Calling all Scotsman! The pipes are calling and the drums of war are beating!
Do you hear the call?
We are very proud to introduce our premier historical event at the 2nd annual Wichita Highland Games and Celtic Festival: The Legend of Bannockburn Battle Re-Enactment. You will be immersed in the events that lead to this historic conflict throughout the day as we build towards the courageous deeds of Robert the Bruce and the glorious battlefield of Bannockburn reborn. The historical army of the English king Edward II numbered in the tens of thousands, with 2,000 heavy armored knights alone and legions of infantry. It was a grand medieval army and the last of its kind to leave England for centuries to come. Waiting for them was the Scottish King, Robert the Bruce, the clansmen at the ready to victory or death would the fight…and so the battle begins!
The historical army of the Bruce may have numbered as many as 9,000 or more brave Scotsmen. It was gathered from the whole of Scotland; from the knights and nobles, freemen and crofters, townsmen and tradesman. Men who could afford the arms and armor required. We are inviting every able bodied modern Scotsman who owns a kilt, period shirt, sword, spear or axe to take place in the battle sequence as extras. The actual re-enacted combat will be performed by trained actors, but we will be honored to have as many able bodied Scotsmen join us for this glorious celebration of one of the most important battles in Scottish history!
‘Scots, who have with Wallace bled,
Scots, whom Bruce has often led,
Welcome to your gory bed
Or to victory.
‘Now is the day, and now is the hour:
See the front of battle lour,
See approach proud Edward’s power –
Chains and slavery.
‘Who will be a traitor knave?
Who will fill a coward’s grave?
Who’s so base as be a slave? –
Let him turn, and flee.
‘Who for Scotland’s King and Law
Freedom’s sword will strongly draw,
Freeman stand or freeman fall,
Let him follow me.
‘By oppression’s woes and pains,
By your sons in servile chains,
We will drain our dearest veins
But they shall be free.
‘Lay the proud usurpers low,
Tyrants fall in every foe,
Liberty is in every blow,
Let us do or die!’
You COULD just watch – or you could stand up, fight, yell, and side with the Scotts or the English! Interested in being a part of this event? You’ll need to bring your own appropriate attire for the time-period, bring your own weaponry (a spear or a sword) and fill out the form below. NOTE: you won’t actually get to swing your sword at people – this is for ‘background actors’ to be a part of the action!
[contact-form 11 “Bannockburn Entry”]
By submitting this form you are agreeing to the the following waiver:
WAIVER: In consideration of my admission to and participation in the Wichita Highland Games & Celtic Festival (hereafter referred to WHG & CF)and admission or participation of any minor child(ren) or minor ward(s)of whom I am legal guardian, and for myself, my child(ren),or wards, I hereby waive and release and covenant never to sue the WHG & CF, Black Galley Productions, Richard Cathey, directors, committee members, workers, agents, representatives and sponsors, from and for any and all liability, claims, demands, and causes of action whatsoever arising out of or related to any loss, damage, or injury including death, sustained by me or my minor child(ren)or ward(s),while on or enroute to or from the Wichita Highland Games, and I further agree to indemnify and hold harmless the WHG & CF from any and all claims asserted by any person by reason of my or my minor child(ren)or ward(s) attendance or participation in the WHG & CF or claimed to have resulted from the negligence of the WHG & CF.