Shire of Harpelstane
The Shire of Harpelstane is a historic reenactment society. We help our members pursue a wide range of interests rooted in medieval times. From art to craft, science, or armoured combat, our members study aspects of history that interest them, and in turn they teach others.
We normally host events in Scotland, including a very popular Dance Moot and a series of gatherings in Scottish castles.
Our events were suspended from March 2020, due to Covid19. We are now starting to hold in-person events where permitted.
Read more about the shire
Harpelestane is a historic recreation society that investigates and re-enacts fighting, arts, crafts and sciences from the dark to middle ages. We differ from most historical re-enactment groups in that we do cover a wide range of time up to the sixteenth century.
When we have get-togethers, we dress in a range of medieval styles. Attendees can choose to take on the guise of a Viking Jarl, a Tudor lady in waiting, or any other person who may have lived before 1600AD. We find that this diversity of approach unites us, and inspires us to learn more about different aspects of history.
Our regular meetings focus on music and dance, crafts, and medieval combat.
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The small print
Harpelestane is part of the Principality of Insulae Draconis, which is located in the Kingdom of Drachenwald (Europe, Africa and Middle East), which is a Kingdom within the Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA). We cover all of Scotland but most of our members live in the Central Belt.
If you want to organise an event or become an officer or marshal, then you will need to join the SCA. This is purely for legal and insurance reasons.
Please view our policies and club documents for information on child safety and event risk assessments.
The Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA)
The SCA - main website of the parent society of Harpelstane. Find out all about the SCA, including activities, contact addresses, and links.
The SCA on social media - join in the chat!
Shire of Harpelstane, public group - Join to keep informed about activities and upcoming events.
Shire of Harpelstane choir, group - Do you want to sing with us? Join to see what we're working on, and plan meetings.
Elsewhere on the web
Gaita - a group based in Edinburgh who specialise in medieval music, and in particular the courtly music of medieval Europe.