Altavia History

Altavia Canton and Baronial Dates

  • New Albion was founded in Mar 1977 (approx) as a Canton of the Barony of The Angels. It encompassed the San Fernando Valley.
  • Name changed to Canton of Sarn Wold in Apr or May 1978.
  • Name changed to Canton of Altavia, registered in April of 1982.
    • “alta via” is Latin for “high way”, thus “Altavia” (pronounced: all-TAY-vee-ah) is a reference to the San Fernando Valley’s freeway system
  • Altavia became a Barony on May 14, 1983 (registered in July of 1983) By now it also included Malibu.

Altavia’s Barons and Baronesses

  R&K   Sir Robear du Bois and Mistress Kristin Alfhidr of Trondheim stepped up at the Canton Anniversary tournament where the Canton was elevated to a Barony on May 14, 1983
Master Michael Maggotslayor and Mistress Amadea da Strada Dragonessa stepped up at the “Altavia Holiday Ball”, held in Altavia’s Canton of Dun Or on December 30, 1989
Master Duryn the Red and Lady Ælfwyn Wodende stepped up at an Altavian Investiture luncheon on September 25, 1994
Master Laertes Blackavar McBride and The Honorable Lady Bridget Lucia MacKenzie stepped up at an Altavia court held during the lunch break at Twelfth Night on January 8, 2005
THL Thorin O’Seaghda and THL Courtney of the White Meadow stepped up at opening court of   Altavia Anniversary on May 10, 2008
Master Laertes Blackavar McBride and Mistress Bridget Lucia MacKenzie stepped up as Vicar and Vicaress at Dreiburgen Anniversary on October 25, 2008 at a court held in the Altavia pavilion
THL Secca of Kent and Lady Meliora Deverel stepped up at Altavia Anniversary on May 9, 2009
Cristof-and-Cecilia-e1423189825551  THL Cristofanus Castellani and Mistress Cecilia Medici stepped up at Altavia Anniversary May 10, 2014

Altavia’s Device, Badges, and Motto

Motto: Theatrum, non dramatis (Theater, not drama)

 Baronial Device: registered in April of 1982
Argent, a fret sable and on a chief vert a laurel wreath argent.

  • “alta via” is Latin for “high way”, thus “Altavia” (pronounced: all-TAY-vee-ah) is a reference to the San Fernando Valley’s freeway system
  • So it should be no surprise that the device carries on the freeway theme.
    • The wreath is white on green, as are the freeway signs.
    • The fret is a reference to the Valley’s freeway system.
Populace Badge: registered in July of 1983
Per pale vert and sable, two horses rampant reguardant addorsed within a bordure argent.
  Populace Badge: registered in February of 2003
Argent fretty sable, a chief vert.

Altavia’s Baronial Awards

Argent Fret of Altavia (Altavia’s Baronial arts award)
Started by Laertes and Bridget. Registered to Altavia in October of 2005


Sable Fret of Altavia (Altavia’s Baronial service award)
Started by Robear and Kristin. Registered to Altavia in August of 1982

Given by Robear and Kristin (Made by Kristin)

Given by Michael and Amadea (Made by Robie)
Given by Durynand Ælfwyn (Made by Duryn)
Given by Laertes and Bridget (Made by Aseanth)


      Vert Fret, Order of the (Altavia’s Baronial fighting award))
Started by Laertes and Bridget. Registered to Altavia in October of 2005
        Starre and the Stone, Order of the –Altavia’s extraordinary service award  Awarded to holders of the Sable Fret who continue to provide extraordinary service and support to the Barony and (most importantly) throughout the Kingdom.This is a polling order.Started by Duryn and Ælfwyn in 1995 as the Estrella de Vida. Registered to Altavia as the Starre and the Stone in August of 1997

Holders of the Starre and the Stone:
1995-05-13: Duncan Andrew Songhawke Tengri-in Jida
1996-05-11: Renata Kestryl of Highwynds
1997-05-17: Duryn the Red
1998-05-16: Anne FitzAlan of Castle Combe
1998-05-16: Ælfwyn Wodende
2001-05-19: Jared Alexandre Blaydeaux
2001-05-19: Selene Colfox
2003-12-13: Lynnette de Sandoval del Valle de los Unicornios

Retired and Reinstated in 2014 by Baron Christofanus and Baroness Cecilia

Master Timotheus Zacharia von Schloss Zwilling – Agincourt 2014  

HRM Bridget Lucia Mackenzie – Yule 2014

Don Laertes McBride – Yule 2014  

Viscountess Lorissa du Griffin – Anniversary 2015


Altavia’s Retired Baronial Awards

Ars Alta 

Precursor of the Argent Fret – arts award, for teaching and work in an artistic field
Not registered.

      The Pearl of Altavia — Precursor of the Starre and the Stone – Altavia’s extraordinary service award – Awarded to holders of the Sable Fret who continue to provide extraordinary service and support to the Barony and (most importantly) throughout the Kingdom.Each year’s awards were slightly different, but each featured a pearl in a necklace or pendent arrangement.Started by Michael and Amadea, as the Pearl of Altavia. Registered to Altavia, as the Order of the White Pearl, in November of 1998.The Pearl of Altavia was closed in September 1994. The Order of the White Pearl was never used, it was replaced by the Estrella de Vida (later to become the Starre and the Stone) in 1995.

Holders of the Pearl of Altavia:
1990: Karolyne Wander
1991: Lynnette de Sandoval del Valle de los Unicornios
1993: Alexander de Saytoune
1993: Timotheus Zacharia von Schloss Zwilling
1994: Amadea de Strada Dragonessa
1994: Michael Maggotslayer

Altavia’s Titles

  • Sable Fret Pursuivant (Title for Altavia’s Herald)
    • This heraldic title was registered to Caid, Kingdom of in March of 1983 (via Caid) and transferred to Altavia, Barony of in December of 2003 (via Caid).
  • “Baron Altavia” and “Baroness Altavia”SCA heraldry reserves this term for the founding Baron and Baroness. Thus Robear is Baron Altavia, and Kristin is Baroness Altavia.
  • “Master of Altavia” and “Mistress of Altavia” — Baronial Heir’s TitlesBaron Robear: “I don’t know what current nomenclature is (out side of nextellency), but we followed the tradition used in northern England and Scotland, where the holder of the title is called the Lord of …, and their heir is called the Master of …, so when the King and Queen recognized them as our heirs, Michael was called the Master of Altavia, and Amadea was called the Mistress of Altavia.”
  • “Heirs” and “Nextellency”Used in Altavia to refer to the Master and Mistress of Altavia. Although many Baronies in Caid use the terms Reeve and Reevess, these terms were used historically to refer to a person who supervises lands for another, rather than for the heirs to a title or throne. Thus Altavia has traditionally used Heirs to refer tot he couple, and most recently has augmented that with Nextellency (Next Excellency) to refer to the individual heirs.

Altavia Baronial Regalia

      Baronial Coronets

  • Created by Megan de Barri
  • First used by the Barony at the Investiture of Laertes and Bridget (2005)
  • Photos and details
      Baronial Thrones

  • Created by Lord Robert Wright of Darach
  • Presented to the Barony at Altavia Yule of 2005
  • Photos and details

Daughter Barony – Dun Or

  • Jul 1985 – 1st appearance in the Crown Prints as the Altavia Canton of Calmadun
  • Sep 1985 – Canton of Dun Calma registered
  • Oct 1885 – 1st Anniversary Tournament of Calmadun
  • Mar 1986 – CP lists them as Canton of Dun Calma (heraldic correction of Calmadun)
  • Apr 1986 – CP lists them as Canton of Dun Or
  • May 1986 – Canton of Dun Or was registered
  • October 17, 1992 – Dun Or became a Barony


Compiled by Mistress Lynnette de Sandoval del Valle de los Unicornios