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James I of Pelican Island
|2nd Lord of Pelican Island|
22 December 1991-6 January 1998
|Predecessor||Bruce “the Fierce”|
James I, Baron of Pelican Island KBF (born 1946) was the only son of Bruce “the Fierce”, and succeeded him as the 2nd Lord of Pelican Island upon the latter’s death in December of 1991. Upon his accession as Lord of Pelican Island, James sought to expand his title, declaring his territory the Barony of Pelican Island. As the Baron of Pelican Island, James I continued his father’s policy of using the small island as a base for extended offshore fishing expeditions. In 1995, together with his nephew Eric and a small group of friends, he established a seasonal camp on the north side of the island, naming it Port Whitney. Port Whitney developed into a 3 season hub of activity for the north-central coast of the Gulf of Mexico, drawing visitors from the neighboring United States. With strong hurricanes, erosion, and flooding, a permanent population was never established. Citing his failing health and inability to make the journey to Pelican Island, James I abdicated in favor of his Nephew Eric I on January 6, 1998. He spent the remainder of his life traveling the southwestern US, the dry climate better suited to his health than the humid Gulf Coast. James died in 2011, losing a long fight to cancer. He remains a benefactor of Elsanor, having contributed to what is now the National Reserve Fund, a sovereign wealth fund used for the development of Elsanor.
- Baron of Pelican Island (22 December 1991- 06 January 1998)
Titles and Styles
- Reference Style: His Lordship
- Spoken Style: My Lord
- Alternative Style: Lord Ball or Sir
- Knight's Cross of the Order of Bruce the Fierce 2016 "For dedicated, selfless service to the Nation, People and King of Elsanor by generous contribution to the establishment of the National Reserve Fund" (Posthumous)