Camp fires and musket fire at Edzell Castle and Gardens
20 May 2014
Step back in time to the 17th century this weekend at Edzell Castle
and Garden, where historical re-enactors will be bringing history to life with weaponry displays and
Soldiers and Gardens - a Year of Homecoming 2014 event - will take place on Saturday
and Sunday from 12pm, and will give visitors the opportunity to learn more about the Royalist Marquis
of Montrose’s 1640s campaign.
In the spring of 1645 Montrose’s men passed by the castle and pillaged and burnt
the policies. Angus was at the time very split, with loyalties ranging along a spectrum from ardent
royalist to ardent Covenanter.
Scots Covenanters will be setting up camp at the castle, and carrying out pike drills
and musketry displays, as well as giving guided tours of the site.
Edzell was home to the Lindsays. When they acquired the estate in 1358, the lordly
seat was a timber residence beside the ancient church. During the 16th century, they built a brand-new
castle a short distance away - the one we admire today. The icing on the cake of their new residence
was the wonderful ‘great garden’, added in 1604.
Lorna Ewan, Head of Visitor Experience, Content and Learning at Historic Scotland
said: “Picturesque, imposing and set within a beautiful walled garden, Edzell Castle is a wonderful
spot for a day out. Soldiers and Gardens promises to bring the history of the area to life, teaching
visitors more about conflict in Angus in the 17th century, and the role the castle played.”
Soldiers and Gardens will take place on Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th May from 12-4pm
and is included in admission to Edzell Castle and Garden. For more information visit www.historic-scotland.gov.uk/homecoming
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- Historic Scotland is an executive agency of the Scottish Government charged
with safeguarding the nation’s historic environment. The agency is fully accountable to Scottish Ministers
and through them to the Scottish Parliament.
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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
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