Leo MacCullan

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Baronial Champion
Resides: Shire of Mountain Freehold
Status: Active Since AS 49
Awards: Order of Precedence
MacCullan Heraldry1 small.jpg
Sable, a lion's head argent and on a chief argent a mullet of four points in dexter chief sable
Award & Office Badges
Award of Arms Companion of the Order of the Silver Rapier

Family History

The MacCullan Clan (of Scotland) was founded by Leon O'Cuileann in the 6th century. It is written that the O'Cuileann's of (Ulster) Ireland claim mythical ancestry from Cu Chulainn himself. Leon was, as it is written in his accounts, a holy-warrior bound to (St) Columba as his personal guard. They met when Columba was a deacon studying under Saint Finnian at Clonard's Monastary. Leon claims to have saved Columba's life during the battle of Cul Dreimhne (~560AD), and attended him during his departure to Iona. Leon stayed by Columba's side during his tours through the emerging kingdom of the Dal Riata. He was called The "Lion of Iona" for his fierce fighting style, and hence the lion head on the MacCullan's coat of arms. His future clan settled in the lands of the Dal Riata, Dunkeld and Argyll; where they sill hold claim today under the auspice of the Campbell Clan.

Leo's Story

Leo is a warrior priest. He is a stubborn, charming and moody man who follows his heart, and passions. Several have commented that he is "a bit cocky". This is not without reason, as an accomplished warrior and priest he has found much success on and off the field of battle. This is his story...

Leo MacCullan was born on August 8th, 1573. He is the 3rd son of Lord Albert "The Lesser", son of Baron Albert "The Great", at Caisteal na Nighinn Ruaidhe ("The Red Keep") on Loch Avich, in the county of Argylle, Scotland. Born the youngest of a minor noble family, it was his duty to enter the church and continue the family tradition. Education was granted to him starting at an early age, but as a head strong youth, he was more interested in exploring and playing "rough and tumble" in the wilderness. Even though he was willful growing up, he was dutiful to his family and he joined the clergy at age 18. He spent the next 8 years in seminary cloistered at Iona Abbey as a traditional Catholic priest. During his years at seminary he found that his religious leanings tended to lean more towards the new Lutheran/protestant movement which, again put him in opposition with family and tradition. He was eventually ordained as a priest on Mid-summers 1599. The church sent him to serve at Castle Inverness as a soothsayer and healer, to keep him from preaching and proselytizing. This position brought his family much contentment, but his adventurous ways never left his heart.

During his time at Castle Inverness his martial spirit never left his body. He would still play rough, practice his wrestling and grappling, and occasionally had the opportunity to read on manuals of the martial persuasion. Yet after 13 years of being cloistered, studying the mysteries of the divine, his heart finally heeded the call of adventure.

Leaving in the dead of a summer's night 1613, never to look back upon his monastery, castle or family. Soon after his departure, in the Lowlands, he joined in with the mercenary company "The Black Guard". He quickly proved himself a capable warrior and was given the rank of lieutenant. As a officer he commanded an elite squad to patrol the highlands for bandits, highwaymen, and to keep the local lords in check, all the while keeping watch for any invading forces. He lived this life for 3 years, but could not call his companions true friends nor trusted allies.

In the autumn of 1616 Leo resigned his commission to seek his fortune on his own. While traveling in Edinburgh he met a young woman, Cat "Spoonbreaker". Quickly they became friends, and she brought him into the fold of "The Freebooters" or The Free-Men of the Seas. Upon showing his talents and experience to the crew he was granted the position of 2nd Lieutenant under Captain Kenneric Aubrey.

In the year 1617 The company was approached by The Duchess Marieke van de Dal. Having heard of the exploits of "The Freebooters", she made them an offer to sail under her banner as a Privateers. Many of The Company agreed, and some went their own way, so now there is some schism on the seas. Leo chose to join the Duchess and the crew of "The Green Leaf" as the ship's surgeon, and see where the seas would bring him.

Leo spent the summer and autumn of 1617 in Spain. There he met many wonderful peoples and won the fencing tourney of Baroness Jocelyn del Espada. He served Baroness Jocelyn as her court champion for a year and a day. During this time he met his future fencing master, Don Lucien de Wyntere, and his cadet Gerhardt von Hohensee.

In 1618 at the Winter Court at Birka, Tzar Ivan and Matilde of Russia, recognized Leo as a noble in his own right aside his family. He took his family coat of arms, and modified it to his own, as pictured. Keeping his family legacy and making it his own.

During the summer "The Free Company" was fighting at "The War of The Roses", Cat "Spoonbreaker" brought yet another intrepid dandy into The Company, a young man named Odd. Kat had brought him in specifically because he was Leo's long lost and unknown bastard son. So now The Company is becoming a family venture for him!

Also that summer during the war campaign of Pennsic, a large clan of prestigious fighters ("Duchy Drachenklaue"), took notice of his martial prowess. They had been watching him since his victory in Spain, and they extended him an offer to join them on campaign. After taking some time to consider his place on The Green Leaf and his future with The Free Company, he graciously accepted the offer to join in with Duchy Von Drachenklaue. His warrior heart may have just found it's home!

In the autumn, Lord Leo was approached by Princess Fortune Sancte Keyne to be part of her Royal Guard during her reign in Venice (AS:54). He departed the Free-Company during this time to fully serve under Queen Fortune I.

Early in 1619 His application to the London School of Masters was accepted, and was he granted the rank of Free Scholar and cadet under the Tutelage of Master Lucien de Wyntere. During this time in Venice he studied contemporary Italian Fencing of the Masters Docciolini, Giganti and Capo Ferro.

After serving Queen Fortune I in Venice for 10 months as one of her Guards, Leo announced that he would be taking his leave to continue his sojourn. Queen Fortune honored him in a private ceremony with her award of esteem and the gift of a fine steed to carry him on his travels.

Offices & Positions

  • Kingdom Positions:
  • Shire Offices:
    • Deputy Chatelain AS 52 (July)
    • Shire Deputy Marshal of Fence AS 52 (January)
  • Marshaling:
    • Fencing MIT AS 51 (June) - Present
    • Thrown Weapons MIT AS 52 (July)- Present
  • Guilds:
    • Apprentice of Chirurgeon's Guild AS 52
    • Herald in Training (On hiatus) AS 52
    • (Former) Journeyman of East Kingdom Soothsayers' Guild


  • VDK Duchy Von Drachenklaue
  • House Serenity, associate member
  • Former Affiliations:
    • Free Company of the Stella Maris (Formerly The Freehold Freebooters)
    • Merchant House Griffin (2013-15)
    • House Deathsword (Trimaris '96-97)
      • Former affiliate member of House Arachnid (Trimaris '96)

Awards of Note

  • East Kingdom:
  • Fencing:
    • Shire of Mountain Freehold: Fencing Combat Champion, Birthday Bash AS 51
    • Barony of Stonemarche: Baroness' Fencing Champion AS 52
  • Heavy List:
    • Shire of Mountain Freehold: Heavy List Champion, Birthday Bash AS 54
  • Household Awards
    • Free Company of the Stella Maris:
      • Distinguished Battle Award
      • Dedication of Service
      • Commitment to Education
      • Style, Garb and Persona
    • Duchy Drachenklaue

Other Notable Distinctions

  • Tournamnets:
    • Pennsic 47 Represented the Barony of Stonemarche in the Known World Baronial Championships as Baroness' Champion

Event Staff

  • 2016:
    • April: Feast of Fools: Chirurgeon; Panteria: clean up crew / October: Birthday Bash: Chirurgeon
  • 2017:
    • July: VT Ren Faire Demo: Fencing MIT and Deputy Chatelaine
    • August: Walk in the Pines: Fencing MIT, Chirurgeon;
    • September: Harper's Retreat: Fencing MIT, Chirurgeon; Harvest Moon: Thrown Weapons MIT; Closing of the Inne at Coldwood: Fencing MIT, Chirurgeon
    • October: Shire Birthday Bash: Deputy Chatelaine, Fencing MIT, Chirurgeon, Soothsayers guild meeting leader
  • 2018
    • January: Birka: Fencing MIT; Designed Plans for Birka's Fencing Lists
    • February: Mimir's Well: Deputy Chatelaine, Chirurgeon, Soothsayers Guild class (Rune casting)
    • March: VT Winter VT Renaissance Faire Demo: Fencing MIT and Deputy Chatelaine
    • May: War of the Roses Fencing MIT
    • June: Northern Reach War Camp: Fencing MIT, Chirurgeon; Vermont Renaissance Faire Demo: Fencing MIT
    • July: Panthervale Demo day: Fencing MIT, Chirurgeon; Great Northeastern War: Chirurgeon, Retainer for Prince Wilhelm
    • August: Pennsic War 47: BY the Book Fencing tourney MIT, Water Bearer; Shire Birthday bash: Deputy Chatelaine, Fencing MIT, Chirurgeon
    • September: Harper's: Fencing MIT, Taught fencing 101 class, retained for Baroness Jocelyn & Service to event staff
    • November: Carnage-Con Demo; North Country Regional Fencing Practice Organizer, Chirurgeon, MIT & taught classes on Fencing Basics and Melee Line Communication.
    • December: Kings & Queen's Fencing Championships- Retainer for Princess Fortune
  • 2019:
    • January: Shire Yule- Deputy Chatelaine; Birka- Fencing MIT, Retainer for their Highness's
    • March: Mimir's Well - Deputy Chatelaine; Central Region Spring Rapier Practice - Fencing MIT;
    • April: Coronation of Ozzur & Fortune - Parking attendant, Queen's Guard, Retainer for Baroness Deirdre Planchett, Retainer for their Majesties; Feast of Fools - Deputy Chatelaine, Chirurgeon, Fencing MIT; Balfar's - Queen's Guard
    • May: Chauvency's Challenge at IDD - Fencing MIT, Chirurgeon, Organizer and instructor of "War Schola"; Retainer for King Ozzur and Princess Margarita De' Siena; Panteria - Queen's Guard, Fencing MIT
    • June: SRWC - Queens Guard, Chirurgeon; Opening of the Inne at Coldwood - Fencing MIT, Chirurgeon; Beltaines - Queen's Guard
    • July: Portcon Demo (Malagentia) - Fencing Demo and Chirurgeon; Great Northern Thyng - "MIC" of Adult Foam-Fighting and War-God Tourney, Fencing MIT; Great Northeastern War - Queen's Guard, Vigil Bookkeeper for Mistress Jocelyn's Vigil, Fencing MIT
    • August: Pennsic War 48 - Queen's Guard, Fencing MIT, Water Bearer for multiple battles
    • September: Harper's Retreat - Queen Guard & Retainer, Chirurgeon, Fencing MIT
    • October: Shire of Mt Freehold Birthday Bash - Co-autocrat, Fencing MIT



  • Feb: Intro to Rune Casting @ Mimir's Well
  • Sept: Fencing 101 @ Harper's Retreat
  • Nov: Fencing 101, Melee communication @ North Country Regional Rapier Practice


  • Jan-Feb: NCDA Fencing Film review Class & NCDA Single to Case 4 week progression class (single, stick, dagger & case)
  • March: NCDA Mixed Weapons fencing class
  • May: War Schola @ Chauvency's Challenge


  • Non-period painting
  • Sewing
  • Chain Mailing
  • Martial research

SCA Information

  • Protoge to Duchess Marieke van de Dal
  • Fencing Information:
    • Cadet to Master Lucien de Wyntere
      • Authorizations: Heavy Rapier: All / Cut & Thrust: All / Light Rapier: All
      • Forms and Master's studying: Late 16th & early 17th C European
        • 16th C: Agrippa, Di Grassi, Meyer, Fabris, Silver, Saviolo
        • 17th C: Docciolini, Giganti, Capo Ferro
      • Created "North Country Defense Academy" Facebook group to encourage cross-pollination of the various local and regional art of defense groups.
  • Heavy List
    • Man-At-Arms to Durkin MacWard (OTC)
      • Former Man-at-Arms to Lord William of House Deathsword; Shire of Trysel, Trimaris 1997
    • Authorizations: Sword & Shield, 2 sword, Polearm, Spear
  • Guilds:
    • Chirurgeon's Guild: Apprentice
      • Professional Level Adult, Child, Infant: CPR, First Aid, AED certified
      • Wilderness First Aid certified
    • Soothsayer's Guild: (Formerly Journeyman status)
      • Mastery: Elder Futhark Runes, Dowsing
      • Proficient: Tarot, astrology, palmistry, dream analysis (Jungian), aura reading, numerology
    • Baby Herald in Training
      • Devices & Voice


Lord Leo MacCullan's Blog:

North Country Defense Academys Facebook group:

Fencing Videos:

In Case of Court

In case of court please contact the following in order:

  • Duchess Marieke Van de Dal (Christina Krupp), my Pelican
  • Master Lucien de Wyntere (Jonathan Sholes), My MOD
  • Duracain MacWard (Jeremiah Haskell), head of my VDK household
    • If none are available please contact me directly

Would LOVE a scroll by any of these fine Scadians: Camille Desjardins, Natalia Hurd (my Grand-Mod), Lisa Cotton, Keziah Planchete, Christiana Crane

  • If Medallions are to be presented, I would prefer Combat Medallions
  • ICOP: N/A at this time. An icop letter will be on file later in my sca career.