Donovan Shinnock

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Photo credit to Caoilfhionn
Resides: Quintavia
Status: Active
Awards: Order of Precedence
Per pale sable and vert, on a chief argent a fox passant gules.
Award & Office Badges
Order of PerseusOrder of the DaystarOrder of the MoonSovereign's CypherConsort's CypherAward of ArmsCompanion of the Order of the Silver RapierCompanion of the Order of the Golden RapierCompanion of the Order of the MauncheCompanion of the Order of the Silver CrescentCompanion of the Order of DefenseCompanion of the Order of the Laurel
Fencing MarshalHerald


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, Etc.

  • Peer Advisor to the Queen's Guard: Feilinn
  • Deputy Seneschal, Quintavia: October 2022-Present
  • Deputy Earl Marshal: February 2022-Present
  • Society Deputy Minister of Arts and Sciences - Historic Martial Arts: June 2020-March 2022
  • Drop-dead Deputy, Kingdom Marshal of Fence: February 2019-March 2022
  • Deputy Kingdom Marshal of Fence: November 2014-February 2019
  • 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
  • Mayoral Consort of Helpfultown


Member of (and not remotely in charge of) the Handsome Boys.
Leftenant in the Company of Saint Jude.

Current Provost:

Former Provost:

Former 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 Small Comparison of the Rapier Styles of Ridolfo Capo Ferro and Salvator Fabris, published in the East Kingdom Gazette - adapted from the poster display noted below.
Lunging Underneath the Sword, presented at St. Elegius 2016 - winning the Laurel level of the competition.
An Underlying System Found In Mair's Sickle Combat, presented at East Kingdom A&S Champions 2017
Bucklers As Fabris Would Have Us Use Them, presented at East Kingdom A&S Champions 2018

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
Introduction to Fabris
What Makes A Good Drill?

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

Notes Regarding Future Awards

Donovan is generally of the belief that surprising him with being called into court is unnecessary and can complicate matters such as making sure that he's at an event, in Court, or remotely prepared for anything. He would much rather know that he should be present for Court at a particular time and place (though telling him why isn't particularly necessary) so that he can be somewhat presentable.

If he is to receive an award, Lilias de Cheryngton should be contacted both for scheduling and general notification. She can also confirm if/how online awards can be handled.

Writs are very much preferred.