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  • Off Spott Road EH42 1BF United Kingdom (map)

Join re-enactors from across the land as we gather for the 2019 East Lothian Battle Weekend, commemorating and bringing to life the dramatic events of the Battle of Dunbar in 1650.

See Oliver Cromwell leading his troops into battle against the determined Scots forces, and discover what life was like in the armies of the British Civil Wars.


Parade (Saturday morning) departs Lauderdale House at 10am; processes down High Street and Spott Road.

Timetable for both days:

11.00 Living history camps open

11.30 Giant map presentation - help direct the troops as we discover where the armies deployed

12.00 Cromwellian infantry display - arena display by the English foot soldiers

12.30 Scots Lancers display - see the Scottish cavalry put through their paces

13.00 Skirmish at the shepherd's hut - an English outpost is surprised by the Scots

13.30 Scottish foot display - see the grey-coated infantry at their drill

14.00 Children’s Battle - time for the youngsters to get involved

14.30 Councils of War - listen in as the commanders make their crucial decisions

15.00 BATTLE OF DUNBAR - look on as a key phase of the battle is recreated before you

16.00 Book launch - a new study of the battlefield by local historian Arran Johnston

17.00 Camps close
In between displays, you'll be able to walk amongst the tent lines and talk to the soldiers about their clothing, equipment, and life in a seventeenth century army. There will also be a expert display of historical swordsmanship techniques.
There will be a children's activity area, including crafts and even a foam-sword fencing arena!
Find out more about the work of the Scottish Battlefields Trust by visiting our stall in the marquee,
and perhaps pick up a book or a souvenir too!


Earlier Event: September 13
The Soldiers of 1650