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Clash of arms at Dirleton

13 June 2008

Historic Scotland takes visitors on a journey back to 1297 with a special event being held at East Lothian’s Dirleton Castle. The De Vaux’s of Dirleton on 22 June will explore a period in time when the De Vaux family were in residence at the castle and the lives they led during a time of political unrest in Scotland.

The Historic Saltire Society will bring the castle to life as they delve into the history of how the De Vaux family were under pressure from the English and Scottish; England promised them land, money and power whilst Scotland called for independence from England. This will culminate in a dramatic clash of arms with the opposing forces battling it out to the death.

Nick Finnigan, Events and Filming Manager, said;

“As one of the oldest surviving castles in Scotland, Dirleton is a fantastic setting for this event. As well as all the dramatic tales and re-enactment scenes, the Historic Satire Society will also demonstrate what life was like for everyone involved in the household – from peasants to lords. There will also be lots of medieval craft activities that the whole family can enjoy.”

The De Vaux’s of Dirleton is on Sunday 22 June from 12noon to 16.00 at Dirleton Castle. The event is included in the admission to the castle. For further information please visit

Notes for Editors

  • Dirleton Castle is situated off the A198. The postcode is EH39 5ER.Tel: 01620 850 330

  • The castle is open all year. Admission prices are Adult £4.70, Child £2.35 and Concessions £3.70.

  • Dirleton is one of the oldest surviving castles in Scotland, connected with the De Vaux, Haliburton and Ruthven families. Dirleton Castle has boasted a garden since its early days as a medieval fortified residence. Today there is a colourful blend of traditional formal gardens and more contemporary plantings, including – as the Guinness Book of Records testifies – the world’s longest herbaceous border.

  • Each year Historic Scotland hosts a full programme of events at properties across Scotland, designed to entertain and educate people of all ages. Full details of the programme of events can be found online at

  • For the best value, Historic Scotland membership offers free entry to all sites and free entry to day events. Membership can be purchased from as little as £6 a month for a family package.

  • On request Historic Scotland can provide advance photography and interviews with members of the living history groups and event facilitators.

  • Historic Scotland has 345 outstanding historic properties and sites in its care. These include some of the leading tourism attractions in the country, including Edinburgh, Stirling, and Urquhart castles, Fort George, Linlithgow Palace, the Border Abbeys and Skara Brae. A full list can be found online at

  • Historic Scotland’s mission is to safeguard Scotland’s historic environment and to promote its understanding and enjoyment.

For further information

Laura Adamson
PR Executive
Marketing and Media
0131 668 8959 or 07769 630 763