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Dumbarton Castle brings history of 17th century sieges to life this Sunday, 28th April

24 April 2013

Dumbarton Castle, one of the greatest fortified sites in Scotland, is hosting a special event, “Holding the Rock for Scotland” on Sunday 28th April 2013.

The event, which takes place from 12:00 pm until 4:00 pm, will give an insight into the fascinating story of the castle and its significance in the middle of the 17th century when it was a strong point which defenders and invaders sought to uphold.

There will also be a living history display including an insight into Scottish soldiers and the equipment they used at that time.

Alison Stalker, Assistant Events Manager at Historic Scotland said: “This will make for a really exciting  day out for all the family with the story of the four sieges which took place over twelve years in the middle of the 17th century being brought to life.

“There will be the dramatic sound of musket firing, a display of sword fighting, historic characters around the castle for visitors to meet and a colourful closing parade.”

The event is free with the cost of admission.

Programme outline:
Time Performance Location

12:00 - Defend the walls
Soldiers man the walls and give fire!Duke of Argyll’s Battery

12:30 - Welcome and Introduction
Discover why 17th century Scotland is torn by war.Middle Lawn (near French prison)

13:00 - Sword School
Witness the skill needed to wield the swords of the day. Middle Lawn (near French prison)

13:30 - Story of the siege
Hear the tale of how the covenanters took the castle.Middle Lawn (near French prison)

14:00 - Musketry Display
How to fire and look after your musket.Middle Lawn (near French prison)

14:30 - Story of the siege
Hear the tale of how the covenanters took the castle.Middle Lawn (near French prison)

15:00 - Musketry Display
How to fire and look after your musket.Middle Lawn (near French prison)

15:30 - Sword School
Witness the skill needed to wield the swords of the day.Middle Lawn (near French prison)

16:00 - Parting Shots
Say farewell to the troops as they have their last volley.Main Gate

Notes for editors:

  • 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.


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For further information


Jennifer Johnston-Watt
Communications and Media Officer
Communications and Media
0131 668 8070 or 07827 956 866
jennifer.johnstonwatt@scotland.gsi.gov.uk