Creation of a Barony

Ceremonial of the Kingdom of An Tir

Version: 12th Night, LII (2018)

At the Crown's command, the Herald will call forth the representatives of the incipient Barony:

Your Majesties, the seneschal and people of have a petition for your consideration.
Let them come forward.
People of of , come before Their Majesties.

The Petition

The delegation, led by the Seneschal and the proposed Coronet, displaying the branch's banner, will approach the Thrones, bow and kneel. The Seneschal will then approach more closely and present the petition to the Crown.

Let the petition be read.

The HERALD will read the petition.

The CROWN will then command the HERALD to announce Their Majesties' decision:

Their Majesties have received your petition and are well pleased.
The excellence of your arts and sciences is well known,
as are the prowess of your fighters and the skill of your craftsmen.
Many fine events have been held within your borders.
Your officers are capable and your people give their support.
Therefore, as you have fulfilled all the requirements set forth
in the laws and customs of this realm and of the Knowne World,
it is Their Majesties' pleasure to grant you the status of Barony
in our Kingdom of An Tir.

If no charter has been prepared, skip this section.

The Charter

Has the charter been prepared?
Yes, Your Majesties.
Then let it be read so all may hear.

The HERALD will read the charter. 

If it has not yet been signed, Their Majesties will sign it. They will then hand it to the SENESCHAL.

By Our hand, accept this Charter as Seneschal of the Barony of .

If there has been no Charter prepared, the HERALD will read the following:

Attend all and know that We,
, by right of arms, King of An Tir,
and , by virtue and grace, Queen of An Tir,
do here set Our hands in Letters Patent.
Whereas the people have long supported the Crown of An Tir
and enriched Our Realm, and
Whereas the prowess of its warriors,
the skill of its craftsmen,
and the capability of its officers are well known, and
Whereas the people have made known their desire and support
for to become a Barony,
Therefore, do We proclaim that is a [shire] no more
and shall take its rightful place among the Baronies of An Tir
as the Barony of .
We have commanded our great seal to be set here
and these words to be proclaimed throughout the Land
this day of , Anno Societatis , being Gregorian.
, King of An Tir , Queen of An Tir

The Coronet

The Crown shall then call for the proposed Coronet:

Is there among you any whom you would have serve as Our representatives?
There is, Your Majesty.
We ask You to create and [Baron and Baroness],
to hold your lands, and to sit in Your place among us as Your representatives.

The proposed Coronet will approach the Thrones, bow and kneel.

and ,
it is the wish of the people of that you serve as [Baron and Baroness],
and Their Majesties concur.
Will you accept the title and responsibilities of this estate?
We will.

If necessary, any releasing of fealty may be done at this point.

Right mindful that as the representatives of the Crown of An Tir in your Barony,
do you understand that you will be responsible for the defense and well-being of its people?
We do.
Let the scroll be read.

The HERALD will read the Writ creating the new Coronet.

If no Writ is prepared, the HERALD may read the following:

Attend Our words and know by these presents that We,
and , King and Queen of An Tir,
in consideration for Our citizens of ,
hereby create and [Baron and Baroness] of .
We charge them
to stand in Our stead in all matters ceremonial
and to comport themselves as is meet for nobles of Our fair land.
Further, We charge them
to be ever mindful of the well-being and prosperity of these Our citizens,
their lands, and their chattels.
To them We confer all rights, duties, obligations, and privileges
appropriate to this baronial estate.
With all here assembled as witness,
We do set Our hands and seal
this day of , Anno Societatis , being Gregorian.
, King of An Tir , Queen of An Tir

Placing the coronet on the new Baron's head, the Crown shall say:

I, , King of An Tir,
do now name you, , [Baron] ,
to stand in Our place in all matters ceremonial.
Wear this coronet as symbol of your title
and of the responsibility you bear.

Placing the coronet on the new Baroness' head, the Queen says:

I, , King of An Tir,
do now name you, , [Baroness] ,
to stand in Our place in all matters ceremonial.
Wear this coronet as symbol of your title
and of the responsibility you bear.
Are you now prepared to swear fealty to Their Majesties?

CORONET: We are.

The CHAMPION will come forward with the SWORD OF STATE. The CROWN will lay their hands under it and the CORONET will lay their hands over the hands of the Crown.

Do you now swear fealty for the Barony of ,
to and ,
your Liege [Lord and Lady],
that you will obey their lawful commands in all matters that concern this Realm,
that you will uphold the Crown and Kingdom of An Tir,
and mindful that the harmony of your Barony and of the Kingdom springs from your own deeds,
that you will deal courteously with those of every degree
so long as Their Majesties remain Sovereigns of An Tir?
I so swear.
And We for Our part do swear to this [Baron and Baroness] of
and to their Barony,
and their households,
to protect and defend them with all Our power
so long as We remain Sovereigns of An Tir.
So say We, , King of An Tir.
And so say We, , Queen of An Tir.

The CORONET will stand and face the populace.

Be it known to the people of An Tir
that and will henceforth be known
as [Baron and Baroness] of .

And as the new Barony takes their leave, the herald will exhort cheers.