Montrose’s army descends on museum

THERE will be a chance to take a step back to the 17th century this weekend to find out what life was like in the army of one of Scotland’s greatest generals.

Members of the Sealed Knot historical re-enactment society will be at Montrose Museum all day to deliver a series of talks and presentations on the campaigns of James Graham, 1st Marquis of Montrose.

The event is being hosted by the museum to coincide with its exhibition marking the 400th anniversary of Graham’s birth. He initially joined the Covenanters in the Wars of the Three Kingdoms, opposing religious reform imposed by King Charles I, but subsequently supported the King as the English Civil War developed and after discovering his comrades’ plans to depose the monarch.

From 1644 to 1646 and, after a period in exile, again in 1650 he fought a civil war in Scotland on Charles’s behalf.

On Saturday morning accompanied children, aged eight to 12, will be able to find out more about “The Great Montrose” from his own soldiers and see the weapons they would have used, as well as have the chance of dressing up as a covenanting soldier.

During the afternoon session for adults, from 2pm, the society will tell the fascinating story of The Covenant & Scottish Revolution and James Graham’s relationship with the Royalist Marquis of Huntly. There will also be the opportunity to examine period weapons.

Admission is free but booking, by contacting the museum on 01674 673232 or e-mailing montrose.museum@angus.gov.uk, is advisable.