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Barbeta Kyrkeland is my Persona in the SCA

Name: Barbeta Kyrkeland nee Colville, widow

Born: 1502 Strelley Manor near Nottingham, England. I am currently 50 years old.

Currently living on Strelley estate near Nottingham England to care for my neices Elizabeth (Betsy) age 17, and Margaret age 16.

parents: William and Catherine Colville, who lived on the manor estate that includes the village of Strelley. They died within 6 months of each other in 1522, but saw me married in 1520.

Family consists of older brother Thomas, younger sister Caroline, and younger brother Edward. Caroline is married to Lord Sheffield and lives at their manor in Bath. Thomas has inherited the manor in Strelley. He is a widower with 2 girls not yet of age. I live with them and supervise their instruction. Edward has inherited a smaller manor in Basford after service in the Royal Navy.

I was married to John Kyrkeland of Greenock, Scotland (near Glasgow)who died in 1536 of a debilitating illness. He was steward to Lord Peter Maxwell at Newark Castle.

We had the living of a small manor on Newark Castle estate as well as a town house in Greenock.

Our 3 sons Henry ,Nathaniel, and James are grown – Nathaniel is an officer in the Navy and has married into a wealthy family in Inverness. James is an officer in the Army, and has the Greenock town house. Henry is in charge of the estate in Greenock. John's influence was such that he was able to purchase the commissions for our sons.


I summer between the estate in Greenock and my husband's smaller estate at Inverness. In the Fall and Winter I stay in Strelley with my brother and nieces. We live comfortably in the manor house with a few servants. I supervise the tutors and teach the girls lady-like skills of needlework and some music. I play harp, lute, and violin, having learned at a young age. I am also teaching them bone lace. Cook's daughter is learning with them as a possible source of income for her. All 3 girls are picking it up fast.

What church is closest to your house?
St. Mary's Church (Strelley Parish) erected in 1356


1. Can you read? If so, where did you learn?
My mother taught me first, and a cousin continued my lessons.

2. What does your favorite chair look like?
I have pillows in a window seat in the solarium.

3. What do you sleep on?
Rope bed with straw mattress and several feather beds

4. Name a piece of music common during your time and place.
Scottish Huntsupe

5. What is your house built of?
Brick and stone, with a slate roof.

6. What is your occupation?
Widow. Caretaker of my 2 neices.

7. Where do you get your bread?
We have a wonderful cook at home. We have taken the grain grown on the manor estate and had it ground at the miller's establishment near town. We usually have enough for bread baking year round.

8. Who is the king/ruler?
It is 1552, the 5th year of the reign of Edward VI.

10. What kind of underwear do you normally wear?
Linen chemise, wool stockings, brays (for women). A pair of bodies.

11. Where is your flour milled?
Near the town of Strelley.

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