Welcome to the Shire of Harpelstane

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 & illumination of manuscripts
  • The Craft involved with medieval textile techniques 7 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.

  • 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.

Shire Events

The Wappenshaws dates for 2019 are:


April 20th - Aberdour Castle

May 18th - Newark Castle (Port Glasgow)

June 15th - Blackness Castle

September 21st - Aberdour Castle.

Shire Gathering

Check on the shire Facebook page for the latest details.

Shire Practices

Contact Thorkil in advance to find out when it's on and get directions


Archery Practice

Dance Practice

Fighter Practice

for other events

See the

Kingdom Event Calendar