The thunder of horses’ hooves and the clang of swords filled the air at Traquair House at the weekend when it hosted its annual medieval fayre.
The historic property provided the magical setting for two days of medieval mayhem for all the family, with a chance to find out how life was really lived in the Middle Ages.
Over 2,500 visitors flocked through the gates to witness everything from spectacular jousting on the avenue to a full scale medieval tournament featuring armoured knights, as well as falconry, archery, living history demonstrations, medieval traders and wandering minstrels. And with Traquair commemorating the tercentenary of the Jacobite 1715 prising this year, the fayre was complemented with the additional attraction of a living Jacobite camp and some combat demonstrations to show how fighting techniques had moved on after medieval times.
Catherine Maxwell Stuart, the 21st Lady of Traquair, says this year’s event was blessed with glorious May sunshine: “The fayre was a great success, made extra special by the lovely weather on Saturday. It was a bit cooler on the Sunday which was probably just as well as I think the re-enactors in all their heavy costumes were suffering a bit in the heat on Saturday!”
And she added: “Everyone really seemed to have a good time and the Jacobite camp was a new dimension that proved popular with visitors.”