Traquair Medieval Fayre
Traquair dates back to 1107. It was originally a hunting lodge for the Kings and Queens of Scotland and later a refuge for Catholic priests in times of terror. The Stuarts of Traquair played their role in the colourful history of Scotland as supporters of Mary Queen of Scots and the Jacobite cause.
The Medieval Fayre is an excuse to dress up and have some fun while keeping some of this history alive.
Set against the backdrop of Scotland’s oldest inhabited house, Traquair House, Innerleithen, near Peebles in the Scottish Borders, it provides atmosphere and context to the event.
These images were taken on 28 May 2011 the first day of a two day event. This event was one of many that are organised there throughout the year. If you live in the area and are looking for something to do, it is a good day out, less than 30 miles drive from Edinburgh through scenic countryside.
A flavour of medieval life.
Medeival Equestrian Show – Les Amis d’Onno – Beautiful horses with colourful heraldry and entertaining riders.
Crime and punishment.
Knights of olde.
Music & dance.
There were falconry displays too. I’m not keen on wild creatures in captivity. When I do happen across them they do make beautiful subjects for photographs and at least there is a benefit to their confinement. I’m not sure what this bird is, a hawk, falcon or an eagle? If anyone knows please help me out of my ignorance.
Traquair organise many events throughout the year and is worth a visit. Check their website events page for details.
All the photographs were taken by Livingston photographer Norman Young and are copyright ©. Please respect copyright.