Ynys Fawr

Ynys Fawr is Lochac’s sixth Barony, and it is based in Tasmania, Australia. Ynys Fawr also includes parts of Antarctica, which is referred to as Ynys Rhew. The Baronial motto of Ynys Fawr is ‘Long may she float’.

The group initially formed under the name Ultima Australis in August 1988 (AS 23) with Hrölf Herjölfssen as the first Seneschal. The group was made a Shire on 22 July 1989 and was elevated to Barony status on 10 July 1993. Hrölf Herjölfssen and Madelaine de Bourgogne are Baron and Baroness Ynys Fawr – that is, the founding Baron and Baroness of Ynys Fawr.

When Lochac first became a Kingdom, Baron Ynys Fawr (Hrolf Herjölfssen) was proclaimed Strategos tous notious okeanous (Admiral of the Southern Oceans) for defending the claims over Ynys Rew against the Kingdom of Trimaris.

Newsletter and Online Presence

When in print, Islander is the newsletter of the Barony of Ynys Fawr. The Barony also has a website, and a facebook group.

Reigning Barons and Baronesses

The full list and dates of all reigning Barons and Baronesses (also known as Landed Gentry or Landed Barons and Baronesses) are listed on the Canon Lore website under Ynys Fawr.

The current Baron and Baroness are Hrölf Herjölfssen and Madelaine de Bourgogne.

Hrölf Herjölfssen and Madelaine de Bourgogne, 6th Baron and Baroness of Ynys Fawr. Photo provided by Hrölf Herjölfssen.

Hrölf Herjölfssen and Madelaine de Bourgogne, 6th Baron and Baroness of Ynys Fawr. Photo provided by Hrölf Herjölfssen.

Baronial Name and Device

The name Ynys Fawr means ‘the great isle’, which is an apt name for the island state of Tasmania, which is often mundanely called ‘the apple isle’.

The baronial device for Ynys Fawr, as emblazoned on the Lochac Roll of Arms, is:

Azure, on a fess between three laurel wreaths Or, a lymphad azure.

Arms of Ynys Fawr, as rendered by Baron Master William Castille.

Arms of Ynys Fawr, as rendered by Baron Master William Castille.

Subgroups

The device for Lightwood, as emblazoned on the Lochac Roll of Arms, is:

Quarterly gules and argent, an apple tree Or fructed gules within a laurel wreath counterchanged.

Arms of Lightwood, as rendered by Baron Master William Castille.

Arms of Lightwood, as rendered by Baron Master William Castille.

The device for Saint Gildas, as emblazoned on the Lochac Roll of Arms, is:

Purpure, a lion passant dismembered, maintaining a torch, within a laurel wreath Or.

Arms of Saint Gildas, as rendered by Baron Master William Castille.

Arms of Saint Gildas, as rendered by Baron Master William Castille.

Baronial Awards

Baronial awards are bestowed by the landed Barons and Baronesses, often in response to recommendations they receive from the populace. The Baronial Order of Precedence is available on the Baronial website.

Order of the Garnet Anchor

The Order of the Garnet Anchor is awarded for service in the Barony.

The award token for the Garnet Anchor. Photo by Hrölf Herjölfssen, 2014.

The award token for the Garnet Anchor. Photo by Hrölf Herjölfssen, 2014.

Azure Pennon

The Azure Pennon is the Baronial arts and sciences award.

The award token for the Azure Pennon. Photo by Hrölf Herjölfssen, 2014.

The award token for the Azure Pennon. Photo by Hrölf Herjölfssen, 2014.

Bronze Falchion

The Bronze Falchion is awarded for martial activities, including heavy, fencing, light combat, target archery and siege weapons.

The award token for the Bronze Falchion. Photo by Hrölf Herjölfssen, 2014.

The award token for the Bronze Falchion. Photo by Hrölf Herjölfssen, 2014.

Sable Chain

The Sable Chain is given to recognise those who try everything the SCA has to offer.

Shining Beacon

The Shining Beacon is awarded to those who stay in persona, and act as a role model for behaviour.

The award token for the Shining Beacon. Photo by Hrölf Herjölfssen, 2014.

The award token for the Shining Beacon. Photo by Hrölf Herjölfssen, 2014.

Billowing Sails

The Billowing Sails is awarded to those households who have assisted and supported the Barony through long service.

Baronial Cyphers

The Baron and Baroness bestow Baronial Cyphers upon those who significantly enrich their tenure. The tokens change throughout time.

Events in Ynys Fawr

  • Great Southern Gathering – a weekend event alternately shared by the southern Baronies of Lochac (including Innilgard, Ynys Fawr, Stormhold and Krae Glas). It usually focuses on Arts and Sciences and Rapier.