Man who penned Declaration of Arbroath retires

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LONG-SERVING Arbroath Abbey Timethemes member Barrie Patterson has retired from the re-enactment group and on Sunday a delegation of members in full medieval costume turned up at his home to present him with an encased and framed set of five commemorative ‘coins’ featuring Arbroath Abbey.

In recent years Barrie has expertly portrayed Robert Sinclair, Bishop of Dunkeld, in the group’s regular re-enactments from the Scottish Parliament at Holyrood to Glamis Castle and of course Arbroath Abbey.

However, behind the scenes, Barrie, a retired art teacher, has designed many of the organisation’s historical ‘artefacts’ and commemorative art work and, most importantly, the copy of the Declaration of Arbroath that is held proudly aloft each re-enactment is a product of his expert hand.

Chairman of Arbroath Abbey Timethemes Dr Richard Irvine said: “I first met Barrie 28 years ago when I was a first year pupil at Carnoustie High School, and he scared the life out of me! However, I quickly realised that he was a great and inspiring art teacher; but I didn’t think all these years ago that we would both be working together portraying medieval heroes!

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank Barrie for all the hard work and dedication he has put into Arbroath Abbey Timethemes over the years and wish him all the best for the future.”

The evening of April 6 sees Arbroath Abbey Timethemes staging its ‘Declaration Celebration – Shining the Spotlight on Scotland’ concert and re-enactment in St Andrew’s Church, Arbroath, which is followed by a public torchlit procession from the forecourt of the Abbey to Danger Point.

Tickets, costing £5, are on sale now from the Turnkey Gallery in the High Street and Wilbourn Insurance Services, Millgate, and will be available also on the night.