Bothwell School Houses
The houses at the Bothwell School of Witchcraft are named for some of the protectors of the school early in its conception. Trained by Frances Stuart, they defended the castle while it was still a sanctuary for young witches and wizards and helped to fight injustices against their kind. To conceal themselves amongst the non-magic folk, these brave witches transfigured themselves into the form of animals; known to the ordinary people as ‘familiars’.
The Civil War in Britain was pivotal in the relations between Witches and the non-magic community. Charles I, son of James I, was much fairer on witches than his father. Witch burnings declined during his reign and was seen by many of the common people as a witch sympathiser. When the banners were raised in rebellion to the crown, many of the witch hunter squads who had thrived under James I joined the “roundhead” rebels. To defend their world, the witch community found themselves on the side of the crown (the “cavaliers”), who was desperate for their assistance. The houses of Bothwell School of Witchcraft are named for the 4 bravest witches, pivotal in the defence of the crown and the survival of their kind!
Named for Geoffry Boyeswick, known on the battlefield as simply ‘boye’. He fought closely with Prince Rupert in many battles using the form of giant hunting dog. Despite efforts to conceal his talents he became notorious in the rebel “roundhead” camp as a fearsome dog with magical abilities. Fighting more directly on the front line, Boyeswick was an impressive warrior who used the cover of the battlefield to take down the witch hunters on the roundhead side along with anyone who got in his way. Members of Boyeswick house are chosen for their bravery, loyalty, passion and adventurous spirit. They are fiercely dedicated and will go to great lengths to defend their friends. The colours for House Boyeswick are a deep blue and gold, representing his loyalty and relationship with the crown. The motto is “Fortis” which translates to Brave.
The founder, Brianne Wisenforth, was a much older witch who, before the Bothwell Sanctuary, spent her days in the vast forests of Nottingham as a healer. Brianne used the form of an owl to give council to the allies of the crown and flew messages between camps. Wisenforth was a skilled diplomat; often her soothing words would help keep feuding generals on the same side. Her sound reasoning and strategy was crucial in many of the crown's victories. Wisenforths are known for their sharp wit and cool temperaments. While a keen intellect is often associated with cynicism, Wisenforths are generally optimistic and generous; their friends feel warmed by their company. The emerald green and silver house colours embody Brianne’s healing background and affinity with the earth. The motto “Sapiens” means wise.
Olwenna Tabwen was clearly a powerful witch from a young age. While still a child her parents abandoned her deep in the woods for fear that she’d be lynched by the townsfolk, who were already suspicious of the strange happenings around Olwenna. She lived most of her life as a young woman out on a lake where she would use her beauty and charm to lure passing travellers. She would then trick them into willingly giving her all their possessions so she could survive. There are many legends still today about “The Girl on Llyn y Fan Fach”. She was given a home at Bothwell Sanctuary and when the Civil War broke out she immediately put herself forward to join the war effort. Cunning and fierce, Olwenna protected the kings court from those who wished to infiltrate the Crown. Her familiar was a black cat and she was personal body guard to the queen, often giving council to the King and Queen alone. Tabwens are known for their astuteness, charm, cunning and independence. While independent souls, Tabwens can be quite relaxed about life (and the rules) and their innate ability to tell what someone's thinking can make them a fine companion. The colours of House Tabwen, purple and gold, characterise Olwenna’s high regard with the crown using the colours associated with royalty. The motto “Callidus” means cunning.
The charms that disguise the castle are meant to keep out all trespassers, magical or not. The only way to enter the castle grounds is to use a closely guarded secret code. Montague MacNewthorn, however, turned up alone at the gates of the castle, entered freely and made his way directly into Frances Stuart’s study. To this day, it is not known how he found the location and penetrated the powerful magic. Along with the other founders he aided the crown in their effort against the rebels. Montague was chief spy for the crown, however, he was often spotted courting the enemy in suspicious circumstances. He frequently spent long periods alone with the King and had great influence over the King’s actions. Montague used the form of the newt to spy on the rebels where he could dash between floorboards and cracks in the wall. MacNewthorns are known for their introversion, ambition, creativity and hardworking nature. Less boisterous than their friends in Boyeswick, MacNewthorns prefer to operate behind the scenes. Their ambition and hard work often see them in positions of power, even if they're not the face of the operation. To represent the high ambition and silver tongue of Montague, the house colours are crimson and silver. The motto of House MacNewthorn is “Furtivus” which means clandestine.