Ahead of next week’s annual Lord of Bowland lecture at Whitewell, news has reached me of an arrival in his lordship’s household.
Henry of Bowland, heir to the lordship, was born early on the morning of Wednesday 2 October. Styled Master of Bowland, there can be no doubt the little lordling finds himself propelled into a world of Gormenghast-like complexity, creaking with ritual, tradition and dusty precedent. By all accounts, however, he refuses to be intimidated by the heavy burden of Bowland affairs he is destined to bear.
We look forward to receiving an invitation to the young fellow’s “Earling” sometime soon. Surely, a raft on Stocks Reservoir, a stone and an ivy branch dropped in the lake are the very least we might expect – with Bowbearer Robert Parker, Bowland’s answer to Barquentine, graciously presiding as Master of Ceremonies.