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Covenanters prepare to clash swords at Edell

15 May 2008

The serene Edzell Castle and Garden is one of the most refined castles in Scotland, but on 17 and 18 May it will be transformed to face a turbulent time of civil war and unrest at Soldiers for the Covenant.

Visitors to the castle will be transported back to the 17th century to find out all about the Covenant. Members of Fraser’s Dragoons, the most northerly regiment of the Civil War Society - The Sealed Knot - are back at Edzell Castle by popular demand and they will re-enact the preparations made by the Covenanters to defend the country against Cromwell’s invading army.

Visitors will have the chance to see soldiers demonstrating their skills with swords, muskets and pikes; they will be surrounded by the boom of cannons, the crack of musketry and the clash of swords. There will be an opportunity to wander round the soldiers’ camp where they will meet the camp surgeon, the minister and discover how musket balls are made. Clara Wheelan, Historic Scotland Events Officer, said;

“Last year’s event at Edzell Castle was very popular with over 400 visitors enjoying the civil war re-enactment weekend. This year’s event promises to be even better as the costumed performers really bring this era of Scottish history to life. And with such a fantastic setting it really is well worth the visit.”

Soldiers for the Covenant is on Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 May, from 12noon to 16.00 each day. The event is included in the admission price to the castle.


Notes for editors

Edzell Castle is located 6 miles north of Brechin on the B966. Admission: Adult: £4.70; Child: £2.35; Concession: £3.70. Tel: 01356 648 631.

The refined beauty of Edzell Castle was a statement of the prestige of its owners, the Lindsays. The stylised walled garden was created in 1604. Resplendent with heraldic sculptures and carved panels, the architectural framework surrounding the garden is unique in Britain. The garden also includes walled flowers, nesting boxes and a delightful summer house.

Every year, Historic Scotland stages an extensive annual programme of events at its properties in care, with the aim of bringing history to life in an entertaining and informative way. For details visit www.historic-scotland.gov.uk/events

Members can get free entry to all daytime events, plus unlimited entry to over 70 historic properties throughout Scotland. Prices start from £38 a year.

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. For details visit 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