Short Bio ---
Born 1492 in Dumfriesshire, Scotland to a minor family of nobility. Generally a standard upbringing for the time, was taught to read and write, overall he was happy. He even fell in love with a girl he wanted marry that he'd met in the forest one day during a walk Clarissa but this always seemed as if a dream, however she was always there whenever he'd walk into the forest. Many thought he was joking, but much of his time was spent in the forest during his adolescence. Strangely, he'd always remember her, but couldn't picture her...
In 1513 at the age of 21 he accompanied his father on campaign supporting the army of King James IV's. This resulted in the Battle of Flodden Field which was a Scottish defeat resulting in the death of King James IV and his father and brother. (His mother and sisters had already escaped and took shelter with her family so as to not be captured by the English. ) Towards the end of the battle his fathers friend dragged him from the field where he was acquitting himself well in battle. Captain James Wallace then took him under his wing and he went to sea to escape and the captain taught him seamanship, ship tactics, navigation and how to command men and ships.
From 1513 to early 1520 he was a pirate against the English and their allies becoming the Captain of the good ship Gavina in 1518 after the untimely death of Captain Wallace to a royal marine while battling the HMS Anne Gallant. For the next two years he was very successful capturing and sinking English ships until early 1520 when the English finally got tired of his rampage and sent a squadron of ships after him. During the last of several battles, the good ship Gavina took on too much damage and after escaping, wrecked off the coast of Spain during a terrible tempest. This is where he got the name Greybeard after navigating the ship alone topside during the storm. When the ship ran aground on the beach and the crew came topside, there he was, dazed, tired, beaten, bloody and his beard now grayish-white permanently. He has never spoken of what happened during those hours alone topside while piloting the ship during the storm. Neptune and he alone know what happened during those hours.
Shortly after in 1520, Graybeard and his crew signed up with a company of swords for hire called the Black Company. Seeking to find spoils enough to get a new ship and return to sea. There Graybeard made many friends including Salzano and fought in many battles in the Italian Wars and while attached to the Franco-Navarrese contingent.
At the Battle of Noain, the tide turned against the company and Graybeard when General de Foix ordered an attack despite being outnumbered 3 to 1. Although initially successful, the tide turned when the Spanish were able to get their cavalry around to the rear guard. The battle turned into a rout. The Black company stood well against the enemy and fought a desperate rear guard fight until nightfall when they were able to escape. But the losses were great, many had died or had to be left on the field in the carnage and little mercy was shown on either side. Others had simply had enough after this slaughter.
What remained of the Black company under the command at this point of Captain Graybeard wandered Europe from 1521 to 1528 fighting under many flags and causes but never finding a home. In 1529 the company disbanded and all went their separate ways. Taking their well earned spoils with them. Graybeard hired on as sword for various odd jobs that he found interesting.
In 1530 during a job, he came under the magical sway of the Queen of Sorrows (this section still under construction ☺)
In 1534 after learning of a several friends that had been killed by the English he purchased a ship, equipped and crewed her and went back to sea with a vengeance. Striking out at any English ship he could find. He did this with the tacit approval James V. Again the English sent a squadron after him time and time again but always he either slipped past him as a ghost or appeared out of nowhere to wreck havoc on the English.
In 1536 he became something of a fixture at court when not at sea. Polite and courteous, he was something of a loner. He never married, and spent his time in his small estate next to a forest.
In 1542 tension between sluggard Henry the VIII and the good James V came to a head. Graybeard agreed to command a unit of Scots in the upcoming fight. At the Battle of Haddon Rig, he helped lead the Scot's to victory commanding a part of the left wing. Charging into the enemy line until he was felled by a crossbow bolt. For many years after the battle it was assumed the English dragged his wounded body off the field and he languished in the tower as his body was never recovered. However many of the wounded men in the area that he fell to this day tell of a beautiful glowing Seelie fairy that came onto the field of battle from the forest and spoke to Graybeard, then took Graybeard's hand and he got up and walked away with her. Many spoke of a soft light but all agree that many of the supposed dead and wounded in that area where Graybeard fell were able to walk of the field that night. A mystery none can explain to this day.
***Greybeard's dealings with The Valiant Few can be found with the 2017 Movie Teasers , 2018 Movie Teasers, and our 2018 "The Valiant Few And The Medallion of Secrets (Copperfox Edition)".