Virginia Scottish Games - September 5 & 6, 2020


Reenactors at the Games - Living History

Six 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 sergeant!

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/.

Legio IX Hispania

 

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: http://www.appins.org/.

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  rgflood@cox.net

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: http://84thregiment.org/Home.html.

84th Regiment - Rich Miller

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 Highlands.  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.

Rowen of GLen Mar

 

 

Great thanks to Daniel Gilbert for continuing to make it possible to have re-enactors at the Virginia Scottish Games.

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