Duncarron is the complete reproduction of a fortified village from the early Middle Ages of Scotland. It is the reconstruction of a typical residence of a scottish Clan Chief from the early part of the last millennium. The supporter is the recognized nonprofit organization The Clanranald Trust for Scotland, based in Callander/Scotland. Chairman is Charlie Allan. Duncarron is located in the Carron Valley on the eastern end of the Carron Valley Reservoir in close to Stirling. The medieval village is built with the help of volunteers from all walks of life, it is intended to preserve and disseminate the scottish culture and the scottish heritage through education, active participation and entertainment.
In 1995 the decision was taken recreate an original medieval village in order to illustrate the life and the culture of Scotland at that time. The Trust was established and the proceeds and donations taken by the various activities (Saor Patrol, Combat International, Scottish Federation of Medieval Martial Arts (SFMMA)) flow into this project. This has so far enabled over £1,900,000 to be made available for the construction of Duncarron. The plans for the project began in 1996. There were archaeologist historian and architects called in to help with the authentic appearance of the village. At the same time was looking for a suitable location and it was found in the Carron Valley. A big supporter was found by the film actor Russell Crowe with whom the chairman Charlie Allan is a close friend. He has given the village a Battering ram (called Rosie) from the film Robin Hood in the value of £60,000. This is there as one of the exhibits.
Construction work began in 2004. Previously, a visitor centre and facilities for the volunteers was built. In August 2011 the construction of the palisades was completed. In September 2011 with the construction of the houses was begun. In planning are four longhouses, four roundhouses, three gatehouses, a blacksmith, a pottery and a medieval hospital with a herb garden. As of 2014 one of the longhouses are near completion, and work has begun on a reciprocal frame roof structure which will house the village's blacksmith and the armory as well.
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