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|Barony of Stonemarche|
Per chevron vert and argent three castles within a laurel wreath all with in a boudure invected counterchanged.
|Founded: October 4th AS 18 (1987)|
|Location: New Hampshire.|
Meaning: Stonemarche's heraldry is full of allusions. The boudure invected represents the 'Granite State' (A marche is a border area like between England and Scotland. Therefore the device has a stone marche). New Hampshire's White Mountains and Northern Forests represented by the green and white field division. the three castles representing the Shire of Belle Rive, Shire of Vatnaskvadstadir and the Riding of Caer Penbledd uniting to form the Barony.
Established: October 4th AS 18 (1987 C.E.), by Randall I and Marieke I. Morgan Arianblaidd and Megan Laine were the first Baron and Baroness.
Heraldic officer's title:
- The Order of the Millstone - granted for service to the barony.
- Golden Sword -
Newsletter: Carved In Granite.
Fighting Unit(s): the Yeomen.
In the Beginning
Originally the Southern part of the area known in the quotidian world as New Hampshire was settled as the Shire of Branswatch in AS 12 (1981). Eventually Branswatch was replaced by four other groups; the Canton of Anrhyfeddôd in AS 13 (1982); the Shire of Belle Rive, in AS 14 (1983); the Shire of Vatnaskvadstadir AS 14 (1983); and the Riding of Caer Penbledd AS 15 (1984).
When the Canton of Anrhyfeddôd was disolved in AS 17 the Kingdom Senechal ceded the lands to the Shire of Vatnaskvadstadir as he stepped down from office. At the time, Vatnaskvadstadir, and Bell Rive were negotiating between themselves to determine how to divide the lands of Anrhyfeddôd. After much negotiation, and conferences with the people of Caer Penbledd the three groups decided to join together and form a Barony.
Further meetings took place to decide the name of the new Barony, its arms and choose the founding Baron and Baroness. On October 4th AS 18 (1987 C.E.) the Barony of Stonemarche was officially created. Morgan Arianblaidd and Megan Laine were invested as the founding Baron and Baroness by of Randall I and Marieke I.
Stonemarche & "Giggleswick"
What is "Giggleswick"?
There are two ways to answer this question. First, the official paperwork and bureaucratic way, the other way is the social "in game" shtick way. Officially there is no such place as Giggleswick in the SCA.
The border of Stonemarche is the the state line of NH. Officially, if you live in NH you are in Stonemarche. If you live over the line in Maine you are in Malagentia.
Now on the other side of the coin socially we have defined Giggleswick as some number of towns in southern Maine.
Socially, what group you play with or feel part of is completely up to you as an individual. If you, or someone from MA, want to claim to be a member of Giggleswick no one is going to stop you. The existence of Giggleswick has provided some good shtick between Stonemarche and Malagentia over the years. For those who live in Giggleswick but play in Stonemarche most of the time it makes no difference. The same goes for those who live over the border in other directions. The only time it makes a difference is when someone would like to be an officer, or Baron or Baroness, in Stonemarche. Then the official borders rule and you must live within the borders to be an officer, head of state or vote for the head of state. Could Stonemarche have a war with Malagentia over the territory? Sure! It's great shtick. Would it change the border? no. For that Stonemarche would need to go through a zip code exchange with Malagentia. If Malagentia agreed and the Kingdom seneschal agrees we could move the official border.
The one wrinkle with that is for boundaries that cross state lines one needs to get approval all the way from the SCA, Inc. board of directors. Not impossible but a bit more of a pain. There will always be border areas and people going one way or the other to play with the group on the other side. Officially Giggleswick-by-the-sea consists of the area of Maine that has zipcodes starting with 03 (just like Stonemarche). Basically everything south of Wells, ME, including York; North, South and just plain Berwick; Kittery; Elliot; etc.
The Borough of Giggleswick consists of the seven towns in southern Maine with an 03 Zip code prefix; this includes the Berwicks, Elliot, Kittery, the Yorks and Ogunquit. It came about when the Kingdom was doing the "Great Zip Code Search" to establish the borders of groups and Andre of Branswatch responded that Stonemarche was any town with an 03 prefix. We capitalized on this by declaring an April first war on Malagentia (which they found out about the following Thursday). Since no one from Malagentia showed up to defend their claim, we figured we won by default. Malagentia, however, cleaned our clocks at the Great Northeastern War that year and claimed the land back. Elen Alswith of Eriskay threw the monkey wrench in the works by swearing fealty to Stonemarche in the name of the people of Giggleswick (thus the title 'protector of the people of Giggleswick'). King Gregor settled the affair by proclaiming that Malagentia owned the land and Stonemarche owned the people. Officially, that was only true for the duration of his reign, but we've had fun with it ever since.
Since that time people who live outside the bounds of Stonemarche proper but have their hearts here have come to refer to where they live as Giggleswick. Sort of like the Carolingians who claim residence though in Caid because "Carolingia is a state of mind". If you look at the latest New Hampshire Atlas & Gazetteer, published in Maine, it includes all of Giggleswick plus a little of Northern Mass.
Hrmm... Northen Mass eh?