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Autumn Field Trip Friday 8 – Sunday 10 September 2023

Members of the society enjoyed another successful two day field trip and were blessed with good weather for the visit to the site of the Battle of Kilsyth, fought on 15 August 1645. On Saturday 9 September military expert Lt Col Malcolm McVittie led the group to a vantage point where the army positions on both sides could be viewed. This was followed by visiting the cairn beside Banton Loch, which was erected by the society almost 20 years ago to acknowledge those who had fallen on both sides.

In the afternoon, members were treated to an illustrated talk and demonstration of 17th century clothing and weaponry by society council member Mike Netten, who gave a fascinating and detailed explanation of how battle dress was worn and showed his audience examples of the weapons used.

The morning of 10 September was spent at Mugdock Country Park where the group was given a private tour of Mugdock Castle, a stronghold of the Graham family.

Although most of the castle is in ruins, the tower remains intact and those who had a head for heights were able to climb to the top where they were rewarded with spectacular views.

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