Tom Dunbar wrote:David/Brennus: I've spent the last couple of years trying to convince Scottish American groups that they should pay attention to the fact that we are in the middle of the 700th anniversary of the Scottish "Wars of Independance". I've taken to going to Scottish-Amer events in my rendering of a Scots spearman from the period. It seems however that if it doesn't involve blue paint, great kilts worn "regimental" and claymores, nobody's interested. The fact that if Bruce and Wallace (and the others) hadn't maintained Scotland's sovereignty there probably would'nt have been a Jacobite movement (no Stewart kings to inherit the English throne) doesn't register. I wish I could get enough people together so that folks at the Highland games could get the feel of what a "schiltrom" looked like. I still want to find out how they moved and didn't get broken up like some British squares at Quatre Bras and Waterloo.
Tom, the best thing to do with these groups is (if they won't listen) email their websites to me as part of my "Worst re-enactment group going" annual competition. Prize for finding the winning entry is a bottle of Moniac Mead!