Scottish Living History
42nd Royal Highlander Regiment
The 42nd Royal Highland Regiment is a re-enactment group that portrays the regiment as it would have appeared in the 1760s – 1780s. The actual 42nd Royal Highland Regiment (known as The Black Watch) was raised in the mid-1700s in Scotland, and fought in America during the Seven Years War (“French & Indian War”), as well as the Revolutionary War, fighting for the King. The re-enactment group just celebrated 33 years as a re-enactment regiment. One of their first events was the Southeast Florida Scottish Games in Miami 39years ago!
The 42nd Royal Highlander Regiment can be visited throughout the day in their encampment near Stage 2. They will also demonstrate the assembly and wearing of the Great Kilt / Feileadh Mòr at the Heritage Stage.
Mary, Queen of Scots and her Court
Seanchaí Productions is a team of history enthusiasts scattered across central Florida. Their love of history has united them with one common goal: to spread the love of Celtic heritage through living history. They constantly strive for excellence in their research, teaching and portrayal of the cultures of the seven Celtic nations. Their focus is primarily on the 13th to 19th centuries. But, their love for all history stretches much further. Everyone on our team absolutely LOVES what they do and hope that their living historical storytelling helps everyone else also fall in love with Celtic heritage, too. At the Festival they will portray Mary, Queen of Scots and two of her Court Ladies, Mary Beaton and Mary Seton as they walk the Festival grounds and attend events. Be sure not to miss their demonstrations of "Dressing the Queen" at the Heritage Stage.
Palm Beach Sword School
“Have you always wanted to learn how to fight with swords? At the Palm Beach Sword School we teach the Historical European Martial Arts. Working from several different historical sources, we can teach you how to handle a sword or several other weapons from European history. Hands-on demonstrations and archery practice for adults and children throughout the Festival!
Students of the Palm Beach Sword School study the Scottish Broadsword as their primary weapon, working with the same training manuals used to teach soldiers of the Scottish regiments in the 18th and 19th centuries.
During the initial basic training period students learn Broadsword, Broadsword and Targe, Dirk, and Quarterstaff. Once familiar with these weapons students get the opportunity to branch into other weapon sets such as the buckler, sickle, messer, bayonet, longsword, spear, smallsword, Viking shield, cutlass, and sabre. Once proficiency develops and as skill with the sword improves, students get the opportunity to spar (fight) and may choose to begin to compete in national or international tournaments. Once a month students can also attend a history lecture and regular historical crafting courses such as targe making, blacksmithing, and kilt making are provided by the school and our recognized historical crafting instructors.
Ben Kerr is the Senior Instructor of the Palm Beach Sword School and will be providing lectures on Highland and Regimental Scottish warriors as well as a Targe Making Demonstration and Broadsword lessons during the games. Ben has been teaching the Historical European Martial Arts (HEMA) since 2007 and is the cofounder of Scotland’s largest H.E.M.A. school, the Academy of Historical Arts.
Realms of History
Realms of History is a volunteer organization whose purpose is to reproduce and re-enact Medieval and Renaissance European history between the years of 1066, the Battle of Hastings; and 1651, the end of the English Civil War. We embrace personas from all Western Europe as well as other geographical areas presenting a significant contribution and presence in this period of history. It is our goal to bring forth living history to our communities; providing an atmosphere from which we can live and explore the period most romantically called the Age of Chivalry. See displays and demonstrations of traditional crafts - and exciting demonstrations of armed combat!!!
Traditional Weaving w/ Gail Woodcum
Gail Woodcum has been weaving for over 20 years and is a long-time member of the Intracoastal Weavers Guild. She had been handweaving tartans for over half of that time. While researching tartan weaving, she learned of her own Scottish background. Gail has taught handweaving for many years both in public classes and privately. Her works have been displayed throughout the State of Florida and nationwide. She greatly enjoys demonstrating the age-old art of handweaving, but especially tartans with their beautiful colors and histor