Barony of Eskalya
|Barony of Eskalya|
Sable, in fess a mountain range argent, in chief a sun Or between two mullets argent and in base a sword fesswise reversed Or above a laurel wreath argent.
The Barony of Eskalya is an SCA branch in the Principality of Oertha, Kingdom of the West. It consists geographically of the greater Anchorage area, from the Knik river in the north to the Kenai Peninsula in the south.
The Barony of Eskalya was founded as the Shire of Eskalya in the earliest mists of time in a place now called the Kingdom of An Tir. The earliest records of the Shire, those we now use to establish our legitimate claim to this land, date from A.S. XII. These ancient and venerable documents record a tournament held within the bounds of the shire to select a Lord-Defender, further these documents record that feasting and revelry marked the beginning of the rule of Sir Einrich Dwarflord Armpittsbane as the first Lord-Defender. Not one year later in A.S. XIII, Hugh McGlammoraga of the North and Selenia of Silverwood were invested as the Founding Baron and Baroness of Eskalya. The current Baron and Baroness, Breock of Whitby and Margaret Anne of Somerset are the eighth in that mighty line.
Former Barons and Baronesses
- AS XIII -AS XX Hugh McGlammoraga of the North and Selenia of Silverwood
- AS XX -AS XXVI Brendan Shimmeringstar and Aryana Silknfyre
- AS XXIV -AS XXVI Phelan Swordbreaker and Vanora Gyldanheart
- AS XXVI - AS XXIX Juan Miguel Esteban Alfredo de Valencia and Penelope o Súileabháin
- AS XXIX -AS XXXIV Tancred Fraser and Sorcha Caremon
- AS XXXIV -AS XXXVI Patrick Logan and Katla of Bergen
- AS XXXVI -AS XXXVII Kylson Skyfyre and Anne of Bradford (Castellans)
- AS XXXVII -AS XLI Bjarni Eðvarðarson í Jórvík and Annora de Montfort of Shadowood
- AS XLI - Present Breock of Whitby and Margaret Anne of Somerset
The name Eskalya is a bastardization of the Aleut word Alyeska meaning the 'great land' or more accuratly, 'that big bit of ground over yonder'.
Awards and Recognitions
Companions of the Ivory Quatrefoil (CIQ)/(EOM) Given for service to the Barony. The original token for this award was an ivory quatrefoil on ribbon. The award has as been also called the Eskalyan Order of Merit. Other examples of the token are beaded quatrefoils on black velvet buttons (by Their Excellencies Juan Miguel and Penelope) and a leather roundel picturing a white quatrefoil on a black field (by Their Excellencies Tancred and Sorcha). This award was created during the tenure of Their Excellencies Hugh and Selena, Eskalya's Founding Baron and Baroness.
Order of the Silver Bough (OSB) Given to commend outstanding achievements in the arts and/or sciences. The original token for this award was a green glass roundel sand-etched with an apple bough and the words "Great Beauty Wrought". This is another of the original awards from Their Excellencies Hugh and Selena; the silver bough emblem came from Selena's personal badge. Other variations of the token are a silver embroidered bough on green velvet and a leather roundel with a silver bough on a green field.
Order of the Caltrop (OC) Given to those who have rendered exemplary personal service to the Baroness of Eskalya. The badge is Per chevron sable and Or, in base a caltrop sable, and members are given use of this badge. This Order was created during the tenure of Their Excellencies Brendan and Aryana, second Baron and Baroness of Eskalya.
Chatelaine's Star Keep Award This is a closed order, it was once used by the Baronial Seneschal to recognize newcomers and those who did them service.
Order of the Sable Riband (OSR)/(OSG) Given for consistent display of chivalry and grace. Originally called the Order of the Sable Garter. This is a polling order and as such the members recommend others to be added to their ranks. The Sable Riband was created during the tenure of Their Excellencies Brendan and Aryana. The current token is a black garter, with the words Fortibus Virtus ("virtuous strength") in silver written on it.
Eskalyan Order of the Mountain Sword (EOMS) Given to fighters for chivalry and being an enjoyable opponent on the field. The token for this award is a metal sword pin. This Order was created during the tenure of Their Excellencies Juan Miguel and Penelope, fourth Baron and Baroness of Eskalya.
Pearl of Pagedom (POP) Given to those who meritoriously perform service as a page to the Baron and Baroness, this award was created especially for the younger members of the Barony. The token is a pearl bead on a ribbon or string. This was created during the tenure of Their Excellencies Juan Miguel and Penelope.
Lapis Angularis Eskalyae (LAE) Given to those who have consistently and over time opened their manors to members of the barony, newcomers and otherwise; establishing these manors as centers for the furtherance of the skills and culture of the Society. The token is a leather lozenge of the design: sable, within a lozenge voided Or, a mullet argent. This was created during the tenure of Their Excellencies Tancred and Sorcha, fifth Baron and Baroness of Eskalya.
Amicus Eskalyae (AE) A Recognition given to those non-baronial members who have consistently and over time extended their friendship to Eskalya and provided strong support for the barony and its activities. The token is a tree within a circle. This was created during the tenure of Their Excellencies Tancred and Sorcha.