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Four Clans and Only One Winner - Help Choose the People's Champions

8 May 2009


Four great Scottish clans are preparing to clash in a grand tournament at Linlithgow Palace – and fans can vote for which one will be the people’s champions.

More than 80 warriors representing the Campbells, Douglases, Hamiltons and Lindsays will do battle on 23 and 24 May during Party at the Palace 1503.

The weekend of Medieval pageantry will be among the biggest and most spectacular events of Scotland’s 2009 Year of Homecoming.

It commemorates the marriage of King James IV to Margaret Tudor in 1503 and the signing of the Treaty of Perpetual Peace with England.

Mounted knights, swordsmen, archers and other fighters will take part in a series of bouts, all trying to win enough points to have their clan declared champions.

Each clan wants the psychological edge of going into the arena knowing that they are the people’s favourites.

We are inviting the public to decide who gets this accolade in a telephone text ballot.

Nick Finnigan, Historic Scotland filming and events manager, said: “Medieval lords and ladies would offer a favour to show who they wanted to win the tournament.

“We want to give everyone the chance to vote on which clan should be the people’s champion in the great tournament at Linlithgow Palace.

“Teams of every kind get a huge boost from knowing that the fans are on their side – so being the people’s champion could make all the difference in this dramatic contest which includes a thrilling horseback joust between eight knights in armour.”

The climax of the tournament will come when a total of 80 men go into the arena for a final mass clash, after which one clan will be declared the victors.

A website has been created at where people can find out more about the clans, their leaders at the tournament, and see the colours they will be fighting in.

To cast your vote

Who will be named the People’s Champion before the big jousting showdown?  Show your support by texting CLASH and the name of your chosen clan to 84118 (eg CLASH LINDSAY).  Keep up to date with who is winning the battle for the People’s Champion title by visiting  Four lucky winners who have texted their support, one for each clan, will also receive family tickets for event – each worth £34 and admitting two adults and two children.

About the clans

Campbell Douglas Hamilton Lindsay





  • Campbell: The Campbells will be led by Archibald, 2nd Earl of Argyll in the tournament – he’s a knight who knows how to handle himself in combat. The clan is battle-hardened and has high hopes of victory. Their best warriors are superbly armed and trained – and know every trick in the book.

  • Red Douglas: After a long time at the top, the Douglases are facing difficult times and start as the tournament underdogs. Their leader Archibald ‘Bell the Cat’ Douglas, 5th Earl of Angus, is in exile, so they will be led by his son his son, the 34-year-old George Douglas, Master of Angus.

  • Hamilton: The defending champions and hot favourites. Their leader at Linlithgow will be James, 2nd Lord Hamilton – reckoned to be the best archer in Scotland. The king recently made him earl of Arran, a sure sign that he is a royal favourite.

  • Lindsay: The Lindsays are the wild cards – known for being ‘lichtsome’ or carefree but also for producing ferocious warriors. Their tournament leader is John Lindsay, 6th Earl of Crawford. Aged just 17 he is an unknown quantity. His rivals may underestimate him at their peril.

Historic Scotland is delighted to be supporting the 2009 Year of Homecoming with a series of initiatives including family trails, spectacular events and the creation of a Homecoming Pass for heritage attractions in association with other heritage organisations.

For further information

Rebecca Hamilton
Marketing and Media Manager
Marketing and Media
0131 668 8685 / 07788 923871