Gyldenholt is ruled by Their Excellencies Ilia and Vitasha.
The Barony of Gyldenholt was the winner of 2006's Caid Blood Donation Month and Challenge with twelve donations.
Modern Territory: Orange County, California
Meaning: "Orange grove", in archaic English. The name refers to the wealth of orange groves that have given the modern county its name.
Blazon: Azure, three trees conjoined in fess Or, surmounted on the foliage by a laurel wreath vert, within a bordure Or.
Regalia: There have been three sets of Gyldenholt coronets. The oldest pair were blued steel with brass trim; possibly made by Heinrich Palantine. Armand and Diana, first baron and baroness, wore them; they were later used as Reeve and Reevess coronets. Ambros Celidonis made the second pair, of nickel silver and brass, with enameled medallions with the Gyldenholt badge; Béla and Rosemary were invested with them. The current set was made by Igraine d'Abernon and was presented during the tenure of Morgan and Gwendolyn.
Heraldic officer's title: Gold Forest The herald's title is a translation of the area name into modern English.
Newsletter: Gyldenholt Press
Fighting Unit(s): Guardians of the Golden Grove
Sub-divisions of Gyldenholt
- College of Fenwood Knoll
- The Citrine (in submission as of June 2012) Created by Ursul and Colette, recognizes exemplary service to the Barony.
- The Escutcheon d'Or Created by Ursul and Colette, recognizes admirable fighting.
- The Orange Blossom (in submission as of June 2012) Created by Ursul and Colette, recognizes accomplishments in the Arts and Sciences.
- The Anneau de Gentilesse Created by Giles and Giuseppe at Anniversary XXXII (AS 47); recognizes those whose courtesy and grace have been unanimously endorsed by the Ladies of Gyldenholt. This award was closed when Giles and Giuseppe stepped down in June 2016
- The Forêt d'Or Created by Armand and Diana in XIV as Gyldenholt's premier award, given only at Anniversary celebrations. Honors those whose dedication to the Barony have added luster and grace to life in Gyldenholt.
Baron Morgan Arthur ap Llewellyn with his brave archers (Photo taken in August 1991)
Members of the Barony were memorialized on several murals at the Excalibur Hotel in Las Vegas. Some time in 2010, the murals were removed as part of the hotel's renovation project. The jouster on the right is Armand de Sevigny.
The man in red in the middle is Bela Aba.
Predecessors of Gyldenholt
Other cantons of Angels established in the area that is now Gyldenholt include
- Canton of Failte, Orange County, established in June 1972, disbanded April 1976
- Canton of Eastern Gate, North Orange County, established 6 January 1973, disbanded post-April 1974
- Canton of Naess, Fullerton area, established in Feb 1972, disbanded before July 1975
Gyldenholt started in my living room. I had been in the SCA for six months. I got tired of having to drive to Sir Hugh the Undecided's place for fighting practice. I started asking why we didn't have a branch in orange county. Nobody had a good reason why so I organized the first meeting after that everyone there worked together and we founded the branch that became Gyldenholt. Things realy took off when Armand and Diana moved in to our area. Later people told me that new people didn't organize branches. I guess I was just ignorant. I think it was 1976 and I know Carl Nelson and Eric Bean were there. Also I think Sir Christian of Orange and Anonimus the Amnesiac were there. I know there were more people there but not many more. from Agelos Evienece, who served Gyldenholt as its first Marshall, transcribed by Giles Hill
- Note: Carl Nelson is Lord Æoelwig Æoelfwigson
- See the full list of Baronage at Gyldenholt Baronage
- Unbelted Tournament - Held in late January. Begun by Baron Armand and Baroness Diana in 1980, this is Caid's premier tournament for unbelted (non-knight) armored combatants. Traditionally, winners of this tournament never again compete in it.
- Baron's Feast - Held in early April. Called "Barons' Feast" during the tenure of Baron Giles and Barone Giuseppe.
- Calafia/Gyldenholt Friendship Tournament - Held in early March, hosted by Calafia in even-numbered years.
- Gyldenholt Anniversary - Held in late June
- Yule - Held in early December, hosted by Lyondemere in odd-numbered years.
The Barony of Gyldenholt sponsors a Baronial Yahoo Email List open to all members of Gyldenholt and Caid.
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