My job at the Jamborette, for the third time, was to lead tours through Blair Castle, on whose grounds we were camping. Blair Castle has the distinction of being the last castle in the British Isles to be besieged in war - the 1746 Jacobite uprising. The siege had its elements of high comedy - 9,000 shots fired without a single casualty, the surrender demand delivered by the barmaid from Blair Village, the brother of the Duke leading the besieging army, the red-hot cannonballs cooled in cauldrons of urine, and so on - it makes an interesting story. The castle abounds with fascinating history, going back to the 13th century when a stone tower was built by John Comyn on the lands of the Earl of Atholl. Comyn's Tower now forms part of the front portion of the Castle, and its eight-foot thick stone walls cause the Blue Bedroom to be noticeably cooler than the rooms around it.
One of the most popular activities at the Jamborette was the Atholl Experience, a challenge course run in the forest just outside the Target Field. The Experience Staff led the Scouts through a number of activities, ending with a cold dip in the Garry, which they certainly needed.
Forth Valley - USA Patrol A.E. (After Experience)
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