General: The Houses of The Britannic Imperium

The Britannic Imperium is an oligarchy, ruled by the Queen (God Bless Her) and the eight Convocation Houses. House politics is an exercise in jockeying for position and power. House Gallowglass is arguably the most powerful: having gained control of the Treasury and the nation’s purse strings, it can hold the other Houses to ransom. Each Convocation House has a major government department and fills the official posts with its own relatives, and those of the Minor Houses in alliance with it.

THE EIGHT CONVOCATION HOUSES

HOUSE GALLOWGLASS
Meaning: a mercenary, a
warrior
Family name: Winter Government Department:The Treasury
HOUSE CARTOMANCER
Meaning: a fortune teller, one who uses cards to tell the future Family name : Lee Government Department:The Foreign and Empire Office
HOUSE HUISSHER
Meaning: an usher or door attendant Family name: Abercrombie Government Department:The War Office
HOUSE JUSTICIAR
Meaning: head of the royal judiciary Family name: Jeffries Government Department:Home Affairs
HOUSE PANNIFEX
Meaning:  a cloth worker. Family name: Branson Government Department:Trade and Industry
HOUSE ARCHIATOR
Meaning: a physician. Family name: Tomlinson Government Department:Public Health
HOUSE QUISTER
Meaning: a quister bleaches cloth Family name: Mason Government Department:Science and Technology
HOUSE VENATOR
Meaning: a huntsman Family name: Palliser Government Department:Agriculture and Fisheries
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HOUSE SCRIVENER

Meaning: a professional copyist or writer, a public notary Family name: Stafford The only neutral and independent House. The Scrivener provides the secretariat to the Convocation House meetings in Parliament.

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MINOR HOUSES
 
Allied to HOUSE GALLOWGLASS
Advocate a lawyer (S)
Castellan the governor of a castle
Elimozinar an almoner (S)
Javelar a jewellery maker
Jongleur a travelling minstrel Family name: Pearse
Malender a farmer
Plumassier maker of ornamental feather plumes
Verrier a glazier
Allied to HOUSE CARTOMANCER
Agister an official of the Royal forests
Bailer a court official (S)
Fermouer a farmer (S)
Mercator a merchant
Stravaigor a vagrant, a wanderer Family name: Lancaster
Tabinarius a tavern keeper
Verderer an official of the Royal forests
Allied to HOUSE HUISSHER
Albastere a crossbowman
Beadle a church official
Corvinor a shoemaker
Cunzeour a coiner (S)
Lederer a leathermaker
Quarriour a quarryman (S)
Reever a Sheriff, reeve
Tasseler a tassel maker, for furnishings
Allied to HOUSE JUSTICIAR
Brasiler a dyer
Dunner a debt collector
Estafette a mounted courier Family name: Meredith
Flegeoure a fletcher, arrowmaker (S)
Libraire a bookseller
Meilmane a seller of oatmeal (S)
Nimgimmer a doctor
Ulnager Meaning:
Allied to HOUSE PANNIFEX
Bedwevere a maker of webbing for bedframes
Brabanar a weaver (S)
Fawkner falconer
Marinell a sailor (S)
Menstraler a musician
Nedeller needle maker
Pargeter an ornamental plasterer
Waulkmiller a cloth worker
Allied to HOUSE ARCHIATOR
Blemmere a plumber
Cartair a cart maker (S)
Colporteur a pedlar of religious books
Glassinwright a glassworker (S)
Gossoon a servant boy
Loriner a maker of horse gear
Palfournier a groom
Shepster a sheep shearer
Allied to HOUSE QUISTER
Balister an archer
Chirurgeon a surgeon (S)
Feroner an ironmonger
Ingraver an engraver on glass (S)
Manciple a steward
Osler a bird catcher
Pothison a pastry chef
Wainwright a maker or repairer of wagons
Allied to HOUSE VENATOR
Avenator a hay and forage merchant
Botillier a maker of wineflasks or bottles
Damasker a worker with Damask cloth
Ealdorman a Shire court official
Ischear an usher, a court official (S)
Kneller a door-to-door chimney sweep
Peutherer a worker in pewter (S)
Vacher a herdsman

(S) – the formal House names of the Scottish Clans. In Scotland itself, the Clan members will think of themselves as members of Clan (Surname) first, and only secondarily as members of a House. The House system is London centric. The Scots go their own way, with a nod to Westminster out of politeness.

Resources:

Old Occupation Names
Old Scottish Occupation Names
Archaic Words
Luciferous Logolepsy

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