Fete is in Jacobite hands at Braemar

A costumed Jacobite fete is being held at Braemar Castle on Sunday with a wide range of activities.
A costumed Jacobite fete is being held at Braemar Castle on Sunday with a wide range of activities.

Braemar becomes Brigadoon on Sunday (July 29) when the village turns the clock back to Jacobite times before the Battle of Culloden.

History will come alive in the grounds of the castle with a costumed Jacobite fete, re-enactments, a “living history” camp and traditional food and games.

Organiser Marilyn Baker says: “There will be something for all the family to enjoy. With the Disney-Pixar film “Brave” about to be released, this is a great opportunity to find out how the characters in the film would have dressed and lived in Scotland in the past. And at the archery school, against the back-drop of Braemar Castle, you’ll even be able to learn how to pull an arrow like the heroine of the film, Merida.”

You can test your skill at the sword fighting school, learn how to create an authentic Jacobite kilt with no stitching, watch traditional crafts including horn carving, wood turning and weaving and enjoy the storyteller’s tales of Jacobite intrigue. There will be 18th century games, with challenges to test your strength and cunning and an exhibition of Brown Bess guns and Jacobite collectibles. Belwade Farm will be there with a pony to pet, 2Wit2Woo with rescued owls and raptors, and you’ll be able to watch Snuffles the sheep being sheared in the traditional way. If you would like to find out whether your ancestors were Jacobites, the Aberdeen and North East Family History Society will be on hand to help you get started.

Award winning butchers, Sheridans of Ballater will have a hog roast on the spit to stave off Jacobite hunger pangs. There will be traditional soup from Taste and teas, coffees, ice-cream and strawberries will be on sale as well as sweets, tablet and home-bakes provided by Braemar WI and Moorfield Hotel will be running a beer tent with Jacobite beer for the thirsty

The afternoon will culminate with an original open air musical drama written by Marilyn Baker, telling the story of Braemar’s most famous resident, the “Auld Dubrach”. The longest surviving Jacobite, he lived to 110, having survived Culloden, been forgiven by the crown and when introduced to George IV, responded to the greeting “Ah, my oldest friend”, with the words “No, Your Majesty, I’m your auldest enemy.”

Why not dress up as a Jacobite ar as a character from “Brave”? or, if you’re brave enough, even as a Redcoat!

Entry to the Fete is £3 for adults, £2 concession and children are free. Entrance to the fete also entitles you to a reduction of £1 on admission to the Castle. Gates open 11 – 4. The proceeds will go towards the urgent roof repairs at Braemar Castle which is now operated by the local community.