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We will rock you!

30 May 2008

Historic Scotland announce details for a dramatic re-enactment event taking place at Dumbarton Castle on Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 June. Defending the Rock transports visitors back to the summer of 1645 when Scotland was under the control of Montrose’s royalists.

Frasers Dragoons are the re-enactment group bringing the castle to life and this is the first time that they have taken on the might of this impressive castle, which sits on a volcanic rock overlooking the Firth of Clyde.

Defending the Rock will kick off in style with musketry and cannon fire from the crown of the hill. Visitors will then have the opportunity to meet the defending troops and see them in action as they put on displays using muskets, pikes and swords. The musket vollies will echo across the Clyde as visitors experience the troops preparing for battle, as they await attack.

Nick Finnigan, Events and Filming Manager, said;

“Historically Dumbarton Castle was an important royal refuge, sheltering both David II and Mary Queen of Scots in its day. This history is particularly apt for Defending the Rock where visitors are taken on a journey to the 1600s and a period of defence for the castle.

“With this being the first time Frasers Dragoons have performed at Dumbarton Castle there will be added excitement over the weekend. We hope visitors from the west of Scotland will make it along to enjoy the drama and spectacle of the day.”

Defending the Rock is on Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 June, from 12noon to 16.00 at Dumbarton Castle. The event is included in the admission to the castle. For further information please visit



  • Dumbarton Castle is situated off the A82. The postcode is G82 1JJ. Tel: 01389 732 167.
  • The castle is open all year (winter closed Thursday and Friday). Admission prices are Adult £4.20, Child £2.10 and Concessions £3.20.
  • Dumbarton was the centre of the ancient kingdom of Strathclyde from the 5th century until 1018. The castle has magnificent views over the firth. There are steep steps up to the castle, so it is not suitable for those with mobility difficulties.
  • 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