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THE SCOTS BRIGADE

OFF THE FIELD

When we attend the battles - known as musters - we all camp together in one allocated Scots area.  Once you arrive, you simply pitch up your tent, camper or caravan.

 

Campsites are usually large fields near to the site of the battle and can be in the grounds of large estates.  Facilities are limited to portaloos, mobile food vendors and usually a beer tent.  At larger musters, we also have 'Traders Row' containing specialist suppliers of clothing and equipment.

The cameradie within the Brigade is second to none - think of it as going away for the weekend with about 40-60 good friends and you'll get an idea.  Not content with dressing up in C17th kit, we will often stage theme nights where fancy dress is encouraged plus our cocktail parties are the stuff of legend!

We will also spend evenings in our encamapment (around a campfire when possible) and chat and sing amidst much laughter and merriment.  It is an experience like no other but you'll have to sign up and join us to discover it yourself!

OVERVIEW

The men, women and children of the Scots Brigade come from all walks of life.  We have members from all over the UK and even a German contingent. 

Four separate Regiments make up the Scots Brigade:

    - Colonel Hugh Fraser's Regiment of Dragoones

    - Colonel William Gordon's Regiment of Foote
    - Colonel Thomas Laghtnan's Regiment of Foote
    - Manus O'Cahan, His Own Regiment

You can join whichever Regiment you prefer. 

 

Each Regiment has it's own identity and history but we come together to form the Scots Brigade and fight battles as one unit.  Within our ranks we have musketeers, pikemen, musicians and civilians.

As battles are re-enacted as close to the historical details as possible, the Scots Brigade can fight for either the Royalist or Parliament cause as any particular battle re-enactment dictates - sometimes we even take on the role of English Militia!

 

You really get a taste of everything as a member of the Scots Brigade, regardless of which Regiment you belong to.

 

HOW TO RECOGNISE SCOTS

 

Colours

As a Brigade, we march under the blue and white cross of the Scots Saltire. 

Each Scots Regiment has it's own identity in terms of kit and Colours (flag). Please refer to the respective Regiment page for individual details but here are general identifiers:

Scots men

Scotsmen can be easily recognised on account of the blue bonnet we wear on our heads. 

Scots Women

Unmarried Scots women can go bareheaded with young maidens wearing a red ribbon in their hair.  Married Scots women cover their heads with a hat or a kirsh (triangle of white linen).

Scots Children

Infants are dressed in shifts and wrapped in blankets.  Toddlers of both sexes wear dresses with cloth reins attached.  At around the age of 5 or 6, boys are 'breeched' into miniature versions of the male adult kit.  Girls may continue to wear dresses or adopt the skirt and jacket of the adult females.  Children's kit does not necessarily have to match that of the Regimental colours, though many choose to do so.