Shire of Harpelestane

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The Shire of Harpelestane covers the entirety of Scotland (including the Island of Rockall)


The shire was formed by members of the Medieval Society of the University of Edinburgh in 1993 and grew from covering only Edinburgh to the size it is today.

It originally shared the lands of Scotland with the Shire of Egail which was based at the USAF base at Edzell, Angus. When Egail became defunct due to the closure of the base, Harpelestane absorbed its lands.


Most members of the shire live in the Edinburgh and Fife areas, although there is also a small contigent in the Glasgow area and as far north as Aberdeen.


Traditionally, the most regularily practiced activity is historical dancing. However in recent years, more heclectic activities such as heavy combat, renaissance fencing or feasts have broadened the tapestry.

The main annual event run by the shire is Warbands at Edzell Castle.

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