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Blair Castle commemorates 1715 Jacobite Rising

Blair Castle takes visitors on 300 year journey to the time of the Jacobite Rising

jacobite-blair-canon.jpgTake a step back in time this weekend as Blair Castle commemorates the 1715 Jacobite Rising with a living history demonstration of the events that took place at the historic castle 300 years ago exactly this month. See and participate in the demonstration charting when the Duke of Atholl refused to surrender Blair Castle to a Jacobite army - which included two of his sons in the ranks.

Visitors will have the opportunity to explore the historic events of those tumultuous few weeks, see the uniforms the army war at the time and have the opportunity to see the weapons used up close.

People can enjoy the demonstration for free with a castle entry ticket, so will be able to experience the historic castle and spectacular grounds and gardens as well. Demonstrations will take place this Saturday, 19th September at 11am, 1pm and 3pm.

It was 300 years ago that King James VIII attempted to regain the thrones of Great Britain and Ireland for the exiled House of Stuart. Then, on September 6th 1715 Mar raised the Jacobite standard at Braemar and was joined by Lord Tullibardine and Lord George Murray. Then, ten days later Mar's Jacobite forces were at Moulin near Pitlochry when the Duke refuse to surrender Blair Castle.

The Duke's son, Lord Charles Murray went on to fight with the Jacobites, but was captured and sentenced to death by government forces. The Duke intervened and was able to have his death sentence overturned. By Christmas 1715, King James' following had subsided, the Jacobite forces had disbanded at Braemar and Lord Tullibardine and Lord George went into exile.

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Blair Castle hope people will enjoy experiencing the story through the living history demonstration and be able to imagine what it was like living at Blair Castle during the Jacobite Uprising of 1715. Andrew Bruce-Wootton, General Manager at Blair Castle said:

"Blair Castle is a place that is steeped in 700 years of history and it is no surprise that the castle has very deep connections to the Jacobite Rising of 1715. The Duke of Atholl bravely refused to surrender the castle, while his own sons were members of the Jacobite army. It is a fascinating period in Scottish history and we are proud to be able to share the castle's connections to the period.

"We hope people of all ages will soak up our atmospheric living history demonstrations which are set to capture the era in history, be informative and a lot of fun too."

As well as the living history demonstrations, visitors can enjoy the Castle's scenic grounds and dine in the Castle's Tullibardine Restaurant, a member of the VisitScotland's prestigious Taste Our Best quality assurance scheme.

Blair Castle are also offering special annual passes for £12 that allow people to visit the Castle and Grounds as often as they like for a full calendar year, so visitors do not have to fit everything into a single trip.

For more information about Blair Castle visit www.blair-castle.co.uk

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