Dundonald Castle,Foto: Derek Ferris [<a href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0">CC-BY-SA-2.0</a>], <a href="http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File%3ADundonald_Castle.jpg">via Wikimedia Commons</a>

Dundonald Castle,Foto: Derek Ferris [CC-BY-SA-2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Visitors to Dundonald Castle on Sunday 22nd June can see history brought to life as historical re-enactors shed light on the role the Stewart family played in the Wars of Independence.

The Rise of the Stewarts – a Homecoming Scotland 2014 event – will see presentations running from 12-4pm on Sunday, with visitors having the opportunity to learn more about the weaponry and armoury used in the Wars of Independence.


Dundonald Castle was a key stronghold of the Stewart family, and a main centre of their administration in the south west. In the Wars of Independence the Stewarts were involved in both military and diplomatic efforts to aid the Scottish cause.


They became supporters of Robert the Bruce after 1306, though the families had long been allies, and their importance is reflected in the marriage between Walter Stewart and Bruce’s daughter Marjory.


Lorna Ewan, Head of Visitor Experience, Content and Learning at Historic Scotland said: “Sitting on a hill above the village, Dundonald Castle is steeped in history and makes for a great day out. The Rise of the Stewarts will explore the key role which this powerful family played in the history of the area, and with historical re-enactors bringing the story to life with weaponry displays, this promises to be an enjoyable event for the whole family.”


The Rise of the Stewarts will take place on Sunday 22nd June from 12-4pm and is included in admission to Dundonald Castle. For more information visit www.historic-scotland.gov.uk/homecoming

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