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Camp fires and musket fire at Edzell Castle and Gardens

20 May 2014

Step back in time to the 17th century this weekend at Edzell Castle and Garden, where historical re-enactors will be bringing history to life with weaponry displays and guided tours.

Soldiers and Gardens - a Year of Homecoming 2014 event - will take place on Saturday and Sunday from 12pm, and will give visitors the opportunity to learn more about the Royalist Marquis of Montrose’s 1640s campaign.

In the spring of 1645 Montrose’s men passed by the castle and pillaged and burnt the policies. Angus was at the time very split, with loyalties ranging along a spectrum from ardent royalist to ardent Covenanter.

Scots Covenanters will be setting up camp at the castle, and carrying out pike drills and musketry displays, as well as giving guided tours of the site.

Edzell was home to the Lindsays. When they acquired the estate in 1358, the lordly seat was a timber residence beside the ancient church. During the 16th century, they built a brand-new castle a short distance away - the one we admire today. The icing on the cake of their new residence was the wonderful ‘great garden’, added in 1604.

Lorna Ewan, Head of Visitor Experience, Content and Learning at Historic Scotland said: “Picturesque, imposing and set within a beautiful walled garden, Edzell Castle is a wonderful spot for a day out. Soldiers and Gardens promises to bring the history of the area to life, teaching visitors more about conflict in Angus in the 17th century, and the role the castle played.”

Soldiers and Gardens will take place on Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th May from 12-4pm and is included in admission to Edzell Castle and Garden. For more information visit

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  • Historic Scotland is an executive agency of the Scottish Government charged with safeguarding the nation’s historic environment. The agency is fully accountable to Scottish Ministers and through them to the Scottish Parliament.

  • Scotland welcomes the world in the Year of Homecoming 2014 providing a year-long programme of events alongside the Ryder Cup and Commonwealth Games. The Year of Homecoming Scotland will run until 31 December 2014 throughout the length and breadth of the country. Visitors from around the world are invited to join in a celebration of the nation’s food and drink, active pursuits, cultural heritage, nature and ancestral heritage. Homecoming Scotland 2014 is a Scottish Government initiative being led by EventScotland and VisitScotland, supported by numerous partners. To find out more visit For more on Historic Scotland’s Homecoming activities visit or tweet us using #hshomecoming.

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For further information

Alice Wyllie
Historic Scotland Media Office
0131 668 8603 or 07920 768 096