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Kilts and Captivity

Kilts and Captivity

Meet a Highlander held prisoner within Edinburgh Castle and find out why the Jacobite Risings of 1715 and 1745 failed.

Music Through the Ages

Music Through the Ages

Meet King James V's musician to find out out the instruments he plays and what is expected of him in the royal court.

Soldier and girl standing beside Mons Meg

The King’s Cannon

King James II was fascinated with siege cannons which resulted in the purchase of the mighty bombard Mons Meg in 1457.

A stained glass window panel showing Queen Margaret of Scotland knelling in prayer.

The Medieval Queen

Come and hear about Queen Margaret of Scotland's important contribution to Scottish culture.

Two actors in Tudor costumes look at the camera. The man wears a black costume with gold embroidery and the female actor wears a dark dress and golden headdress.

The Other Mary

Hear from Mary of Guise who, by the end of 1542, became a widow determined to protect the throne for her baby daughter.

The interior of a dungeon cell. The image shows a hammock within a wooden structure.

Prisoner of War

Hear about life within the castle prisons from one of the inmates who may be plotting an escape.

An actor dressed in a Tudor costume stands in front of a castle and is leaning his musket upon a stone where musket balls are also placed.

Swords of the Righteous

Hear from a Cromwellian soldier on why they laid siege to Edinburgh Castle.

Photograph of an actor dressed as a medieval surgeon demonstrating ancient practice

Meet the Barbersurgeon

Find out how Hector Cadaver, Edinburgh Castle's 'barber surgeon' in the 16th century, treated wounds.

The Honours of Scotland

The King’s Homecoming

For the first time since the Union of the Crowns the king is returning to Scotland.

People in the Jacobite Room enjoying Christmas lunch and clinking glasses with red wine in them

Edinburgh Castle Christmas Lunch

Make Christmas 2017 special with a three course lunch in the Jacobite Room.

The Red Clydesider

The Red Clydesider

Find out why Davie Kirkwood, part of the Red Clydeside Movement, was arrested and brought to Edinburgh Castle.

A group hold schiltron spikes and a young child gasped in amazement.

Schiltron: Flodden era

Come and see how the Scots of the 16th century fought with pikes in schiltrons and have a go yourself.