A brief overview
Civilians are non-combat members that may or may not choose to go on the field although many do as water carriers. Civilians may also participate as part of the Living History Baggage Trayne encampment.
Predominantly, civilians tend to be the women and children members but the older and more physically-challenged contribute to civilian numbers too as do some non-fighting men. It should also be noted that many women do indeed chose a combat role so please don't think of Civilians as just WAGs.
Nor underestimate the role of the civilian. Civilians still very much actively participate, helping populate our make-shift C17th environments both in public and after-hours, .
Many new members will begin their Sealed Knot life as a civilian whilst they settle in and decide which role they'd like to try.
If you are interested in what we do, the Sealed Knot do offer a temporary weekend pass allowing prospective new members to try it out first - do contact us for details.
Special skills or training required:
None as such. However many 'civilians' do still actively take part. This is usually through forming part of the Baggage Trayne down on Living History.
Here a civilian may choose to take on the role of a camp follower or craftsman. There are many crafts a civilian could learn and practice: woodwork, needlecraft, candle making, making lead shot. It's not always necessary to have a 'craft', just hanging around Living History looking the part all helps create the atmosphere of an army encampment; be that cleaning or repairing weaponry, cooking, playing a game, sword practice or even taking a nap!
Naturally being on Living History means closer interaction with the public. Often the public will be the ones to initiate the conversation, usually by asking what you're doing. You don't need to be an expert or a historian but it does help to have the basics. Failing that, just talk to them about this great hobby of ours - your love of it and enthusiasm works wonders for gaining new recruits!
Cost of kit (excluding standard clothing):
Each Regiment has it's own separate kit specifications for men and women and these are available to new members. Children will usually follow that of the same gendered adult.
At a minimum the basic male kit consists of a shirt, doublet, woollen breeches, hose, latchet shoes and a Scots bonnet. The minimum woman's kit comprises a shift, stays, one skirt (linen or wool), jacket, hose, latchets and a head-covering (unless unmarried). A basic male or female kit can obtained for around £200, and a child's kit circa £100. This is based on buying new but cheaper versions available - especially if you make your own. New recruits are expected to purchase their own kit over the first season but until then, we can usually lend kit to newbies or temporary members.
No of civilians in Scots Brigade:
Every Regiment in the whole Sealed Knot has a proportion of it's members as civilians and in this the Scots Brigade and our four Regiments are no different.
The number of civilians varies from muster to muster and often from day-to-day on each muster, with some civilians choosing to get into kit on one day but maybe not an other. This could be because they wish to have the freedom in C21st clothing to take photographs or because they are preparing the plastic site de-campment ready for the journey home whilst a partner is off engaged in the battle.
i) In troop line-up: Civilians who are dressed in kit may form part of the troop line up, congregating at the rear behind the water carriers. Civilians not in SK kit may walk alongside their Regiment but not as part of the official line-up.
ii) On field: Civilians are absent from the field unless assuming a different role for the duration of the battle such as water carrier for example.
iii) Off the field: Civilians can often be found on the battle sidelines observing the action. They may also be present at Living History, forming part of the Baggage Trayne - this can be in the guise of a craftsperson or just as a camp follower.