Brother Dair was born in the village of Roghadal in the once-Norse Outer Hebrides of Scotland. His Gàidhlig (Scottish Gaelic) birth name is Þórmóðr Clainn mhic Leòid na Hearaidh, which roughly translates as “Tormod, of the Clan MacLeod, of the Isle of Harris.”
Because of the moral resolve that he showed as a youth, he picked up the nickname “Diar” which means “oak tree” in his native tongue – by which he is almost exclusively known today. He became a novice at a nearby monastery at a very young age. Excelling in academia, the Right Reverend Abbot Chliamann (Clement) sent him to study in Rome with a sealed letter addressed to HH Pope Paulus III 1, describing Brother Dair as a polymath.
His studies eventually took him from Rome to the royal court of King João III of Portugal 2. From there, Brother Dair joined a voyage of Jesuit missionaries to Japan 3 where he was a personal guest in the household of Soga no Takashi, from whom he learned much during his several-year stay.
As a learned monk, Brother Dair’s travels have taken him throughout the known world. He has lived in Tirnewydd Shire (AS 13-32), Azurmont Canton (AS 32-36), and currently resides in Quintavia Shire (since AS 36) where he is studying to become the Shire's Milestone Pursuivant of Arms; and perhaps, someday, the Kingdom of the East's Brigantia Herald of Arms.
- Paul III was pope from 1534 to 1549
- John III reigned from 1521 to 1557
- Portuguese Jesuit missionaries had almost-exclusive access to Japan from 1543 until after the end of the SCA-timeline