Spirit of DunCarron

Our first fundraising weekend of 2015 at The Village is almost upon us, in the shape of our 3rd annual Spirit of Duncarron event! A mix of medieval mayhem and music, it’s looking like one of the not-to-be-missed events of the year.

Music will include the THUNDER of Saor Patrol, Ometlan – a traditional Aztec dance group – and on Sunday only we have the one and only Dougie MacLean as our very special guest!

The event will take place in a full medieval encampment, where volunteers of The Clanranald Trust for Scotland and Combat International will demonstrate some medieval battle tactics, including the schiltron formation famously utilised by Robert the Bruce during the Battle of Bannockburn.

We are delighted to have our historical re-enactment friends The Disinherited and Historic Saltire, join us in demonstrating medieval warfare.

We will also be demonstrating other aspects of medieval life in Scotland, including a blacksmiths and camp kitchen. This year we are joined by Apri Ludibundi, the wonderful German bakers, who will be demonstrating their fantastic skills.

On the 20th and 21st of June, take a walk back through time – see the sights, and hear the sounds of medieval Scotland. Train with our knights, form a schiltron, see our jesters, visit the medieval market and test your aim with our have-a-go archery! Click HERE for information on booking your tickets for this unique event, or navigate using the EVENTS tab.

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Church, Trains & TV Shows.

January 2015 Update
Church
Well, there was no easing into the new year for us at The Trust. We officially moved into ChurcHQ (the former St Kessogs in Callander – see the ‘contact us’ tab for details) – as in we have internet and phone connection in place. There’s still work to be done before we finally bid farewell to our Kincardine base for good. We’d link to invite you along to our new HQ for an open weekend – details of this are available under the ‘events‘ tab under the page banner.

Trains
As part of our fund-raising work, we worked alongside the National Trust for Scotland to promote the new Battle of Bannockburn visitor centre. A new advertising floor ‘poster’ was unveiled at Stirling Train Station, which features members of The Trust. Some of the guys who are featured in the poster, along with our Chief, Charlie Allan, attended the launch and apparently caused quite a stir in full medieval battle dress!

TV Shows
Last March, we worked with Ireland’s Tile Films on the ‘After Braveheart’ production, alongside Scottish actor Clive Russell. The documentary had its airing on the RTE channel on the 14th and 22nd of January and was well received. Not only did Clanranald Trust volunteers and members of our trained warrior group, Combat International, take part in the production, but DunCarron Medieval Village was used as a location and definitely looks the part on TV!
This month, we also worked with a Norwegian production company on a project that was being filmed in here in Scotland. More details of this project will be shared soon.
Our final piece of TV came as Charlie and the lads of Saor Patrol guested on BBC One’s prime time magazine programme, The One Show on Friday 23rd Jan. It was excellent exposure for the band, and saw sales of their Outlander album soar, sending it up the charts – to number 3 in the Independent Album Chart at time of wriing!

Today (Saturday 31st Jan) also saw our first visit to DunCarron this year. We would have been up to check the site earlier, but we had no power or water onsite. The Village sustained no damage despite the stormy and wintry weather which saw in the start of the year.

Finally, and in other news – Odin became front page news with the Stirling Observer running an article on our take-over of the former St Kessogs Church in Callendar!

This year is already shaping up to be a busy one, so please bookmark this page and visit it regularly, along with our Facebook pages and Twitter accounts, to keep up-to-date.

Paul.
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Image: Saor Patrol with One Show hosts Chris Evans and Alex Jones, along with journalist/presenter Jeremy Paxman. Credit unknown.

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All’s Well That Ends Well!

The year has pretty much came to an end, as far as our events and other activities go, so this will be the last post to the page for 2014. We plan to keep our webpage current and up-to-date in 2015, so please bookmark the page and check it regularly for updates on our projects and events.

We’d like to thank everyone who has supported us this past year, either by spreading word of what we do, coming to visit us at our DunCarron events, and other events we attended and by making donations. A big thank you to all of those who volunteer with us – those events could not happen without you giving up your valuable time.

We already have some exciting events lined up for next year so keep a look out for our 2015 events calendar, which will be published as soon as some dates, etc, are finalised.

On behalf of everyone at the Clanranald Trust for Scotland, we’d like to wish you all a very peaceful festive season, and a very happy New Year! See you in 2015,

Paul.

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The Trust’s Roy Ramsay as Robert the Bruce at Bannockburn Live commemoration of the 700th anniversary of the Battle of Bannockburn.

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Swords and Santa!

This Saturday, we’ll be bringing some festive magic to The Battle of Bannockburn centre. We were delighted to be invited to help the NTS staff and visitors celebrate Christmas, and we aim to make this event a memorable one for all those who attend. We hope to see you there!

Paul.
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A Yuletide Thank You!

We’d like to thank everyone who braved the elements to visit our 2014 Yule event. With the icy wind, icy rain and then snow, we’re truly grateful that you left your cosy homes to spend the weekend with us!

Thanks again for attending our last official public event of the year. Our calendar of events for 2015 already has some additions – bookmark the page and visit it regularly for updates under our ‘Events’ tab.

Paul

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Page Update

We have added a new ‘Events’ tab beneath our page banner. Events will now be listed under this tab, simply hover your cursor over it to see what’s coming up!

Our official Facebook and Twitter accounts are also great ways to keep track of what we’re up to:

Facebook: (click link)
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Twitter: (click link)
@duncarronfort
@clanranaldtrust

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A King, A Saint and Santa.

The King.

Well, it’s been quite a summer/autumn season for us at The Clanranald Trust for Scotland and Duncarron Medieval Village. The highlight of the summer has got to be our participation in the commemoration of the 700th anniversary of The Battle Bannockburn. The trust provided the battle re-enactment and medieval village, along with friends and colleagues from a range of organisations. Clan volunteers Roy Ramsay and Paul Gamble played the parts of Robert the Bruce and Edward II, respectively. The Bannockburn Live event drew in 20,000 visitors from around the globe and closer to home – including Scotland’s former First Minister, Alex Salmond. Other events included our Spirit of Duncarron festival, and our good friends The Dolmen travelled up to Duncarron to join Saor Patrol on stage, and The Sassenachs joined us from The Netherlands. We also provided a medieval feel to Dougie Maclean’s Amber Festival in October, along with our own Halloween event at The VIllage. Images of all these events can be seen in our Facebook albums HERE and HERE!

The Saint.

The big news of the moment is that we’re leaving our current head office in Kincardine to move into our new premises at Callander. The locals at Kincardine haven’t ran us off or anything, we’ve simply out-grown our premises there and were in need of a larger building. Enter the former Saint Kessogs church in Callander. As well as a church, the building has also served as The Rob Roy Visitor Centre and Scottish Tourist Information Centre, so it won’t be a stranger to an organisation that promotes the history and culture of Scotland! Not only will the building serve as our administrative centre and storage facility, but we plan to ‘give it back’ to the community. It is very much our intention that the building become a community hub for the village and the surrounding area. Comprising of retail space, a cinema and loads of storage space, the new building not only meets our current needs, but it should also meet our future needs, as well as opening up lots of new and exciting opportunities for us as an organisation. Images of the building can also be found in our Facebook albums, linked to above.

Santa.

If you would like to see us ‘in action’, our final official public event of the year, takes place on the 6th and 7th of December, 12pm – 4pm both days. At our Yule event at DunCarron Medieval Village, we hope to get visitors into the spirit of the festive season. With a cast of fairytale characters, including Father Christmas, we’ll take a look back in time to how people celebrated the season throughout history. This is a fun, family event and should bring joy to children young and old! We will also have some traders selling a range of quality gifts, hand-crafted in Scotland. Tickets for this event are available ‘on the door’ – but please note that we don’t yet have the facilities to accept card payments at The Village.

As always, we thank you all for your continuing support of our projects!

Paul
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February Update

As February comes to an end, it’s time for our monthly review! February, being the shortest month, seemed have little or no effect on the amount of stuff we packed into it. We’ve been filming again this month – for the NTS, on Macbeth and, as you may have read yesterday, Charlie is in Istanbul filming on Russell Crowe’s directorial debut, The Water Diviner – by special request of Mr Crowe himself! And that’s just the filming we’re allowed to talk about at the moment.

This month also saw The Clanranald Trust for Scotland involved in the press opening of the new visitors centre. Members of the Trust were dressed in medieval gear and provided some excellent photo opportunities for the world’s press. Some of the guys who were involved in the motion capture filming gave interviews about how that worked. The trust will also be involved in the official opening of the centre this weekend. If you are in the area, you should definitely check the centre out – it’s an excellent experience, fun for all the family, while commemorating those who lost their lives on both sides of the battle.

Charlie announced that Saor Patrol would be appearing at the SxSW festival in Austin, Texas – one of the largest festivals on the planet. The Thunder of Saor Patrol will help spread the word about our DunCarron Medieval Village. project to an even larger audience than before. Speaking of DunCarron, work has continued on site – particularly with regards to roofing our roundhouse and the preparation for construction of an armoury!

The diary for March seems to be filled already, so it looks like next month will be as busy as ever. We hope that February found all our friends and supporters safe and healthy, and that it was as productive as our month was.

Paul, on behalf of the entire Clanranald Trust for Scotland team.

Image: Dr Tony Pollard ponders his next move on the Bannockburn centre’s battle strategy game, watched by members of the Trust and the world’s press.
Tony Pollard at Bannockburn Centre