Barony of Caer Anterth Mawr
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Azure, a tower between three mullets one and two argent and issuant from a trimount vert charged with a laurel wreath argent.
The Barony of Caer Anterth Mawr is an SCA group in the Woodlands Region of the Kingdom of Northshield. It consists of most of the Milwaukee–Racine–Waukesha Combined Statistical Area (ceding certain parts to its northerly neighbors, the Shire of Lub Siochail) and extending west to include portions of Jefferson County, Wisconsin.
The group's registered name was originally Caer Anterth. Upon its elevation to Baronial status, the group assumed the name Caer Anterth Mawr. This is intended to be an attempt to indicate the elevated status of the group in the Welsh tongue. This would allow a consistent language usage rather than a mixed language usage, that is, Caer Anterth Mawr rather than the English-Welsh construct, the Barony of Caer Anterth. However, over the years, the two constructs have blended, and the group is generally referred to as the Barony of Caer Anterth Mawr. The first attempts to address this peculiarity resulted in registration as Barony of Caer Anterth-Mor. However, this name was never in general use and, as of August 2008, was registered as Barony of Caer Anterth Mawr.
Caer Anterth was formed as a shire on 1 October, 1977. It was elevated to Baronial status on 15 September, 1979; Dugall and Rissa were the first to hold the Seat in feoff from the Crown of the Middle Kingdom. Caer Anterth Mawr traditionally hosts two annual events advertised across the Kingdom. Caer Anterth Mawr's traditional winter event, Boar's Head, was first held in December of 1978 and usually falls on the first weekend of December. Caer Anterth Mawr's traditional summer event, Border Skirmish, is held in conjunction with the Middle Kingdom's Shire of Ravenslake, was first held in June 2004, and usually falls in the last weekend of June. Additionally, Caer Anterth Mawr hosts a variety of Baronial events, many of which have become traditional for not only the Barony's members, but also for the local SCA groups. While the number of local events may vary, there are usually at least 4 Baronial events scheduled according to the historical English Quarter Days.
In reverse chronological order (that is, most recently retired seat listed first)
- Alasdair Calum Montgomery and Kateryn of Cornwall
- Valerius Paencalvus and Alice of Kent
- Dugall Ailean mac-'ic Lathurna and Myfanwy ferch Ellis
- Dugall Ailean mac-'ic Lathurna and Rissa Doone
The registered device of the Barony of Caer Anterth Mawr is: Azure, a tower between three mullets one and two argent and issuant from a trimount vert charged with a laurel wreath argent. However, the group has also used: Azure, issuant from a hill proper a tower between in cross three mullets argent and a laurel wreath Or. Like the group's name, there have been many changes in the heraldry, with all older forms of heraldry still seen upon occasion. The members of the Barony often use the Baronial device minus the laurel wreath as a populace badge.