Let the Battle Begin!

June 29, 2017 by Perthshire Creates

Perthshire-based illustrator Dylan Gibson has recently combined his talent as an illustrator with his interest and passion in local history, to share the story of the Battle of Killicrankie via the Summer History Challenge for school children throughout Highland Perthshire, which starts on 1st July and runs throughout the month until the Soldiers of Killiecrankie re-enactment on 29/30 July.

The idea for the Summer History Challenge came about after visiting the Soldiers of Killiecrankie Battle re-enactment last year: I was amazed by the spectacle, I and all the visitors were transported back to 1689 to the time of the first Jacobite rebellion, between the Jacobites loyal to King James II and VII, and the Government forces fighting for William III, comments Dylan.

As a keen reader and lover of the outdoors, inspiration struck as Dylan made a mental connection between what he’d read and witnessed at the re-enactment and was keen to find a way to share the impact of this historic battle.

With assistance from his local councillor, Mike Williamson, Dylan was able to get involved with the volunteer group that runs the re-enactment. With their encouragement, Dylan set about using his skills as an illustrator to try and communicate the social history of the event to the schools and families in the area.

Dylan commented on the project: With a project like this, I can have fun exploring more about the local history myself while developing and creating the artworks.  I see this as a small part of a more ambitious project to develop an education pack that will explore our rich local history and I’m also passionate to tell the Battle of Killiecrankie in a graphic story format.

The project has received support from local libraries whose dedicated staff will help circulate the cards and local businesses in and around the Highland Perthshire area, who have offered space for the portraits and are getting involved with the completion of the challenge.

About the Summer History Challenge

Supported by the Perth & Kinross Council’s Creative Community Fund 2021, 6 ‘Battle Cards’ have been created as a series of six collector’s cards, featuring key characters from the Battle of Killiecrankie.  Each pupil (P1-7) in the Highland Perthshire area will receive a card and entry form which will introduce them to the Summer History Challenge.

The challenge is to find all the Battle Cards in your local area! It can be done for fun or as a competition to win the full set of collector’s cards and a mystery prize.   The challenge aims to enhance awareness of local history and the Battle of Killiecrankie.  To take part all you need to do is find the 6 character portraits in either the Aberfeldy, Dunkeld/Birnam or Pitlochry / Killiecrankie/ Blair Atholl areas.

‘HISTORY HUBS’ have been created in Hetties Tea Rooms and Café Calluna in Pitlochry, Birnam Arts in Birnam and Breadablane Community Campus and Birks Cinema in Aberfeldy, where you can pick up an entry slip and post your completed challenge to be in with a chance of winning a prize.  Alternatively you can print off an entry form: Summer History Challenge entry form.

The competition will run from 1st July until the Soldiers of Killiecrankie re-enactment, 29th – 30th July 2017.  Winners will be drawn at random and receive a special collector set of all the Battle Cards and a mystery prize!

Find out more on the Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/SoldiersOfKilliecrankie/ and on the website:  http://www.soldiersofkilliecrankie.co.uk.

This short YouTube film explains the Summer History Challenge Highland Perthshire