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Issued: 30 April 2004

17th Century Time Travel at Kirriemuir

Visitors interested in some time travelling should make their way to Kirriemuir this month.

To celebrate the 400th anniversary of Kirriemuir Townhouse, troops will invade the burgh regaling visitors with tales of glory and gore.

The 17th century day on 15 May will launch the anniversary in style, heralding the start of a series of events to celebrate the life and times of this historic building.

Scottish Covenanter soldiers from Colonel Hugh Fraser's Dragoons will be on duty at the Townhouse, in full kit and costume.

A packed programme of events includes children's sessions when youngsters will meet some of the foot soldiers of the Dragoons, and learn more about warfare in the 17th century.

There will be talks outlining the life of women at the time of the Covenanters and Scots soldiers in 1600s Scotland, while the Dragoons spring into action again in front of the townhouse with a display of musketry.

The programme for the day is: 11am Children's session; 1pm Talk; Women in the time of The Covenanters; 2pm children's session; 3pm Display of Musketry (in the Square); 3.30pm talk; Scots Soldiers in the mid 17th Century. All events are free of charge.

Visitors on Saturday will also be the first to see Prisoners, Pundlers, Postage, Police & Pills - the fascinating new exhibition celebrating four centuries of change at the Townhouse - which starts on 15 May and continues to Saturday 18 September.

The exhibition brings to life the long and exciting history of the building and some of the characters who have inhabited it.

Find out more about Tam Barnet, the town's drummer and some of the colourful rogues who have languished in the cells of the old tollbooth. Discover the story of the riot when the local Sheriff was besieged in the townhouse and the more peaceful times when the building was a post-office, booksellers and chemist shop.

As well as these events Kirriemuir Townhouse 400 Group are organising further events including historic costumed walks around Kirrie in August and guided walking tours throughout the summer while the celebrations will continue at the museum with a series of talks and poetry workshops.

For any more information contact Fiona Guest, Kirriemuir Gateway to the Glens Museum, 32 High St, Kirriemuir, (01575) 575479, kirriegateway@angus.gov.uk.