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Renaissance Scots Living History Association
A 501(c)3 Federal Tax Exempt Non-Profit Educational Corporation.

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The Renaissance Scots Living History Association, a 501 (c) 3 educational nonprofit corporation, has been delighting attendees at Celtic events in the Rocky Mountain West for over 20 years. The RenScots provide a village setting where the public experiences highland Scottish life and crafts from the time of William Wallace (Braveheart) through Culloden in 1745. With an all-volunteer organization of over 30 talent, staff and crew, the RenScots present 5 interactive venues, showing more than 15 heritage crafts in an entertaining, family-friendly setting.

The Renaissance Scots’ Mission is to bring Scottish heritage crafts to the Celtic community and public in an entertaining setting, and to educate about the contributions of the Scots to American culture. We make experiencing history fun! We also teach to help preserve heritage crafts by passing them on to a new generation.

With colorful tents and banners, and folk wearing attractive Scottish attire the Renaissance Scots village is highly visible on the field and from the road. Taking videos or pictures with the RenScots is popular with the media and patrons alike.

What We Bring to Events:

  • Visually attractive Scottish village
  • Interactive edutainment of Scottish life, history and craft
  • Media opportunity: pre-event interviews and in-event coverage
  • Press kit and photographs for inclusion in advertising, billboards and handouts
  • Weapons demos and choreographed fights for opening ceremonies, parades and tattoos

Interactive Experiences Include:

Blacksmithy


Demonstrating techniques and products related to blacksmithing, one of the oldest crafts known to man (dating back to approximately 1500BC), and is sometimes referred to as the "Father of all crafts" due to making the tools or equipment for many of the other crafts.

SmithingShowing the production of tools and useful household items at the forge.
HistoryGiving historical accounts of smithing and the apprenticeships used to pass that knowledge down from generation to generation.
WeaponsDiscussing farm implements morphing into modern weaponry.
MigrationDiscussing historical importance of the Celtic nations and the migrations of those peoples as they came to the "New World".

Hide and Hair


Demonstrating the skills and tools needed to manufacture leather goods of the past and present. Specializing in leather campaign gear since the 1650's, including:
  • Baldrics
  • Belts
  • Belt pouches
  • Camp furniture
  • Canteens
  • Luggage
  • Shoulder bags
  • Sporrans
  • Sword scabbards and knife sheaths
  • Targes – the Scottish shield
  • Weapons carriers

The Pub


In addition to providing shaded seating and water for patrons, the pub provides a venue for several interactive experiences, including:
  • Calligraphy
  • Games
  • Music
  • Sketching
  • Story Telling

Wick and Woolery


Showing crafts related to clothing manufacturing, including:
CombingPreparing plant and animal fiber to be spun
SpinningTurning plant and animal fiber into yarn
WeavingMaking cloth on a loom, featuring tartan weaving
KnittingMaking knitted clothing, such as scarves, hats and stockings
Lace MakingShowing bobbin lace, which is a form of weaving, and tatting, a form of knotting
CostumingCreating finished clothes, usually from woven cloth

Wolves of Dunvegan


The Wolves are the fighting arm and armory of the Renaissance Scots. A crowd favorite at events, they provide showcase entertainment, interactive demos, and training in weapons use and fighting techniques. In addition to presentations in the RenScots village, the Wolves are frequently featured in opening ceremonies, parades and tattoos.
Weapons demosShowing the evolution of weapons and fighting techniques used in the highlands of Scotland from Bannockburn through Culloden.
Choreographed fightsEntertaining fight sequences showcasing different weapon combinations, including iconic Scottish weapons and armor such as the Lochaber axe, claymore, dirk & targe, and basket hilt claymores.
Weapons trainingInstructor led training in weapons use and fighting technique.
Weapons displaysIncludes firearms, armor, swords and pole arms.
The PitPublic fighting experience with practice swords

Contact Us:

Email: marketing@renscots.org
Web: www.renscots.org
Facebook: www.facebook.com/renscots