John Drake

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Registered Name: John Drake
Resides: Bryn Gwlad
Status: Active
Joined SCA: Late summer/early fall of 2007
Order of Precedence
John Drake

Per pale gules and sable, three crampets Or.

Master John Drake, WSA (99), MOD, CSS, Lion of Ansteorra, Defender of the Dream

Previously Known As:
Pronouns: He/Him

Additional Registered Heraldry:

The following badge associated with this name was registered in February of 2016 (via Ansteorra): (Fieldless) A crampet Or.


  • Local Offices Held
  • Regional Offices Held
  • Kingdom Offices Held

Persona History:

English, 1500s


  • Rapier Combat - both tournament and melee
  • Cut & Thrust Combat - both tournament and melee
  • Armored Combat- both tournament and melee
  • Teaching rapier - including via videos posted to my YouTube channel
  • Interkingdom Anthropology
  • Service

Timeline of Activity:

I picked up a sword for the first time at my first event. It was what I had come out to do. The first Queen's Hope I fought in, was Ebigardis II, then Elizabeth, and then I fought in Elizabeta I's, and was successful.

The first adult Queen's tournament I fought in, I got to the top 6, and then dropped out. That was 2009, when I was 16.

In 2011, at Gulf Wars, right before the field battle, I became a cadet to Don Dore and Don Ceallach mac Domhnaill.
Winning the Ansteorran tournament at Pennsic 2017 was a really big deal to me. I don't think an Ansteorran had won it since the 90s, so it had a lot of meaning.

Prior Groups:

Memorial Tournament Scroll

Populace Provided Information:

Micauley Morison

John Drake learns insanely fast and you should not show him any of your dumb tricks more than once.

(Welcome to the last decade of my life. You get used to it. - Etienne de Montagu)
(Can second. Welcome to my Tuesday night for the last ten years. See the lack of sympathy. Get gooder.) - Avery Shaw

Notable Contributions or Accomplishments:

  • Autocrat, 2015 Bryn Gwlad Academy of Defense / Guardian of the Gauntlet
  • Winning the Ansteorran Tournament at Pennsic, 2017
  • Rapier General, Gulf Wars 2018 & 2019
  • Winner of the 2023 Ansteorra Roses Rapier Tournament, fighting for the honor of Countess Michelle Chantal de Charente

Non-Armigerous Awards and Recognitions:

  • Cross Fleury of Bryn Gwylad (Combat award)


Current Cadet: Millicent Rowan - moved Out of Kingdom to the East (shared with Miguel Vaello de Villa Joiosa)
Current Cadet: Leandra Forte
Prior Cadet: Miles Ridley (shared with Miguel Vaello de Villa Joiosa)

(Sharing cadets is something of a family tradition. I was a shared cadet with two Dons, and now I do the same. Most of the time.)

Head of the Fire Drakes War Company - a group of twenty-ish rapier fighters who specialize in rapier melee combat.

Mundane Information:

YouTube Channel

Special Needs:

In Case of Court: