Soldiers of Killiecrankie are indebted to the many re-enactors who travel from all over the UK, even one from Cornwall and three groups from Ireland, that make up Purcells Irish Brigade. Without the re-enactors we would not have a Soldiers of Killiecrankie event.
Infantry - Dale MacDonald Haig coordinates all the infantry re-enactors, from the Living History Camp to the performances in the arenas that tell the story of the Battle of Killiecrankie. A piece on some of the units you will meet at Soldiers of Killiecrankie:-
Earl of Loudoun’s Regiment of Foote. At Killiecrankie they portraying for the most part Jacobite Highland Levies and cannon crew. Their members are mainly based from around Scotland, participating in the accurate re-enactment of 17th century life and warfare. All arms of military life are employed in the society; regiments of infantry armed with pike and musket, squadrons of horse (cavalry) and batteries of ordnance (cannon). Flickr Gallery. Facebook. Twitter.
Photographs on the web site - we are indebted to Rab Taylor of the Earl of Loudoun’s Regiment of Foote for the use of many of his images, also to Davy Nelson of Pitlochry.
The Alan Breck’s Regiment was established in 2007 at the Palace of Holyroodhouse, to create a new living history society which could support initiatives at Prestonpans Battlefield in East Lothian. The group’s name recalls how Alan Breck Stewart (of Kidnapped fame) who fought as a Redcoat at Prestonpans before being restored to his true Jacobite loyalties after the battle. The name symbolises how the Brecks today are expected to participate as soldiers from either side of the conflict without prejudice.
Erskine’s Regiment were a covenanting regiment raised in 1643 – with contributions from each parish across Scotland. The regiment served in the army of the Covenant and was part of the army that invaded England in 1644. The team are one of the most active in Scotland in interpreting and re-enacting the Scottish story from 1639 to 1653 with 10-12 events a season. Face Book.
Purcell's Irish Brigade is a co-operative Irish group, made up from members of Oireas, North Irish Dragoons and Kargfergus Living History Groups. Members are from County Donegal in North-west (Ireland's Khyper Pass) Ireland with members from County Derry (the location of the Siege's of 1607, 1649 and 1688). Their motto is ‘Saol gan Staire, Saol gan Ceannacht’ (A life without history is a life without Identity).
Cavalry - Kirsty McWilliams provides the horses and many of the riders while Rosie Jones and Alan Larsen have taken part and provided the period saddlery, costumes and format that has proved such a great success.
Battlefield Tours – Rulzion Rattray coordinates this on our behalf, having researched the history, both from the Government forces and the Gaelic side (often over looked in history books) of the Battle. The tour costs £2 and takes about 45 minutes. Good outdoor footwear required.
Are you a re-enactor/group, specialist in a period of history/archeology? We are keen to grown Soldiers of Killiecrankie to be more than just the Battle of Killiecrankie. We want to grow it so it tells the much wider story, so if you are a group/individual that has a specialism in a period of history that links to the Battle of Killiecrankie in any way, we would love you to join us and take part. Please contact our Soldiers of Killiecrankie Group Chairman firstname.lastname@example.org who will explain what is involved and hear from you how best we can make sure you have the space/venue so you can tell your story of history.