The Court is headed by Their Excellencies the Baron and Baroness of Southron Gaard. Their job is to represent the King and Queen and to act as titular heads of the Barony. Their responsibilities include fostering the arts and culture, handling foreign policy and diplomacy, encouraging and recognising the achievements of the populace, and marshalling the defenses of the Barony.

The Baronial Court

Court Members

The members of Court are appointed for a specified term by the Baron and Baroness. They are chosen on merit, based partly on their ability and willingness to undertake the onerous tasks involved, and partly on their known track record of courtesy and service. In addition, members of the Queen’s Guard, Mead Guard and Boffer Guard may be invited to join the Court when they are not engaged on Their Majesties’ business.

Position Description Name
Chief Lady in Waiting   Lady Melisande de Massard
Ladies in Waiting   Lady Adrienne Furet,
Lady Enith verch Gwilim,
Lady Margriet van Middelburg
Capt. of the Guards   Sir Philippe de Tournay
Guards   Lord Edmund Strangeways
Lord Leonhart Hunt
Lord Osbeg
Lord Ronan mac Briain

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Policy and Appointments

Here are collected the key policy statements and appointments of Richard and Ginevra, Baron and Baroness Southron Gaard:

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Whereas it has come to pass by diverse reasons best not investigated, considered or examined and having come to Our notice by observation and petition, We do hereby note and notify Our peoples of Southron Gaard of Our distress at the lack of music, song, dance and other such expressions of jubilation, festivity, merriment and triumph as We have previously grown accustomed.

Therefore so that none may claim that Our Barony has become mirthless, somber or (heaven forfend) dolorous, by Our hand this 17th Day of January, Anno Sociatatus 50, We proclaim that no event will We or Our populace endure without the joyful tones of tuneful melody, whether performed by voice or instrument and, where practicalities allow, the rouse and rhythm of dance.

Further, We do hereby offer a BOUNTY, such that those who devote such time and study to the practice of the aforementioned endeavours of merrymaking may be properly rewarded, of the following amounts per occasion of their performance:

  • For a solo singer or instumentalist, one bag of silver
  • For a group of no more than four singers or instrumentalists, two bags of gold
  • For a troupe of dancers, two bags of gold
  • For a troupe of dancers accompanied by instrumentalists, 4 bags of gold

We also offer a bag of silver for any who are recommended unto Us as having supported these endeavours through teaching performance of song, instrument or dance to others, again payable per occasion of their students' performance.

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