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Scotland's oldest inhabited house, Traquair, hosted its annual medieval extravaganza on 24-25th May '14 and thanks to Duncan and Bridgette Roberston Scottish Deerhound coursing played a major role at this great medieval fayre.

Flying the flag this time for the Cusidhs was Cusidh Gaidhealtachd (Rhymer) who ran well in all his races and reached the final. However, his brother Cusidh Homecoming (Ronan) and his half brother Ruairidh McRatha (Rory) were not interested in running after the plastic lure, though in fairness Ronan did give it a try on a few runs on the Saturday! The venue was excellent with plenty of attractions and the event was a great success due to all the hard work of the organisers and helpers. So a big thank you to all those involved. 

There are some photos of the day on the BBC web site here. And some snaps below of the Cusidhs and Claire over the weekend. 

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Click on the read more for some additional history details. 

The history of Traquair, dating back to 1107, is fascinating and well worth a read. Please see here for Traquair's web site and more information is also available on wikipedia

Traquair's Bear Gates are indeed famous as demonstrated in the poem below. Traquair was a Jacobite house and was visited by Prince Chairlie.

Dool an' sorrow hae fa'en Traquair,
An' the Yetts that were shut at Chairlie's comin'
He vowed wad be opened nevermair
Till a Stuart King was crooned in Lunnon.