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Step back in time at Dundonald Castle

18 June 2014

Step back in time at Dundonald Castle and learn about the key role the Stewarts played in the Wars of Independence

Visitors to Dundonald Castle on Sunday 22nd June can see history brought to life as historical re-enactors shed light on the role the Stewart family played in the Wars of Independence.

The Rise of the Stewarts – a Homecoming Scotland 2014 event – will see presentations running from 12-4pm on Sunday, with visitors having the opportunity to learn more about the weaponry and armoury used in the Wars of Independence.

Dundonald Castle was a key stronghold of the Stewart family, and a main centre of their administration in the south west. In the Wars of Independence the Stewarts were involved in both military and diplomatic efforts to aid the Scottish cause.

They became supporters of Robert the Bruce after 1306, though the families had long been allies, and their importance is reflected in the marriage between Walter Stewart and Bruce’s daughter Marjory.

Lorna Ewan, Head of Visitor Experience, Content and Learning at Historic Scotland said: “Sitting on a hill above the village, Dundonald Castle is steeped in history and makes for a great day out. The Rise of the Stewarts will explore the key role which this powerful family played in the history of the area, and with historical re-enactors bringing the story to life with weaponry displays, this promises to be an enjoyable event for the whole family.”

The Rise of the Stewarts will take place on Sunday 22nd June from 12-4pm and is included in admission to Dundonald Castle. For more information visit

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  • Scotland welcomes the world in the Year of Homecoming 2014 providing a year-long programme of events alongside the Ryder Cup and Commonwealth Games. The Year of Homecoming Scotland will run until 31 December 2014 throughout the length and breadth of the country. Visitors from around the world are invited to join in a celebration of the nation’s food and drink, active pursuits, cultural heritage, nature and ancestral heritage. Homecoming Scotland 2014 is a Scottish Government initiative being led by EventScotland and VisitScotland, supported by numerous partners. To find out more visit For more on Historic Scotland’s Homecoming activities visit or tweet us using #hshomecoming.

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For further information

Alice Wyllie
Historic Scotland Media Office
Communications and Media
0131 668 8603 or 07920 768 096