Duchy of Wessex – Structure Information (part 4)

Duchy of Wessex – Structure Information (part 4)

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Duchy of Wessex – Structure Information (part 4)

YEOMAN  
Yeomen are the officers of the ducal court that perform the administrative and other day-to-day tasks to ensure the smooth operation of the shire. The cabinet officers direct and oversee their activities.

Any full member may take the yeoman examination to qualify. Members of the gentry may serve as an officer of the court, although they are more likely to be cabinet officers.   There are five types of yeoman in Wessex:

Heralds
Pursuivants
Clerks
Reeves
Quartermasters

Appointments are made subject to need and dismissals can be made on account of unannounced inactivity of more than a week in which case the yeoman will return to pauper status.

HERALDS  are responsible for the design of coat-of-arms, forum signatures, new member orientation, recruitment, assisting members on matters of ceremony and the recording of acts of valour by our soldiers. They are directed by the Master of Heralds as head of the College of Arms. In the absence of the Master of Heralds in a county one can be designated as Herald Emcee, a role which is limited to that county.

PURSUIVANTS are heralds in training and must be sponsored by a herald. To become a full herald a member must pass the yeoman exam. It is acceptable for a pursuivant that is purely interested  in  art and design work to not take the exam and remain in his current position indefinitely.

CLERKS perform clerical duties such as keeping member and other lists, reviewing trial membership applications and forum title administration. Both the Chancellor and Chamberlain direct the clerks of the Ducal Chancery. The clerk position is mostly a forum administration role and not county specific.

REEVES  work in the Ducal Treasury and collect taxes and carry out commercial activities on behalf of the Treasurer, bailiff or high-reeve. A reeve’s position is usually county specific.

QUARTERMASTERS are yeoman within the military and appointed by the leader of each military branch to administer to that branch. As yeoman they must pass the Yeomans Exam.

A HIGH-REEVE can be appointed by a Bailiff to be responsible for any and all of the following: county’s treasury, mediate disputes, enact assizes against members violating the Common Law, carry out sentences or act as the principal forum moderator for that county.  The high-reeve position is usually county specific and very rarely appointed.

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