Baron & Baroness
As a Barony of An Tir, Wealdsmere is connected to the Crown of An Tir through the Baron and Baroness. This couple serves as the representative of the Crown to the populace, and the representative of the populace to the Crown. The duties of a Baron and Baroness have to do primarily with the “fun” side of branch affairs; holding Court, giving of awards and judging competitions. Their job is to make the magic come alive for everyone, they set the tone for pageantry and the medieval atmosphere. They represent the Barony in all things medieval.
The Baron and Baroness are the resident patrons of the Arts and Sciences within their branch and work to foster and encourage all of their peoples endeavors.
They are the voice of the Crown in their lands, and are responsible to report on the health and well-being of their Barony at all Crown events. Likewise, it is their responsibility to convey news and Crown wishes back to their local group.
Responsibility for management of the group lies with the Seneschal and other officers, and when necessary they will carry the concerns of the populace to the Baron and Baroness who will apprise the Crown for consideration and resolution as necessary.
The Baroness organizes and maintains the Sergeantry, who are sworn to her, so that chivalry and the gentler arts may always be encouraged.
BARON AND BARONESS RESPONSIBILITIES
From the An Tir Handbook
The Baron and/or Baroness' prime responsibilities are:
To serve as the Crown's representative to the Barony, and as the Barony's representative to the Crown. They attend Noble Estate meetings at Crown events, and otherwise maintain contact with the King and Queen so Their Majesties' needs and desires can be communicated to the populace of the Barony. The Baron and Baroness communicate the needs of the Barony to Their Majesties through regular reports, and bring the deeds of deserving individuals to Their Majesties' attention so they can be recognized with Kingdom level awards.
To serve as the ceremonial head of the group. This includes holding courts, leading the populace in toasts to the Crown, and other ceremonial tasks which provide a sense of medieval pageantry to an event. The Baron and Baroness also recognize excellence with awards, and honor effort with public recognition and with thanks.
To serve as a symbol of the ideals of the group, and lead through example. This includes fostering the arts and sciences through sponsoring, entering and judging contests, encouraging a period atmosphere by remaining aware of their own appearance and actions, and motivating volunteers by jumping in themselves to get tasks done.
To create a welcoming and open attitude within the Barony. A friendly greeting from the Baron and Baroness can go a long way toward making a newcomer feel welcome and accepted within the group. They can also help the person become integrated into the group by introducing them to gentles with similar interests. (Helpful Hint: Newcomers are encouraged to approach the Baron and Baroness and introduce themselves!) In large Baronies, the Baron and Baroness may also work to encourage interaction amongst different sub-groups of the Barony, keeping them connected as a whole unit made up of diverse parts.
To attend to the long-term health of the Barony. They are charged with long-term planning, with keeping an eye to the general mood of the group, and with working to make the Barony what the populace wants it to be. They also serve as mediators in conflicts, ensuring that a working solution is found.
To serve as Ambassadors for the Barony, representing it in the eyes of the Kingdom at large. They support neighboring groups by attending events, attend kingdom events, and conduct all dealings with an awareness that they play a big part in establishing the image of their Barony in the eyes of others.
To be a source of information. Barons and Baronesses often serve as an information hub, and need to know a wide variety of information about upcoming activities and events, both locally and Kingdom-wide. They also should be well-rounded S.C.A. participants so they can answer a variety of questions, and know whom to refer people to for more information.
To work with the seneschal and other officers of the Barony to ensure the smooth running of affairs. In most groups, the seneschal is responsible for the mundane business of the group, and the day-to-day functions of event planning and officer duties. The Baron and Baroness oversee this, provide advice and input, and make the decisions that affect the long-term functioning of the group.
Wondering what those awards given out at court are for?
It is the prerogative of a Baron and Baroness to bestow awards on those they have found to be worthy of recognition for their efforts and achievements.
Know someone who deserves an award? Submit a recommendation here
His Excellency Michael of Lancaster, OD
Her Excellency Arnora Grimsdottir
You are welcome to contact the Baron and Baroness: Wealdsmere.Baron@antir.org or Wealdsmere.Baroness@AnTir.org
Past Barons and Baronesses of Wealdsmere:
His Excellency Osrik Rolfson, KSCA
Her Excellency Sigrún Osrikskona
2012 - 2017
His Excellency Hanefr Lars Gunnarrson, KSCA
Her Excellency Kara Reginasdottir, OP
His Excellency Caieth of Umber, KSCA
Her Excellency Araviere Isobelle Magdaleine de St. Etienne
2004 – 2007
His Excellency Fergus Sturrock
Her Excellency Renata von Silverhart
1998 – 2004
His Excellency Brandt Sturrock, KSCA
Her Excellency Kelta Bri’leith
1995 – 1998
His Excellency Balthazar the Quiet, KSCA
Her Excellency Olivia Visconti, OP