|My name is Siobhah Ni Spencer. I don not remember my original surname. My parents died when I was very young in a plague that killed most of our village. I was separated from the survivors while traveling to another village. After wandering for several days alone, hiding in caves, I was found by an abbot from a local monastery. He took me back and the abbots raised me. I was a clumsy child, constantly making the abbots life difficult. When I was 10, they sent me to the kitchens to work. I was never taught to cook, as the women were afraid I would burn down the kitchen. If only they knew. I was put to scrubbing pots and pans (they don’t break). One night in my 20th year, as I was coming down the stairs in the middle of the night, I tripped over the hem of my gown and dropped the candle I was carrying into a pile of discarded parchment. It caught quickly and I barely had time to rescue a little boy who had been brought to the monastery a year before when his mother was killed, before the entire building was engulfed in flames.|
We wandered for quite some time. I stole boy’s
clothes to disguise the fact that I was a girl. When we wandered
onto the beach, pirates captured us. We were set to be cabin boys,
and after seeing how the women captives were used, I lived inconstant fear
We were shipwrecked in a terrible storm about a year after being taken aboard. We were found by the crew of the Enchanted Hawk and were set to work as cabin boys once more. I was very confused by the people on board. The women were treated as equals to the men, and their Captain was even a woman. After several almost catastrophical accidents, including a severe galley fire, the Captain of the Enchanted Hawk decided to transfer me to the Perspective.
Again the behavior of these people confused me,
but I was still too afraid to reveal myself. They told me that the
Perspective was un- sinkable, however, after nearly sinking her also, wee
were sent to a manor house in New Market.
At New Market we were set up in out own house to tend the land there. One day, while repairing the roof of a shed, I fell off and was knocked unconscious. James went to get Dr. Case, and during the course of his examination, discovered my secret. Upon waking, I realized that he must know, but he said nothing to me except for a wind, so I felt my secret was still safe.
Several months later, Caitlin sent all the men to
town to celebrate the end of the harvest. When Dr. Case realized
that the men were headed towards a brothel, he pulled Caitlin aside and
told her, “Seamus (that was the name they knew me by) might not
want to go on this trip.” When Caitlin questioned him further, he
replied “She might not feel comfortable”. “SHE?”, Caitlin replied
in surprise. “She.”, the doctor restated.
When I was confronted, I explained that I was afraid of what would happen if I revealed myself a female. Caitlin then told me that she would find a place for me in her household where I wouldn’t be able to hurt myself nor anyone else. Since that time, I have been ward to Lady Moyra Rutherford, and have been learning from her guidance.
the account of her travels