An ancient title, The Warden was appointed by a King or Queen as “Guardian”over a Country or Province. They had similar authority as that of a Regent. They spoke on behalf of Royalty (and would enforce his or her will and rule). In time, the title was also used as a Commander of a Fortress or Castle defenses, as well as a Mint. By the 15th Century, the title “Warden” was applied to the Commander of a Prison. Today, in most Countries – this title still is used as the Head of a Corrections Department.