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  • Aberdeenshire


  • Arts and crafts
  • Celebrations, traditions and customs
  • Celts and celtic culture
  • Sporting activities
  • Transport


  • Amateur


  • Scottish Amateur Film Festival (SAFF)


  • 1940s

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Reference number: 2639

Date: 1940

Director: [filmed by John MacDougall (deceased)]

Production company: [ James E. Henderson Ltd.]

Sound: silent

Original format: 16mm

Colour: col

Fiction: non-fiction

Running time: 9.40 mins

Description: The Highland Games at Braemar with shots of the various events including tossing the caber, throwing the hammer and highland dancing. King George VI, Queen Elizabeth and the two Princesses are among the spectators.

B.F.I., S.F.C. Highly commended film, S.A.A.C. 1941

Shotlist: In the fall of the year the sleepy village of Braemar once more awakes to the stirring strains of pipers and drums as the clansmen march again. Buses and cars on road, artist selling paintings and at the ground, people milling around. Gathering begins and cars arrive at ground. gvs ground (2.03) Display of pipes and drums (2.21) Stalwart Highlanders thrill with feats of skill while gaily kilted dancers captivate with flying feet. Shots of athletes tossing the caber, dancing the hornpipe, throwing the hammer, and pipe bands' display (4.16) Tree clad hills echo a welcome as the Royal Family arrive. gvs crowd and approach of royal family in carriage (George VI, Queen Elizabeth and the two Princesses) (5.14) march past of pipers and drums. The royal spectators are keenly interested in the athletic events. Shots of princesses watching athletes and pipe bands (9.05) Will ye no come back again. Shot of royal family entering carriage and driving out of ground (9.40)