The Scottish Society of Indianapolis
Scottish Highland Games and
October 12, 2013 9am - 9pm
South Meridian Street
Setting the scene of the games
Welcome to 1540 Dumbarton! This Royal Burgh is one of the oldest cities in all of Scotland, with a history stretching back beyond the 7th century, to Roman times, when this was a settlement known as Alcluith, “The Clyde Rock”. The town is built next to a plug of volcanic basalt, 240 feet high, at the confluence of the rivers Clyde and Lomond. The rock is a natural fortress, and was used by the Romans as the west end of the Antonine Wall marking the furthest extent of their conquest northward. During the Dark Ages, the castle on the Rock was renamed Dun Breatainn, “The Fortress of the Britons”, and was the capital of the Briton kingdom of Strathclyde for over 400 years, until it was conquered by the Scots in the late 11th century. Even now, Dumbarton Castle guards the entrance to the Clyde, and the passages upstream to Glasgow and the interior of Scotland. Dumbarton is the primary port on the west coast of Scotland.
In this year, the Scottish Highlands are difficult for King James V to govern from his palaces in and around Edinburgh. Even his plan of utilizing the two primary Highland earls, Argyll and Huntley, as his lieutenants has yielded poor results, as they have misused their authority to gain more lands for themselves, at the cost of executing even-handed justice in the name of the King. The Highland chieftains give little heed to Royal decrees passed down to them by the lieutenant earls, and make their own justice by force of arms and clan feuds. To bring the Highlands to heel, James assembled a fleet of sixteen ships, and circumnavigated the entire coast of Scotland, east to west, forcibly extracting the various chieftains along his route to share the remainder of his voyage. James’ fleet has pulled into Dumbarton harbor, and he and all of his ‘guests’ are given lodging at the Castle by the sheriff and governor, William Stirling of Glorat. The King has a simple request of his new Highland retinue: provide him with tangible evidence of their loyalty, or they won’t be returning to their own lands!
Quality Inns and Suites
4345 Southport Crossing Way (I-65 & Southport Road)
Indianapolis, IN 46237
317-859-8888 (Must call hotel directly for discounted rate)
$65 per night for a double
$62 per night for king
Free hot breakfast, indoor pool, exercise area, many restaurants close by.
Reservations must be made for this group rate no later than October 1st, no exceptions. Make sure you tell them you are part of the Indianapolis Scottish Highland Games and Festival.
2013 Games and Festival Tickets
Adult (13 and up): $15 at gate
Child (5-12): $5
Child (4 and under): Free
Active Duty Military: $10 (Must have military ID) plus $10 for one additional adult
Seniors (60 and over): $10
Family Package: $35 includes 2 adult and up to 3 children ages 5-12
Five after Five Package: $5 admissions after 5PM and children 12 and under are free
All pre-ordered tickets will be at Will Call for pick-up.
Online Ticket Sales is closed. All tickets now are available only at the gate.
Event is rain or shine, no refunds
Weapons must be peace tied