Press Release


For immediate release – July 17, 2017

Renaissance Scots, Honing Historic Sword-Fighting Skills in Scotland,
Will Return to Demonstrate at the August 4-6 Colorado Scottish Festival

For seven days in July, eight members of the Colorado nonprofit group the Renaissance Scots Living History Association — including five men and three women — will travel to the Highlands of Scotland for a week of intense training in historic sword-fighting skill. There they will train with World-famous Maestro Paul MacDonald of the MacDonald Academy at an historical Jacobite training ground northwest of Fort William, Scotland.

The Renaissance Scots are a Living History group that has offered a glimpse into the lives of 16th and 17th Century Highlanders for 21 years. In addition to Scottish martial arts, artisans of the group demonstrate and teach many heritage crafts, including spinning, tartan weaving, blacksmithing, leatherwork, and much more in their Living History Village at Celtic events in the Rocky Mountain West of the United States.

Members of the group will make the journey to study the traditional weapons of the era: basket-hilt sword, back sword, dirk, quarter staff, lochaber axe, and more. The group will hone their fighting skills and advance their knowledge of Scottish history in order to share it with all.

The martial arts unit The Wolves, known as the Renaissance Scot’s “defensive arm,” will return in Colorado in early August, just in time to perform for and educate visitors to the Colorado Scottish Festival, which will be held in Snowmass Village on August 4-6, 2017.

Additional information about the Renaissance Scots can be found at

For further information, contact Mark Riehm at