Some behind the scenes stuff:
1) I was shot during this - by the Sealed Knot at Ashby-de-la-Zouche to be precise! A group of the re-enactors lined up to fire just over the camera with their matchlock muskets, and fired on command. I was by the camera, and was hit in the chest - thankfully only by some packed grass that had been used as wadding to hammer in the gunpowder shot. No bullets used, but if there had been, I wouldn't be writing this now!
2) Heather ale became the drink of the shoot.
3) We had the pleasure of Richard's wife and daughters as company on one day of the shoot, and the ever faithful Thatch the wonder horse!
Scottish Research Online - 5 weeks online Pharos course, £45.99, taught by Chris Paton from 26 SEP 2012 - see www.pharostutors.com
New book: It's Perthshire 1866 - there's been a murder... www.thehistorypress.co.uk/products/The-Mount-Stewart-Murder.aspx (from June 12th 2012)