While never a great industry, the gaels and norse-gaels of Scotland's west coast do have a tradition of whale-hunting. While most of the barons and clan-chiefs of Argyll and the Hebrides enjoy the occasional feast of whale meat, it is only in Galloway that the whaling trade is beginning to take hold.

Grant of Rights

Prior to 1223, all whales caught off the coast of Galloway became the property of the Lord of Galloway, in a practice similar to Anglo- or Scoto-Norman law. Following the personal intervention of the Lord of Galloway at Barnard Castle during the unpleasantness following the marriage of Devorguilla of Galloway and Baron de Balliol, Lord Alan made the decision to house his illegitimate son, Thomas at the Academica Septima Superior, for his protection and education.

Cunning bargaining on the part of William le Pen wrought a minor concession out of Lord Alan - the whaling rights enjoyed by the Lord would be granted to the Academica in order to finance an appropriate standard of living for the boy.

Expansion and Profit

This could easily have resulted in a pittance of an upkeep, as the Galwegian whaling fleet was (and is) tiny in comparison to the more established Basque whale fisheries. The magi, however, saw opportunities for easy improvement. Annaeus Aurelian crafted a pair of magical barrels that drain every last drop of whale oil from a fresh kill. As such oil has been described as "rare as the milk of queens", and commands a high premium among the courts of Christendom, this has ensured a vastly disproportionate profit for the size of the operation.

Since the initial growth spurt of the industry in 1223-24, the magi and companions have raised the idea of constructing piers at Wigtown to encourage more commerce. This idea has never moved beyond discussion, however, possibly because the local economy is already experiencing a significant boom.

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