I don't normally post anything which isn't directly related to wargaming, but on a very few occasions I write other articles. Today is such a day; my son and I spent the afternoon at Dumbarton Castle's annual "Rock of Ages" re-enactment event.
Now I've posted about Dumbarton Castle before (--> here <--), so I'm not going to describe the venue this time. Suffice it to say that it's my local historical monument and we visit it on occasion. Today was (very) hot and sunny and there was an event on...
Rock of Ages
"Rock of Ages" is an annual, 2-day event organised by Historic Scotland (the government agency that looks after ancient monuments). Re-enactment groups with at least some connection to the west of Scotland in general and to Dumbarton Castle in particular gather to put on a show.
There are a multitude of camps set up where you can talk to the various groups, as well as a 10-20 minute slot in the main arena for each lot to show their stuff.
|We arrived too late to see the Romans in the arena, but this is their camp. A lot of the equipment and talk was about the Roman fleet and marines, who did after all penetrate further into/around Scotland than the legions.
|The Romans were first into the arena at the end of the event, as might be expected. Recorded history in Scotland pretty much starts with Romans, after all...
|Vikings played a big part in the history of Dumbarton Castle (they besieged it and took away the survivors as slaves after the fortress fell).
I missed taking pictures of the medieval, renaissance and Napoleonic groups, though some of these can be seen in the arena shot at the end of this post. Suffice it to say that we did have long and interesting talks with a medieval archer (about bows and arrows, duh!) & weapons maker (different types of swords, mostly), renaissance ladies (the intricacies of female costume & fashion), a WWI medic (battlefield medicine), a WWI officer from the eastern mediterranean (dysentery and camels) and a Viking housewife (food; they'd just finished lunch).
|Here is a WWI British motorcycle "ambulance" taking a wounded German prisoner back to a dressing station.
So, we came away hot and sunburnt, but it was a great way to spend the afternoon. The re-enactors have my pity, though: they need to do the whole thing again tomorrow!