Southron Gaard

The Barony of Southron Gaard is based in Christchurch and South Island in New Zealand.

Southron Gaard was initally established in 1981 by some visitors from the Kingdom of Atlantia, with the first event being held in 1982. In 1983, this group became a Shire in the Kingdom of Caid. In 1996, the Kingdom of Caid elevated the group to Barony status. By a member poll in 2003, the Barony of Southron Gaard decided to become part of the newly formed Kingdom of Lochac.

A more detailed account of this Barony’s history is available on their website: Arms and History of Southron Gaard.

Newsletter and Online Presence

From the Tower is the montly newsletter of the Barony of Southron Gaard. The Barony has a website and various email lists.

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 Southron Gaard.

The current Baron and Baroness are Baron Oswyn Carolus and Baroness Isabel Maria del Aguila.

Baronial Name and Device

In AS38, the Kingdom of Caid granted Southron Gaard an augmentation of arms and, in AS42, the College of Heralds approved the newly augmented arms.

The device of the Barony of Southron Gaard from the Lochac Roll of Arms.

The device of the Barony of Southron Gaard from the Lochac Roll of Arms.

The groups heraldry is described as: Gules, a tower Or within a laurel wreath, in chief three mullets argent, all within a bordure embattled Or, as an augmentation on a canton azure, four crescents conjoined in saltire horns outward argent.

Subgroups

Southron Gaard does not currently have any official, active subgroups. There is an effort in Dunedin to establish the Canton of Wildmoor, however, this subgroup has not yet reached incipient status.

The Canton of Castelburn and the College of St Kessog were former subgroups that are now defunct.

Baronial Awards

Baronial awards are bestowed by the landed Barons and Baronesses, often in response to recommendations they receive from the populace. The Traditions and Awards of Southron Gaard are available on the Baronial website.

L’Ordre du Coeur Loyal

An award for those who by their efforts, attitudes, demeanor and example to others, represent the ideals of the Dream, with the award blazoned as gules, a Canterbury cross and in chief three mullets argent.

The Order of the Tour d’Or

An award for services to the Barony, whether that service be in the field of administration, combat, arts and sciences, stewarding or other activities. The field of service will be specified at the time of the award, and it is blazoned as gules, a tower Or, in chief three mullets argent, a bordure Or.

Events in Southron Gaard

  • Canterbury Faire is the biggest event of the Barony and it is held every year in January-February.
  • Each March, Southron Gaard celebrates the Baronial Anniversary.
  • Yule is traditionally a feast event run in Midwinter.
  • Golden Flight is run in November.