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Pistols at dawn in Aberdour Castle’s “Grand Country Residence”

17 July 2012

                                   Aberdour Castle

An exciting new event from Historic Scotland will capture all the drama and intrigue of Aberdour Castle’s long history at “A Grand Country Residence” this Sunday, when visitors will have the opportunity to meet characters and enjoy demonstrations including live musketry.

Beginning at noon, the event features appearances from the 8th Earl of Morton, who will explain his family heritage and support for Charles I, and a masterclass in how a gentleman of the day would use his rapier and dagger for sport or in a duel.

The Earl was a man of great wealth, and spent vast amounts of money on his sumptuous Castle, and on pastimes and leisure.

Interpretation Officer at Historic Scotland, Alison Stalker said: “Visitors can also look forward to pistols at dawn – which became popular in the 17th century, at a time when warfare was changing from bows to bullets.

“They can also try their hand at archery, and discover how pleasure gardens were coming into vogue at a time of civil unrest.”

Aberdour Castle, located in Aberdour, Fife, eight miles east of the Forth bridges, is a fortified residence extended by the Douglases in the 15th, 16th and 17th centuries. The site features a delightful walled garden and terraces, with a dovecot, and the Castle includes a fine painted ceiling.

“A Grand Country Residence” begins at noon on Sunday, July 22nd, and runs until 4pm. The event is free to ticket holders and Historic Scotland members.

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The sumptuous Aberdour Castle in Fife will host “A Grand Country Residence” this Sunday, conjuring tales of drama and intrigue with costumed performers, musketry demonstrations and pistols and dawn.

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For further information

David Gray
Communications and Media Officer
Communications and Media
0131 668 8588 or 07854 366 805