Finvar Galowglass

After being the only survivor of a pestilence that claimed his family of dyers, on the Isle of Flegg, S. Norfolk. He had been placed in service of the Benedictine order of monks at Castle Acre priory, and he was learned his illuminations.

Still as a young man and not yet ordained as a monk, he was recruited in 1346 to administer to the soldiers of King Edward III. He witnessed the Battle of Crecy, and for the third time in his life, given new names. Finvar found himself helping with the siege engineers. His learned ways and education came in useful from the building and development of the war machines, to mining and sapping. Slowly he acquired the skills needed to conduct effective sieges against an entrenched enemy by applying war machines against them. He is currently in the service of Sir Thomas Erpingham and the city of Norwich as ‘Magestier Tormentorium’ (Master of Trebuchets). He had not the skill for sword or bow, but quite oft be seen with a sling, something he learnt as a child from the shepherds form the Flegg Isle.

Gynour or Finvar & ‘Gallowglass’ Where most men were known by their trade name - ‘Gynour ‘as they were nicknamed – comes from the Normans word for engineer, and would understand several trades in wood, metal and stone as well as engeneering. They are engineers and specialists in siege warfare and require expensive equipment, tools and materials. They would be responsible for building, transporting and maintaining the liege lord’s (army’s) machines of war. With the often warring nations in the late 13th & 14th century- rights and claims meant ownership of kingdoms, lands, estates, cities and castles, a Gynour would be an important part to help his liege lord to getting those all important places in a campaign to ruling a land.
‘Gallowglass’ is a journeyman or mercenary, selling his skills to Kings, lords and Nobles who can afford their services. Name originally found from Ireland.