Poll / Survey – Baronial Heirs – Pick Your Candidate

Greetings to the Barony of Rowany,

After much discussion the time has come to select the baronial heirs. Below you will find a link to a brief survey which will inform their Majesties of the preferred candidates of the populace. The Poll will remain open for 14 days closing on the night of the 27th of Feb (11:59 pm). Their Majesties will announce their decision shortly there after.



Alfgeirr Agnarsson
Returns officer

Information Regarding The Poll For Helping Choose Our Next Baron and / or Baroness

Greetings to the Barony of Rowany,

As we all know, their excellencies Loyola and Annora will soon be stepping down as Baron and Baroness of Rowany. Our Barony is strong and we are fortunate that 4 candidates have stepped forward who are willing to lead our barony into this new era. In recent weeks there have been several forums in which we have had the opportunity to talk to the candidates and hear their visions for the future of Rowany.

I have been asked by their Majesties and their Excellencies to conduct a poll to advise them of the wishes of the populace in choosing the next Baron &/or Baroness. This poll will be conducted via survey monkey. Unfortunately due to my mundane schedule this will be happening this Thursday rather than on the 10th (today) as previously advertised. I apologise for this but it is unavoidable.

In the mean time, should you have any comments to share with their majesties regarding the candidates they can be sent to:
crown (AT) lochac.sca.org

Please forward this message to any other relevant Rowany lists if I have missed them.


THL Alfgeirr Agnarsson

UPDATE 2014-02-14: The poll / Survey is now available – Please see this post

Candidate Introduction – Torg

Torold o Hawkhurst (Sir Torg)I am Torold o Hawkhurst more commonly known as just Torg or Sir Torg.

I joined the SCA as an overseas member about 1979 was marshal for 2 years and was a founding member of the Barony of Rowany in April 1982 when we became the Barony of Rowany in what was later the Crown Principality of Lochac and then a Kingdom. I was senechal of Rowany for 2 years from 1983 to 1985 and first Baron of Rowany for 5 years from 1991 to 1996. I had as Baroness Lindoret of Byrn Myrdyn my wife Linda. Prior to 1991 I was reeve of Hawksreach for 2 years. Hawksreach was a pre Stowe group with the same boundaries as Stowe. In recent years I was senechal of Stowe for 2 years. I am a Knight and a Pelican and am excellent as the Crown gave me a Court Barony. Hard to compress 34 years.

Why am I standing (again and without a Baroness)? An excellent question and the answer is because I have the skills to enhance some part of the Barony that I feel do not operate at peeks they have attained in the past and can surpass in the future. As a slice of the past a Barony should be all things to all people as a place of excellence where all aspects of the SCA are fostered. We have the arts and sciences in all their forms, we have the arts martial in all their forms. All are of value and require that touch of immediate encouragement and recognition that only a B&B can bestow. It not a Tango it does not require 2.

I see the role of the Baron as including active leadership to various goals. These goal are the peoples goals but they are sorted and give a priority and this is leadership of the type I like to run. Joint goals but with a facilitator.

I think I can enhance the Baronial presence at Court and in ceremony. To respect a figurehead they must be worthy of respect and they must act to enhance that effect. The Baron and Baroness are the constant Royal presence in the Barony they are always worthy of great respect and they must foster this separation of roles from them as people and friends and them as the B&B. I feel Rowany needs to enhance the “hats on”effect and become less of the great Australian dream of we are all the same. Perhaps that is true but the SCA is built of the fact that in the SCA it MUST not be true.

In then end I would like to be Baron again. I know I would be good at it BUT if I miss out I hope that I have at least shown where I feel this Barony can go to attain even greater renown.

Torg o Hawkhurst [lots or titles and rewards]

Candidates Introduction – Táriq And Juliana

Juliana de NorthwoodJuliana de Northwood

I started re-enactment in 1997 when asked to be a bridesmaid at a medieval themed wedding. I needed to learn some dances, so went to the Wellington Medieval Guild (WMG) for 6 weeks and never left. I was associated with the SCA (Darchester, now Darton) from 1997 – 2008 and, an SCA financial member of Rowany since 2008. I have also been fortunate enough to be associated with 3 jousting groups, Order of the Boar (NZ), Full Tilt Jousting (Lithgow, NSW), and Nova Hollandia (Newcastle, NSW).

Since joining the SCA I have become an active member of the Royal Lochac Guild of Defense where I have gained the rank of Provost. I also enjoy a range of other activities. My first passion is fibre and spinning, and I am somewhat addicted to spindles, spinning wheels and wool. Additionally I have learned to silk paint in an effort to contribute, tablet weave, fingerloop braid and improve my sewing skills, all thanks to a number of people who have taken the time to teach me.

In my mundane life, I work for a charity putting life-saving medical equipment into the paediatric public health system. I am also a keen scuba diver.

Táriq ibn Jelal ibn Ziyadatallah al-NaysábúríTáriq ibn Jelal ibn Ziyadatallah al-Naysábúrí

My SCA / re-enactment involvement began in Dismal Fogs in 1991, where I held several offices and was quite an active combat archer. I became involved with fencing when classes started at UNSW in 1998, and lost my will to shoot heavies soon after that. I moved to Rowany in 2000, and have become heavily involved in the local fencing group as one of the founders of the Rowany Guild School. Since then I have played the prize for Guildmaster of Fence, was elevated as Lochac’s first Don, and in 2010 was elevated to the Order of the Laurel for my fencing research and teaching.

Since joining the SCA I have held the local offices of herald, chronicler and seneschal, served as the Lochac Rapier Marshal for 3 years, the Lochac Lord Guildmaster of Fence for 4 years, White Scarf Secretary for 2 years, the Lochac representative to the SCA Period Combat Committee for 3 years, and served as the Drop Dead Deputy to the Society Rapier Marshal for the last 2½ years. Outside the SCA I have been the Training Officer (marshal equivalent) of NVG Mountains Garrison for 2 years, the National Secretary of NVG Inc for a year, and the principal instructor of Italian fencing systems at Stoccata School of Defence, Sydney for the last 7 years. Aside from my fencing passion, I also enjoy period cooking, and exploring Middle-Eastern and Italian Renaissance clothing and culture.

Mundanely I lead the Regulatory Compliance group for a multinational pharmaceutical company.

Why We Want To Do It

The Society has given both of us many good friends and a lot of support throughout the years to achieve success in various activities. We see this as an excellent way to pay back this support we have received over the years. We also believe the Barony of Rowany is a vibrant barony with a versatile and broad spectrum membership. We have recently heard the SCA being described as “the cheapest martial arts club you can get”, which does not sit well with either of us as this does not correlate with our experiences within The Society. We believe we have the proven skills, experience and leadership capability to foster all aspects of the Society, be it combat, arts & sciences or service. This will help deliver a richer, more diverse experience for the members of the Barony, allowing for fuller and greater participation within the Society for the current and future members of the Barony.

Candidates Introduction – Miles and Ameline

Miles de Colwell and Ameline de ColwellMiles de Colwell

I, Miles de Colwell, discovered the SCA, and the Barony of Rowany, in 2000. Since that time, I have explored the many aspects that the Society has to offer.

I have engaged in martial endeavours within the fields of armoured combat, archery, rapier & equestrian, first authorising in 2000, and then as a marshall in 2002. I received the Lochac Order of Grace from Their Majesties Alfar and Gudrun in 2002. I’ve had the honour to serve on three Queen’s Guard and the Baronial Guard of Rowany. I have also served as Rowany Baronial Champion, as well as Champion of Lochac.

Over the years I have run a number of events, and been on the Stewarding Team for Rowany Festival multiple times.

Ameline de Colwell

I, Ameline de Colwell, first found the SCA via the College of St Ursula in 2006. Since that time I have held multiple offices, including Seneschal of both the College of St Ursula, and also the Barony of Rowany. I have stewarded several events within the Barony, ranging from tournaments and feasts, to Rowany Festival (which hosted a Crown tournament) attended by nigh on 1000.

My interests within the SCA range from food to fighting, from embroidery to entertaining – and everything in between. I am a member of the Rowany Order of the Golden Staple (service), and the Order of the Frantic Falcon (stewarding).

Why are we standing?

We find ourselves fortunate to be members of such a fine and strong Barony. We feel that there are areas in which it might flourish further with careful tending. We feel that focus needs to be given to unifying Rowany’s individuals to a more core identity, with common goals, while still allowing for the strength of the Barony’s households, both old and new, to grow and prosper. As Baron and Baroness, we would endeavour to encourage all aspects of the society, as well as all areas and groups within Rowany, those near and far.

Candidate Introduction – FilippaGinevra

FilippaGinevra Francesca di LucignanoHi my name is FilippaGinevra Francesca di Lucignano (Phillippa Venn-Brown).

I have been a member of the SCA for over 30 years, the bulk of that time has been spent within the Barony of Rowany.
I have held all offices in the Barony, with the exception of Reeve.

I have also held offices at both Principality and Kingdom level. I hold the rank of Chirurgeon Emeritus within the Society.
I have been a companion of the Order of the Pelican since 1999 and was made a Companion of the Order of the Laurel in 2012 for apothecary and, as Mistress Marguerite says…. ‘stuff’!

I have wide ranging interests including singing, dance, cooking, medicine, perfumery and cosmetics. However, I have also been an authorised fighter in both heavy and light and in the past have taken part in combat archery and tourneys.

While I am no longer young in either the society, or in mundane life and I have some physical restrictions which I admit freely and which limit my ability to perform service as I have previously done, still I believe that I have much to give the Barony and the Society and seek to do this through serving the Barony as Baroness.

If chosen, I would work to enhance the Barony’s skills in arts, sciences and service, while maintaining its martial prowess. To do this I would appoint champions to assist the Baronial Officers and the populace of the Barony in achieving these goals.

I would also take counsel with the Barony and its cantons to plan feasts, tourneys, projects and other events such as they would wish so that we move forward together to grow the Barony of Rowany.

Mundanely my work requires much of time during the working week and I cannot regularly attend activities in central Sydney during the week, and for that I apologise to the Barony, but I will make every attempt to attend Baronial senate whenever possible and will ensure that the officers of the Barony would always be free to discuss matters of concern with me, should my work prevent me from attending senate meetings.

Should I be chosen it would be my intention that I would serve in the capacity of Baroness for not more than 3 and not less than 2 years.

Yours in Service to the Dream
FilippaGinevra Francesca di Lucignano, OP, OL, CB, OIS, OWS, ORL, OLM, OB, OGS, OFF, Chirurgeon, Emeritus.

Candidates Announcement And First Question Time (14 Jan)


We have been charged by the Crown to announce the Candidates running for the Baronage of Rowany.

Mistress FilipaGinevra.
Master Sir Torold.
Master Tariq and Lady Juliana.
Lord Miles and Lady Ameline.

We would also like to remind the populace that tomorrow evening at fighter practice at Petersham Townhall is the first open meeting of the Candidates. This is an opportunity to ask questions and hear ideas from all the candidates. Plus an opportunity to meet them all.

We expect the meeting to get underway at 7:30, allowing all concerned members to get to the venue. We feel this meeting will take about an hour of the evening.

We look forward to seeing many of the populace at tomorrows evening.

Loyola Baron, Annora Baroness.

Candidate Submission Closure and Meet Candidate Timetable Jan And Feb 2014

Baronage Rowany

2nd time is always better

Submissions close 10th of January.
Announcement of Candidates by Crown 13th of January.
First Meet and Greet of the Candidate to be at Petersham Townhall on the 14th of January.
Second Meet and Greet to be at Stowe on the 5th of February.
Third Meet and Greet to be at Dense Park A&S on the 9th of February.
Polling will start on the 10th of February ending on the 20th.
A decision of which Candidate will take on the role will be made by the Crown before the 28th of February.

This timeline reflects the needs of the Crown who would like to hear the candidates speak and make the best of opportunities to canvass the bulk of the Barony. During this time there will a Web based forum for the Candidates to field questions from the wider Barony.
We look forward to seeing you during this process.


Baron Loyola, Baroness Annora

Potential Candidates Info Gathering Meet

Baronage Rowany

Firstly apologies for the tight schedule.

We would like to give potential candidates the opportunity to meet with us and voice their ideas and questions. To this end We will be at the Oatley pub, in the upstairs beer Garden, on the Afternoon of Saturday the 4th from between 2 and 6. This should give more than enough time for any potential candidates to come across and see us.

The Oatley Pub is easy to get to through public transport and has good parking. The bistro is good and it has a pleasant family atmosphere.

Looking forward to seeing potential candidates there.

Baron Loyola, Baroness Annora.

Journey To Find A New Baron And / Or Baroness In 2014

Greetings to All –

We, Loyola and Myself, with the permission of Their Majesties Niall and Liadan, must announce that it is time to begin the search for successors.

We have been privileged to serve these past years as the Baron and Baroness of Rowany but now feel that the time is right for us to step aside and open the position to a worthy contender. We ask on Their Majesties behalf that all intentions be made directly to the royal email: crown(AT)sca.org.au

We hope that intentions will be declared by Twelth Night, so that King Niall and Queen Liadan may pass on these to their Heirs Prince Alfar and Princess Angharat for deliberation.

The date selected for the Changeover is May 3rd.
Once we have more details, we will update everyone accordingly.
We thank you sincerely for your support during our time as Baron and Baroness, and look forward to working together over the coming months during this process.

Regards and best wishes for the Festive Season –
Annora Baroness, Loyola Baron. (29 Dec 2013)

…and so began the search for our next Baron and / or Baroness of Rowany. Candidates have come forward and we are now in the process of being impressed by them and their views of what can be done into the future for the Barony of Rowany.

This page will act as a central place linking to information supplied regarding the process and the candidates. Four candidates have put themselves forward. We are hosting a page for each candidate to supply information and have also set up a forum where ongoing discussion can happen.

The Candidates

We are please to introduce the following four candidates, listed in alphabetical order. Each of their names link to the associated information each candidate(s) has provided to introduce themselves and give some background as to why they have put themselves forward.

The Discussion Forum

The discussion forum is available here.

Anyone can add to the existing topics and also add new ones, without any required registration (registration is currently disabled, sorry).

On that note, at time of writing there is a bare bones list of topics. As things progress this will flesh out further according to what the populace wished to discuss on the matter. Feel free to add to the conversation, we would appreciate hearing from you.

The Process

As things progress, we will add any information passed our way to the following area. This will be updated with information about what is happening as things progress.