal expectations as the second son of a landed family. When his father was killed by the English at the [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Flodden Battle of Flodden] in 1513, he decided to train full-time as a man-at-arms. Began traveling and eventually made his way down towards France and Italy. He fell in with the French during the [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Italian_War_of_1521%E2%80%9326 Four Years War], working as a mercenary. Having had extensive contact with the Italians during the Four Years War, John continued his travels south to Italy, eventually finding work with the Florentines as a mercenary, bodyguard, and instructor for their military forces.
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== Positions & Awards (East Kingdom) ==
 
 
John was caught up in the [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/War_of_the_League_of_Cognac War of the League of Cognac], fighting primarily under the employ of the Florentines. His performance in the [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Landriano Battle of Landriano] (and reputation that he’d been building up in the region) was sufficiently competent to secure a position as a bodyguard for a Florentine merchant, which put him in the city when the [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Siege_of_Florence_(1529%E2%80%9330) Siege of Florence began in 1529]. He assisted in the defense of the city and participated in the [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Gavinana Battle of Gavinana] that ended the siege. Rumor has it that he fired one of the shots that brought down the Duke of Orange, although it is impossible to verify this.
 
 
 
After escaping Florence, John made his way north to the [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Old_Swiss_Confederacy Swiss Confederacy]. In late 1530, he was hired by the [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canton_of_Uri Canton of Uri] in central Switzerland to help train their musketeers. He also served as a bodyguard for one of the commanders of the Canton’s military forces up through the [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Second_War_of_Kappel#Battle_of_Kappel Battle of Kappel]. After the battle, John decided to travel back to Scotland to help train local troops for the nobles.
 
 
 
Settled into his new life back in Scotland, John continues to refine his marksmanship through regular training in the musket, as well as with the crossbow and longbow (which he uses for hunting and training purposes).
 
 
 
== Positions & Awards ==
 
  
 
* Master bowman (first attained 5/24/17)
 
* Master bowman (first attained 5/24/17)
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* Apollo's Arrow (awarded 12/2/17)
 
* Apollo's Arrow (awarded 12/2/17)
 
* Defender of the White Oak (awarded 12/2/17)
 
* Defender of the White Oak (awarded 12/2/17)
 
* Stronghold of Hellsgate Archery Commander (Ansteorra, 3/31/18 to present)
 
 
 
== Projects & Publications ==
 
 
* Musket/black powder projects
 
** Home-made slow match
 
** Home-made gunpowder
 
** Rubber-band conversion kit for period matchlock musket<br>
 
 
* Crossbow projects
 
** Home-made brass crossbow roller nut
 
** Claplock crossbow
 
** Spanish crossbow
 
** German hunting crossbow
 
 
[[ Image:BuchananCrossbow-1.jpg| thumb | left | 600px | Completed crossbow ]]
 

Latest revision as of 07:21, 17 October 2019

Photo
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John Buchanan standing guard
Information
Resides: Barony of Bryn Gwlad, Kingdom of Ansteorra
Status: Active (moved out of East Kingdom)
Awards: Order of Precedence
Heraldry
John Buchanan Arms.png
Or, an eagle displayed sable and in base two arrows inverted in saltire gules, an orle sable
Award & Office Badges
Master Bowman Companion of the Order of Apollo's Arrow

Introduction

John Buchanan is a resident of the Barony of Bryn Gwlad in the Kingdom of Ansteorra (the area mundanely known as Austin, TX). He previously resided in the Barony Beyond the Mountain in the East. John portrays a 1530's Scottish mercenary.

For information on John's activities, persona, and exploits after moving to Ansteorra, please read his Ansteorra wiki article!


Positions & Awards (East Kingdom)

  • Master bowman (first attained 5/24/17)
  • Barony Beyond the Mountain Archery Champion (06/17/17 to January 2018)
  • Award of Arms (awarded 12/2/17)
  • Apollo's Arrow (awarded 12/2/17)
  • Defender of the White Oak (awarded 12/2/17)