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

  • Newark Castle - 18th June At Newark Castle on the 18th June, we will be holding a tourney inspired by the trials overcome and the chivalry shown by Sir James Douglas.for more details  see ...
    Posted 19 May 2016, 08:49 by Tara Smith
  • 14th May at Linlithgow Palace The Shire of Harpelstane are now pleased to invite everybody to attend our Wappenshaws. These are day events held at Historic Scotland Castles in the summer months, with ...
    Posted 27 Apr 2016, 08:01 by Tara Smith
  • Dancemoot XIII - 12 March 2016 Hi Everyone, Dance Moot is coming next month! A few changes this year: lunch provided! crash space available! A Theme! (16th century Italy) The queen is coming! ...
    Posted 12 Feb 2016, 07:02 by Tara Smith
  • Harpelestane Choir The Harpelestane Choir facebook group is a place where anyone who wants to sing with us can keep up with the music we're working on and have a say ...
    Posted 8 Dec 2015, 00:44 by Tara Smith
  • The Feast of the Holly King Date: 21st November  Time: 4pm - 10pm      In the dark and depths of winter, it is too cold and wet for the genteel folk to go hunting and so we have ...
    Posted 11 Sep 2015, 06:54 by Tara Smith
  • 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
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