Covenanters converge at Edzell
16 May 2007
On 19 and 20 May 2007, in the serene surroundings of Edzell Castle, one of the most beautiful historic properties in the North East, visitors can step back in time to one of the most turbulent times in Scotland’s history - the Civil War.
They will witness heroic Covenanters recruiting troops and training as they prepare to battle the English and defend the country against Oliver Cromwell’s invading army. Touring the Scots camp, visitors will be able to see the soldiers showing off their skills with the favoured deadly weapons of the period; the sword, musket and pike. There will also be an opportunity to hear about the Covenanters’ ambitious plans to fight off and overcome the vastly superior numbers of the Redcoats.
Members of Fraser’s Dragoones, the most northerly regiment of Civil War society, The Sealed Knot, are converging at Edzell to re-enact the Scottish Covenanters’ preparations on the eve of their valiant efforts to keep their besieged lands from the grasp of General Monck’s English army.
Nick Finnigan, Events and Filming Manager at Historic Scotland said: "Edzell Castle is a 17th century gem, and the grandeur of the castle and its stunning stylised gardens make it well worth a visit at any time. Our Civil War themed event this weekend will add to the experience by providing an exciting extra dimension. With costumed performers bringing this fascinating page of our history to life, visitors will be transported back to a defining period in Scotland’s past. It’s a great recipe for an enlightening and memorable day out."
The Fraser’s Dragoones event at Edzell runs from noon to 4pm on Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 May. Entry is included in the normal admission price to the castle.
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Edzell Castle is located 6 miles north of Brechin on the B966. Admission: Adult: £4.50; Child: £2.25; Concession: £3.50. Tel: 01356 648631.
The refined beauty of Edzell Castle was a statement of the prestige of its owners, the Lindsays. The stylised walled garden was created in 1604. Resplendent with heraldic sculptures and carved panels, the architectural framework surrounding the garden is unique in Britain. The garden also includes walled flowers, nesting boxes and a delightful summer house.
Historic Scotland cares for 345 historic properties and sites throughout Scotland, including some of the country’s leading tourism attractions such as Edinburgh, Stirling and Urquhart Castles, Linlithgow Palace, Skara Brae and the Border Abbeys.
Every year, Historic Scotland stages an extensive annual programme of events at its properties in care, with the aim of bringing history to life in an entertaining and informative way. Highlights include living history presentations, battle re-enactments, jousting, music recitals and drama performances, and the programme offers something for all ages and added-value family days out. For details, visit www.historic-scotland.gov.uk/events or call 0131 668 8926 for an events brochure.