Historical Scotland are commemorating the 300th anniversary year of the Battle of Sheriffmuir at Stirling Castle on 26th and 27th September 2015 between 12noon and 4pm.
John Erskine, 6th Earl of Mar, standard-bearer for the Jacobite cause in Scotland, mustered Highland chiefs, and on 6 September declared James Francis Edward Stuart (the "Old Pretender") as King of Scots. With an army of about 12,000 men Mar proceeded to take Perth , and commanded much of the northern Highlands. Following unsuccessful skirmishes against John Campbell, 2nd Duke of Argyll (based at Stirling), Mar was eventually persuaded to lead his full army south, on 10 November. Spies informed Argyll of Mar's actions, and he moved his army of about 4,000 to Sheriffmuir, near Dunblane. The two armies met on the battlefield on 13 November.
At the commemorative events you can meet Government soldiers garrisoned in the castle and captured Jacobite prisoners as they recall their experiences from the battle.
You can discover more about the military tactics deployed, the difficulties both sides faced in securing a decisive victory and what ultimately led to the defeat of the 1715 Jacobite Rising.
Attendance at the commemorative events is included in the admission charge for Stirling Castle and promises to provide a fascinating insight into the history of the battle which took place right here in our area.
For more information visit the website at http://www.historic-scotland.gov.uk
If you are planning a holiday in central Scotland in one of our self-catering holiday cottages during the time of the Rebels and Redcoats events, then a day at Stirling Castle would provide a fascinating family day out.