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

  • Dance Moot XIV 4th February 2017The Shire of Harpelstane once again invites you to a day of warm company and dancing to relieve the cold, dark, northern winter, with wonderful music provided ...
    Posted 14 Nov 2016, 00:56 by Tara Smith
  • 17th September at Linlithgow Palace  The Shire of Harpelstane are now pleased to invite everybody to attend our Wappenshaw at Linlithgow Palace.See  - 
    Posted 7 Sep 2016, 03:07 by Tara Smith
  • 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
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