Meet the ancestors at history extravaganza

largest reenactment
largest reenactment

Re-enactors from Kincardineshire, Aberdeenshire and Aberdeen are to take part in the largest such event ever run in Scotland.

The Festival of History will turn the 18th century Chatelherault Country Park, just outside Hamilton, into a unique timewarp going back more than 2000 years.

The event is run by former Stonehaven man, George Topp.

Lanarkshire will echo to the sounds of the clash of metal, musket and cannon fire this weekend, August 17-18, when around 500 costumed specialists from across Europe stage the history and re-enactment show.

The event is estimated to be worth £500,000 to the Lanarkshire economy.

Over the two days the public will be able to take a step back in time and explore Scotland’s past, from the Iron Age Caledonia and Romans to medieval knights and Jacobites, to the country’s links with the Napoleonic and US Civil War and the two World Wars.

The festival isn’t just about battle re-enactments.

There is a two day international longbow archery competition, living history camps where visitors can learn how their ancestors lived; pirates and smugglers; jesters and jugglers; period music, song and dance; displays by a medieval executioner; heritage crafts; a large tented medieval market selling everything from costume to historical artefacts, and also a modern craft market.

The specialists taking part come from Scotland and the rest of the UK, as well as from European countries as diverse as Sweden, France and Germany, to the Netherlands, Switzerland and Slovenia.

A large tented medieval market will houser traders ranging from a Viking specialist from Sweden, to medieval furniture and other wooden household items.

George Topp said: “The sights, sounds and smells of the past will come alive at Chatelherault on August 17 and 18, so come along and meet your ancestors.”