The Clan at Bannockburn 700
Over the weekend of 27th to 29th June 2014, the Clan joined the Bannockburn 700 celebrations.
The weekend started on Friday, 27th at Pipefest at Stirling Castle. The Clan mustered in a nearby hostelry before marching with all the pipebands and other clans through the City of Stirling from the Castle to the King's Knot.
We had an excellent turnout of clansfolk marching. We marched behind a pipeband from Scunthorpe in England.
After the march, the Clan retired to Mr Singh's India Cottage for a late supper.
On Saturday and Sunday the Clan had a Clan Tent in the Clan Village beside the newly opened state of the art Bannockburn Visitor Centre.
Bannockburn 700 comprised a group of “villages” built around an arena in which the largest re-enactment ever seen in Scotland marking the 700th Anniversary of this most significant of battles in Scotland’s history.
Alongside the battle re-enactment, a themed villages presented the sights, sounds and atmosphere of medieval and modern Scotland. There was a music stage starring many contemporary musicians, such as Julie Fowlis, King Creosote, and Dougie Maclean. The Scottish food & drinks suffered the embarrassment of running out of many items due to the number of visitors. The bar didn't run out eventhough a few Clan members helped! The queues were incredible and the rain added to the misery, except we just walked in just before the performance!
On Saturday evening, the Clan had a delicious Clan Dinner at the Brea Restaurant in Stirling.
On Sunday morning, we held the AGM at the Allan Park Hotel in Stirling. Then Sunday at Bannockburn offered a bit of sunshine and larger crowds. The tent welcomed a few MacAulays, who we hope will become members.
As part of the celebrations, on Monday we were given a special guided tour of the new visitors centre. A couple from Edinburgh with their grandsons, were refused entry as the centre was closed to the public - they were swiftly adopted as Clan members for the day and gained free entry and a free lunch!
Thanks to all members who travelled from near and far to support the Clan involvement at Bannockburn and who made it a memorable weekend.