He also showed the use of the janet, the hand knife or dirk, how to load the musket, how good the shot was, that it was basically impossible to hit an person or object beyond 50 yards. All combat was within 50 years and hand to hand, personal & up close, that casualties usually came from infections more than anything else.
The Gaelic choir from Victoria did a splendid job in their singing of a number of gaelic songs along with a few songs in english. This performance was to a full house in the Heritage tent and were competing with the pipe bans just outside the tent in mid field. The choir is made up of mostly seniors. We enjoyed their varied presentation
all through the activities on Saturday & Sunday outside the tent the two individuals displaying the weaponry were giving various demonstrations on how to use the swords and shields in hand to hand combat scenarios. I watched them a few time and found them very knowledgeable. They also displayed a variety of swords, knife and dirks.
4:00 - 5:00 pm
He outlined the development of the gaelic language, and a bit about Neil of the 9 hostages and Conn of a 100 wars.
Dr James did an excellent job on his outline, so much so that at 6.25 pm the games for the day were over and we were still in the tent listening the Mythology & History of he clans when we, about 50 of us in attendance were abruptly stop by the posers to be and told to leave the grounds as everybody else had gone home and they had to clean up the grounds.
Do James talked for a good 2 hours. His over all view was quite enlightening.
This was the only event we saw on Sunday afternoon in the Heritage tent. It was put on by the Victoria Genealogical Society by Pat Acton & Scott, who between them gave an overview of the society and and guidelines on how to best research and document the journey when doing your family tree. This outline ended up by a live demo into the Scotlands People web site and how to do searching there.
They ended up making a draw for a Society membership and also gave out some society info as some credit to use on the Scotlands People site.
the photo is of the Victoria Genealogical Society booth at the Victoria Highland Games
We throughly enjoyed the the weekend at the Victoria highland Games. Saturday was a so so day with some heavy showers, Sunday turned out beautiful and the crowd was much much better.
Prince Andrew was a big crowd pleased and a hit. We got a good view of him. He looks like his father Prince Philip.
Prince Andrew unveiled a plaque honouring the 150th anniversary of the games.
He also gave out the plaque for the best booth display which went to the Clan MacDougall/MacDowall both & presented to Fergus MacDowall the chief of the Clan MacDowall who we met.
take care and God Bless
Alex W Fraser