Dunbar will come alive with the thundering of hooves and crack of muskets, as the Scottish Battlefields Trust returns to re-enact the Battle of Dunbar 1650 as part of East Lothian’s Battle Weekend. Re-enactors from across the UK will put on an exhilarating display recreating a key part of the battle, amidst a series of informative family-friendly activities from Friday 13th to Sunday 15th September.
This living history event is part of a triennial calendar of commemorative re-enactment weekends designed to entertain and educate people about this important period in Scotland’s history. The Battle of Dunbar Re-Enactment will also be the climax of 2019’s East Lothian Archaeology and Local History Fortnight.
These events will be witnessed by descendants of some of the Scottish soldiers who were taken prisoner at the battle and later transported to North America. They are travelling to Scotland to commemorate the role of their ancestors in these momentous events.
Friday 13 September
The Soldiers of Dunbar 1650
7.30pm-8.30pm, Dunbar Harbour Battery
Free (donations welcome)
A special commemorative display in Dunbar’s historic battery fort.
To remember the soldiers who fought at the Battle of Dunbar there will be colourful presentations, commemorations, and a musket volley in honour of the fallen.
The evening will kick off a weekend of events bringing to life the dramatic actions which took place in the town of Dunbar, during the troubled times of the civil wars.
Saturday 14 September
Battle of Dunbar 1650 Parade
10am, Lauderdale House, finishing off Spott Road, Dunbar
Meeting at Lauderdale House, soldiers of the seventeenth century return to the streets of Dunbar for a commemorative parade. They will be joined by descendants of Scottish soldiers who took part in the battle. These descendants will be welcomed as special guests, with some travelling from as far as the USA. Look out for the Scots general David Leslie and his formidable opponent Oliver Cromwell!
Saturday 14 – Sunday 15 September
Battle of Dunbar 1650 Re-enactment Weekend
11am-5pm both days, Field near Spott Road, Dunbar EH42 1BF
Tickets can be booked online or on the day: Adult £6, Child £3 Half-price entry between 11am-12pm on both days
11.00 Living history opens; 11.30 Giant map presentation; 12.00 Cromwellian infantry display; 12.30 Scots Lancers cavalry display; 13.00 Skirmish at the shepherd's hut; 13.30 Scottish foot display; 14.00 Children’s Battle; 14.30 Councils of War; 15.00 Battle of Dunbar;
16.00 Book launch; 17.00 Camps close.
History comes to life for the 2019 East Lothian Battle Weekend, as we gather to witness Oliver Cromwell leading his troops against the General Leslie’s determined Scottish army. Explore the encampments and discover what life was like during the Civil Wars in the Living History interactive exhibit and explore the specially recreated battle camps. Take part in activities for all the family, and hear the muskets roar and the thundering hooves of the battle. There will also be arena displays and cavalry shows to show the skill of these soldiers and their horsemanship. For historical fun for all the family, there will be children’s activities, stalls and refreshments available making for the perfect family day out this autumn.
Tickets can be booked online or on the day, £6 adult, £3 child
While we take every opportunity to ensure the details for Dunbar 1650 Battle Weekend are accurate, we always advise that you contact the event organiser before setting out for the event to avoid disapointment.
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