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Great Southern Gathering X (GSG 2018) – 10 year anniversary!

Once again, Krae Glas will host the Great Southern Gathering! For the 10 year anniversary, we will be hosting a weekend of classes, feasting, tournaments, and competitions!

This venue will be a perfect opportunity for us to have an amazing event with all manner of Classes and Tournaments.

Date: 5th-8th October 2018

What is Great Southern Gathering?

The purpose of Great Southern Gathering (GSG) is bring together people from the southern regions of Lochac to enable and nurture the sharing of knowledge in an enjoyable, casual atmosphere. The event is run as a series of collegia, inviting streams across both the arts, sciences and martial arts. It has gathered a reputation for being the premiere fencing collegia event in Lochac.

It has traditionally been hosted in rotation by the Baronies of Innilgard, Ynys Fawr and Krae Glas, and more recently with Stormhold and Bordescros included. Court is not expected to happen unless there is an outstanding reason for it (e.g. the K&Q are there and want one).

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This year’s Great Southern Gathering is being hosted by the Barony of Krae Glas.

Address: Grantville Lodge, 200 Grantville-Glen Alvie Rd., Grantville VIC 3984


With thirteen en-suited rooms in eight cabins and several self contained houses we have enough beds to sleep 130. Beds are full sized, not miniature girl guide size.


  • There are several ovals and grassy areas, along with two halls and a large indoor sports room capable of holding training if the weather turns inclement.
  • There are multiple indoor rooms and spaces for practicing various arts and sciences
  • There is a firepit close to most of the cabins. It would be a great place for a bardic circle or chatting.
  • The equestrian facilities onsite including access to an arena.
  • For those interested in cooking collegia, there is a full commercial kitchen with walk in fridge and freezer, a pizza oven, fire pit for cooking over and a dairy/cheese factory just down the road.
  • For those interested in martial endeavours, there are both indoor and outdoor training spaces, space for archery, and open forest for all manner of martial activities.
  • This is a truly great site and we look forward to using as many aspects as possible.


Booking link:

Please advise the bookings officer if you have any health or disability access requirements to assist us allocating bunks and rooms.

Event pricing

  • Whole event: 13+ year old: $148
  • Whole event: 4-12 year old: $108
  • Day trip Saturday (lunch + feast): $65
  • Day Trip 13+ year old: $35
  • Day Trip 4-12 year old: $20
  • 3 year old and under: Free (whether attending whole event or day trip)

As usual, a $5 insurance levy applies for non-members.

Be advised: 
Whole event prices are inclusive of ALL meals (there is no option to self-cater for discount)

These prices are only until 28st August!!!!
After which, prices for whole event will increase to:
Whole event 13+ year old: $158
Whole event 4-12 year old: $112
No increase for day trips.

Bookings close 21st September

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List of classes:

View the latest timetable here!

Do you have a class you’d like to run? Please contact our schedule coordinator at


– Haloumi with Baroness Bethony Gaitskell
– Bacon fried cheese with Mistress Kiriel du Papillon
– Condiments (or other delicious class TBA) – with Mistress Anne de Tournai
– Working with gold and silver leaf – Mistress Kiriel du Papillon
– How to Break Down a Chicken and Rabbit with Lord Seumus
– Waffles with Baroness Bethony Gaitskell
– Chocolate and Coffee with Baroness Miriam bat Shimeon
– Ember day tarts (redaction and making them) – Mistress Kiriel du Papillon
– Licorice with Baroness Bethony Gaitskell
– Feast stewarding discussion – led by Arganhell merch Briauc
– Woodfired bread in the on site pizza oven!


– Calligraphy and Illumination Practice Space with Samantha of Krae Glas
– Calligraphy Class with Þorfinn (2 hours)
– Beginning illumination by a beginner : come and try illumination with Margareta Nicholas
– Middle Eastern Garb with Baroness Miriam Bat Shimeon
– Growing your Medieval Herb Garden with TBA
– Open hand sewing session – Bring a project
– An Introduction to Alfonso X of Castile, The Wise King with Baroness of Ynys Fawr, Adelindis
– Beginner’s Embroidery with Baroness Miriam Bat Shimeon
– Marginalia in illumination with Þorfinn
– Starting your medieval herb garden – TBA
– Byzantine Iconography with Samantha of Krae Glas
– Documentation in Arts and Sciences with Bethony Gaitskell
– Dancing and Music


– War training ALL DAY SATURDAY – with Admiral Hanbal al-Barbari
– Footwork fundamentals with Baron Gilbert
– Defender of the South Tournament


– Combat Archery discussion with Charle ‘Sharr’ du Bois
– Roving Round with Charle ‘Sharr’ du Bois


Footwork with Kit Hackforth
Principles to improve your fencing – Kit Hackforth
Single sword by 2 masters: a comparison of Mancolino and Agrippa – with Master Gomez and Mistress Lindoret 2x 40min classes.
How to make a good training environment and how to train – Master Gilbert de Walghop
Lines, distance, measure, and timing – Lord Amos Ironbeard
Two Lochac Guilld of Defence prizes announced: a Free Scholar and a Journeyman


Defender of the South tournament:

The Defender of the South is a heavy tournament that began at GSG 2013. The winner receives a banner emblazoned with a triskelion, with each of the three swirls representing each of the three southern Baronies that have traditionally hosted Great Southern Gathering (namely Innilgard, Krae Glas and Ynys Fawr). The winner gets to keep the banner they’re given, and is then charged with creating another banner displaying the triskelion to pass on to the next winner. The current Defender of the South is Baron Gilbert Purchase.


Bookings officer:
Amelia De La Mere


Master Leif Magnusson


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The Blue Strand 2015-01 January 2015

Greetings good gentles,

Welcome back to The Blue Strand.  After a sabbatical, I am happy to report that I have returned full of enthusiasm.  Our fair Barony will once again be penned for future posterity.

There has been so much that happened in the last year.  Our Barony turned a year older.  Gilbert Purchase became Champion, again.  Miguel de Santiago became captain of the Black Dolphin.  Emmett Thorgrimsson became Page, replacing Peregrine.  These are just the highlights of the year past.

Following is what has occurred in the last month.  As always, if you have any articles or pictures you would like to submit.  They can be sent to

And now, without further ado I present the First 2015 edition.


Veronica Bellini, Chronicler returned

The Blue Strand January 2015

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The Blue Strand 2013-07 August 2013

Greeting Good Gentles and welcome to another edition of the Blue Strand,

What an amazing month it has been. Krae Glas celebrated it’s second anniversary in a very beautiful tournament style. Both Heavy and Rapier fighters fought for the honour on the field and the points to win the day. It was truly amazing to see.

In the Winter Rapier Tournament Series we saw that even a Viking sometimes requires honour above all else, to win the day. Leif won the mantle of captain of the guard with honour points breaking the tie for first place.

If you didn’t understand the rules of this day of honour, have no fear. Our own Don Everard Sefar has provided an account which is published in this very issue.

I do hope you enjoy this edition.
And without further ado, I give you the wonder that was August.
Veronica Bellini
Issue 2013-07 August 2013

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The Blue Strand Issue 2013-06 July 2013

Greetings Good Gentles,

Please find attached the July edition of The Blue Strand.

Veronica Bellini
Issue 2013-06 July 2013

By Veronica Bellini | Blue Strand | Link

The Blue Strand Issue 2013-05 May 2013

Greetings all,

This has been a wonderful month of Archery, Rapier, Heavy fighting, Feasting and entertainment. And all at the Axe and Sword Inn. It was a warm and welcoming event and we thank Thorgrim and Alison for their hospitality.

We also had two new officers step up into the roles of Herald and A&S officer. Miguel became the Baronial Herald and I stepped up to be A&S officer. Miguel has already been doing the Barony proud. I hope to continue our high A&S traditions in Krae Glas.

On another note, there will be no June Chronicle, as I will be wayfaring to Kingdom of Ealdormere.
There will be a July edition. If any would like to submit their experiences of the Stormhold Baronial Investiture, they would be most welcome.

Issue 2013-05 May 2013

By Veronica Bellini | Blue Strand | Link

The Blue Strand Issue 2013-04 April 2013

Greetings good gentles,

I am currently seeking assistance. During the Months of June and July I will be wayfaring to the Kingdom of Ealdormere. As such I will be unable to write an account of our Fair Barony in that time.
I am hoping that someone would act as my deputy and collect the information needed to continue to inform the populace of our goings on. 

If you do not feel you could write a whole article, but are very adapt at collecting facts, then  that is agreeable.  Any information collected shall be added to the July Chronicle, upon my return.

At this point, there will be no June Chronicle.

However, may I now present the April Edition of The Blue Strand.

Veronica Bellini

Issue 2013-04 April 2013

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The Blue Strand Issue 2013-03 March 2013

Greetings good gentles,
Welcome to the March edition of The Blue Strand.  What a full month it has been!  With another exciting round of the Summer Twilight
Tournament Series, a new Baronial Award and- of course – Mini Moot, it has been a great month in our fair barony.
Festival also took place and by all reports was as much fun.  Our own Baron and Baroness way faired there and send their greetings to all who stayed behind.
I must apologise for the tardiness of this issue.  April 1st made a slight fool of me, by sneaking into the Easter break. However, as Mini Moot was mostly in March it had to go into this issue.
Want to know more?  Then please read on.

If you have any submissions for the April issue, please send them

And now, I give you, our busy month of March.

Veronica Bellini
Issue 2013-03 March 2013

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The Blue Strand Issue 2013-2 February 2013

Greetings good gentles,
We have some very special writers this month.  Nicolette Dufay has given us an account of Border War, including some beautiful pictures.  Martyn Fairchild has given us an account of the first Krae Glas War Muster.  

Along with the many activities and minutiae this chronicle is quite full.  There is always room for more though, and if you have
something for March, please send it in.

Now I will let you enjoy the beautiful words of this month’s writers.

Veronica Bellini
Issue 2013-02 Feb 2013

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The Blue Strand Issue 2013-1 January 2013

Greetings Good gentles,

January was a very special month in Krae Glas. We played host to the very auspicious 12th night coronation of King Felix and Queen Eva. Many people commented on how lovely the halls looked.
The weekends courts were peppered with awards and offerings.

In between courts many activities were enjoyed, including heavy fighting, rapier and market stalls. The event was very successful.
After this event our own Baron Cormac and Baroness Elspeth embarked on a tour of their lands. Which reportedly went well.

Unfortunately this meant they missed they next round of the twilight tournament. It was a unique event, with the heavies mounted on an elephant and giraffe. It was most entertaining to watch.
Read on, good gentles, for the full accounts from several reliable sources, including our own Seneschal.

Veronica Bellini

Issue 2013-01 Jan 2013

By Veronica Bellini | Blue Strand | Link

The Blue Strand Issue 2012-9 November 2012

Greetings Good Gentles,

I am delighted to tell you that we have a very special writer this month.  Baron Cormac has kindly submitted an article on November Crown.  It is quite an entertaining read. 
With that in mind, if anyone would like to submit something for the Blue Strand, please do so.  It can be a few lines about an event you attended, or your favourite recipe. 
Perhaps you found some historical references that the known world would be richer for knowing. 

It does not even have to be an article.  Perhaps you captured that perfect picture of the final round of a tournament, or saw some younglings doing some impressive stuff. Whatever your
entry may be, feel free to send it in.

And so, without further ado, I give you the
November edition of The Blue Strand.
Veronica Bellini

Issue 2012-9 November 2012

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