at the Games - Living History
living history encampments present almost two millennia
of Scottish history, from the Roman invasion to the
modern era. Come, mingle with
your ancestors, and see how they lived ... but beware of the fast-talking recruiting
LEGIO IX HISPANA (83 AD): This legion was raised by
Pompei in 65 BC and by 83 AD was serving with Agricola north of the Forth-Clyde
line (later to become Antonine's Wall) in Scotland. The recreated LEGIO IX portray 1st century AD
Roman arms and equipment, as well as the camp life of Roman soldiers and their
dependents. For more information, turn your browser to http://www.legioix.org/.
WILDE IRISH – Tudor Gaelic Galloglass – 1550-1600 The “Wilde Irishe” (their English
name) portray military and civilian Gaelic Irish of the period 1550-1600 who waged a series of rebellions to
maintain their political and cultural independence against the Dublin-based
crown authorities of Tudor England. For more information please go to:
APPIN REGIMENT Scottish Jacobites (1745-1746):
The Stewarts of Appin raised a clan regiment to join Bonnie Prince Charlie in his attempt to put the Stuarts back on the British throne in the Jacobite Rising of 1746. For nine months the Jacobite forces routed the English and marched to within 80 miles of London before turning back. Watch veterans teach new recruits how to use the traditional Highland weapons -- broadsword, targe, and lochaber ax -- while others are repairing their clothes and arms, cooking, or wrapping curious lowlanders in the great plaid. For more information please go to: http://www.appins.org/The Stewarts of Appin raised a clan regiment to join Bonnie
Prince Charlie in his attempt to put the Stuarts back on the British throne in
the Jacobite Rising of 1746. For nine
months the Jacobite forces routed the English and marched to within 80 miles of
London before turning back. Watch
veterans teach new recruits how to use the traditional Highland weapons --
broadsword, targe, and lochaber ax -- while others are repairing their clothes
and arms, cooking, or wrapping curious lowlanders in the great plaid. For more information please go to:
HIGHLAND GUARD – Scottish Jacobites – 1745-1746: This Highland Guard represents the
other five Highland regiments who followed Bonnie Prince Charlie down into
England and then back to Inverness to that fateful battlefield, known today as
Culloden, on the 16th of April 1745. Here
you can talk to the Highland men and women who followed their Prince. Contact: Chris Anders email@example.com
ROGER'S RANGERS French & Indian War (1756-17635): Organized in 1756 by Robert Rogers,
a Scotch-Irish farmer and woodsman, Rogers’ Rangers were America’s first
Special Forces, Army Rangers, Green Berets, Navy Seals and Delta Force of
Colonial America. Wearing their Scots bonnets and green or brown frontier
attire, they were the eyes and ears of the British army during the French and
Indian War (1754-1763). Commissioned as part of the British Army, Rangers were
unique in their hide-and-seek, hit-and-run-style of what is known today as
“guerilla warfare” tactics; a form of fighting that was common to French and
Indian forces, but not to British regulars. Contact: Randy Flood firstname.lastname@example.org
84TH REGIMENT OF FOOT American Revolution (1775-1784): Also known as the “Royal Highland Emigrants,” the 84th was
raised from loyalist Scottish emigrants in America by the English in 1775 to
quell the American uprising. Wearing the
traditional plaid, they served on the Canada-New York frontier and in the
southern colonies of Georgia, the Carolinas, and Virginia. Disbanded in 1784, many veterans accepted
land grants in Ontario and Nova Scotia.
This Light Infantry company demonstrates the uniform and arms of the
British Army Highland soldier of the 1770’s.
For more information please go to: https://84thregiment.org/Home.html.
SUBJECTS OF THE QUEEN Victorian (1883):
By the end of the 19th Century, Queen Victoria reigned over
an empire won by diplomacy and brute force.
More troops were needed.
Regiments were raised from the fertile recruiting grounds of the
Dan Peer, family and friends portray the camp life of both officers and
men, and the officer’s ladies demonstrate the domestic side of military life. As more
troops were needed, regiments
were raised from the fertile recruiting grounds of the Highlands. Today, scattered across the world, the
descendants of Scots continue their tradition of fierce loyalty by serving in
the armed forces of their adopted homelands and celebrating their common
heritage in ceilidhs and games. This British Army Highland soldier portrays the period of
Queen Victoria when the British Army still went to war in red coats but carried
the ultra-modern breach-loading Martini-Henry rifle.
GLEN MAR FARM (2018): On Saturday only, Denise Ford presents Rowen of Glen Mar, a
2-year old Highland cow with bloodlines from the Queens Balmoral herd. The Highland breed has lived for centuries in
the rugged remote Scottish Highlands. The extremely harsh conditions created a
process of natural selection, where only the fittest and most adaptable animals
survived to carry on the breed.
Characterized by short legs, long coats and horns, this breed dates back
to the sixth century in the archaeological record. For centuries, the
Highlander raised their cattle for milk and beef, consumed locally, and would
drive them to lowland markets and fairs in great herds every fall for cash to
buy the small luxuries otherwise unavailable at home. Come pet and brush this gentle heritage bovine
that once was the economy of the Highlands. For further
information please contact: Glen Mar Farm, Bowling Green, VA.
Great thanks to Daniel Gilbert for continuing to make it possible to have
re-enactors at the Virginia Scottish Games.