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21st August 2014

Bannockburn Live 2014

Clan Hay was positioned at the heart of the week-long celebration of the 700th anniversary of Scotland’s great victory at the Battle of Bannockburn in 1314, an iconic engagement that confirmed Scotland’s freedom and where our Hay ancestors played a valiant part in securing our independence from alien rule.

The anniversary of the battle itself, which took place over 23rd and 24th June 1314, was celebrated locally with wide involvement from local communities, in particular from the schools of the area.  But we had to wait for the following weekend to experience the main events of this magnificent celebration of Scotland’s nationhood.

A weekend of celebration began on Friday 27th June with Pipefest Stirling, a parade of pipe bands, dancers and Clan societies which made its way from the historic Royal palace of Stirling Castle to the King’s Knot, the park below the castle rock that is the site of the magnificent knot garden created by King James IV in the 15th century.

The Clan Hay Pipe Band was one of many bands privileged to take part in this event and their impressive performance has resulted in an invitation to participate in the Edinburgh Military Tattoo in 2015, an iconic event that is broadcast all over the world and is viewed by millions.

Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th June saw Bannockburn Live, a spectacular event held on (or very near) the site of the battle, at the newly refurbished Bannockburn Heritage Centre.  Clan Hay took its place in the Clan village with about 40 other families and we were delighted to welcome Hays from America, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and continental Europe as well as native Scots.

The event was a pageant of 14th century history and included re-enactments of the battle itself, performed by experienced battlefield groups and reconstructed medieval villages featuring 14th century crafts including armourers, medieval food and drink and a festival of Scottish music, literature and story telling.

A truly memorable weekend.

4th July 2014

Clan Hay at Edinburgh Military Tattoo

Royal Mile parade

Clan Hay Pipe Band in Edinburgh’s Royal Mile, having just left the gates to Holyrood Palace

As a result of their impressive performance entertaining thousands of visitors to last weekend’s Bannockburn Live event, the Clan Hay Pipe Band has been invited to perform at next year’s Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo.

The Edinburgh Tattoo is a highlight of Scotland’s national events programme and has delighted a worldwide audience in every year since 1950.  This annual celebration of music and entertainment, combined with Scotland’s unique traditional military ceremonial, never fails to attract a global audience of millions.  Taking place in Edinburgh over three weeks in August, the Tattoo will be viewed by around 220,000 visitors on the castle esplanade and an estimated 100 million people across the globe will watch the performances on television.

This is the first time a clan pipe band has been invited to take part in the iconic event.  The 2015 Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo will run from 2nd to 29th August.  Full details of performances by the Clan Hay Pipe Band will be published as soon as they are to hand.

24th June 2014

Bannockburn Live this Weekend

The face of Robert the Bruce depicted in his statue at Bannockburn

The face of Robert the Bruce depicted in his statue at Bannockburn

Today, Tuesday 24th June 2014, is the 700th anniversary of the Battle of Bannockburn where King Robert I vanquished the English, securing independence for Scotland and the throne for himself.

With less than a week to go, Clan Hay looks forward in anticipation to taking part in Bannockburn Live, the signature event that takes place this coming weekend to mark this landmark anniversary.

This is a major event celebrating one of the key events in Scotland’s history.  It is a truly national celebration, with no political bias, offering activities for all Scots and expatriate Scots, of all ages.

Highlights of a packed weekend programme include:

Friday 27th June: Pipefest Stirling.  A parade of 1500 pipers, drummers and Clan Societies through the city of Stirling, beginning on Stirling Castle esplanade at 6.00 pm. The much respected and award winning Clan Hay Pipe Band will be among those leading the parade, and our fellow clansmen would, doubtless, appreciate your support.   Clan Hay will gather at a local restaurant for dinner after the parade.  Contact the Treasurer, Pam Rotheroe-Hay on pam.rotheroe-hay@hotmail.co.uk to join us.

Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th June: Bannockburn Live.  A spectacular two day event at the newly refurbished, state-of-the-art Bannockburn Heritage Centre near Stirling including festivals of Scottish music, literature, food & drink and sport, together with a working 14th century village demonstrating 14th century crafts.  There will the three re-enactments of the battle on each day, performed by experienced battlefield performers, which will re-create the experience of our Hay ancestors who played a heroic part in this epic struggle, all those years ago.  The Clan Hay Society will have a hospitality tent in the Clan Village, where Hays from Scotland and further afield will be welcomed between 10.00 am and 7.00 pm on both days.  See www.bannockburnlive.com for tickets for this event.

Saturday 28th July: Tartan Ties.  A ceilidh and supper event organised by the Clan Hay Society and supported by sponsorship from Visit Scotland, taking place at nearby Blair Drummond Hall, from 7.30 pm.  The cost is £25.00 and tickets are available from the treasurer on pam.rotheroe-hay@hotmail.co.uk

We hope you will be able to join us for what promises to be a truly memorable weekend.