The Shire of Harpelstane is a historical society that focuses on medieval craft, science and skills. Unlike many re-enactment groups we are not focussed on performing for the public. 
Our members focus on the aspect of history that interests them. Many of our members research and practice these aspects and in turn teach them to others. 

These interests include;-

  • The skill involved in medieval combat
  • The art involved in calligraphy and illumination of manuscripts 
  • The craft involved with medieval textile techniques and dress construction. 

It doesn't matter if your desire is to master a craft, or just dabble... If they did it "then", more than likely you'll be able to find someone with similar interests doing it now.

When we have get-togethers we dress in medieval styles to give a backdrop to each member's particular persona. This means that a Viking Jarl can be sitting next to a Tudor Lady in Waiting. This Anachronism may to outside eyes raise eyebrows, however it unites us as we understand the effort and time our individuals have put in to their work.  

We hold weekly meetings focussed on music & dance and combat  and have monthly gatherings, sometimes in a castle or other historical site and sometimes to work on a group or individual's project. 



Recent announcements

  • Thrust, Piva, Riposte! October 23rd - 25th - The Craigs Scout Camp, Torphichen, EH48 4NL, ScotlandThe Shire of Harpelestane invites one and all to join in a weekend of fencing, feasting, frivolity and fun ...
    Posted 18 Aug 2015, 02:42 by Tara Smith
  • Sat, May 16 Wappenshaws - Craigmillar Castle A day at a castle with fighting, arts & sciences and good fellowship. Normal castle entrance fees apply. No need to book - just turn up - from about 11 am to about ...
    Posted 3 May 2015, 05:15 by Tara Smith
  • Saturday 11 April – Wappenshaws - Aberdour Castle Aberdour Castle, Aberdour, United KingdomA day at a castle with fighting, arts & sciences and good fellowship. Normal castle entrance fees apply. No need to book - just turn up - from ...
    Posted 29 Mar 2015, 05:24 by Tara Smith
  • Dance Moot XII 31st January  2015The Shire of Harpelstane once again invites you to enjoy a day of warm company and dancing to relieve the cold, dark, northern winter, with wonderful ...
    Posted 1 Dec 2014, 00:18 by Tara Smith
  • Saturday, 15 February - Convocation Asbiorn and Catlin would like to invite the rest of Harpelstane to a Convocation on Saturday the 15th of February in the town of Leuchars, starting at about 10 am ...
    Posted 3 Feb 2014, 07:17 by Tara Smith
  • Convocation of Cutting (Fitting, Chopping, Eating, etc) On Saturday January 11th there will be a Convocation of Cutting at Torrkil and Estrid's house in Fife. There will be: armouring - cutting out leather bits, going through the ...
    Posted 30 Dec 2013, 03:47 by Tara Smith
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