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by Colin MacDonald
Sat Sep 29, 2007 12:04 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Scots DID wear KILTS.. PRE-1600 by a long way
Replies: 95
Views: 15059

good lord. the hostility is unbelieveable here! Your very first post on this forum was an EMPHATIC assertion based on some 'unquestionable' Authorities that everything that we portray at Bannockburn-era events is inaccurate. It came across - unintentionally, I am sure - as rather rude. To my recoll...
by Colin MacDonald
Fri Sep 28, 2007 9:49 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Scots DID wear KILTS.. PRE-1600 by a long way
Replies: 95
Views: 15059

"to ... reach Rome safely Samson pretended to be a Scot - that is by wearing Scottish dress and 'behaving like a Scot.' This behaviour consisted of brandishing a stick as though it were a spear and using threatening language 'as Scotsmen do.' ... "his clothing, though tattered, included b...
by Colin MacDonald
Fri Sep 28, 2007 9:14 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Scots DID wear KILTS.. PRE-1600 by a long way
Replies: 95
Views: 15059

Fair enough, and I actually respect your persistence. If we can turn up sources that unambiguously show or describe a garment akin to a plaid in a Scottish context around the time of Bannockburn, then I'll cheerfully make and wear one. Until then though, I can't stress strongly enough that the only ...
by Colin MacDonald
Thu Sep 27, 2007 4:59 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Scots DID wear KILTS.. PRE-1600 by a long way
Replies: 95
Views: 15059

Romanes eunt domus? "you might see [the soldiers] of the Scots, fierce in their own country, unwarlike elsewhere, bare-legged ," That's "cuneos crure intecto" in the latin. Intecto seems to be unambiguously 'unclothed'. Crur can be interpreted as: leg, shank, shin, or foot. The r...
by Colin MacDonald
Wed Sep 26, 2007 2:20 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Scots DID wear KILTS.. PRE-1600 by a long way
Replies: 95
Views: 15059

Why such cycnicism? Clearly what this source is describing is a Feileadh Mhor [1] that has been carefully wrapped around the torso, belted to hold it on [2] and then very carefully slit from the armpit down to the hem on both sides. Now, it might seem wasteful to have to sew the whole outfit back to...
by Colin MacDonald
Thu Aug 30, 2007 10:41 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: What's this then?
Replies: 26
Views: 5353

[Authenticity Officer]

I don't know what it is, but I know that once I have one, nobody else at an event should, so as not to give a false impression of it being a common item.

[/Authenticity Officer]
by Colin MacDonald
Thu Aug 02, 2007 9:09 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Battle of Bannockburn 2007
Replies: 428
Views: 54408

Super, thanks for chasing this up.
by Colin MacDonald
Fri Jul 06, 2007 10:36 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Battle of Bannockburn 2007
Replies: 428
Views: 54408

Lady Cecily wrote:Do you have to scare me with pictures of my husband on public websites?


I don't strictly have to, but it's good to have a hobby. ;)
by Colin MacDonald
Thu Jul 05, 2007 7:01 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Battle of Bannockburn 2007
Replies: 428
Views: 54408

Note that while most illustrations are of long tunics... http://www.colinmacdonald.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk/bannockburn2003/nice-kit-bloke.jpg ...the Carlisle Charter seal shows short tunics (specifically baggy tunics or sleeved hooded cloaks) on Jocks, over single leg hose, so this is pretty in-period ...
by Colin MacDonald
Wed Jul 04, 2007 3:58 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Battle of Bannockburn 2007
Replies: 428
Views: 54408

Indeed, but I'd expect that anyone who's minded to tender for running it will already have done so, without announcing it to the world. Wait: surely you didn't mean free and gratis? The horror! Actually, the consensus seems to be that Robert and Alison made a good fist of running things on the day (...
by Colin MacDonald
Wed Jul 04, 2007 9:02 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Battle of Bannockburn 2007
Replies: 428
Views: 54408

Well, step #1 is for Alison to decide if there are going to be any further events, and on what scale. There's absolutely no reason why a large scale Bannockburn can't be a success, but the clock is already ticking on 2008.

Incidentally, does anyone have pictures of this year's event?
by Colin MacDonald
Fri Jun 29, 2007 5:02 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Battle of Bannockburn 2007
Replies: 428
Views: 54408

Super! Can we just have them now, please, I'd be very interested to see them. i said a couple of times previously, when it's finished i'll put a PDF of it here for your perusal. That'd be great, but in the meantime, it'd be splendid to see the sources that you've turned up. Nothing fancy, just ISBN...
by Colin MacDonald
Thu Jun 28, 2007 2:08 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Battle of Bannockburn 2007
Replies: 428
Views: 54408

Am I right in saying that 24 ells of fabric would be 18 yards! Using a 37" Scottish ell, it's 24 2/3 yards, or in metric terms, a shedload. I think for our discussion it tells us that: Highlanders wore Irish dress prior to roughly 1595. Not the plaid or tartan material in other forms but Linen...
by Colin MacDonald
Thu Jun 28, 2007 12:23 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Battle of Bannockburn 2007
Replies: 428
Views: 54408

Eh? Is that relevant to circa 1314? With respect, that's a vague third hand description (Old Shuggy told me that his grandfather told him that in the olden days...) of a very baggy belted yellow tunic or shirt from circa 1600. Is it even worth attributing much significance to for 1600, let alone ear...
by Colin MacDonald
Thu Jun 28, 2007 11:47 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Battle of Bannockburn 2007
Replies: 428
Views: 54408

Thanks for that. Crib notes: Of the 4 relevant resources (<= circa 1300): The first talks only about Scots^W Scots and/or Irish circa 1093 being "'Barelegged' or 'Barefoot" . The second just documents the depiction of an akheton which is indistinguishable from those shown on other contempo...
by Colin MacDonald
Thu Jun 28, 2007 9:15 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Battle of Bannockburn 2007
Replies: 428
Views: 54408

Arkadain impressive lsit of secondary sources Primary so you understand means first hand not a rehash of the evidence they will be in my my research paper, it's not an essay :wink: Super! Can we just have them now, please, I'd be very interested to see them. Your solicitor chum must be awfully sure...
by Colin MacDonald
Mon Jun 25, 2007 6:03 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Battle of Bannockburn 2007
Replies: 428
Views: 54408

my overall impression from this thread in the first few weeks was that we as a community got very precious very quickly, and that there was a rapid breakdown in communication which didn't really recover. Mmm, perhaps. I'd say "understandably skeptical" rather than precious - remember that...
by Colin MacDonald
Mon Jun 25, 2007 10:28 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Battle of Bannockburn 2007
Replies: 428
Views: 54408

Angles Eunt Domus? Independence can only be a few more burned flags and sophomoric insults away.

Great news; now let's hear a firm date for 2008 and early invitations to register.
by Colin MacDonald
Fri Jun 22, 2007 9:16 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Battle of Bannockburn 2007
Replies: 428
Views: 54408

£6, or £20 for a family, say £5 per person (after taking into account season ticket holders and blaggers) x 10,000 through the gates ~= £50K revenue, which (if the £40K loss is correct) implies that the 2005 event cost ~£90K to run. I wonder where they trimmed >£50K off the budget this year? And now...
by Colin MacDonald
Thu Jun 21, 2007 3:00 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Battle of Bannockburn 2007
Replies: 428
Views: 54408

Alison said that they made a £40,000 loss last year, so I guess it's what they have to charge. For that money though, I'd expect a lot of entertainment. I may even demand it. Did I mention that high public expectations do not constitute an incentive for reenactors to attend? Alan, could you do my br...
by Colin MacDonald
Wed Jun 20, 2007 4:06 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Battle of Bannockburn 2007
Replies: 428
Views: 54408

From a period coconut tree? Might be a bit past their sell-by date though.

Cheer up, Dave, it might never 'appen. I doubt we're going to get any more DRAMA before the event; you'll have to wait for the post mortems.
by Colin MacDonald
Wed Jun 20, 2007 1:33 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Battle of Bannockburn 2007
Replies: 428
Views: 54408

You may yet. Latest BBC weather forecast is: sunny intervals, 15C / 7C.

Surely not!
by Colin MacDonald
Wed Jun 20, 2007 8:59 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Battle of Bannockburn 2007
Replies: 428
Views: 54408

You'll have had your tea.
by Colin MacDonald
Tue Jun 19, 2007 1:08 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Battle of Bannockburn 2007
Replies: 428
Views: 54408

Oh, that. From the BBC, and of course subject to change and being complete twonk: Saturday's predominant weather is forcast to be heavy rain . High 16C, low 1C . From the Met office: Outlook for Thursday to Saturday: Rather cloudy with scattered showers. The showers heavy and possibly thundery at ti...
by Colin MacDonald
Fri Jun 15, 2007 4:26 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Battle of Bannockburn 2007
Replies: 428
Views: 54408

Ah hah, Anmod Dracan are going, which is good news all round.
by Colin MacDonald
Wed Jun 13, 2007 8:43 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Battle of Bannockburn 2007
Replies: 428
Views: 54408

Bannockburn is on Medieval Realm's event's page. Is that spurious?
by Colin MacDonald
Tue Jun 12, 2007 9:43 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Battle of Bannockburn 2007
Replies: 428
Views: 54408

zauberdachs wrote:I've heard from Alison that there are 100 confirmed re-enactors :) So it shouldn't be too bad.


That sounds... incredible. Fantastic.
by Colin MacDonald
Mon Jun 11, 2007 3:00 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Battle of Bannockburn 2007
Replies: 428
Views: 54408

Much easier to tell the police that anyone in tartan and carrying a sword is a nutter, not a re-enactor. Might be some risk having a firearms unit raining on your parade though. Probably better if it can be handled discreetely; the press will almost certainly make no distinction about whether it wa...
by Colin MacDonald
Mon Jun 11, 2007 11:18 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Battle of Bannockburn 2007
Replies: 428
Views: 54408

Can there yet remain a soul in Christendom who is unaware of the issues with previous Bannockburns? I remain resolutely hopeful that Alison has got the message by now that there needs to be real active policing of the event on the day, including muster kit and equipment checks, and a polite but firm...
by Colin MacDonald
Sun Jun 10, 2007 2:45 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Battle of Bannockburn 2007
Replies: 428
Views: 54408

Nigel, I respect for your reasons for not attending, but aren't we veering a bit close to this?

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