Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Soldiers of Killiecrankie - a lovely day out in Perthshire

The event was in the area occupied by Mackay's baggage train.
I swithered (for non Scots swither is 'to hesitate') about getting out of bed that morning. I had loads to do for the show at Claymore the following weekend and did not relish 4 hours in the car during the awful summer we are having here in Caledonia. In the end, the prospect of some good pics for the new books plus meeting some people I had been looking forward to talking to for some time won the argument so in the end, I went for it.
Dunfermline's Horse
What a great day!

I am told by Alan 'Wellington/Montrose' Larsen that the idea came during a chance meeting between himself as a battlefield geek and some interested locals which took place on the battlefield itself a few month ago.
The infantry march onto the field
I am glad they decided to bring this event to the public as it was a wee gem. The weather was suitably Scottish and a young visitor from the Emerald Isle asked me if the weather was always like this in Scotland. 'Raining you mean?' said Hilton ruefully. No said he, 'Raining and sun shine simultaneously!' Well, actually, yes it is quite common!
The men from Donegal and friends!
I met two men whom I had spoken with on the phone and enjoyed their conversation. In the flesh they were even nicer! One was the wonderful artist Sean O'Brogain of Boyne and Aughrim Visitor Centre(s) fame and illustrator for Osprey and Mike McNally's great titles. Thge other was his brother Thomas, historian, re enactment organizer and period expert. Their crew had travelled from Ireland to represent Purcell's/Cannon's Jacobites.
This lady made a superb trooper!
The camp was great, the equestrian skills of Alan Larsen and his group were outstanding. The weapon handling, drill instructions given in Irish Gaelic and fantastic engagement from Scots, Irish and far travelled English re enactment groups was really wonderful.
They started them young in 1689!
Perthshire looked majestic and I realize why I love this country when the sun shines - there is truly nowhere quite like it.
Galloper gun which fired a lot!

I will tickle your taste buds with a series of wonderful pictures (you can be the judge of that outrageously immodest statement!) what I actually mean is that the subject matter is wonderful.
Irish or French musketeer in Ireland 1690
I shot over 300 pictures during five hours of feverish activity. Having been at the Waterloo extravaganza and shared some shots on the blog previously you will see the difference in quality when you can get up close at a more bijou event.
Bonnie Dundee aka the ubiquitous Alan Larsen
This post is a general piece. The others will provide more detailed shots.

Enjoy! I did!


  1. I had thought about going but a leg problem has limited my driving.
    Looks like a good weekend and I also managed to miss it last year as well.

  2. There are a lot more photos on the Soldiers of Killicrankie Facebook page if anyone is interested? Unfortunately you have to be a FB member to see them.

  3. Great photos,very evocative. By the way, summer has bypassed Ireland too.

  4. Loads more of these to come in the following 3 posts:

    Individual close ups

  5. As one of the re-enactors I would just like to add that this was a cracking event. Great crowd, great venue, great re-enactors. It has already been pencilled in for next year and I will be there.

    1. Martin, which unit were you part of?

  6. Great photos Barry and more inspiration from what looks like a memorable outing - it is nearly always worth making the trip even if at the outset the distance and the hassle are daunting...!
    Sean O'Brogain's paintings in the Boyne, Athlone and Aughrim museums and guidebooks are outstanding - really capture the feel of our period - hope you may be able to include some of his illustrations in the Ireland book...? also Philip Armstong of 'Paint the past' website has some spectacular reconstructions of William landing at Carrickfergus and the siege of Derry...any chance of inclusion...?

  7. I already have the permissions from Philip Armstrong and his work is included in the books Peter. I am discussing with Sean right now.

  8. I am a member of Sir Arther Erskine's regiment. We were the government troops with white cuffs and a few of us plaided up for the highland charge.

  9. I took a picture of a chap in that uniform and a bunnet, I thought he said he was from Loudon's. Where are you chaps based?

  10. That's great news on those permissions Barry - images and illustrations are so key to firing the imagination on from the text...they are going to be inspiring books no doubt and the source for many a scenario in the future! Peter


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