The Barony of Loch Soilleir is located in Clear Lake, Texas and in the Coastal Region of Ansteorra.
Populace meetings on the first Tuesday of every month at the Friendswood Public Library, 416 S Friendswood Dr, Friendswood, TX 77546. We meet at 7:30 and then usually reconvene at a restaurant for dinner and conversation afterwards.
As the SCA put a hiatus on in-person meetings through May 2021, these meetings have been held virtually via zoom.
The following is a list of those who have sat the Serpentine Thrones of Loch Soilleir:
|Bors of Lothian and Anne of Ayr||15 June 1991 - 2 October 1993|
|Leofric Ealdricson and Cadi ferch Bradwen||2 October 1993 - 1 June 1997|
|Leofric Ealdricson||1 June 1997 - 15 May 1999|
|Ulsted the Unsteady and Cateau d'Ardennes||15 May 1999 - 17 May 2003|
|William Wescot of Welewen and Narkissa Ekaterina Vladimirovna||17 May 2003 to 17 April 2010|
|Caelan MacRob and Rhiannon verch Bryan||17 April 2010 to 24 September 2016|
|Krag von Berghen and Hennessey O'Donoghue||24 September 2016 to present|
The Barony of Loch Soilleir has three awards: one for service, one for arts & sciences, and one for youth.
- Order of the Serpent’s Toils of Loch Soilleir
The Order of the Serpent’s Toils (sometimes simply called the “Toils”) is the Baronial Service Order. This means that it is granted by the Baron and Baroness with permission from the Crown. The Toils is an armigerous award, and carries with it an Award of Arms, which entitles the recipient to use the title of “Lord” or “Lady.” They rank above holders of the Sable Comet and Compass Rose, but below those who hold Talons, Thistles, or Cranes.
Members of the order are also the only ones who may display the heraldry “(Fieldless) A sea-serpent in annulo head to chief and vorant of its own tail vert.” In English, this is the green Loch Serpent in a circle biting its own tail and it can be put on any field.
Ultimately, what qualifies an individual to join the order is up to the Baron and Baroness. However, those who have received the order typically have performed years of service for our Barony, including holding office, stewarding events, and countless hours of labor in making our events succeed and our Barony thrive.
Recipients may be found in the Order of Precedence.
- Order of the Otter
The Order of the Otter is the Baronial award for the arts and sciences. It is given at the discretion of Their Excellencies without permission from the Crown. It grants neither rank nor title.
Again, what qualifies an individual to join the order is up to the Baron and Baroness. The Otter is generally granted for the contributions to the Barony through the arts and sciences or in bringing recognition and fame to the Barony through the arts and sciences.
- Order of the Urchin
The Order of the Urchin is the Baronial award for youth and children. It is given at the discretion of Their Excellencies without permission from the Crown. It grants neither rank nor title.
Again, what qualifies an individual to join the order is up to the Baron and Baroness. The Urchin is granted to children and youth for efforts to enrich the Barony.
- The name of the Shire of Loch Soilleir was registered in August of 1980.
- The device was registered in February of 1987:
Per fess wavy argent and vert, a sea-serpent in annulo, head in chief, counterchanged, in base a laurel wreath argent
- Loch Soilleir was elevated to Baronial status on June 15, 1991.
- The Populace badge was registered in June of 2013:
Argent, on a pile throughout vert a sea-serpent in annulo vorant of its own tail argent.
- For an ancient event review of the Kingdom Dancers and Musicians Workshop hosted by Loch Soilleir back in 1996, please visit here.