Jacobites will once again occupy the grounds of Braemar Castle on Sunday (July 24). In 1689, the notorious Black Colonel came calling and set fire to the castle. Organiser Marilyn Baker said: “This time the Jacobites’ intentions are much more honourable - they’ll be providing entertainment, food and drink!”
The clock will be turned back to the 1740s, before the Battle of Culloden and the banning of everything Jacobite, to a time when Highlanders were proud to wear tartan and blue bonnets and fight with swords.
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.
Marilyn said: “Everyone was so enthusiastic about our first Jacobite Fete last year, and this year we have even more attractions to tempt people.
”Attend the sword fighting and archery schools, watch weaving and lace making demonstrations, learn how to create an authentic kilt with no stitching and enjoy the storyteller’s tales of Jacobite intrigue. There will be 18th century games, challenges to test your strength and cunning, a pony to pet from Belwade Farm, 2Wit2Woo will be there with rescued owls and raptors, and you’ll be able to watch Snuffles the sheep being sheared in the traditional way. And the war veterans’ charity, Horseback UK, will showing off the rehabilitation work they do with injured servicemen.”
The Aberdeen and North East Family History Society will be on hand to help people get started in tretracing thei own family history.
Mar Lodge rangers will be showing people how to make brews from the hedgerows and string from thistles!
Traditional singers and musicians, the Alans, will provide live music throughout the day and there will be pipe music from the Bucksburn Pipe Band.
HM Sheridan butchers, of Ballater, will have a hog roast on the spit to stave off Jacobite hunger pangs, or alternatively, there will be a ploughman’s lunch from the Cambus O‘May cheese company.
Traditional soup will be available from Taste of Braemar and teas, coffees and ice-cream will be on sale as well as sweets, tablet and homebakes, provided by Braemar WRI.
Visitors can sample strawberries and cream in the castle courtyard and the Moorfield Hotel will be running a beer tent for the thirsty.
The afternoon will culminate with an open air musical drama, telling the story of Bonnie Prince Charlie’s short but significant time in Britain. People are invited to take along a travel rug or picnic chair.
Visitors are also invited to dress up as a Jacobite or, if they’re brave enough, as a Redcoat!
Entry to the Fete is £3 for adults, £2 concession and children are free. Entrance to the fete also entitles visitors to a £1 reduction on admission to the castle. Gates are open from 11am to 4pm.