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Centuries of military might converge on Caerlaverock

25 May 2010


Caerlaverock Castle near Dumfries provides a suitably dramatic setting on Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th May for Scotland At War – a spectacular centuries-spanning event highlighting history’s military might.

A 130-strong cast of re-enactors from all over Britain will be converging on the imposing medieval stronghold to depict the fighting heroes of past eras and present an action-packed programme full of exciting performances and displays.

Step through the castle’s entrance archway to be transported back in time and come face to face with a Roman detachment, Viking warriors, Medieval soldiers, Redcoats and Covenanters, and infantrymen from World Wars I and II.  

Enjoy a series of colourful, chronological presentations taking you right through the ages, from the marching and drilling of Roman troops through to the parading of 20th century soldiers.  The event - featuring authentic period costumes, weaponry and encampments, as well as demonstrations of sword and musket skills, battlefield techniques and military manoeuvres, culminates in a grand parade of the entire cast of forces from different ages.

Historic Scotland Events and Filming Manager, Nick Finnigan, said: “We’ve assembled an extensive and impressive cast of historical re-enactors, with more equipment than ever before, for this major family event so it promises to deliver a real ‘wow’ factor and a memorable day out.

“Visitors of all ages are in for some fantastic entertainment from extremely talented members of the best re-enactment groups in the country.  They’re all geared up to put on a really great show for us.  And Caerlaverock is a superb castle; it’s such an imposing medieval bastion and makes a stunning backdrop to historic performances - it’s not surprising that it’s the favourite venue of so many of our re-enactors.”

Scotland At War, on the 29th and 30th, begins at 12 noon, with the entertainment carrying on until 4.00pm.  Admission for either day is: adults £7.50, concession £6.00 and children £4.50.  Family tickets are also available.



  • Re-enactment groups taking part in Scotland at War event are: Antonine Guard, Carrick 800, Historic Saltire Society, Timeline Scotland, Fire & Sword, Fraser’s Dragoones, Alba Adventure Company, Gordon Highlanders, VERA, and Black Raven.

  • Caerlaverock Castle is 8 miles south-east of Dumfries on the B725. Postcode DG1 4RU.  Tel: 01387 770244.

  • With its moat, twin-towered gatehouse, and imposing battlements, Caerlaverock is the epitome of a medieval stronghold.  The castle’s turbulent history owes much to its proximity to England, which brought it into numerous border conflicts over the years.

  • The castle was built by the Maxwell family, who enjoyed peaceful prosperity there until the invasion of Scotland by Edward I. Caerlaverock became a target for Edward’s wrath against Scots resistance and, in 1300, Lord Maxwell was forced to surrender to the might of the besieging army. The castle remained caught up in border disputes for many years afterward and peace did not come until James VI’s accession to the English throne in 1603.  The truce collapsed with the 1640 Civil War and the final siege at Caerlaverock came when the Royalists surrendered to the Covenanters.

  • Caerlaverock Castle is just one of 345 outstanding heritage properties and sites in the care of Historic Scotland.  Ranging from prehistoric dwellings to medieval castles, and from cathedrals to industrial buildings, these include some of the leading tourism attractions in the country. Among the most popular are Edinburgh, Stirling and Urquhart Castles, Skara Brae, and the Border Abbeys.  For further details of all of Historic Scotland’s sites visit:

  • Historic Scotland’s Mission is: to safeguard Scotland’s historic environment and to promote its understanding and enjoyment.

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Ellen Drummond Ferroni
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