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Aberdour entertains a Royal visitor

15 July 2010


Visit Aberdour Castle on Sunday 25th July and journey back in time to meet Mary Queen of Scots.  

The year is 1563 and the royal visitor, accompanied by her half brother Lord James Stewart, is visiting the splendid 12th-century fortified residence to meet her new Chancellor, James Douglas, Earl of Morton.

Enjoy the impressive archery shows and skilful weaponry displays which have been laid on at the castle in honour of the queen’s visit.   Also included in the afternoon’s entertainment are fascinating insights into various aspects of life in the 16th-century, with subjects ranging from fashion, make-up and grooming to medicine and surgery.

Historic Scotland Events Manager, Nick Finnigan, said: “Our ‘All The Queen’s Men ’ family event on the 25th from 12 noon to 4.00pm features a great, varied programme of 16th-century themed entertainment from our costumed performers, with something to interest all ages.

“The event is included in the price of admission to Aberdour Castle – a wonderful historic property and gardens which are well worth exploring -  so it’s great value for a family outing.  Entry tickets are  £4.20 per adult, £2.50 per child, £3.40 for concessions, with free admission for Historic Scotland members.”

The programme is as follows:

12.00  : Royal Arrival:  Mary, Queen of Scots, her ladies-in-waiting and Lord James Stewart are welcomed to Aberdour Castle. The battle camp opens, and the archery range is prepared for the Queen.

12.30  : The Royal Archer:  Queen Mary tests her prowess with the bow and soldiers show off their own archery skills.

1.00    : French Fashion and Finery:  See how a lady would be dressed in 16th century Scotland.

1.30    : Crash, Bang, Wallop!  Weaponry demonstrations.

2.00    : The Painted Lady:  A surprising insight into the dangers of 16th century cosmetics.

2.30    : The Rapier - A Gentleman’s Weapon and The Great Sword:  An authoritative guide to sword fencing and a duelling with a difference

3.00    : The Barber:  An informative and light-hearted guide to 16th century surgery and equipment

3.30    : Royal Departure:  Mary, Queen of Scots, gets ready to leave and reflects on the day and the political scene in Scotland.



  • Aberdour Castle situated 8 miles east of the Forth Bridges on the A921. Postcode KY3 OSL.

  • The 12th century fortified residence of Aberdour was extended by the Douglas family in the 15th, 16th and 17th centuries. It boasts a delightful walled garden and terraces with beehive-shaped dovecot. The castle also features a fine painted ceiling.

  • Aberdour 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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