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.
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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.
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.
- The Canton of Lightwood is based in the Huon Valley, Tasmania, Australia.
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.
- The College of Saint Gildas the Wise is based at the University of Tasmania, Australia.
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.
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 Azure Pennon is the Baronial arts and sciences award.
The Bronze Falchion is awarded for martial activities, including heavy, fencing, light combat, target archery and siege weapons.
The Sable Chain is given to recognise those who try everything the SCA has to offer.
The Shining Beacon is awarded to those who stay in persona, and act as a role model for behaviour.
The Billowing Sails is awarded to those households who have assisted and supported the Barony through long service.
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.