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The Lothian Levy is a re-enactment society portraying soldiers in the war-torn decades of the mid-1500s, when Scotland and England were locked in conflict. Our events are usually set during the last years of the reign of King James V or the earliest of Queen Mary's.


We are normally found marching beneath the banner of James Hamilton, 2nd Earl of Arran and Regent of Scotland. Alternatively we can portray a company of northern English soldiers fighting for either Henry VIII or his son Edward VI. Whilst most of our members portray common soldiers armed with swords and bills, we also have our own Regent Arran and even an infant Mary, Queen of Scots! We portray civilians too.


The group was established to support the Scottish Battlefields Trust's re-enactment of the Battle of Pinkie in 2017, in which we took a leading role. We perform at events of all scales, helping to breathe life into this fascinating but turbulent age.

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