Soldiers to fight for King and Covenant

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Visitors will be able to step back in time to the 17th century at Edzell Castle this Saturday and Sunday, as soldiers prepare to fight for King 
and Covenant.

Over the course of the weekend, visitors can experience what military life was like during the 17th century, including finding out how to look after a musket and wield a pike, as well as the skills needed to handle the swords of the day as soldiers are put through their paces in military drills from 
the era.

The castle, was the seat of John Lindsay, Laird at Edzell in the 1640s, one of the commissioners of war for Forfar county who would have held a responsibility for training and arming men for defence of the country. As a result, the lands around Edzell Castle were a likely location for gathering and training local regiments during the Covenanting Wars.

As well as having the opportunity to discover more about the covenanting movement in Scotland, costumed performers will explain what life could have been like for soldiers during this time, from the cause that drove them to the clothes they wore –including the distinctive Hodden 
Grey uniform.

Visitors will also have the opportunity to explore Edzell Castle’s walled formal landscaped garden, originally dating back to the early 1600s the garden as it is today was recreated in the 1930s.

Lorna Ewan, head of visitor experience, content and learning at Historic Scotland, said: “The weekend-long Soldiers and Gardens event will help bring the fascinating history of Edzell Castle and Garden to life for our visitors. With a programme including military displays and tours of the walled garden, it’s sure to be a great day out for the 
whole family.”

Soldiers and Gardens will take place at Edzell Castle on Saturday and Sunday, May 9 and 10, from noon - 4pm. This event is included in the cost of admission to Edzell Castle and Garden and free for Historic Scotland Members. For more information please visit www.historic-scotland.gov.uk/events