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Historic Heroes Of Scotland

20 May 2008

Historic Scotland travel back to the times of Scottish legends Robert the Bruce and Mary Queen of Scots with a thrilling event being held at Bothwell Castle on Sunday 8 June. At Heroes of Scotland visitors will be taken on a journey to dramatic periods in Scotland’s past, when the nation faced times of uncertainty and unrest. Re-enactment groups Carrick 800 and Black Raven will lead the entertainment and bring Bothwell Castle to life medieval-style.

Visitors can discover all about how Robert the Bruce became king of Scotland and how he murdered the Red Comyn, his rival for the throne, in 1306. There will be a breath-taking clash of swords as opposing forces battle it out to settle their disputes, wowing visitors along the way.

The 1500s will also feature at this event as supporters of Mary Queen of Scots will come face to face with those in opposition to her, and an exciting duel will see only one of them victorious.

Nick Finnigan, Events and Filming Manager, said;

“The impressive Bothwell Castle is a fantastic setting for our Heroes of Scotland event; it is Scotland’s largest and finest 13th century castle and we are looking forward to a really excellent day.

“As well as all the dramatic disputes there will also be the chance for visitors to spend time in the medieval camp. There will be spear and sword demonstrations throughout the afternoon, making sure the drama never ends.”

Heroes of Scotland on Sunday 8 June from 12noon to 16.00. This event is included in the admission to the castle. For further information please visit www.historic-scotland.gov.uk/events

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NOTES FOR EDITORS

Bothwell Castle is at Uddingston, off the B7071. The postcode is G71 8BL. Tel: 01698 816 894.
  • The castle is open all year (closed on Thursdays and Fridays in the winter). Admission prices are: Adults £3.70, Child £1.85 and Concessions £3.00.

  • 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 www.historic-scotland.gov.uk/events

  • 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 www.historic-scotland.gov.uk/places

  • 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
laura.adamson@scotland.gsi.gov.uk