(Text is from the outgoing seneschal, Master Derian le Breton.)
I am Derian le Breton. I became Seneschal for The Barony of Cynnabar in April AS 51.
Many years ago a Middle Kingdom Seneschal said, "It is the duty of the seneschal to determine the will of the group and give the appropriate orders." I like that concept. It is not up to me to determine where Cynnabar shall go from here; it is up to me to help all of you go there.
Below you will find several topics related to the position of seneschal for the Barony of Cynnabar.
I joined the SCA in AS 34, and over the years have I have lived and participated in four different kingdoms: An Tir (twice), Caid, Northshield, and the Midrealm (twice). I was the seneschal of the College of Saint Bunstable (University of Washington) in the Barony of Madrone (Seattle) in the Kingdom of An Tir from AS 40 to AS 43. I moved to the Barony in June of AS 51.
The SCA often uses historical terms for things. So if you think of a groups set of officers in the modern world (president, treasurer, secretary, etc.) A seneschal is basically the group's president. A seneschal is a facilitator of policy and procedure from local level to corporate activity and is the legal representative of the group.
In many ways, a seneschal should be an enabler. They should allow the group/people in the group to do what they want and make sure they have the support they need and also to ensure they are following proper procedures and rules within the SCA (and mundane rules as well). A seneschal should try to work with the group to make sure things run smoothly and help mediate any issues or discussions. They should also go with what the majority of the group wants to do, even if it is against their personal viewpoint. The other aspect of being a seneschal is keeping up with the paperwork aspect of the position, including making sure all reports (officer and event) are being done in a timely manner and that the other group officers are fulfilling their duties.
The key is the symbol for the office of seneschal. It represents that they have "the keys to the castle" and are responsible for all within. In Cynnabar, there is a set of seneschal keys that is handed from seneschal to seneschal. From the founding of Cynnabar, every seneschal has added their own key to the Baronial key-ring. There are now 14 keys on the key-ring.
Along with the keys Finn and Kay wanted to document all of the past gentles who have held and served this office over the past years. The list will be filled in order of succession.
- Baron Daibhid Ruadh MacLachlan (first Cynnabar seneschal)
- Baroness Kay of Tre Asterium circa 1995
- Bjarki Bjornson 2009?-2012?
- Finn Finnegan O'Flynn 2013-2015
- Baroness Kay of Tre Asterium 2015-2017