The Appin Regiment portrays the Stewarts of Appin, a group of Scottish Highlanders, in the period of 1745-1746. Members of the Jacobite army of Prince Charles Edward Stuart(Stewart), the Appin Stewarts played a key role in the last and most widely known Jacobite uprisings in Scotland, which culminated in the disastrous battle on Culloden Moor on 16 April, 1746.
Appearing at Celtic and Scottish festivals in Virginia and Maryland, the Appin Regiment presents a number of scenarios, the most of common of which is a representation of a recruiting party on its way to meet the Prince in Glenfinnan to raise the royal standard, bringing with them new volunteers and members of the baggage train, the reason being that this scenario allows the greatest range of impressions, from the lives of professional soldiers to the lives of domestics who were simply tagging along with the army.
Typical demonstrations include discussions of Highland clothing, Scottish weapons and military tactics, Scottish food, agriculture and cooking, the crafts and technology of the period, and the organization of Highland society in the mid-eighteenth century.
The Appin Regiment is committed to education through maintaining as high a standard of authenticity as possible. For information on clothing standards and other regiment policies, please visit the Clothing and Equipment page.
Other Frequently Asked Questions
- Where is the Appin Regiment Based?
- The Appin Regiment is primarily based in the Northern Virginia/ Washington, DC region. Most events that we attend are in the Mid-Atlantic area.
- How would I look into joining?
- You need to contact the Adjutant, for information on events and membership. After an initial trial period (in which loaner clothing and supplies can typically be provided), new members are voted into the group at the annual meeting of the unit.
- Do you allow children?
- Children are welcome under the supervision of an adult at all times. Children must understand and follow camp etiquette as well.
- Do you perform in live combat demonstrations?
- Yes. In camp, live combat is demonstrated using modern fencing masks and approved equipment. The regiment also participates in combat demonstrations using prearranged or choreographed scenarios. The regiment does not do any “unstaged” live-steel combat.
- What roles are open to members?
- Members are welcome to portray any type or class of person they choose, provided they keep with the Jacobite time period and history. Highland Soldiers, Lowland Jacobites, Continental Jacobites, villagers, and camp followers have all been portrayed.
- I would like to have the Appin Regiment attend my reenactment/wedding/celtic festival. How would I ask you to come?
- We’re very honored you would do so, and ask that you email our Adjutant