Roibeard mac Neill mhic Ghille Eoin
Quarterly Sable and Gules, a Sea-Bull maintaining a Cutlass within a Dovetailed bordure Or
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My main (and Registered) name is Roibeard mac Neill mhic Gille Eoin, or just "Robert". I live in the Shire of Quintavia along with my lady-Wife Marja Gundesindus de Leon and my two bairns, Brendan and Elanora. I am a metal artisan and teacher. My secondary persona is that of Roibeard's ancestor (on his Father's side) of Sigbrandr Varðrefjordi...he was a silversmith and merchant.
In modern times I am Louis Garcia, a multi-disciplinary artist and arts instructor living in Worcester, MA with my Wife Dee (sca Marja Gundesindus), our two children Brendan and Elanor, and five incredible cats. I run Strongford Arts, where I display and sell renditions of Celtic, Anglo-Saxon, and Viking Jewelry. I have begun to make reproductions of archaeological finds from Caherconnell Stone Fort in Carran, Co. Clare, Ireland for their displays.
Roibeard was born on April 26, 1551, on the Hebridean island of Barra to Gillean mac Neill, a sea captain and trader cousin to Chief Ruari mac Neill, and Brigit ingen Raghallaigh, an Irish weaver from Gaillimh, Connacht. Roibeard grew up around the Sea, sailing with his father and crew (much to his Mother's chagrin) in the many voyages around the Northern Seas. Following the death of his father during an attack from an English vessel south of Dunbarton, Roibeard left Barra and traveled to Clew Bay, where he joined the employ of long time Family friend and compatriot, Grainne in Mhaille. With sailing in his blood he was back out to sea following in the footsteps of his father, becoming an accomplished Navigator. In time he left Grainne's service and Disembarked in Spain, were he learned the Arts, primarily painting and silver smithing. He lived in Murcia for nearly a decade before the Sea called again. He began to travel the Mediterranean and beyond with a trading crew and built a lucrative business with his artistic skill. His artistry took him from Venice to Copenhagen and Every major port in Europe. His work traveled beyond his voyages to the Halls of Topkapi and to the new Colonies across the Atlantic. He now lives on the shores of Clare, Munster, with his lady-wife and children, every so often returning to the sea to visit his business partners, patrons, and friends.
He recently found out about an ancestor who lived in the Woodford settlement north of Waterford, Leinster, and is building a history of the life of his ancestor who happens to share his artistry and love of the sea.
Offices & Positions
Herald, Canton of Polis Partis (Defunct), Kingdom of Meridies, 4/1994 - 5/1995
Event Steward, Feast of Lughnasagh IV, Jul. 1992
Co-Feastcrat, Aphar Faire, Aug. 1998
Projects & Publications
6th Century Fowler Type F Penannular brooch, copper alloy. Private Collection.
Rendition of the Clough Penannular Brooch, a 7th century piece made in fine silver with amber cabochons for the knighting of Count Ozurr the Bootgiver.
Collaboration with Sir Zhigmun’ Czypsser on Bronze, Viking Plaited spurs for the Knighting of Count Ozurr the Bootgiver.
The Reliquary of St. Brendan's Tooth, a representation of an Insular Tomb Reliquary made for the St. Eligius Arts and Science Competition. Winner- Metalwork, Glass, and Leather category.
Collaboration with Baron Fergus Redmead of a 1st century Celtic Torc as a prize for the Heavy list tournament at Ice Weasel 2020.
Metalwork Jam Session - Harper's Retreat 2019. Demo-Style class covering Silver forging techniques, Viking wire plaiting, and bronze fusing and forging
Metalwork Jam Session - Ice Weasel 19
Ancient Wire Plaiting techniques - Gulf Wars XXIX (Event Cancelled) Forging a Gotland Silver Ring - Gulf Wars XXIX (Event Cancelled)
Weekly Live Feed on Facebook from Art Studio where I cover a variety of jewelry making subjects during the Covid-19 Pandemic. All are accessible through the Strongford Arts Facebook page.
-Forging a Hiberno-Norse bracelet- 3/18
-Forging a Silver Spiral Ring- 3/25
-Basic Viking Plaiting Techniques- 4/1
-Advanced Plaiting Techniques- 4/9
-Making Fibulae- 4/15
-Forging a silver Thor's Hammer- 4/22
-Making Viking Stamps for metal- 5/1
-Making Anglo-Saxon Spiral and Looped Rings-5/7
Gallery of some of my work
In Case of Court
Please contact Marja Gundesindus de Leon (Dee Rowe-Garcia) to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Armigerous and Grant-Level awards of any kind would be graciously accepted in Ethereal Court during the Covid-19 pandemic.